2012 has been an amazing year for Storied Threads. Last Christmas season, I saw a sudden spike in my Etsy sales, and was amazed by it. But I thought, “There’s no way this will keep up through the new year. Don’t be surprised when it goes back to normal in January.” It turned out, though, that January didn’t really slow down at all. And as I kept adding new items and new designs to the shop, I kept getting new customers — and throughout 2012, business has consistently grown for me. And as you know, at the end of October, I finally quit my day job and became fully self-employed at Storied Threads. Which is a thing I sometimes thought would never happen. More than once, people like Mike and Kate had to push me to keep going through the rough times — and I am so glad they did. And this Christmas season has only re-affirmed my choice as a good one, because even working a minimum of 8 hours a day, 7 days a week, I’m having trouble keeping up.
As we go into 2013, my goal is to not only keep up on the things I already do, but to keep adding new kinds of things to the shop. I recently unveiled a sneak peek of our replica Loki Stuttgart scarf, which will be for sale at Arisia (and for which I’m now taking pre-orders for those who won’t make it to the con!).
I also have plans to change my website a bit, moving all sales over to Etsy. Managing the Etsy shop as well as the “In Stock” page on the website has simply proved a bit unwieldy, and I think that having everything in one place will be much easier and smoother — both for me, and for my customers.
I’m also adding cons to my list of vending opportunities next year, with both Arisia and ConnectiCon being added to my roster. I’ve never vended a con before, so I suspect there will be a bit of a learning curve involved, but it’s something I’m really excited to add to my calendar.
I’m even looking into creating my own fabric prints over at Spoonflower. I created my first yesterday, using my Agent Coulson Lives design, and as soon as I’m able to offer it for sale, I’ll announce it to all of you.
So, yeah. We’ve had an awesome year here, full of growth and change. And I’m looking forward to more of the same next year!