A new beginning always involves packing.
|Hello Moving boxes.|
I'm finally starting to pack. I get my keys to the new place on the 16th, I've arranged movers for the 25th, and I've gotten two large boxes together for donation so far.
|Two and counting.|
As I was purging things (my goal is 1/3 of my stuff) I was unearthing some of my earlier projects that I made about 5 years ago when I lived in San Francisco.
|I wore this once when I worked at Stitch Lounge.|
|I wore this 50s inspired number to my first Queen Mary event. |
Those buttons are vintage. They are coming with Mama.
|I really like this one. The fabric is cool. I'm gonna keep it. :)|
I remember this modern kitchy number. Its got really high armholes and its in the waist now, but the boobs are still a bit too tight so I think Ill add gussets to the underarms and start wearing it again.
|Stuff I'm keeping boxes.|
With the moving, I'm thinking about so many things all together.
One being the future of NewVintageLady.
Okay, don't worry. I'm not quitting, or even slowing down! No, that's not what I mean. I'm pondering if I want to take NVL to another level. I own the domain, and it costs me nothing to make a store.newvintagelady or a blog.newvintagelady, you know?
This is also going to be my third year of NVL!
The reason I'm pondering the change is my etsy sales have nosedived. I use the money I make from that venture for all the fabric and fun I post about here. So it's like it keeps this place going, which I love and admire (thanks loyal shoppers). Yet, Etsy has changed their search functionality, and it's killing me. NOW I'm paying for ads and they are not helping much to draw in new people. So not only have my sales decreased by 45%-60%, but I am now paying twice as much to advertise for less!
Making my own online store gives me certain advantages: Less back end costs, independence, and more control. There are also disadvantages: less support, less traffic, and Etsy has a great Google presence.
My question to you lovely people is, would you follow me if I made my own online store?
I was chatting with Lauren from the cool venture Wearing History and she did this last year for a lot of the same reasons. I guess I'm a late bloomer, but now I understand.
So much going on, so much to think about. I guess what I would like to hear is some feedback on this. As my clients, I'm curious what you think if I did decide to go this more independent route. Would you support it? Shop with me? Still follow a new blog?
These decisions are weeks, if not months down the road, so fear not sudden change! Just let me know what you all think.
Okay, have a super day!