Etsy Day: Useful sites for Etsy sellers

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I love having a shop on etsy, but, as anyone who sells on etsy will tell you, it requires a fair amount of work to do it sucessfully. If you have an etsy shop and need a little help, or if you are thinking about starting an etsy shop, I highly recommend checking out the links below.

The Ultimate Newbie Guide
This newbie guide from sagittariusgallery just had its second anniversary in the forums. It is an amazing resource for new sellers and buyers on etsy. It has links to tons of useful forum posts on topics from uploading a shop banner to tracking views in Google Analytics to tips on photography for your instagram likes and comments, facebook post likes or social media site.

The Etsy Seller’s Handbook
The Etsy Seller’s Handbook is an index of all of the How-To posts from Etsy’s blog, The Storque. The Storque is a great reference in general, but the articles linked from the Seller’s Handbook seem particularly useful. There are articles not only on the basics of selling on etsy, but but also on topics like marketing and pricing.

Etsy Wiki
I think the name explains it all. It is a user-contibuted wiki for all things etsy-related.

Craftcult Heart-o-Matic
I look at the Heart-o-Matic all the time. It is a super convenient way to see if your shop or items have any new hearts. Craftcult has also recently added an area where you can see if any of your items have been featured on the front page, on the Storque or any of the Gift Guides.

Craftopolis
Craftopolis is another great tool similar to the Heart-o-Matic. It tells you if you are featured in any treasuries (including treasury west).

Modish Biz Tips
If you read design blogs, chances are pretty good the you’ve read Modish, from blogger Jena Coray. But you may not know that Jena also has a business blog, Modish Biz Tips. Modish Biz Tips has, as the name would suggest, a ton of great business tips for creative small-business owners. They are launching a new monthly feature called The Etsy Way, which will be written by Shannon Riffe and will feature etsy selling and marketing tips.

The Bakery
The Bakery is a firm owned by Jaime Derringer and Erin Loechner that helps small businesses with a variety of business needs like marketing, blog development and PR. I haven’t used them, but their blog has a number of uesful business related articles and they also have an etsy shop which sells a printed manual for selling on Etsy.

If there are any sites/links that have been of particular help to you, please post them in the comments below.

Please note, The Experts Agree is not responsible for the content on any of the sites mentioned above. None of the above sites, with the exception of the Storque, is affiliated with Etsy.com.

 

Etsy Day is Friday!

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Tomorrow, Friday the 24th, is Etsy Day. Check back tomorrow (throughout the day) for lots of fun etsy related posts!

Etsy Day image by Anda

Etsy Schmetsy: Plaid? Rad!

Everyone seems to be mad for plaid these days. I’m a sucker for intersecting stripes, so please enjoy just a few finds from Etsy. If you do, I’ll be ever so glad.

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Row 1: Avril Loreti, SKIRT
Row 2: Elizabeth Bauman, Dude and Chick
Row 3: Penguin & Fish, Jordynn Mackenzie
Row 4: Ball & Chain, Cosmonaut Shop
Row 5: Crafty Crafterson, Archibald Design Studio

living stones and baby toes

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For the past few days, I haven’t had a moment to breathe, let alone post something. But when my amazing new succulents arrived yesterday from Monkeys Always Look, I was so happy, I had to share.

The one that looks like a heart split down the middle belongs to the Argyroderma (meaning “silver skin”) genus, and is commonly referred to as a “living stone.” The other plant (that looks to me like a bunch of little sea snakes swimming together) is known as “baby toes” (genus Fenestraria meaning “window”).

I am absolutely in love with them.

EtsyGreetings Mother’s Day promo

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Owen and I are members of the etsy team Etsy Greetings. It is a pretty active group of greeting card designers. One of the things I like most about selling on etsy is the sense of community and support you feel from other sellers. Etsy teams are a really great way to help build those connections.

mothers_day_2009Etsy Greetings is running a free shipping for Mother’s Day promotion from April 13th – May 5th. We’re offering free secondary shipping (to the US and Canada) on cards from our Cards for Mom section.

To view a complete list of cards from the participating shops, click here. Participating shops will be using this avatar, so they are easier to identify.

Etsy Schmetsy: matryoshka

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It’s no mystery why Russian nesting dolls are as popular as they are. Check out some of these great finds from etsy:

Row 1:
Block-printed magnets by Amanda Kindregan; Hand-printed cotton handkerchief set by HippieJo

Row2:
Photographic print by Angie Muldowney; Hand-sewn journal by art kitten

Row 3:
Organic T-shirt by maryink; Acrylic brooch by A Skulk of Foxes

Row 4:
Set of hand-carved rubber stamps by Cupcake Tree Designs; Adorable baby shower invites with coordinating thank you notes by inky livie

Row 5:
Set of 5 unpainted dolls from sherla; wrapping paper from enna

pomme-pomme prettiness

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I wanted to have a supermodel photo shoot with the two new Blythe dresses that I just received from pomme-pomme, but I sadly haven’t had the daylight to do it. Unfortunately, these photos don’t do them justice, but I just had to share as soon as I could. They are so crazy adorable and well-made, I absolutely wish they came in my size.

tiniest j — now on etsy!

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Since no one really enjoys promoting themseleves, I thought I would do it for her. Jessica (aka tiniestj) has finally opened an etsy shop with lovely owl buttons. Go check it out!

Etsy Schmetsy: Keep your pants on.

The other day at work I was asked whether I had a special place at home where I kept all my cool belt buckles. The answer is no, but I should. Belt buckles are a great place for a guy or girl to accessorize, and etsy is a great place to connect to a belt buckle maker that has your sensibilities.

Narrowing my search only to belt buckles made from recycled/reclaimed/upcycled materials, I’ve found ten buckle/shop picks for y’all.

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Behind every clever girl…

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For me, this card by egg-a-go-go, falls into a similar category as the magnets for married people, but I think it is just hysterical.

In addition to the cards, this design is available as a print and, according to her shop announcement, there will be t-shirts soon too.

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