I've been selling on Etsy since late last year. It's a tough market
for jewelers without name recognition. There are a group of
metalsmiths which promote each other who are a sanctioned "street
team" but they don't seem to be accepting new members. OTOH, who
needs to be officially sanctioned? We've been encouraging New England
artists to include "Nesty" as a tag and then tell friends/customers
to look for "nesty" in their searches to buy from NE vendors.
I've done better selling handmade supplies than I have done with
handmade chain bracelets. A friend jenmaestre is pulling in about
$1000 a month selling pencil jewelry but she did it with the help of
a Chinese website similar to del.icio.us and she has name recognition
in the art industry.
But you can't go wrong for the price. It's 20 cents to list an item
for 4 months, and 3.5% of the sale price to Etsy, and if you use
Paypal, it's another 3.5% to them. Paypal is THE way to go on Etsy.
(Just get logged on to Paypal and get a confirmed checking account
and address and register as a business.) People pay with a credit
card through Paypal and the money goes into your paypal account - you
move it to your checking account.
It's kind of nice to wake up on a sunday morning and see that you
made some money while you were sleeping.
At the moment, I am pointing my website page
(www.moonscapedesigns.com) to Etsy and using Etsy to point potential
wholesale customers to wholesalecrafts.com
Now all I need is buzz.
Hope this helps,