For those of you thinking about getting into selling your crafts, supplies or even vintage items, then check these books out:
Etsy Selling Success: Cash in on Your Creations , Reynolds, Elyse
Sell Your Crafts Online , Dillehay, James
Craft Business Power: 15 Days to A Profitable Online Craft Business
Whether you want to sell on Etsy, Ebay, or another site, these books are great resources. They contain information on auctions verses stores. Packaging and Branding. Advertising/Marketing using different places such as Twitter, Facebook, blogging or Pinterest.
Finding crafting communities may be another option for talking about your work. Check out these places for a community you fit into. :
Bottom line is selling your art or crafts online takes work. It's not just about painting a picture and throwing it up on a website. You need to figure out how to find customers and how to help customers find you. Research takes work. Advertising/marketing takes work. Doing the financial part of selling takes work. Good photographing takes work. Many artists/crafts persons hate these sides of their work, but if you want to make money you have to do the work to invest in yourself.