I sold stuff but not a lot. They changed how you’re listed in the search from time listed to some metric I don’t understand. When that happened I sold nothing at all. That’s because I knew to time my listings so that the maximum amount of people could pull it up on the first page of their search. After that I don’t know if my stuff ever showed up on anybody’s search.
That was two years ago. BTW, they do have pages explaining the metric, I just never got it to work for me. Still, I’m thinking about re-opening mine. It’s so cheap, I already take nice pics of my stuff and it’s only gathering dust here anyway.
Plus there is now a way to link your Etsy to Pinterest which I will be looking into.
So, in conclusion: Many people make a living with Etsy. I was not one of them.