I know I have been all over the place lately. Should I continue taking special orders for handmade clothing, should I concentrate on selling my current inventory on Etsy, or should I give up my sewing business altogether until the little ones are older. I have been back and forth for the past year as to which direction to go.
At the start of the year, I felt I should give custom orders another try. I did take a few orders, but due to the needs of my youngest two children, I was very slow to fill the orders and felt it was more of a headache than a source of joy for me. I absolutely love designing and sewing clothing, but it was so difficult carving out quiet time to get into my sewing room to work on projects.
A few months ago, I tried getting back into the Etsy community. My shop was pretty stale and had not been given the attention it deserved. Without any new inventory to add, I felt overwhelmed and discouraged with the amount of work it was going to take to create some new inventory and relist the current styles with new photos and descriptions.
So, here I am, trying something new. I have always had a love of thrifting. My husband thinks I am absolutely crazy when I come home with a bag of “new” clothes from our local Goodwill. Seriously, at least half of my closet is stuff I have rescued from Goodwill. Why not try to sell my handmade clothing on a platform that also sells thrifted goods? Poshmark is the answer. I am currently combining my love of sewing with my love of buying clothes. Poshmark supports selling both new and gently used clothing. I am seeing more traffic and sales using this platform than I have seen on Etsy over the past few years!
All of that being said, it is time to hang up custom orders for the time being. I am strictly selling inventory that I currently have. Any new pieces that I create will be completely one of a kind. I will not be offering multiple sizes. This will allow me to use up some of the smaller yardages of fabric that I have!
This website will now become a marriage of two things, my current sewing projects, and my thrifting adventures. This will allow me to be more active on the blog as well. So, come back often for a peek at what I am making, what I have thrifted, and what I am selling.