Friday, March 27, 2009

Etsy Artisan Interview - A Dusty Attic

A Dusty Attic came on the Etsy scene back in Feb 2007. You'll find vintage, supples, knitted items, and now, Alphabet photography. If you're a homeschooling mom, Lizzie is a perfect person to meet. She has a blog named A Dusty Frame, and can tell you about the groups she networks with. You may even get a few tips on soapmaking...

  • What's the name of your Etsy shop?

  • What types of products do you sell?
I sell an eclectic mix of vintage items, hand knit items, supplies, and Alphabet photography. The photo letters allow you to spell words or names.

  • What is your favorite item in your shop today?
Hand Knit Upcycled Recycled Wool Flower Pin in Red (there's free US shipping!)

  • How did you find out about Etsy? Where you a buyer before a seller?
I heard about it on the Ebay community boards actually. I signed up long ago and would come and look once in awhile but never really got my feet wet until Christmas 2008.

  • Are you involved with any of the Etsy teams?

I am involved with SHE team. SHE is a group of artisans that have the common bond of schooling our children at home. We have met through a variety of home schooling forums and through Etsy. Selling on Etsy is an outlet for our creative endeavors as well as a chance to supplement our families' income.

Our Blog and Yahoo Group

  • Over the years, what materials and mediums have you worked with? What's your favorite?
My Mom was always doing crafts so I think I've done everything. Shrinky Dinks, latch hook, quilting, sewing, you name it. Most recently I knit, scrapbook, make soap, and photograph interesting items.
  • Everyone knows images are important when selling on the internet. What's your procedure for taking photos of your products? Do you have any tips on taking better photographs?
Basically, I try to take photos in the daylight.

  • Do you have an online photo storage site, where we can see more about you and your surroundings?
No, I don't right now.

  • Are selling your products a full-time job, or do you have an additional occupation, outside the home?
I am home full time homeschooling my son. I'd love the online sales to be a full time income but I'm not there yet.

  • Are there additional venues where you sell your work?
I sell also on my blog.

  • We are all looking for good marketing advice. What's the best tip or trick you can share with us?
I believe that selling on established sites is much more profitable than going it alone. So, find out how the platform you've chosen works and get on board.

  • Where can people find out more about you - do you have a blog, website, instant messaging account?

I'm on Twitter and I blog at

OK. It's the storybeader's pick! Here's my favorite piece:


TiLT said...

ooohhh...vintage & supplies...I'm off...

A Dusty Frame said...

Thanks so much for the lovely interview!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Another great interview and another great shop :) Lovely things!

Linda said...

Very nice pictures and interview!

Waterrose said...

What a great interview and I love meeting new Etsyians.

MagdaleneJewels said...

Thanks for introducing us to a new Etsy artist.
Interesting interview - I am always very impressed with those who have the discipline to "Homeschool" their children.
Hope you come and join the Blogger's - a great and fun team!

BeadedTail said...

Wonderful interview and very nice shop!

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