So what makes an item on Etsy sell like hotcakes? I posed that question to our team, and the answer is…talent, hard-work and great customer service! Hear what our members have to say about their favorite and most popular items.
1) Jeanne from CedarwoodCreations shares…..
“I have sold several mini zen gardens when I came across these shatterproof polymer dishes in vibrant colors. My mind immediately went to children and how fun it would be for them to pick their own charm and to be able to make a zen garden all by themselves. I have sold quite a few of these!”
- Kids’ Zen Garden
2) Patricia and Rebecca from northandsouthshabby tells this item’s story….
“We were looking to craft something special for Christmas and beyond that had a shabby and nautical feel. After investigating what were popular pins on Pinterest, we came up with an idea to mimic fishing balls, which followed the theme of popular pins, but at the same time was different and unique. After much trial and error, we came up with a design we loved. It has proved to be our most popular items with a very broad appeal. To date we have sent sets to Texas, Georgia, California, Oregon and Hawaii.”
- Nautical Theme Ornaments for home decor
3) Carolyn from butterflykilns shares her best seller….
“This sweet little owl mug has been the most popular item in my shop!
I had been doing owl designs when I first started but wanted to create something special for the fall season. I did some research and found out that owls are everywhere! On t-shirts, on mugs, on stationery, etc. I sketched a few rough designs at first and decided to go with this one in particular, because I love the two owls sitting in the branches looking at each other with a curious glance. I had made a previous owl mug using summer colors so I thought, why not revive the same design, but use bright, colorful fall hues? And, it worked! I have received so many wonderful comments on this mug. It has also been featured in several treasury lists and blogs.”
- Ceramic Owl Mug
4) Eleni from LenasCakes chose this item to share….
“This is my most popular item so far. I had the same shells put on round base toppers, but leaving them “free” gave everyone who planned a sea themed party the opportunity to place them wherever they wished. Cake, cupcake or mini tart, it was eligible!
What impressed me most is that even in the middle of winter(at least in northern hemisphere, lol!) there were many search views and favs for this particular- absolutely-talk to me about summer- decor!”
- Fondant Sea Creatures
5) Carola from CarolaBartz shares…
“This cat’s card is my most favorite item in my store, especially around Valentine’s Day. I had to make it so many times – and I still like it very much! I actually created this card as a sample for a class I was teaching. My students loved it so much that I thought to give it a try and listed it in my shop. Good thing I did!!!”
- Love Kitty Card
6) Dossie Garvey from petzoup ……
“This is the first window I ever created. I found a shredded Xerox copy of a photo in an old album and was told that it was the first home of my great grandfather after he came to America from Ireland in the 1890’s. I wanted to preserve the image and decided to use an old recycled window sash to paint the home on. That way, when I look at it, I feel like my ancestors are close to me, almost like having them across the street. I have since created many different windows but this will always be my “best seller”.”
- Custom Original Art Painting Home Memorial Recycled Window
7) KathysHeart from KathysHeartCreations shares the personal story behind her best-seller….
“The first one of these kitties I made was created from an old pattern I had from the 90’s … with one exception … I made it a black and white cat … This adorable tuxedo kitty was made in honor of my cat, “Snookums” … my constant companion. I even had a photo of him sitting on my quilted cushions of my wicker sofa in my craft room posted on my About page … (which I have recently taken down when I made changes to my About page)”
- Painted Kitty Home Decor
8) Rosario Uriarte from inspirebynancy shares…
“Hi, my most popular item in my shop are these Legs Warmers. I knitted them for my daughter, to keep her little legs warm in the winter days and I sold a lot of them here in Etsy .”
- Girl’s Legwarmers
9) Catherine Clifford from DesignsByCnC says….
“I needed a card to celebrate my son-in-law’s upcoming birthday. Since he is an avid hunter and enjoys all things camouflage, I designed the Buck Silhouette Camouflage Birthday Card. Decided to make a couple extra for the store and, lo and behold, it turned out to be the best selling card in my entire shop! It also led to an complete line of camo cards. ”
- Birthday Card for a Hunter….
10) Sherri from ButterflyFeetDigital says
“My most popular item is my chevron banner printable calendar. I had been making calendars for myself for years, finally thought I should make one to sell. I had also recently figured out how to make a chevron design – it took some trial and error, believe me! But I finally got it and created paper packs with it, and then decided to use it for a calendar. I was surprised at how well it sold starting with the one for 2013. Some people bought both the 2013 and 2014 at the same time.”
- Downloadable Calendar Pages
11) Wendy Joy from wjoydesigns shares the story of one of her first (and most popular) items…
“I started making rainbow candles back in 1990 when I was stuck at home in the last few months of my first pregnancy. I was looking for something new to do. I decided to get some candle making supplies at my local craft store and got set up in a little work space in my garage and started making candles! I have always loved bright, cheery colors and have loved rainbows since I was a little girl. I started experimenting with color combinations with my first few candles and my first rainbow candle emerged after a few tries and I have been happily making them ever since! I still have one of my original rainbow candles from way back when that I burn from time to time. Can you believe that it has been with me for all these years and has never faded and still smells amazing to this day??”
- Rainbow Candle
12) Tola Laseinde from AnkaraLampshades shares her best selling pillow…
“This is a very popular design within African Circles especially west Africa. The design has been around for a very long time and is continuously reproduced. It is made out of a rare PREMIUM Dutch wax cotton. This so because it has an extra intricate gold honeycomb lattice design on it which makes it stand out from the crowd.”
- African Bullseye Pillow
13) koolstuff2 from koolstuff2 says
“I created the Pinky Promise charm when my daughter was going off to college. She and I always did our “Pinky Promises” throughout her life and I wanted to create something she could take with her that would remind her of home. I first drew the image on paper, then digitally using Illustrator. I then sculpted the hands in clay and cut the bottom half off to make a flat charm. I made a relief mold after I joined two halves together to make the charm 2 sided. The hardest part was finding a supplier who could cast the part economically. I found a foreign supplier who would cast it and make the charms. My charms are in numerous publications and have been praised worldwide. ”
- Pinky Promise Pendants-Pair
14) Last, but not least, Evelyn and Lucy from artsyEVE shares our final story…
“We have sold many baby quilts with applliqued hearts and they seem to sell soon after we post them. The hearts seem to tug at our “heart-strings” just like our sweet babies do! All the quilts we’ve sold so far have had pink hearts or hearts filled with little rosebuds or flowers–kinda girly! My mom is the quilter and she told me that the next one she makes will have either blue or green appliqued hearts–for those sweet, little baby boys.”
- Heart Baby Quilt
- I hope you have enjoyed getting to know some of CIJ’s artists and the stories behind their items. Please feel free to visit any of our shops….you never know when you’ll find the perfect little treasure!