My first sale through my Etsy shop, RainbowShed, happened today. I opened my shop on Sunday last week – or rather actually listed some items for sale – the shop has been open but empty since the end of January due to a series of hitches, a camera that couldn’t download images, a few tweaks to technique and construction, and a couple of days waiting for parts to arrive for the sewing machine to solve some issues with the sewing.
At times I felt I was never going to open my shop. But here we are, a week on, and my first sale has already happened. A friend saw some of the samples I had made, and requested a wide scarf, or wrap, which reflected her Caribbean roots.
A couple of hours later I came up with a design she loved after asking a lot of question about what was important to her and how she wanted to wear it. I also saw a new product for my shop – the wrap, to use wrapped around the shoulders, worn like a wrap or shawl, or like a hood or headscarf.
I listed this in my shop today so that she could buy it – and I already have some favourites on this wrap, and on the plain version without the map detail. My friend came round and loved her wrap, and bought it on Etsy, so I now have my first sale a week after opening properly.
My wrap has gone now – off it went out of my door, already smelling of my friend’s perfume, and wrapped around her shoulders. I must admit I had mixed feelings. I loved designing the wrap, and it was even better turning my design into reality on Friday. I took great care over making the wrap, making sure it was the best it could possibly be, and it is a milestone making my first sale, but now it feels strange not having it around.
I am making another design tomorrow morning, for my Mother-in-Law’s birthday, so I have my fabric and thread ready, I just need to cut out the fabric and stitch it together tomorrow, ready for the afternoon when we meet up for her birthday meal. I am moving on.
But there will always be a place for my first custom order – my baby is all growed up and leaving home…