Setting up your shop

Live your beauty

January 2, 2016
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Create a work space you love! It can be super organized, or it can be delightful chaos…whatever satisfies your soul! One of the great artists of modern times, Alexander Calder, created his masterpiece mobiles in an amazingly rich and cluttered workshop (see a photo of Calder’s studio at the Smithsonian Magazine’s blog). April Starr uses […]

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The proper shipping settings for having a life

April 24, 2015
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Your shipping policies and options clearly let customers know what to expect after they purchase one of your amazing items.  Setting your shipping policies on Etsy is done in Dashboard / Shop Settings / Info & Appearance / Shop Policies. As an American watercolor artist selling flat paper paintings and prints, I mainly ship with […]

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David shares what it means to be Etsy-esque

January 10, 2015
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I was hired by our county arts council to put together a series of classes on the theme “The Business of Art.”  Along with workshops in digital photography, website design, marketing yourself and organizing your time, I included a workshop on Etsy and arranged for my friend David Joaquin to teach the class. The “How to […]

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Naming Your Etsy Shop: What’s a blue otter got to do with it?

September 26, 2014
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Back in 2011 as I contemplated getting started on Etsy, I found myself visiting frequently, clicking the front page images and getting familiar with the Etsy system.  Finally it was time to sign up with my own Etsy profile. Setting up your Etsy profile is easy.  Everyone on Etsy takes this step, whether they are a […]

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Your shop’s new About page

June 8, 2012
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Etsy released a brand new feature today – an expanded “About” page for your Etsy shop. “We are thrilled to announce a new space within your shop where you can share the story of your business with the world.” states today’s Etsy newsletter.  “In your shop’s new About page, you can upload pictures of your […]

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Today’s features!

November 10, 2011
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Featured Items from…. When folks come to your Etsy shop page, they will see all the items you have listed.  You can also choose to show them four featured items at the top of your shop page, just below your Shop Announcement. These can be your most popular items, or seasonal specials, or whatever you […]

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And some more shop sections…

November 7, 2011

Adding New Sections to your Etsy Shop The holiday season is upon us. Gift boxes, Christmas presents, shopping for that special something for your friends and loved ones. As I surf around other Etsy shops, it dawns on me that having a shop section especially for gifts might be a good idea. Well, duh. I […]

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October 30, 2011

Choosing a Category when listing an item. Etsy has hundreds of different categories you can use to identify your shop items.  Usually this is pretty straightforward.  Is your item, for example, a piece of Art, or is it Furniture, or perhaps a piece of Jewelry? Each selected category then opens up an additional list of […]

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Taking the plunge

August 26, 2011

Time to List an Item! Finally, I get all the verification stuff back from Paypal and I have all the fields in my profile filled out. I put up a banner.  I have an Etsy shop, but it’s an empty shop.   Time to take the plunge and add an item! So I pick one of […]

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The Bannerator Cyberdyne Systems Model 101

August 9, 2011

The last piece of magic in your Shop Settings – Info & Appearance is uploading your Shop Banner Image. The banner is a little bar, 760 pixels wide by 100 pixels high. It lives on the top of your shop’s home page.  This is another one of those “the pressure’s off” things, because you can […]

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