I am trying so hard to not cry when typing this....ok too late, Mrs. Waterworks over here....after nearly 3 and a half years of being in business, I chose today as the day I close her doors forever. Maybe it's the recession, maybe my 7 negative feedbacks, or maybe a shift in the market trend, I don't know but after 943 sales and 3 different locations, minxden is now no more. It feels that a part of my soul is now gone too, I put so much hard work into this shop, and for a while there minxden was thriving beautifully, I thought I could easily make it to 1,000 or more sales. I was 57 pillows short of my goal...only 57. In a way, I feel like I have failed. Like dropping dead of a heart attack in the last 50 meters of a 10K race...I was so close to 1,000 sales. I hate failure like no tomorrow. I kept minxden alive as long as I could, and seeing my 2nd etsy shop boom in sales in the past 4 months, that could of contributed to the slow death of minxden. As I take a very long deep breath in my shaky lungs, I know for certain I will have those who negatively critized me and minxden say these 4 dreaded words to my face "I told you so...." I tried so hard to show them different, to prove my negative critics wrong...and I am so damn mad at myself for not making it with this shop...I knew I did something majorly wrong if minxden couldn't last 4 years...what did I do wrong? where did I go wrong? were my prices too high? too low? the fabrics? were they not nice enough? my craftsmanship? was it lacking? did I not advertise like I should have? about 100 questions are going through my mind and I pray that only by the grace of God himself that Minxdenpartdeux, my 2nd etsy shop will do so much better...it sucks to fail once, but to fail twice at the same thing, that won't do in my life. That won't do.
Well with the few pillows I have left, I will simply donate for good causes, and give to loved ones as gifts I guess.