Running my Etsy store has afforded me the opportunity to live the American Dream of owning my own business. To make it a success you have to set aside a consistent work week and put in the hours you would as if you were accountable to an employer.
I tried Etsy back in 2009 for about 4 months and did not find it to be a venue that would bring me the success I was looking for. I believe they were still trying to find their standing in the marketplace.
I starting scouting out local antique/craft malls to try my hand at resell and fell in love with the idea of having a small shop without the risks. I rented a small 10x10 space in a new mall that was opening up in my area. This worked for me at the time since you could do this with little to no investment.