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Welcome to Prospero's Blog! My wife Mollie and I work together in our Rough Magic studio on the coast of Maine. I've always loved old books, memorabilia, curiosities and Americana (especially 19th century dramatic literature) and am happy to share my discoveries in my Etsy Shops. Please come by and browse ~ there's just no telling what you'll find!

August 20, 2010

Goodbye Website, Hello Etsy!

Earlier this week my website rode off into a not so glorious cyber sunset.

When first went online in the fall of 2007, I had high hopes. For the next couple of years I worked diligently, listing first our own publications and later several hundred antiquarian and vintage books.

In June of 2008 Mollie, who had at first shared the site with me, took her 50%, Rough Magic Creations, to and the following November opened her holiday shop there.

At her urging, I opened my Etsy shop, ProsperosBookshelf, in January 2009, and am now approaching my 100th sale of vintage items. As compared to a grand total of 30 sales from the website in its three-year lifespan.

I could rant about the monetary cost of the site, its ponderous shopping cart and unreliable view tracker, but I won't belabor the point.

Hello Etsy! 

I've recently opened my second Etsy shop, FeedbackTheatrebooks, where all our publications now reside.

Will our audience find us there? It remains to be seen.

Do I regret the change? Not for an instant.


Kanokwalee said...

Congratulations on the move Joe. I'm sure you will find big success on Etsy.

Best of luck to you!


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Rebecca said...

Sounds like this is the most promising route for you. I wish you continued sales and success, Joe! And now I'm a happy follower too!


You ROCK the Printing Presses Joe!!
I KNOW you will do well on Etsy....and beyond!!!
Congratulations on the new Blog and your new Adventure in Etsyland!

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