Some of you may not know that I have a small shop set up on Big Cartel. I used to run an Etsy shop but to be honest, the cost was keeping me from doing too much. Between the fees for setting up and the fees for selling and the Paypal fees…I wasn’t getting anywhere. I did some research and decided to start a shop using Big Cartel. It allows a seller to start up a small shop for free. You can list up to five free items. One downside is that you can only download one picture so it’s very important to be creative. A site like PicMonkey becomes very useful in these situations. Another downside is that it doesn’t have the community that Etsy does. It does have a gallery for anyone looking for a certain category to shop but it’s not the same as Etsy. First, one has to know to go there and look for what they need. Where a buyer could go to Etsy and just type in what they are looking for and go from there, this option requires the seller to do a great deal of sharing to get their shop publicized. My shop is small but mighty. I am going to keep it seasonal so that items don’t get stale and you may find just what you are looking for no matter the season. As my business grows so will my shop.