How loveswhore got started
Introduce your Etsy shop and tell us your story. How did you begin and decide on what to sell on Etsy, and how do you create your products?
I'm Melissa Jackson from LovesWhore. I started selling on Etsy a few years ago after receiving great feedback on my products that I was selling at local kink events (SinnCityy and various other kink meetups). I basically started designing girly bdsm equipment because there simply wasn't any on the market at the time. So my designs came out of a need for what I myself was looking for. I quickly realized many other people were interested in custom kink items as well. I create, /photograph, etc. everything for my shop myself. I source as many supplies as possible locally through other Etsy shops and actually create a lot of my own charms etc
What are your favorite items? What makes these so special? Why do you think these items might be selling well?
My favorite items are my various designs of daddy's girl pants, my rose bondage ropes, and my custom rhinestone collars. These items are my favorites because they were some of my very first designs, and while most of my work has been copied by others at this point, I know I was the first to list and come up with these designs back when no one else was selling such products. They're definitely some of my best sellers, and I believe it's because they're all super cute, very reasonably priced, and people love to be able to customize items, and I offer such a large variety of different options for these three specific items that there's something for everyone's tastes.
Getting sales on Etsy
How long did it take for you to earn your first sale and how do you currently attract customers to your Etsy shop?
I think I made my first sale the day my shop opened. I definitely wasn't prepared for the volume of orders that came in when I first started; I had to have things on backorder for weeks, but my customers were very understanding. I use Instagram, various subreddits, Etsy advertising, my onlyfans, and fetlife to promote my shop.
How do you manage your shop? Are you running solo or do you have any team members? What tools or services do you use to run your shop and how do you handle fulfillment?
Everything is done by me. All orders are made to order, so as soon as an order arrives, I start working on the customers' items that day. I don't use any tools or apps to run my shop. Just the Etsy website. I don't even have the Etsy app! I package everything in recycled boxes and envelopes and ship it a few times a week.
The future of loveswhore
What goals do you have for your shop in the future?
I would like to expand as much as possible and continue growing my sales! I hope to build the LovesWhore brand and branch out into a few other things
Advice for new sellers
What’s your advice for a new seller starting an Etsy shop?
Just do it! Go all in, put your heart and soul into your business, and know that you will succeed. I truly believe small businesses are the future.💗