Wow! That’s all I can say…wow! God never ceases to knock my socks off (forgive the cliché)!
Like so many of my fellow Etsians, I’ve been experiencing a slump is sales these past couple of weeks. A big slump. As in, NO sales. It can get pretty discouraging. But, like the worker bee that I am, I’ve been plugging away and doing what I can. I spent some quality time improving my tag words, trying to make my shop more seeker-friendly…if Google can find me, anybody can. Unfortunately, Google hasn’t found me just yet, but maybe soon!
Then I focused on my photography. I enlisted the help of my Etsy associates, some of whom are professional photographers in real life, and got to work. I had great fun with that! Yesterday’s overcast sky and our snow-covered surroundings made for a PERFECT picture day, absolutely perfect! I was so happy with how the pictures were coming out that I think I ended up taking new photos of almost everything in my shop. And I’m very pleased with the results. (You can check it out if you’d like) 🙂
And most importantly, I’ve been praying. “Lord, You know I’m running out of supplies, need a new blade for my rotary cutter, am low on lining fabric…oh yeah, did I mention I’ve got no more cool pockets to put on my bags and that I’ll probably need to visit Goodwill soon?” As always, I hear Him ask, “Do you trust Me?” “Yes, Lord. I do trust You. I’ll wait. Help me be patient. I really do know that Your timing and Your plans work best.”
So I wait. Or, at least I try to wait. I keep checking my e-mail….too many times….for that ever elusive, “Congratulations on your Etsy sale!” Please tell me you’ve been there, too! It seems like I’m checking my in-box every 5 minutes. Did I get an order yet? How about now? Now? Oh, come on!!!
Then, last night, just before heading to bed, I checked the e-mail again. No sales. But wait! What’s this???
re: Biddeford Winter Farmer’s market
Hi Malaika, You are invited to have a stall at the 1st Biddeford Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday, 9 – 1. Just confirm that you can come and I’ll send the details of loading in etc.
What!? What’s this? Thank You, Lord! I had sent in my information when I first heard about this, but I honestly didn’t think anything would come of it. My items didn’t quite fit the characteristics of the types of crafts they were looking for. Well, sort of, but it was a bit of a stretch….anyway….WOW! This was better than an Etsy sale! Face to face selling opportunity…I LOVE those!
Here I was, all week, just praying for someone to visit my on-line shop and place an order, and God was working something bigger. I should have known! That’s the way He works. I LOVE the way He works!
So, I’m off. I’ve got all sorts of little details that need to be attended to. Did I mention I’ve got a booth at the Biddeford Winter Farmer’s Market this weekend? (happy dance!). O.K., I’m done. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.
You can read more about the Biddeford Winter Farmer’s Market on the Sun Chronicle website.