Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Goodbye, SupplyRiot!

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!


Becky said...

Congrats Lea! I know that sounds weird but seriously it takes a lot of guts to make a change like that & I think it will do you a world of good. Best of luck!

JustJaynes said...

I just closed my supply shop, too. It was a tough decision, but needed to be done!

Denise said...

I know exactly how you feel and am working toward exactly the same thing in a sense. Selling supplies is taking much of my time (and does make money) but I really want to pursue the artistic side of things so I too am seriously destashing and downsizing my life. It may take a while to move all the inventory but I look forward to moving on. Good luck to you Lea! I wish you all the best - in life and in art!

Danielle said...

Go Lea! I will give you a hug the next time I see you! A big hug!

Stoneweaver said...

I know exactly what you mean - my shop is nearly empty right now cos I need to make more stock - but I'm too busy doing other things! Still, I managed to sneak in an order from you before you close!! What will I do for wahi paper when you are gone!?

LeaKarts said...

Thanks everyone! Becky, that doesn't sound weird--it's so true! Celia! I'll go check my shop! I'm sure there are some other washi sellers on Etsy by now ;) And I know what you mean, too--my art shop needs some serious attention right now! Let's get in gear! :)

Evie's Tool Emporium said...

Best of luck as you move onto new opportunities! We will miss you at ESST!

circleinthesand said...

awwwww, Lea, I'm so sorry to see you go, but I'm excited for you as you explore this new area of your life. I wish you all the best and hope you have much success doing what you really want to do!! Good luck sweetie!!!