Friday, September 16, 2011

what's your SALES year ? {part 2}

 :: in the year 2745 ::
::  top row ::
configuration by janellelile

::  2nd row :: 
outerspace tea towel by leahduncan
asymmetrical spiked pumps by VileBroccoliFur

:: 3rd row ::
house pendant necklace by ARTISANIEeurope
geometric isosceles triangle necklace by petitor
mixed media artwork by JudithandWhales

:: 4th row ::

handpainted silk pastel shirt by Relogyyy
geometric linocut print by srajab1
urban ring by daddy d design
backless dress by lufeiannawang


what if your number of Etsy shop sales (or artfire shop sales, or... etc)  was translated into a year?

we've all been there. at 0. year 0.
waiting waiting for that 1st sale.

and then yay! it happens.
and it's 1.
and hopefully it builds and builds and eventually we get to numbers we at one time only dreamt of.
ah, life's like that, isn't it!

ten. one hundred. etc.

well that's the happy case for me.

and then this time last year my my sales were about to cross over with my own living years. funny!

last i reached 1969 sales in my rikrak etsy shop.
and i thought to myself... .1969 - i love that number...what a great year!
i wrote about it here. 

now i'm at 2745... some unfathomable date in the future! (cue wacky space music!)
oh the fantastical things that number makes me think about... 

so i asked around to some other lovely handmade sellers ... what does your sales #, translated into a calendar year, bring to mind!
here are what some of your wrote last year.

for example:

last year i was at 1969:
what a great a groovy year!

john lennon records *give peace a chance* in the montreal bed-in.
the first human lands on the moon.
the brady bunch premieres.
& woodstock shook the world.

or now i'm at  
... in 2745 i'm hoping for a peaceful, quiet, space-agey world with humankind having learned how to co-exist happily. 
(and we all make arts and crafts and play games all day!) 
and just for fun, i'm predicting pale tones rule the colour palette and  humans can gracefully zoom around flying.  we've all decided to slow things down and spend more time talking & laughing together then fighting & complaining. cheers to that!


so here's what some other fabulous sellers had to say about their sales/year! reflections from the past, or predictions into the future! (we can all dream to be there, can't we?!)


my year is 1507. the year the mona lisa was completed. kinda cool.


Back in 665 people were going through their own version of "Y2K"... but more like "Y2-666" :)... They were pretty terrified to enter the Year of the Beast! On Dec 31st, they counted down 10, 9, 8... worrying that all the candles would get blown out and not re-ignite... 7, 6, 5, scared that all the cows would go dry... 4, 3, 2, petrified that the ground would open them up and swallow them whole... 1!!!!! 666 came and went...everyone was ok. Then they all partied like it was 1999.



I'd see my sales year of 3533 in 2 ways. The 1st being more of a reality, the 2nd being a hope for the future. Realistically I envision a landscape much like I picture Arizona to be. Wide open dust bowls, tumble weeds, roadrunners. What I would hope for though? I boom of life reminiscent of New Zealand. Lush, giant, overrun and full of brand new possibilities :)


Well, I am still a long ways back, that year the Roman Empire was given control of the Eastern Empire and Maximinus Thrax or Maxumimus I (Roman Emperor) was born. I am not sure exactly how that helps, but I think it just means that I am off to a great start and only more good can come! Thanks for the fun!


 maria : 683
Hmmm, not easy to find events in the year 683 - though I did find this interesting:

The first uses of a "goose-egg" sign for zero appear about this time in Cambodia and Sumatra, although the Chinese had long used an empty space as a placeholder and later Mesopotamian numeration also used a sign as a placeholder; it is not clear when zero comes to be understood as a number and not just a placeholder.


I am currently in the year 68.
In the year 68 AD Nero, the Roman Emperor, committed suicide. Yeesh!
On a lighter note, the Gospel of Mark was likely written.
Can't wait to get to the year 100!


In 425 AD, the Roman empire was headed to its end - But that's okay, because the Byzantine era came next, and it was pretty cool, too.


coreymarie : 150

I'm only at 150, but that's pretty exciting! 150 AD was a time of atlases, paper and, ooh, "geocentric cosmology" which is deliciously nerdy.


vadjutka : 213
I would be in 213 AD ....maybe in Rome, under the rule of Emperor Caracalla...or maybe in China, I would be Cao Cao, the prime minister of the Han dinasty :-)))


off the hooks: now 279

I had a strange coincidence back (last) September when my shop sales hit 80 on the same day that my grama turned 80. I also realised that day that my first etsy front page was 08/08/08!! I wrote a little blog post about it, i was so excited:


44 BC:

Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March!

44 AD:

Nuttin...nuttin happened, at least no one blogged about it on their slates and that's why I couldn't find anything!

Time to keep making sales so I can catch up the the British Invasion of the 60's!!!


hahaha. I only have 44 sales at the moment so.......
Sep 2nd BC - Pharaoh Cleopatra VII of Egypt declares her son co-ruler as Ptolemy XV Caesarion.

Sep 2nd BC - The first of Cicero’s Philippics (oratorical attacks) on Mark Antony. He will make 14 of them over the next several months.

Mar 15th BC - Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, is stabbed to death by Marcus Junius Brutus, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Decimus Junius Brutus and several other Roman senators on the Ides of March.

Whoo hoo! Crazy year!


Year 1348 (MCCCXLVIII)

Oh no, my year was not a good year, The Black Death was running rampant, this must explain the black cloud over my head. Gotta sell something to remove this cursed plague! : ) 


okee dokee!
so there are some fabulous etsyans, marking various wonderful years with their sales!

how about you?

what # are you at and what does that year make you think of?
come play!


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  1. Love this fun post on yearly sales!!! It's so very interesting to hear about other shop owners and their sales/goals. Thank you for including my print, too! How fun!

  2. This is a very FUN idea! Liked reading everyone's thoughts.

  3. 2486. there will apparently be a solar eclipse that year. also, i'm pretty sure that the character of captain malcolm reynolds was born in 2486. yeah, i'm a nerd.

  4. you're so welcome, stacy! thanks for making lovely things.

    me too, tessa!

    shanalee: love it! thanks for playing!

  5. so fun! I usually don't associate a number with a year unless it starts with a 19 or a 20 so my number of sales (15) would never have made me think of a year until you mentioned it!

    according to wikipedia, 15 AD was...not very eventful. lots of Romans but nothing terribly exciting. I tried 15 BC too...still not very exciting :)

    I love all your picks at the top of the post - gorgeous!!

  6. oh, and I'm Janelle, by the way - that's my collage at the top :)

  7. so happy to have you, janelle. and thanks for sharing!

  8. 681 AD

    Pope Agatho, died.
    Bulgaria is founded as Khanate on the south bank of Danbe, after defeating the Byzantine armies of Emperor Constantine IV south of the Danbe delta.
    (source from

    Ha! How would have I ever known these if it wasn't for this fun post? :) Hope all the sales on Etsy grow and prosper!

    Thank you for having me!

  9. great post!

    i'm at 2072 - a date I could actually see in the future! If so I'll be 90! I think (hope) the world will be more eco-friendly, more locally sourced, and everyone will finally have a flying car. I'll probably be too old to drive one though. : )

  10. I feel lucky that I found this post! I found it through a Facebook post by Amy of The Peach Tree...the idea is really fun and definitely not something I've seen around the blogosphere!

    I've got some really ancient history...

    In year 19 AD,
    Germanicus Julius Caesar dies from poison and claims he was poisoned by the governor of Syria.

    In year 19 BC,
    Virgil, the Roman poet, passes away.

  11. I am at 2677!! Last year...Year 1348 (MCCCXLVIII)

  12. love it, petitor!

    so fun, freshly! love your vision!

    welcome welcome danica! love your insights!

    and cheers to that, kelly!


thanks so much for your comments, nicies!
it's a joy to read what everyone writes here.
thank you!