well, i searched and searched and scoured and scoured and i finally settled on an e-commerce site to host Gold & Apel instead of etsy. i chose bigcartel.com because some friends and acquaintances have had good things to say about the site. http://goldandapel.bigcartel.com
i've got over 20 items from my etsy shop up right now with more to come. when my last computer gave up the ghost, i lost a lot of my product photos and the only ones that exist are on etsy and etsy is unfriendly when trying to download photos of expired and inactive items. i'll keep working on it, but i'll probably just have to photography everything all over again.
head on over and take a look. tell me what you think!