Coasters…Coasters…and more COASTERS!

In the past week or so, I have been diving into the Esty world, and learning that it is a very vast world!  I opened my Tiffany O’Neill Photo shop on Etsy, and began uploading images of prints that people can buy.  I know that many people don’t change their artwork in their homes very often so that got me thinking of different ways to use my images.  

The first thing that I noticed was that there are copious amounts of coasters on Etsy.  I am clearly not inventing the wheel here.  I did notice that there are not many coasters of my home town, Cleveland, or Chagrin Falls for that matter.  So that is where my coasters come in.  I have many different images of Ohio, Cleveland, and Chagrin Falls, so I got to work.  I believe that these coasters could add to a home’s decor, and be some nice conversation pieces at a party.  

The first coasters that I thought of were Cleveland based.  We have many different landmarks in Cleveland, so these are just the beginning.  

Cleveland Skyline CoasterThis is a set of 4 coasters, all of which have my image of the Cleveland Skyline in Black and White.  

Cleveland Rocks!This set of coasters I call the CLEVELAND ROCKS! It has 2 coasters with the Skyline, and 2 coasters with an image of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  You can’t come to Cleveland and not see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! 

West Side MarketAnd finally we have my favorite landmark in Cleveland, the West Side Market.  One of the oldest markets in the nation!  

All of my coasters are made out of ceramic tile, with felt on the back to avoid scratching the tables.  That is the point of a coaster right…to protect the table?  All of the images are taken by me, Tiffany O’Neill, and are printed professionally.  These coasters can be purchased on my Esty shop for $25.o0 a set.  Please spread the word, and follow my journey on Etsy!  

Do you have a shop on Etsy?  If so, I would love to see it.  Please share! 

 

 

 

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Tiffany O’Neill Photography is on ETSY!

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For those of you that read my post yesterday, I was having a hard time whether or not to put my photography on Etsy.  I got some serious feedback, and it was ALL over the map.  I had photographers tell me that it is nearly impossible to sell photography as “art”, and I had entrepreneurs chirping in my ear tell me to “DO IT”.  So I figured, the compulsive nature in my belly wouldn’t give up unless I try.

My Etsy account is set up as Tiffany O’Neill Photo, and I am putting some of my most popular photos up on it in print form to start.  I figure to give me a little time to organize things, start with what I know, and that is prints.  I intend to expand my offerings in the coming months to calendars, framed images, stationary, cards, and coasters.  Get a little artzy on you!

So please, visit my Etsy site, and say hi, or favorite a picture, or follow the progress of my shop! That is why we have blogs right, for exposure? You can find my shop at this link: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TiffanyOneillPhoto

I hope you enjoy, and stop back, to see the progress!

*Food is Art is Life*

 

To ETSY…or not to ETSY????

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To Etsy…or not to Etsy, is the only question in my head today.  I am obsessed, so I thought I would throw it out to you, and hopefully I get some feed back.  I come from an entire family of free thinkers, artists, politicians, and entrepreneurs, so the question really isn’t if I should take a risk.  My entire family would encourage me to live my life to the fullest, and follow my heart, and live my dreams, which I cherish, and I do every day.  But right now I am at a very large cross road. 

Let me explain my Etsy situation…

I studied commercial photography, specializing in food photography from Ohio University, with a minor in fine art.  When I lived in Chicago I opened my own photography studio, and I was in heaven.  Life changed, and I moved to Ohio to open an amazing vegan bakery with my best friend, and it is a mad success.  But today, I crave deep in my bones to be the photographer again, I don’t know if it is because I just turned 30 or not, all I can say is I feel it.   So I thought maybe I could dabble in the Etsy world.  Multi task the bakery and the photography, it has been done before…right? 

I talked to my friend who had a shop on etsy, selling hand knit cowls, and she gave me some good advice.  She said that it was a lot of work marketing, the Etsy market is not what it was 5 years ago, it is very saturated now.  She also mentioned that with photography, you need to be more creative, than just put an image up.  Which I agree, and she gave me some great ideas on products that would sell.  Such as coasters, like to one you see above.  

I have many many many images that would be marketable in many different cities all over the country, so I believe I could reach far.  I also have many different ideas such as the coasters, cards, and many different items.  

I have a mixed bag of friends, and I know my artist friends would say, “jump in”, and I know my commercial advertising photography friends would most likely say “work on editorial marketing”.  I know that shouldn’t sway my opinion, but I guess I just need more feedback. 

So I suppose the question to all of you is, have you ever worked with Etsy?  Are you a photographer on Etsy?  Is it worth my time, and would you buy a product from my shop? 

Thanks in advance!