For those of you who do not know, I run a shop on Etsy.com called ‘Kustom By Kelsie’. Â I sell hand-written coffee mugs. Â Check out my site HERE.
I started my shop after I began hand-knitting and arm-knitting scarves. Â Everyone wanted one, and a friend of mine encouraged me to open up my own shop. Â After getting everything set up and posting my listings on my site, I decided to add a “long-distance quote” coffee mug photo to my site that I had just made for one of my best friends in Iowa.
Â Photo Below:
After posting the listing, I got so many orders within the first week! Â It was crazy how nuts people went over this item! Â I didn’t fully think everything through and ended up eating a lot of the cost with my first few listings after realizing shipping charges are insane, but eventually got the pricing right! Â Even when I raised prices and shipping, the orders kept flowing in! Â It was then that I decided to branch out and create some other sayings on my mugs.
I now sell a variety of custom coffee mugs:
Lately, I think the craze of these mugs has died down, since I don’t see as many orders as I am used to, but I am okay with that! Â Handmade, made-to-order items definitely cost a lot more than mass-produced, ready to order items.Â I still get some spurts of orders here and there, which is good. Â My favorite part of selling my mugs isÂ interacting with my customers and hearing how much they love my products! Â I think they love the fact that they are hand-made and can speak to an actual person when they have questions or want to change things.
I will be filming a how-to video soon on how I make my mugs, so watch out for that on here and my YouTube Channel!