Monday, 4 May 2009

Farewell Folksy

So, I've shut my Folksy shop down. Or at least I've de-listed all of my items and taken my Folksy button off this blog, I can't actually work out how to get rid of the shop - presumably it just hangs in the ether, all empty and sad until a server somewhere runs out of space.

I never sold anything, my stuff wasn't that good, and it was just annoying me. Folksy has a wonderful community of sellers, but the site itself is slow, looks dated, and has a squillion bugs that annoy the hell out of me. I think it was initially aimed at trendy young arts graduates who wanted to revolutionise the design world, but it's found itself populated by stay at home mums who love craft and want to make a little bit of money, and it doesn't quite know what to do with us all. Ho hum.

Onwards and upwards then? Sort of. I'm still thinking about making things to sell, but I haven't got much further than thinking. I've been dabbling with some more hand printed t-shirts for kids, but the results weren't satisfactory so I've really shelved the idea.

I need to get organised, sort my cupboard under the stairs 'studio' out, and start planning things properly. Although at the minute I feel like I need about 12 extra hours in the day in order to do that. I'm doing extra days at work most weeks, and Munchkin takes up a huge amount of time (although I love it that she does). Family pickled weasel goes on holiday in a couple of weeks time, so maybe I'll aim to start when we get back.

Anyhoo, to cheer myself up, I've bought this:

It's from A Cuppa Jewels over at Coriandr, which is where I'll set up shop when I get round to selling again. See, I'm still contributing to the British craft scene, albeit in a small way :)


  1. Good luck with your new shop as and when - I've left you a comment on your thread regarding closing up.

  2. All the best for your new venture!

  3. Good luck with Coriandr. I feel exactly the same way about Folksy and will probably be shutting my shop down there too at some point.

  4. I also feel the same about Folksy. I've wondered many a time recently about properly shutting up shop but I seem to be letting it just languish to death... no relisting things that have expired, no listing new things, heck, I haven't even put anything into categories or updated postage.

    Best of luck with Coriandr as and when, you'll probably see a lot of familiar faces over there :)

  5. It's a shame about Folksy, I really thought it was going to take off. I can definitely recommend Coriandr when you're ready to set up shop again, and you will see a few people you recognise over there, I'm sure. ;-)

  6. good luck with your new shop

    I feel the same about folksy and I can't be bothered listing anything new anymore

  7. I haven't had any problems with folksy (apart from when it was incredibly slow but that seems to be OK now). I'm not a SAHM and I'm not looking to make pin money either. I think the success of a hand made site is to promote, support and be in at the beginning.
    Good luck with Coriandr - perhaps you will try Folksy again in the future?

  8. Thanks peeps!
    @CGGE - sorry if you've taken offence from my post. I appreciate that not everyone on Folksy is a stay at home mum. I agree that the success of a hand made site is to promote, support and be in at the beginning. I think this is what a huge number of Folksy sellers do. However, Folksy isn't for me, for a variety of reasons. I've tried Folksy for about 4 months, and now I've decided to move on. I doubt I'd try Folksy again in the future, but stranger things have happened at sea :)