Etsy Tips is a basic blog that gives advice and selling tips to Etsy Shop owners.

The goal of Etsy Tips is to present 1/2 original advice and 1/2 compiled advice from others.

The original content will come from an experienced Etsy shop owner and his wife, who run two successful Etsy Shops.

Please feel free to comment and send me extra pieces of advice.  I’ll post your tips and I’ll add a link to your Etsy Shop.


Facts About Etsy:

What is Etsy?
Etsy is an e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. These items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, quilts, knick-knacks and toys. Many individuals also sell craft supplies like beads, wire, and jewelry-making tools. All “vintage” items must be at least 20 years old. These items range from old boots and ice skates, to dresses, hats and scarves. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee of $0.20.  It has been compared to “a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay,” and to “your grandma’s basement.”

How Etsy got its name:      Robert Kalin “wanted a nonsense word because I wanted to build the brand from scratch. I was watching Fellini’s 8 ½ and writing down what I was hearing. In Italian, you say ‘etsi’ a lot. It means ‘oh, yes.’ And in Latin, it means ‘and if.'”

Launched:         June 18, 2005

Founders:        “iospace”, a small company composed of Robert Kalin, Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik

Etsy Fees:       Etsy charges a listing fee of 20 cents for each item and gets 3.5% of every sale,

Users:               2010 :   7 million registered users

Revenue:        2010.  Estimated at  $30 million to $50 million

Transaction value:     2010:   $400 million in transactions for the year