No Etsy sales try this instead.

Trade / barter from other Etsy sellers!  

A few years back my shop was super slow with holiday sales so I decided to trade for Christmas holiday gifts for my family.  

Suddenly stock that had sat idle for months became “hot cakes” being traded for gifts that I would still otherwise need to buy with cash!

It definitely was a positive, memorable and rewarding experience.

Here are 4 steps to get you started:

1.) Etsy teams are the best resource in finding other sellers that are trade friendly 3 of my favorites are:  Etsy trade team –Etsy trade-a-holics and team Search results for “trade” on the Etsy teams pages renders 283 results so the choice is yours to pick compatible teams.

2.)Rules rules rules: A must read to learn the Etsy ins and outs of trades. Etsy help / trades

3.) Pricing : This is a time and situation where it’s super important to price what your item is worth don’t under trade your hard work!

4.) Have fun!

I know this system of bartering may not be for everyone.  We all have different goals and reasons why we’re on Etsy, this was a way I found productivity and positivity when sales were not happening for me.

Please leave a comment I’d love to hear your feelings or experiences with Etsy trades!

-Christina (Hazelhoney)


Diy wedding / party flower stake tutorial

So I think these unique stakes work well added to small bouquets in mismatched glass jars.

  1. Gather supplies
  • Fabric
  • Embroidery hoop 3″
  • Water soluble pen
  • Embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Small glass seed bead
  • Quilters batting

2. Write letter, cut and hoop fabric.

    3. Stitch

    4. Bead

    1. Cut shape add back

    2. With right sides together sew leaving an opening at bottom for turning.  Notch around edges.

    3. Turn right sides out add batting inside and stitch around the edge.

    4. Add 4 beads at a time then twist wire do 3 to 4x for the top.  Poke wire through the top then through middle and out the bottom and continue beading.


    Christina (Hazelhoney)