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How I Made $1,000 in 3 Days on Etsy!

Want to make an income on Etsy? Read this for encouragement!

Guest post from Dezaree of Charmed Memories:

“Life is like a turtle…you don’t get very far unless you stick your neck out.”

And that’s exactly what I did!

My parents home of 20+ years was in trouble. Their property taxes were three years passed due and their home was going to be put up for auction if the $936.00 bill was not paid in full. They had less than one month to pay it.

Due to my mom’s disabilities and my dad’s cancer, they have a very limited disability income. There was no way they could come up with the money in that short amount of time.

My husband and I started saving everything we could in an effort to help them, but I was scared we wouldn’t be able to help enough — after all, we had our own bills to pay too.

I had to get creative…

I made a few little bracelets with crafting stuff I had laying around, hoping I could make $100 to go towards my parent’s bill.

I was hesitant to list them on my Etsy shop… would people actually pay $5 for something so simple? They aren’t my normal work for my shop. Could I really sell enough to matter? I am just waisting my time?

Even though I didn’t think anything would come of it, I “stuck my neck out” and listed the bracelets — along with the story of why I was selling them.

To my surprise, I sold $1,000 worth in just 3 days!


People. Are. Amazing!

I was so shocked and so very grateful! I was able to pay my parents bill in full just from the sales of this simple little bracelet!

My parents were definitely shocked and in disbelief when I told them! My Dad almost passed out! They asked me how was it even possible?! All I could say was, “there ARE amazing people left in this world after all!”

I kept the listing, the story, and a special message to anyone that happened to click on it…

“I hope that this little turtle is a reminder to anyone that wears it that:

* Even though you are small, even though you’re just one person, you ARE capable of BIG accomplishments!

* Even when you think something is impossible, STILL TRY.

* Even if the journey is slow, it WILL be worth it and you CAN do it!

Every time you look down at your wrist and see this tiny turtle, remember theses things!

Maybe it will encourage you to do your own “fundraiser”. Maybe it will encourage you to try something different. Maybe you just need a little reminder that it’s ok to stick your neck out once and a while!”

Etsy can be intimidating, but I’ve found that it’s more than just a site to sell handmade things. It’s a community. A community of people with creative minds and big hearts.

It cost me less than $0.25 to make each bracelet, but by sharing my personal situation with everyone, I was able to create an amazing fundraiser. I also used my personal Facebook page and a Facebook Etsy group to share my listing and story.

It might not work for everyone, but if you need to do your own “fundraising” for a special reason, I would encourage you to give Etsy a try.

My name is Dezaree and I own Charmed Memories, a memorial jewelry Etsy shop. I was afraid of listing something that wasn’t what I normally sell and afraid of sharing my very personal situation. But, I took the chance and was amazed at the outpouring love of complete strangers!

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  • Jessica says:

    Why did they let their taxes get so far behind? Did they get stuck with penalty fees? And, that’s low for three years of taxes! I live in an average house in my city in Ohio, and my taxes are $2,900 per year. Did they try to work out a payment plan, given their finances? How are they going to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

    Also, I heard that Etsy fees went up recently. I buy a lot of indie dyed yarn and notions from the site. Did the fees eat up a lot of your earnings?

    • Jennifer R Osborn says:

      Did you read the entire post? Her mother is disabled and her father has cancer. Have you ever had cancer? It’s terrifying not to mention unbelievably expensive. Many cancer stricken people are unable to work.

    • Deb says:

      Seriously? This is what you took from her story?

      The point of the story is how she made money in a short time frame.

  • Laura says:

    That’s awesome! I am very happy for you and your parents. : )

  • Esther Suh says:

    Thank you for sharing your amazing story!! It’s a great reminder that good and kind people are out there in the world, as well as your heart to help your parents out. Love your craft idea…keep going!!

  • Kirsten McTernan says:

    That’s so encouraging to read! Thank you for sharing. I’m so happy for you and your parents!

  • Stephanie says:

    What an inspiring story! Way to stick your neck out there Dezaree!

  • Denise says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love how you made something cute and tangible instead of just a go fund me account 🙂

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  • Stephanie B says:

    I loved this!

  • Jennifer R Osborn says:

    I love your message! You are a credit to your parents. They must be so proud.

  • Miranda says:

    What a wonderful story. That is so awesome that you took a risk to help your parents. I love the symbol of the turtle. Last year was a really rough year with my heart condition. But my focus phrase for the year was “keep moving forward.” Like a turtle, I kept inching forward and I made progress despite moving slowly! Thanks for sharing!

  • Monica says:

    Good for you! I’d much rather support someone’s effort rather than just donate to a go fund me account. You took initiative to DO something and were rewarded. We will all have struggles and it is a blessing when someone has the heart to be a DO – er!

  • Joy says:

    What an inspiring story! Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve been considering starting an Etsy shop, and this really encouraged me to get started on it!

  • JJ says:

    What you did was an incredible act of love! Such encouragement for your parents!!! That probably gave them the extra umph to keep fighting cancer and to keep pressing on. Thank you for sharing!!!

  • Selena Ray says:

    The bracelet is adorbs and your story is so encouraging. Makes me want to make something to sell on etsy. 🙂

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