I opened my first Etsy shop, Yarn To Spin, in early 2008 and my second, Yarn 2 Spin in 2009. I knew nothing… accept that I love the textile arts and I needed a venue to be able to sell the angora that I get from my herd of angora rabbits.
It has been a long road… one that I haven’t traveled alone. I found out about teams on Etsy. Places where artists with a commonality could network. I started off joining a local team… Etsywmi Team. All artisan’s from West Michigan. That was fun and helpful. These were people that I could actually get to meet. And many have now become my friends.
As my business grew, I seperated my supplies from my finished products and now run two stores.
Yarn2Spin.etsy.com – offers supplies and equipment for Textile Artisans. Spinners, Weavers, Felters, Knitters, etc. I work hard to find the best supplies and offer them at a fair price. As a fellow artisan, I am glad to offer help and opinions whenever asked.
YarntoSpin.etsy.com – is the home of my products that I make and the occassional vintage treasure that I find. A great place to see some of the things that can be made from the products I sell.
I heard about Team ESST from a West Michigan artist. A team dedicated to supplying artists with quality materials. A team that promotes Etsy and the Artists of Etsy to the world. As both an artisan and a supplier, I loved how the team would pull together to promote Etsy as a whole, not just each individual shop. The Etsy Supply Street Team is truely a strengthening force to the artisan community.
So, as an artisan… I shop Etsy first for my supplies. I want to support the shops that support the Etsy community. If you are an artisan, I’d encourage you to search etsy with “team esst” in your search field when you are looking for supplies. You can also find the Yellow Pages of the Etsy Supply world on the Team ESST page.
As a supplier, Team ESST has challenged me to be intentional about my business and professional in all areas. This is essential if I am ever to realize my dream of being a fulltime artisan/supplier. I appreciate the encouragement and occassional ‘kick in the pants’ from my team members. It has helped me be a better shop owner and Etsian.