I've had an online shop at etsy.com(MysticSilks) since 2007. I began selling my silk art there because I was no longer physically capable of going to the art shows, or to drive great distances, like into Murray Hill in Cleveland, Ohio, to drop my art off for consignment.; besides consignment can be costly to the seller.
So, I asked a silk group that I belonged to at the time, where would be a good place to sell online, and etsy seemed the best place.
Well, I guess silk scarves have not been as popular as, say jewelry. Jewelry sells like hot cakes on etsy, but now, with the economy in the tank, even many of the jewelry sellers are bemoaning low sales.
But, I say to myself, there must still be money out there. The high-rollers are still around, but do they come to etsy?
It appears places like etsy are supported mostly by what used to be the middle income family. That's the group of people who have been hurt the most by this current economy: It's hard to buy anything if you're out of a job, or just barely able to pay your bills.
I went back to my etsy shop and lowered the prices on all my silk scarves.
I truly feel bad for people who have lost jobs; this comes from my childhood and being able to personally relate to their situations.
So, I've posted some photos of my silk scarves, and art--do come and visit my shop: http://mysticsilks.etsy.com/