Our first non-family member Etsy sale took place on October 30th, 2010.  I remember how exciting it was - a stranger wanted to buy our products! Over the last year we've sold just over 700 items.  It's not quite a quit your day job worthy number, but it's impressive all the same (at least to us).  Throughout that time, I've been routinely fascinated by the power of Etsy.  The site is incredibly far-reaching.  As an Etsy seller, that means that our customer base is huge, basically world-wide.  That also means that competition is greatly increased, but I think the trade-off is definitely worth it. I was curious as to just how far and how many places our products have been, so I created a google map to find out.  (You must click to appreciate it....really).

Map of our Etsy Orders

Pretty impressive, huh?  We've sold to many places we've been (Cary, NC), many places I'd like to see (Hawaii anyone?)  and even one or two that I had never heard of (Twead Heads?). For those who argue that our green living philosophy doesn't allow for international shipping: we made the decision early on that Belle Terre was to be a sustainable business.  Sustainable means many things, but one part of that focus for us is the reality that the business  needs to sustain itself by making a modest profit.  Cutting off a large customer base was just not an option.  So, we're shipping goods.  All over the world.  Literally. I hope to be able to add to this map after another year of business on Etsy to see just how far we can go. As always, many many thanks to our wonderful customers (both on and offline) who made this first year of business so amazing for us.  With your support, we are building the business we dreamed about and we are forever grateful.

PS: After all the time spent adding cities, I found out that Google limits the number of pins on a map.  Ooops.  So sorry to our friends in the Ukraine who didn't quite make it and anyone else we may have unknowingly missed.

Comments

Jenn from Chucka Stone Designs:

What a nifty little experiment you have done!

Wow, I’m trying my best to get my business up and rolling right now and if I can say that I’ve had 700 sales in a year you can bet your butt I’ll totally do the same thing! Can you pack me in your suitcase and take me with you to Hawaii??? :-)

Jul 04, 2015

Mary:

What a great idea! Congratulations on your one year anniversary, and for reaching so many people!

Jul 04, 2015

Derfla:

That map is awesome and so impressive! Congrats on a great first year on Etsy :) I really like your description of what sustainable means to you. That was a good decision to go global!

Jul 04, 2015

Julia:

Many thanks :)

Jul 04, 2015

Jeanne:

Next stop…. Infinity & Beyond!
Happy Anniversary Belle Terre!!

Jul 04, 2015

Earnest Efforts:

Too cool! Congrats!!! Heather

Jul 04, 2015

Julia:

You guys are so sweet, thank you for the kind words! :)

Jul 04, 2015

karuski:

Congrats on your success! As an indie entrepreneur I find it extremely important to reach out for international customer base, even if it’s a small one. And I love to have people liking my items no matter where they live!

Jul 04, 2015

Melissa:

What a fun idea – to mark on a world map where your lovely products have been purchases.

Jul 04, 2015

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