questionsdo you have experience in selling on etsy or ruby…


I almost didn't ask this today. There's been so much going on, and it's Sunday, too, and I could see this easily getting lost in the noise.

Some of the things I'd be selling would be small sewing kits, but they'd be the kind your grandmother (or older) would have had. I have any number of packages of needles, from every era you can think of. I'd say that even if I was going through them at the rate of two or three a week, the heat death of the universe would approach before I used them up.

I've seen people paying actual money for aprons, and I thought it would be fun to make some, decorate them in a style reminiscent of the thirties, forties, and fifties, and then sell them too.

If there are other sites like those two, that deal with collectibles, and with crafts, I'd be happy to hear about them.


There are a couple of ladies at my work who set up an Etsy store to help bring in some extra cash and from what I gather there is a monthly fee just for having the store even if you don't have any items up for sale. I will verify that tomorrow morning.


I'm pretty sure the only fee you have to pay to have an Etsy store is $0.20 per item you list for sale. The listing lasts 4 months, I think. If you sell something and you use PayPal for your transactions, PayPal takes a percentage of your sale.


i registered as both a buyer and seller on etsy but have never gotten around to selling anything, just buying. you pay per posting, nothing monthly. if you're planning on selling antiquey stuff and handmade aprons, that's what etsy was created for (originally). i haven't checked out ruby lane at all.

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@w00tgurl: had to check it out...i just spit coffee all over my monitor...thank you LOL


@shrdlu: I like the aprons idea. I have some of my grandmother's regular aprons and hostess aprons (Organza!) that I like to use. I'd love to find new ones that DIDN'T set me back 40 bucks a pop. I mean, fabric, thread & ric-rac isn't that expensive. I'd make my own, but just hate not having a dedicated area of my home where I could leave my projects unattended for a few days if I need.


@lavikinga: Well, I have to admit that for me, the only cost would be my time. I have so many small pieces of various perfectly good apron material (even Organza), and more rick rack than any sane person should have, so that part's easy.

I admit that my favorite is one made out of canvas that I have used for tools, though. I saw one on an old paint bucket that a handyman had, and thought that was about the most brilliant thing ever. It is. Okay, so that's not really an apron, but it's enormously useful. You can put random items like boxes of nails in the bucket, and all the tools you need to work on things are right there.


@shrdlu: I have seen the paint can idea but was for garden tools and was wrapped around a garden pail.


How does Ruby Lane compare to Etsy? I've only ever heard of and used Etsy.


@wootmavin: It doesn't compare at all, other than they are both storefronts (like eBay) where you can sell things. Ruby Lane is geared towards collecters, and Etsy is geared towards one-off crafty things. It's much more complicated than that, but those thumbnails are still accurate.

Ruby Lane has all sorts of antique items, from furniture to jewelry, from dolls to glassware. Etsy tends to have a lot of handmade items (quilts, crocheted things, aprons) and supplies for those things. Both of them are pretty large; more like a huge mall, and less like the corner store.