Yesterday was Etsy's fifth birthday! Discovering Etsy and the online craft community at the end of 2006 and deciding to set up my own Etsy shop quite literally changed my life. I'm now self-employed (with a house full of felt) and I get to make stuff for a living!
Etsy has seen lots of ups and downs, lots of changes and has grown hugely since I first set up shop... Back in Feb 2009 I blogged about finding an old piece of paper on which I'd scribbled down the details of some of Etsy's categories as I was trying to get to grips with how the site worked. It amazed me how much the site had grown in a couple of years, and it's now even bigger:
Geekery - THEN 3,558 items - LAST YEAR 17,165 - NOW 41,859
Books and Zines > Zine - THEN 295 - LAST YEAR 1,318 - NOW 2,306
Housewares > Kitchen - THEN 3,564 - LAST YEAR 23,385 - NOW 49,069
Accessories > Pin - THEN 4,443 - LAST YEAR 24,969 - NOW 27,968
Needlecraft > Pincushion - THEN 400 - LAST YEAR 3,241 - NOW 4,353
Oh and last year there were 827, 839 items listed under jewellery... today there are 1,429,890! Wow.
I'm starting to have conversations about Etsy that start "in the old days..." like some nostalgic little old lady! Rather appropriately I've recently been invited to join the Old Time Etsy Team which is made up of people who've had shops on Etsy for 3+ years.
There's a little interview with me over on the team's blog this week: you can read it HERE.