I have just had my 100th (and 101st) sale on Folksy today and while I have a long way to go before I have made my first million or indeed made enough to craft as a job rather than a hobby, I thought these facts might be of interest to those struggling on Folksy.
I opened my shop in January 2013 and had my first sale on Feb 09 2013. Up until May this year I had listed things in my shop and occasionally added a link to my shop on my Facebook page but other than that I just let things go their own way generally trying to promote my makes on Facebook. Then in May I decided Facebook wasn’t really working for me and decided to spend much more time actively promoting my shop using these forums, adding links to Facebook, using pinterest and twitter and other social media occasionally and generally trying to promote folksy to everyone I knew.
These are the statistics of those first 100 sales
From Jan 2013- May 2014 (16 months) - no active promotion - 30 sales
From May 2014 - present (5.5months) - active promotion - 71 sales
Admittedly I have changed the focus of my shop recently but I really do feel that the active promotion is the main driving force for the sales I have had. So in summary all I can say is PROMOTE, PROMOTE, PROMOTE - it does work. The sales fairy is out there but she needs encouragement to visit you.
I love Folksy and will continue to work hard to promote my shop. I have a shop on the other side and although I have had a few sales there I don’t do enough promotion there to make it work the same (mainly because Im not sure how their forums work!) So now I’m off to do a bit more promotion and make a few more items for my shop!