Last night I received a lovely little e-mail from someone I met through Lollishops. (I am not going to say who it is because I don't want to cause any trouble for them.) They read my previous blog posts concerning selling venues and saw a mock up of a suggestion I posted to the Lollishops forums before they disappeared.
My kind friend thought that I should make my own selling venue for people who make handmade. This has been suggested to me a few times before so I thought I would address it here. I am deeply flattered that people think I have the ability and objectivity to do this and make it work. I would be lying if I said it hadn't ever crossed my mind. But never seriously.
My intent for studying these sites so carefully was never to make my own. The only reason I did it was an attempt to figure out how to make it work for me and be another facet of my business. As I pointed out in my previous post, I don't think I can make some of them work. If I ever did choose to do something like that, I would probably make it just for bear artists.
Over the years I have also considered opening a real life shop filled with fun things, but I have never done that either. The reason I don't consider it seriously is because I don't want to be a slave to that type of business. I like having the autonomy to work when I feel like it for 5 days straight in a creative haze and then doing nothing for 3 days. I am an artist at heart and at personality. While I like the freedom to make my own website look any way I choose to reflect my own style, I don't want to take on that responsibility for a large group. I think owning a shop or a website of that nature would suck the soul right out of my creativity...and vice versa.
So thank you to everyone who has suggested it along the way, but no thank you. *smiles*