Tuesday, September 29, 2009
SupplyRiot. The little Etsy shop that has kept me in business for nearly 2 years. But sometimes you have to learn to let things go, and for me, right now, it is that time.
I was able to open shop with a $500 loan from a friend, and from there it really has been a fantastic experience. I've learned a lot about business, marketing, promotion, wholesale purchasing, and so much more. I've connected with so many AMAZING people, more loyal & dedicated customers than I could have hoped for, and some really great friends that I never would have met otherwise.
Lately, however, I've come up against a brick wall that will not allow me to continue this business. At first I was so frustrated and upset and I kept trying to scramble for the resources that I would have needed to keep SupplyRiot afloat. It has taken some time, but I now realize that it needs to sink. SupplyRiot is not where my passion lies. It was a temporary way to make money, and I had a lot of fun. Making money is one thing. I can do that in a lot of ways without spending every waking moment trying to promote a business that does not fulfill my purpose. It is time to work for money, and spend every other waking moment painting and promoting my artwork. THAT is where I belong, and where my energy and time needs to be.
So I want to take a moment to sincerely thank every single person who has come to my little Etsy shop, with a special thanks to those of you who have come back time and again and suggested me to your friends. I can't express how grateful I am to all of you who have supported me in more ways than I can count, from the Etsy Supply Street Team to each new customer and friend. Thank You!
Two final notes:
First, I am leaving the shop open until I sell the remainder of my stock. I can sell each item individually as listed, or if you would like to buy a quantity of things (like all of my washi paper, for example) send me an email or convo and we can work out a deal (yay for deals!).
Finally, I will be offering limited supplies (like ring blanks, for example, and a couple of other relevant items) in my art shop on Etsy. Check out LeaKArts.etsy.com for updates over the coming weeks!