If you’ve been following my blog, you may have seen that I opened my Etsy shop back in mid-September. It’s been two months, and things have been quiet there. While I’ve been able to put a bit of time here an there into my shop, with the intention of getting about 100 items listed, I’ve been very busy with photography because this is the busiest time of year with everyone wanting to take advantage of the beautiful fall leaves here in Winston-Salem and the Piedmont Triad.
Ultimately, I don’t have a ton of time to spare, so I’ve been exploring alternative options for simply getting art out there and on sale. Also, interesting to note, I spent time investigating selling print on demand t-shirts on Etsy and found that I would be profiting very little on each t-shirt if I were to price them competitively. Enter Society6.
Society6 is an art marketplace, similar to Etsy in that they offer products from a variety of artists, however, the big difference is that they do the fulfillment, shipping, and all that jazz. They have a growing collection of items that your art can be displayed on, including standard prints, greeting cards, mugs, travel mugs, shirts, sweatshirts, even leggings!
Leveraging the Society6 expertise and technology does not come without cost though – the profits for an artist on various items is fairly low (e.g. $1.50 for a mug, $1.50 for a phone case). That being said, given that I’m early in my career as “attempted artist”, and my efforts must be bootstrapped since this is at most a hobby at this point, the profits from Society6 are competitive with print on demand services for a low quantity of items. I’ve made the decision to give up some control and money with the hopes that more of my limited time can be spent continuing to explore creating art.
Anyways, here are a few items in my shop that I’ve just listed, available in prints, mugs, and iphone cases right now. Availability permitting, I’d like to get more items listed there and let my personal website serve as the hub for my various items available for purchase. Enjoy!
|iPhone & iPod Cases||Framed Art Prints|
|Canvas Prints||iPhone & iPod Skins|