I've been eyeing Etsy ever since I discovered it, considering what I might make and sell. Printed and dyed scarves? Something digital? Or how about those mini crossbody bags that I made for myself recently? Possibilities I still might pursue. But what I am now actually offering in my Etsy shop is vintage: clothes, shoes and sewing patterns. To be specific, my own clothes, shoes and sewing patterns.
I named my shop All of My Yesterdays because this is my past in silk, cotton, linen, and, yes, in polyester. This is my coming-of-age in mini-dresses and maxi-dresses, and my career years in a whole range of outfits. Lots of mauves and roses and lavenders and a predilection toward the feminine. (Well, I was a woman who came home, donned overalls and stripped paint off of woodwork and knocked down old plaster walls.) I started out sewing Vogue patterns back when I was young and impoverished, and I kept on sewing even when I worked in department stores and had both the means and the daily opportunity (not to mention the employee discount) to buy ready-made.
Thus an Etsy shop seemed just the solution. I would get to try my hand at selling something (with all the work done comfortably at home), and my retro wardrobe would have a chance to find its way to happy new wearers. I hope. I only opened my shop yesterday, and I'm not waiting for my first sale with bated breath. Whatever happens, the whole experience of setting up the shop has been interesting. And labor intensive, but, then, I do tend to do things thoroughly. Beyond the major tasks of prepping the garments and photographing them, there are also details like shipping and payments to become informed about. Etsy has reams of info on all the things to take into consideration when writing, for example, your profile, your policies, your About page, etc. It can be both instructive and overwhelming. On the daily Etsy Finds email where they frequently feature a shop, a woman said that she opened her shop on a whim one afternoon when her son was staying home sick from school. Huh?!
Anyway, I'm giving it a try. So far I only have ten garments listed which seems paltry for the amount of time I've put into it, but I'm now over that doing-something-new-getting-it-right stage, so I think things will go more smoothly and quickly, or so I hope. At this point I'd need to be charging a couple of hundred dollars or more per garment if I wanted to be justly compensated for my time. There were certainly a few occasions when I seriously questioned my decision to do this. But once begun, I felt I had to see it through. And I have enjoyed revisiting my wardrobe: examining, cleaning, pressing, photographing and writing about each garment. Remembering when I wore it, who I was then.