Wednesday, January 7, 2009

My first foray into marketing art - ARTFIRE

ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

I have given away a lot of my art work either as cards,gifts, simply to create space for something else or because someone really loved my work and wanted it... but this is the first time I have decided to put a price to my work.

To say that I have the jitters, is an understatement.. what if no one liked it? what if the price is too high or low? what do I know about shipping? I know the shipping amount etc I put in Artfire is dumb..but I thought in case someone likes my work and gets in touch, then I would find out the actual price. But right now, without a buyer, and the whole wide world in front with potential buyers (I am being very optimistic), how can I fix a country or a certain shipping price????. Also, there are no people from India, in Artfire that I could find...

So what do I do??

Anyway, I just signed up for free and decided that I will take a month before deciding whether to sign up for life..

I saw that Nicole at Beadwright was raving about Artfire..and hence I decided to try it out ..

Oh .. I named my online 'shop' SWAPAS which means 'artistic'.. the actual spelling given was 'Svapas' but I substituted a 'w' for 'v'. It resembles my name..artistic license of course!

Wish me luck friends...


  1. Congratulations dearie! and best of luck!! dont fret babes... you rock!!

  2. I just wanted to stop by to say WELCOME to ArtFire. We are so glad that you have decided to add your creative voice to the ArtFire community.


  3. Good luck Swapna, what a great way to start the new year:):) I am on Etsy, and thinking about Artfire or 1000 Markets as a second selling venue. Still reading forums to get a better feel for which one will better suit my jewelry:)

  4. Yay! Congrats on making the first step to get your lovely art into the world. Your shop looks nice. I would look into the shipping rates now with your post office. You don't want to scare someone away with the wrong amount. Lots of people are too shy to contact someone about the real rate. Good luck!

  5. hi,
    you have asked a question at my blog regarding entrecard widgets and google ads, i did not do anything extra but insert entrecard html and google's. hope i can help you.

  6. Congratulations and good luck on ArtFire. I've been contemplating joining too...

  7. well of course i do...and i have to go see what is there to be certain!

  8. oh I saw some lovely, lovely work!