I get dressed and accessorized in my bathroom. The problem is, all my jewelry holders and boxes are on the dresser in my bedroom…not exactly a long walk away, but my favorite pieces of jewelry tend to wind up on my bathroom counter, so while getting ready I usually just pick up whatever is around in the bathroom. Thus, I frequently neglect all the fun jewelry that’s sitting in the jewelry holders in the bedroom nearby.
I liked the idea of this antique rake jewelry holder because I can utilize the limited wallspace in my bathroom to hang some more jewelry in there, and then I’ll be more likely to wear more of what I own, since it’ll be right there in my face!
I didn’t have any cool antique rake heads lying around, so I decided to buy myself some since I liked this idea so much. I found not one, but two awesome rake heads for sale on Etsy at thejunkman.
After bothering my handy husband to attach them to the wall, I went to town hanging all my necklaces. Here’s the final result (I apologize for the awful shadows):
The silver single pearl, antique gold knot, and fabric rosette necklaces are all from Etsy.
The two long strands of pearls, large teal crystal,bird’s nest, and purple gem necklaces are all from Etsy. The aqua necklace is similar to one I have for sale in my shop.
I think now I might add a length of twine or ribbon across the top of the rakes so I can hang even more dangling earrings in here. Exciting!
I’m guessing by now you have (hopefully) heard about Etsy’s change in its default search mode. Check it out here. To sum it up, search results are now sorted by relevancy to search terms rather than recency.
So, I’m curious, what do you think? As a newbie shop, I was slightly optimistic that this would boost my views. I had been relisting a handful of items about once a week, but let’s face it, in the over-saturated Etsy jewelry market, I’m not sure if that was very useful. It seems like search results based on relevancy would even the playing field somewhat. However, I’ve been reading all sorts of negative comments and assorted freakage in the forums, which got me worried.
I’ve been taking a lot of time to re-do all my titles and all my tags to try to make everything as concise and relevant as possible. The hardest thing is just getting into the mind of the buyer. Today I actually tried using search terms that I’d use to find my items, but that’s the thing, they’re terms *I* would use. A lot of my earrings fall into the categories of “old hollywood” or “old glamour” style to me. I see other people use “estate sale style” or “glam” or even “retro glam” instead. Do buyers use these sort of terms? I’ve no clue. I guess it’s really just a question of trial and error and using Etsy shop stats to see what keywords are really being used.
I was at least pleasantly surprised to see that a few of my items do show up on the first few pages of a common phrased search. For example, these little cuties show up on page 1 of a search for “bird nest earrings” (let’s hope I don’t jinx myself here).