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How-To: Sell Local

Dec 2, 2010

by Vanessa Bertozzi

The Local Items filter on search results connects shoppers with relevant Etsy items close to home (especially helpful for those last-minute purchases). We want to make sure you’re all set up to connect with those buyers. Happy pin-pointing! 

We at Etsy encourage buyers to shop locally — not only as a way to help get the right gifts in time for the holidays, but because supporting local economies is where it’s at!

How can you make sure local buyers (and press!) can find you? First you must set your location in your public profile. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Your Account > Public Profile.
  2. Type in your city, and your location should auto-fill.


A Few More Tips for Being Found: 

1. Promote your location in interesting places! SaltAndPaper makes sure to call out the fact that their work is “handmade in Brooklyn” in a shop banner. Make sure you talk up your hometown in your item listings and shop profile, too. These areas of your shop are indexed by Google, so even a simple “Made in Chicago” can help a local reporter or shopper find you through a web search.


2. Join a local Etsy Team. Not only will you gain an instant support group, but promoting together can really make an impact.

3. Blog (or use other social networks) to promote your favorite local destinations (independent craft stores, your favorite cafe, etc). Support your neighborhood hangouts, and you’ll connect with like-minded and local people! (This kind of content is also a good draw for other nearby bloggers, buyers and press contacts.)


Find Etsy Sellers in Your Town | Read Our Shop Local Series

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  • TwistedThicket

    TwistedThicket said 11 years ago

    I am located directly on top of the Michigan & Wisconsin border. Deliveries to anywhere in the Upper Penninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin would be quite fast. :)

  • SalmonStreetStudio

    SalmonStreetStudio said 11 years ago

    Is local Portland Oregon to you? If YES: PDX Etsy Winter Solstice/Last Minute Craft Sale Dec 22, 8-4 PSU Smith Ballroom Near the Farmer's Market too! Locally grown/produced food, yay!

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 11 years ago

    Great idea! Hey Massachusetts- check out the street team page to see the Etsy sellers all over MA! Choose the team closest to you:

  • stilettoheights

    stilettoheights said 11 years ago

    great idea!!!!! I know a lot of sellers who also offer pick up in person services, so this is great!!

  • howlindoggie

    howlindoggie said 11 years ago

    i'm all for shopping locally, although i do like that etsy is global & that's a real treat! any sydney siders, i am in clovelly. you can pick up at the studio.

  • wMarlaine

    wMarlaine said 11 years ago

    What a cool tool! Hope it's here to stay!

  • CambriaPottery

    CambriaPottery said 11 years ago

    Although I placed myself loacally I do not see my site there? What`s going on?

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 11 years ago

    I hope to see my shop listed in the local section of Etsy! Thanks! Marci

  • jwstyle

    jwstyle said 10 years ago

    Would love to see My shop in the local locater Thank you Jeannie Wray Nevada Missouri

  • JackieSpicer

    JackieSpicer said 10 years ago

    Hope to see my new shop in the local shop section. Thank you Jackie Spicer Los Angeles

  • handsoncrafts

    handsoncrafts said 10 years ago

    I hope to see my shop listed in the local section of Etsy!Virginia Chesapeake Thanks!

  • beanhouse

    beanhouse said 10 years ago

    I would love to see my shop in the local section for Columbus, OH. It is very cool to see how many shops there are in town.

  • redletterwords

    redletterwords said 10 years ago

    This is a great tool! Thanks

  • fatcrowpress

    fatcrowpress said 10 years ago

    Sign me up! Well actualy I will sign myself up. Thanks again for making this so easy and accesible. There really is no excuse for not having a successful store! Thanks!!

  • sweetone4u

    sweetone4u said 10 years ago

    ive tried locating my shop and it never pops up!? and it doesnt come up when i shop local..any ideas??? thanks! :)

  • ArtfulDDesigns

    ArtfulDDesigns said 10 years ago

    I love this new tool. It is very encouraging to see other artists in my rural area. One thing I did notice though that may need addressing.... If I typed in my town and the abbreviation for my state, I got different shops than if I typed in my town and the whole state name. If you live in Southwest Virginia, you may arrange to pick up at my studio on the farm, or I could possibly meet you in Roanoke -- don't be shy, just convo me!

  • MicheleMichelSilver

    MicheleMichelSilver said 10 years ago

    I'm so glad you guys are thinking about this. It's so important for the community to shop local. Thanks for always thinking of us! Happy Valentine's!

  • annsjewelrydesign

    annsjewelrydesign said 10 years ago

    I am so excited to find my shop here! I have joined a local site in California for the same goals you discussed & I am sure it will become all the more important as the economy is is a downward spin! I need to learn more about how to learn more from all of you.Let me know what you think of my shop! Thanks. Ann

  • PamelaAngus

    PamelaAngus said 10 years ago

    duh! I didn't realise I could drag that little pointer thingy!! X marks the exact spot now! ta :)

  • DornickDesigns

    DornickDesigns said 10 years ago

    Awesome!!! Thank you!!!

  • NewCreatioNZ

    NewCreatioNZ said 10 years ago

    Being way down here in New zealand often feels like I'm on the edge of the world! Good to know there are others out here too to keep me company.

  • AnnLuise

    AnnLuise said 10 years ago

    It is so much fun to visualize where all the etsy people are living. Thanx a lot for that feature.

  • yummyink

    yummyink said 10 years ago

    Lovely resource! Thanks Etsy Team!

  • beaconcreations

    beaconcreations said 10 years ago

    Fantastic idea! Thank you estsy Team.

  • alleycatdesignsmo

    alleycatdesignsmo said 10 years ago

    Hi! I'm Cat and I am so new to this website business. If anyone out there wants to give me some pointers it would be fantastic. This is my dream job I've always wanted to do and I could use some input on do's and don'ts. I'm really enjoying The Storque How-T. Thanks!

  • Laurenceramics

    Laurenceramics said 9 years ago

    great. i love looking at local sellers, i'm sure there are more in my area but i can't find them as not all sellers update their locations i've found. Even when not shopping local it's great to know where an item comes from.

  • postroadvintage

    postroadvintage said 9 years ago

    I originally posted my location and then I had a creep contacting me for my address. I took my location off but I love seeing where others are from even when I'm not "buying local" Help-- what should I do??

  • alhorton79

    alhorton79 said 9 years ago

    Hi everyone! I'm really new to this so please check out Vesper Lynd Designs!

  • alhorton79

    alhorton79 said 9 years ago

    We are a small design company in Northern Wisconsin. Our designs are modern but fun! They transition well and the pieces are very high quality. We do mostly necklaces and bracelets, but sometimes earrings and others. Check us out PLEASE!

  • TheOldVirginian

    TheOldVirginian said 9 years ago

    Really cool. I love it. And check it out--small town; you know all the creeps already.

  • rockzeecouture

    rockzeecouture said 9 years ago

    Hey, I live in Mesa, Az. I have contacted some locals just to say Hi! I would be happy to personally deliver if someone needs that service. Anything to make my buyers happy and give them great convenience.

  • BigGirlJewelry

    BigGirlJewelry said 9 years ago

    I'm in Malden, MA and always willing to allow buyers to pick up if they prefer. Simply tell me in the "notes to seller" when you check out and I'll email you with directions.

  • russianforest

    russianforest said 9 years ago

    Hate to be a spelling nerd, but the word provence (sic) in this article is correctly spelled "province." Otherwise, awesome info!

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 9 years ago

    So important to help locally!!!

  • myglamour

    myglamour said 9 years ago

    I agree - great info!

  • sakizome

    sakizome said 9 years ago

    My buyers in Singapore are still receiving their packages the next day!

  • aclairejewelry

    aclairejewelry said 9 years ago

    I am also offering personal delivery within my city metro area:)

  • dsenyo

    dsenyo said 9 years ago

    Thanks for this reminder. I live in a smaller town Lafayette, close to Boulder. Is it better to put the smaller town or the bigger city where potentially more shoppers will be searching?

  • fmena

    fmena said 9 years ago

    thanks for posting this. will update my shop soon

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 9 years ago

    Thanks so much. I just did a local search and noticed I didn't come up, now I know what to do!

  • dazzlemedesign

    dazzlemedesign said 9 years ago

    my current location is 'my crazy brain' perhaps I should change this!

  • YellowElm

    YellowElm said 9 years ago

    Anyone in the Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville/Anderson (South Carolina and North Carolina) area can still get Yellow Elm in plenty of time for Christmas! :) thanks for the great suggestions.

  • ForrestConcepts

    ForrestConcepts said 9 years ago

    Grand Rapids, MI here...Anywhere in MI is usually a 1 day turn!!

  • sewcrafts

    sewcrafts said 9 years ago I am in the Fortwaorth, Mansfield, Arlington are.Hope Shop Local will help improve my sales.

  • eugenix

    eugenix said 9 years ago

    Can't wait to hear from the peeps of Etsy that live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I'm excited -- this is what it's all about!!

  • rebeccaplotnick

    rebeccaplotnick said 9 years ago

    I hope to see my shop in the local shop section. I am in Chicago and anywhere in Illinois is a 1 day turn. You can come pick up items or if you are in the area I would be happy to hand deliver :)

  • SimplyNaif

    SimplyNaif said 9 years ago

    Fabulous feature! Never thought of using this...will do as we speak!

  • Rosewoodcrafts

    Rosewoodcrafts said 9 years ago

    What a great idea. I already had our location in, but didn't realize buyers could search the location. Maybe you could make the Shop Local a little more noticeable.

  • PillowSewCute

    PillowSewCute said 9 years ago

    See you in sunny San Diego... I will deliver!

  • kinaloon

    kinaloon said 9 years ago

    I did what you said, but I have not shown up in the local listing! Did I miss a step?

  • janesglassart

    janesglassart said 9 years ago

    What a great idea! I would be happy to deliver to anyone in the Carl Junction, Joplin, MO area.

  • swakdesigns

    swakdesigns said 9 years ago

    I'm located in Atlanta, GA and have recently had an increase in sales from shoppers right in GA--I love it! Amina

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet said 9 years ago

    I am definitely getting more last-minute local orders this year! I'm so grateful for Etsy.

  • originallyLOs

    originallyLOs said 9 years ago

    If in the Alamo City, aka: SAN ANTONIO and love to accessorize. Find yourself @ originallyLOs for the latest BAMBOO JEWELRY. Earrings, studs, and necklaces with abstract/arbitrary artwork. If shop locally I will deliver it personally:O) Happy Holidays: Lo

  • uncljohn

    uncljohn said 9 years ago

    Encouraging sellers to properly fill out thier location correctly is certainly an admirable stance to take and as a buyer it is not only important to know for a variety of reasons but a source of irritation when looking it up only to find that not only is it filled out poorly but some times with multiple locations in multiple countries or something so bogus it is not clear what world it is on much less if the location might be close to where I am located. There are some items that are so basic as to their need that I am surprised that they are not required as part of setting up a shop.

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree said 9 years ago

    It took me a while to realise that my location wasn't fully displayed in my store ~ I fixed it but just realised I didn't include the state as well. All sorted now ~ thanks for the tips, Etsy!

  • banfflines

    banfflines said 9 years ago

    Thank you, this information on local sellers is ever so useful. I live in Banff, Alberta, Canada and invite all to visit my little etsy. Sandra Banff, Alberta, Canada

  • JBstyle

    JBstyle said 9 years ago

    great idea!

  • TheColestead

    TheColestead said 9 years ago

    Selling local is great. However I have not found a way for my local customers to avoid having the shipping charges added to their order. Yes I know I could just say "I will send you a new invoice" but this is not as professional as it could be. I suggest that Etsy find a way for the buyer to designate themselves as a local buyer so that shipping fees are not added to an invoice that will be hand delivered.

  • TreasuredJewels4You

    TreasuredJewels4You said 9 years ago

    I live in Crosby, Texas and it would be great to sell locally, I'm new to this and has been fun so far...

  • galaxy1979

    galaxy1979 said 9 years ago

    Cool i didn't know about this option. i'd love to give more business to other New York artists

  • bydelana

    bydelana said 9 years ago

    I'm always trying to get my local customers to go to my on-line shop. Thank you for this information and please keep it all coming....I find it very inspiring and useful!

  • boncharmco

    boncharmco said 9 years ago

    oh, it's good to know tip. thanks a lot etsy!

  • VioletReaction

    VioletReaction said 9 years ago

    My mom is always telling me not to give away where I live online... but it seems to me it would be a disadvantage not to. Sorry mom! :)

  • SparkleTrue

    SparkleTrue said 9 years ago

    This is brilliant! I am going to give it a try, great tips!!!

  • corsecrafts

    corsecrafts said 9 years ago

    very good shopping localy it is good for the town and also you can get more people doing what you are doing

  • PurpleSageOriginals

    PurpleSageOriginals said 9 years ago

    Wow...this is a hard one. I have lived all over the USA. Montana, California, North Carolina, New Mexico, and now in Louisiana. My most favorite state is and will always be California. So as I noted on my site "Home is where the heart is!"

  • Owlshop

    Owlshop said 9 years ago

    I actually copied some other shops that list their city plus the closest metropolitan areas.

  • SilkMari

    SilkMari said 9 years ago

    ...sometimes this detail is overlooked...

  • redbikebakeshop

    redbikebakeshop said 9 years ago

    yay for supporting local communities! even though we all sell online, it's always good when someone local can find us and that money goes right back into the community. this is definitely a little detail that can have a big impact.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 9 years ago

    already done :)

  • BohemianFarmgirl

    BohemianFarmgirl said 9 years ago

    I love that in a global online marketplace, I can still find artists and shops that are local to me. Etsy rocks!

  • AgusYornet

    AgusYornet said 9 years ago

    snif snif city is not found... i dont know why, a put the name of a near city because mine´s dint appear... Thanks for the information (: Agus

  • FunFavors

    FunFavors said 9 years ago

    I'm at the Jersey Shore!! (Long Branch,NJ)

  • nudeedudee

    nudeedudee said 9 years ago

    Local is so great. I would totally encourage anyone in the Los Angeles area to swing by my studio to be custom-fit for their one of a kind vintage pieces. It would be such a treat to be able to measure people in person and show them my great collection of fabrics, buttons, and patterns to choose from~!

  • VoidVisuals

    VoidVisuals said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the Tip! Hope to find some local Etsy friends.

  • SevimsDesign

    SevimsDesign said 9 years ago

    thank you so much etsy


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  • Winnnnnndy

    Winnnnnndy said 9 years ago

    Fun idea! Always easier to ship locally. Thanks, Etsy.

  • JimenezArts

    JimenezArts said 8 years ago

    Just starting; great information! Thank you Etsy!

  • naiveglow

    naiveglow said 8 years ago

    Awesome info, I didn't realize my state and country weren't showing up in my shop profile. Thanks!

  • askbabycovers

    askbabycovers said 8 years ago

    This will be grate, now I can mail there items, they can pick-up, or we can meat. Suz

  • Katiedidonline

    Katiedidonline said 8 years ago

    Hmmm...I'm not showing up on the geolocator, no matter what I do on my profile... any suggestions? Thanks! I've put in the city, city and county, even placed myself on the little map...

  • LittleRedShoeDesigns

    LittleRedShoeDesigns said 8 years ago

    Didn't know this feature existed--very cool, thanks. :)

  • designsbysusan1

    designsbysusan1 said 8 years ago

    I've followed the instructions, put in my location, plced my self on the map, added new things to my store and I'm still not showing up for my location. Any ideas?

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this reminder ! Ciao from Italy !

  • bodicegoddess

    bodicegoddess said 8 years ago

    Here's hoping more folks put their *actual* location, and not "St. Paul Minneapolis New York Toronto Vancouver Portland San Francisco." Unless you maintain residence in all of those places... please restrict your city to your *actual* city. That's all I ask of my fellow sellers.

  • Marvidrio

    Marvidrio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips:) Washington, D.C. is where it's at!

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt said 8 years ago

    I love the local items filter, I've been craving that, that's great!! :) I just joined Boston Etsy, and it's been a great experience, I highly recommend joining a local team for support and networking!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this feature! Connecticut is a great area to shop!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 8 years ago

    Great tips!! Thank you!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    Great way to discover amazing artisans in your own neighborhood!

  • ffflowers

    ffflowers said 8 years ago

    I've searched for Chester, UK, one of the nearest cities to me. The first go gave me Chester, AR. The second attempt gave me Cahersiveen, Ireland... I think maybe there are a few issues to be ironed out!

  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 8 years ago

    Selling and shopping locally is great for everyone! Thanks!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 8 years ago

    Great ! Thanks so much !

  • daslinoleum

    daslinoleum said 8 years ago

    Nice article and very helpful. I will immediately add "HANDMADE IN ATHENS, GA" to my Etsy banner!

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 8 years ago

    That makes sense - thanks for the article! :)

  • choisette

    choisette said 8 years ago

    shout out to l.a. shop local: los angeles

  • doveandflower

    doveandflower said 8 years ago

    I just joined my local etsy team and can't wait to get involved!

  • TailsandSnouts

    TailsandSnouts said 8 years ago

    What a great way to shop. Buying locally is the way to go.

  • heatherfuture

    heatherfuture said 8 years ago

    Oooh, I just tried it! AWESOME! :D

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 8 years ago

    I love shopping local; and make it easy for my local buyers to find me! It's great to see who's doing what around you :)

  • rozzie

    rozzie said 8 years ago

    Great to bring this article back this year again. I love browsing local, and supporting artists in my community!

  • WhatBowsAround

    WhatBowsAround said 8 years ago

    Great article! I'm in Fort Walton Beach, FL . It's also really cool just to know where the items you are buying online are coming from, somehow it just makes it extra special. :D

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 8 years ago

    I just moved from Chicago to Minnesota and I have had fun re-discovering all of my favorite MN artists!

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 8 years ago

    Great tips, thx!!!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    seriously amazing!!! the best feature ever!!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 8 years ago

    Also a great idea to mention in your shop if you offer free pickup for local orders!

  • Verdurebydesign

    Verdurebydesign said 8 years ago

    Shopping local isn't just good for our local economy but great for our environment too. Thanks for the info!

  • Morninglightglass

    Morninglightglass said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much!! I had no idea that my info wasn't showing up,,, now I know,,,I'm off to get found!!! He He He!!

  • peacebird

    peacebird said 8 years ago

    great suggestions for making local connections ;)

  • KellyEMarra

    KellyEMarra said 8 years ago

    Really cool feature!

  • youreitclothing

    youreitclothing said 8 years ago

    Thanks Danielle! "You're it" items are made in Nashville!

  • CherishedHearts

    CherishedHearts said 8 years ago

    My first local sale happened this week. They had no idea we lived just blocks apart! What a coincidence!

  • thebeadgirl

    thebeadgirl said 8 years ago

    love it! great post!

  • Jewelrybynala

    Jewelrybynala said 8 years ago

    Just added Chicago to my shop announcement ... thanks for the tip. ;)

  • SaharasHeart

    SaharasHeart said 8 years ago

    Great idea!!..thanks so much!!

  • mesadesigns

    mesadesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the new Shop Local feature. This is terrific for making local connections. Kansas City is a great place for supporting the arts. I'm looking forward to meeting more local artists and artisans.

  • CaptainCrochetHook

    CaptainCrochetHook said 8 years ago

    I actually prefer *not* to sell locally because neither Etsy nor PayPal has the ability to properly calculate NY state sales tax (which differs by county instead of zip code). When this is fixed by either the programmers or the legislators, I'd love to do more local promotions.

  • jodishmodi

    jodishmodi said 8 years ago

    Just put in my application to join my local Etsy team! Hope it works out! Thanks for the tips!

  • ralynn73

    ralynn73 said 8 years ago

    I'm in Brewton AL which is very tiny. I don't have much luck selling locally in shops. I would like to attract more AL and FL folks. We're only about 30 miles from florida.

  • TCaponePhoto

    TCaponePhoto said 8 years ago

    I can attest to the importance of setting your location and including it in announcements, etc! I've recently received a large order for a downtown Chicago consulting firm who wanted to use local photography in their design. They searched Chicago and sure enough there I was. I've also been invited to show my work locally and had sales for last minute items to people who wanted to come pick them up. It's a great way of letting local folks put a face to the name behind the shop too! Great post!

  • PolClary

    PolClary said 8 years ago

    I was actually surprised to find two other people in my tiny Dutch home town of Uden, in Noord-Brabant.

  • pulloverthecar

    pulloverthecar said 8 years ago

    I love the new Local items tool! Anytime I can buy off Etsy I prefer to

  • BlueMistAtelier

    BlueMistAtelier said 8 years ago

    Thanks for this idea. I explore a little and love that.

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 8 years ago

    I work with my blog, post pics as I can, This location option was something I have on both my shops, thanks for this fun article

  • LucasLeafCreations

    LucasLeafCreations said 8 years ago

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM OREGON:) I made some changes!! Thanks for the info:)

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 8 years ago

    Thanks from NH! I wasn't on Etsy when you first posted this so it's great to refresh it for us!

  • ThoughtfulRose

    ThoughtfulRose said 8 years ago

    I love love love the local filter on search results. I like to buy local when I can, plus local listings usually have lower shipping costs!

  • bluebirdsandblossoms

    bluebirdsandblossoms said 8 years ago

    Good ideas. Helps finding other locals.

  • creativeartis

    creativeartis said 8 years ago

    This is so great!

  • trinityrocks

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  • refinds

    refinds said 8 years ago

    Great feature. I just ran across a group of etsians profiled in a local magazine, so I know the shop local thing is huge! Just wish my shop had been set up in time to be included in the article. Oh well, maybe next time...

  • TrimsNmore

    TrimsNmore said 8 years ago

    Great idea! Most of my products are manufactured in the U.S. in a factory in New Jersey! Lets support our country :)

  • ThistleFinchGallery

    ThistleFinchGallery said 8 years ago

    This is a great feature!

  • sofisticata

    sofisticata said 8 years ago

    Great ideas!! I never thought to add something like "made in Florida" tag :) Thank you!!!

  • coolstuffartgallery

    coolstuffartgallery said 8 years ago

    Great information!

  • miakayuuki06

    miakayuuki06 said 8 years ago

    That's a great idea! Everything in my shop is hand-painted by myself in good ol' Houston, Texas!

  • BellaChicks

    BellaChicks said 8 years ago

    Very nice. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Flipabill

    Flipabill said 8 years ago

    Ready, willing and available in Walnut Creek, CA. Woops, No, I'm happily married, but I do have Magic Wallets available for sale.

  • 0chaosbydesign0

    0chaosbydesign0 said 8 years ago

    I live in a small town on an island. i use this exotic ideal in as many ways as I can and it works. Especially with tourists who visit here.

  • lololyta

    lololyta said 8 years ago

    Great info! I just changed mine. Ship from NYC, NY

  • brooksbarrow

    brooksbarrow said 8 years ago

    Hope this catches on!

  • lololyta

    lololyta said 8 years ago

    I just posted , but I cannot see it?????

  • lololyta

    lololyta said 8 years ago

    Great info ! I just changed mine. I ship from NY, NYC

  • taraleasmith

    taraleasmith said 8 years ago

    I love the fact that we can shop local online and see recently posted items from shops. GO CINCINNATI!

  • coalacawaii

    coalacawaii said 8 years ago

    What great tips! I will definitely be updating my info :)

  • byDaveWhite

    byDaveWhite said 8 years ago

    Great article, shopping locally definitely helps to improve local economies!

  • BotanicalBead

    BotanicalBead said 8 years ago

    I love to shop this way on etsy!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 8 years ago

    Nice article with good tips! Thanks.

  • BloomysBaubles

    BloomysBaubles said 8 years ago

    This is wonderful - support your local artists! Greetings from the windy city!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery said 8 years ago

    Anybody looking for cool picks and goods from Kansas, smack dab in the middle of the lower contiguous 48 states? Hope to hear from you soon! Local has suddenly become much bigger than just a few years ago!

  • zamydre

    zamydre said 8 years ago

    Great info! Just updated my shop! Thank you!

  • ScrapArcs

    ScrapArcs said 8 years ago

    Remember, shopping locally can circulate more dollars in your local economy too, and what a great way to support shopping local and handmade on Etsy!

  • candlemoods

    candlemoods said 8 years ago

    Great idea! Thanks for the post:)

  • cosmiksouls

    cosmiksouls said 8 years ago

    Great tips ... thanks !!!!

  • shop1848

    shop1848 said 8 years ago

    Great article. Lots of helpful tips! Thanks!

  • PeachBear

    PeachBear said 8 years ago

    Ooh! Great tips!

  • TheKraftRoom

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  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations said 8 years ago

    This is a Great Tool,,,,, thanks for the tips!

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 8 years ago

    Excellent article! I already get some local sales on Etsy, so I hope this increases them

  • jsanderso

    jsanderso said 8 years ago

    Thanks! I didn't realize I needed to set the map. Done!

  • LunaLeon

    LunaLeon said 8 years ago

    Great idea!

  • Trillian1020

    Trillian1020 said 8 years ago

    I found out by emailing the Etsy team that only the last 100 or so updated shops show up, I understand, in total ... no wonder I can never find many artists in my area! AND I found that I cannot search for a specific kind of artist in a particular area, like potters in London for example

  • AmaliaOchoa

    AmaliaOchoa said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! Thanks, this really helps. I have been a shopper on here for a long time, but just started this account as a means to sell my grandmother's art work. So if local is SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS! then come and check out my new shop! If that isn't the case, you should still come and check it out! I love meeting new people.

  • ClassyBabyThreads

    ClassyBabyThreads said 8 years ago

    Great ideas! If "local" for you is the Shreveport/Bossier area in NW Louisiana... and you're looking for children's items, come on over and check out my shop! If not, well, you can just come on over and check it out anyway or just say HI! ;)

  • KooKooCraft

    KooKooCraft said 8 years ago

    Great tip! we should all buy more of local stuff. Any Europeans here? :)

  • Rubyru

    Rubyru said 8 years ago

    Great article, I just wonder how many people are local to me here in Darlington, England. I have updated my map, I love the diversity of all the etsy sellers wether they be local or not.

  • discerningchichi

    discerningchichi said 8 years ago

    Very handy - especially if you are wanting items quickly - good to know which sellers are nearby!

  • LilinovaDesigns

    LilinovaDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the great ideas!

  • Karolija

    Karolija said 8 years ago

    I tried the feature, but with little sucess. Maybe it works fine for the US, but not for Europe - I was searching for a specific item in Lithuania, and the result was zero. I tried "Europe", and there were too many results to find an item from Lithuania... Finaly I had found what I wanted, but I had to try the names of all the major Lithuanian cities:(((((((((

  • good4you

    good4you said 8 years ago

    awesome! good job etsy. you're coming out with some amazing tools lately!

  • ReyesRobledo

    ReyesRobledo said 8 years ago

    I like shopping locally and support my community that way, it also comes in handy for those "last minute" gifts as shipping usually takes less time. However, one the things I love about etsy is that it is global and that gives you access to a lot of lovely international stuff!

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts said 8 years ago

    Spam up top... You'd be so surprised how someone can find you locally on Etsy. I got noticed by a big art gallery in town, so you never know just who's looking!!

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 8 years ago

    YAY shop local! Love the improvements to the search with this

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 8 years ago

    Wonderful. I love Pittsburgh Etsians. We have a great team!

  • Kirameku

    Kirameku said 8 years ago

    Awesome reminder ! Thank you so much ! :D

  • monkeyminddesign09

    monkeyminddesign09 said 8 years ago

    done and done... thanks for the extra tips!

  • huiyitan

    huiyitan said 8 years ago

    Great tips! I just updated my location :)

  • BODYKITjewelry

    BODYKITjewelry said 8 years ago

    This was great! I am always looking to make my tags and descriptions more useful for getting found. Thanks, as usual for your advise! Grateful in Chicago.

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 8 years ago

    Local is a great way to shop! I do it all the time. I get my item the next day. I love it!

  • RooRooDesigns

    RooRooDesigns said 8 years ago

    I can cover the Columbus, OH area for last-minute gifts!

  • bellameidesigns

    bellameidesigns said 8 years ago

    great article!

  • AquaMoose

    AquaMoose said 8 years ago

    I am just Starting out selling things in West Gardiner Maine! Hora for selling out in the sticks!

  • gingerurchin

    gingerurchin said 8 years ago

    These are all such simple things to do - most of which I already do in some way or another. Although I am not participating in any local craft fairs as a seller this season - I am going as an attendee and shall be mingling, networking and blogging my local indie-handmade 'scene'.

  • Monkeypies

    Monkeypies said 8 years ago

    Fab, will definately try this - only joined a few weeks ago and still waiting for my first Etsy sale :-)

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 8 years ago

    Great article, being so isolated and always having the mentality that the only way we can be successful in Hawaii is to go global, I have only invested a small amount of my energy in the local market ie: craft sales, local facebook and twitter fans...but I am going to take your advice ahd hop on some locally based blogs, web sites and advertising sites...thank you so much! MELE KALIKIMAKA!

  • ArtDecoDame

    ArtDecoDame said 8 years ago

    Great article

  • LollipopBabyDesigns

    LollipopBabyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article, thanks for the tips. Europeans are alive and kicking!!!!!

  • LollipopBabyDesigns

    LollipopBabyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Great article. thanks for the tips. Europeans are alive and kicking!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KimsCraftyApple

    KimsCraftyApple said 8 years ago

    great article! I have actually had quite a few 'local' purchases since the Local Items filter has been added ;)

  • sprawler

    sprawler said 8 years ago

    I'm European and to be able to focus my shopping to European countries could be of great help, also because items coming from, e.g., US can be surcharged of additional taxes (up to 20 USD, that's money). Under this perspective, Shop Local doesn't seem of great help to me.

  • TooCuteKawaii

    TooCuteKawaii said 8 years ago

    I love local customers. The shipping arrives in about 1-2 days!

  • Rosalinart

    Rosalinart said 8 years ago

    My November sales were local, it is nice when clients can come and visit with me and check my studio, I always have a cup of tea, or something to share, making their visits special, people always like to meet the artist. :-)

  • StampedTreasures1

    StampedTreasures1 said 8 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy and would love to be included in this. I haven't found very many Canadians on here although I'm sure there are lots. Check out my shop, I'd love to hear what you think! Stampedtreasures1

  • sewcollection

    sewcollection said 8 years ago

    Is there any where to find all the local shop in Singapore? (not only the later 10 pages for whose are updated or new listing)

  • bacino

    bacino said 8 years ago

    I'm off to talk up my home town!! How good, getting fast and much cheaper shipping!! Go Sydney, Australia!!

  • knottyandnyce

    knottyandnyce said 8 years ago

    I'm always surpised to see how many local sellers there are. Who'd have thought there'd be so many cool crafters in Indiana? ;) Shopping local is the best way to help your community!

  • NaturallyARKtistic

    NaturallyARKtistic said 8 years ago

    I love the shop local tool!! There are lots of talented people Arkansas!

  • conFUSIONCreations

    conFUSIONCreations said 8 years ago

    I too am fairly new at Etsy. I find all the "boot camp" emails very helpful. Too all who contribute to them, "THANX"!!! I would love some feedback on my shop. I am always open to any advice you could offer! I do fused glass jewelry. Love what I do! :)

  • TwinTreeCrafts

    TwinTreeCrafts said 8 years ago

    I wonder what the best way to advertise that you would do local pick up is. Would you put that in your shipping profile or shop profile?

  • TesoroDelSol

    TesoroDelSol said 8 years ago

    I'm proud to be an Etsy seller with a passion for designing and handcrafting boho chic gemstone jewellery and even more proud to be from Toronto, Ontario, Canada where there is a large community of crafters working with different mediums. I just recently joined the Toronto Etsy Street Team and am excited to be a part of it and to learn and get support from my local fellow Etsians. :)

  • SabotageDesigns

    SabotageDesigns said 8 years ago

    Never thought of customer buying local during the holidays because of shipping woes. This completely makes sense! *light bulb* Thanks!


    ARTinVENICE said 8 years ago

    Thank you for the good tips!

  • thoughtfullyadorned

    thoughtfullyadorned said 8 years ago

    Never thought about putting it on my banner, these are all great tips

  • Mossmottle

    Mossmottle said 8 years ago

    The more refining this feature gets the better. Thanks for adding the "local items" filter into the more everyday search.

  • DazyJane9

    DazyJane9 said 8 years ago

    I have to say, every time a new boot camp page comes for the week, I find I am ALWAYS making changes for improvement. I remember reading something stating you have something up your sleeve for after the holidays? I was wondering if I need to bookmark every page or if there is a link already to "Holiday Boot Camp" with everything in it? Please Advise...if there is time.:) At this point I have been telling everyone to check it out at "Holiday Boot Camp!" Thank you again! WONDERFUL; WONDERFUL idea ya'll had! :) "tanks :)"

  • TechnoChic

    TechnoChic said 8 years ago

    Good tips! I love the idea of putting your location on your banner- what a great way to make it more personal! It's like saying "Hey I'm a real person in a real place! " Thanks!

  • GoodLife00

    GoodLife00 said 8 years ago

    good tips.

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    great article! Hellloooooo OAKLAND!!!! wooo hoo! : )

  • BooBooArtLLC

    BooBooArtLLC said 8 years ago

    Great feature!

  • TheYearningRobot

    TheYearningRobot said 8 years ago

    PLEASE, Etsy, it's localLY. It's an adjective, please use it properLY.

  • thebeersoapcompany

    thebeersoapcompany said 8 years ago

    We are in Miami Florida. We ship anywhere in the world.

  • BellinaCreations

    BellinaCreations said 8 years ago

    I love this feature. I live in a very small town out in the middle of the desert. We really have no retail to speak of here besides the dreaded Walmart (gag).

  • JoNanzCraft

    JoNanzCraft said 8 years ago

    Hi, I just finish listing my new crocheted hats. I have done 75 hats and I'm trying to place them all in my etsy shop. Please let me know how I could advertise it so that more people could see my hats or just leave me a comment of what you think about my hats, my shop name is JoNanzCraft. Thanks.

  • leesmith

    leesmith said 8 years ago

    I just made some adjustments, thanks for the advice! I'd love to hear any feedback about my store.

  • Koyaanisqatsi

    Koyaanisqatsi said 8 years ago

    Living out in the country,not far from large cities on both "coasts" of my state......I appreciate SELLING & BUYING LOCALLY - near YOU!! Think global - BUY LOCAL

  • mountaincreekgift

    mountaincreekgift said 8 years ago

    I LOVE this tool! I found out that there are several other Etsy sellers near my tiny little town of Utica, Ohio (about an hour north of Columbus)!! :-)

  • RoryRoo22

    RoryRoo22 said 8 years ago

    I have always had a "thing" for maps- so I am oddly thrilled whenever my location gets pinpointed on one. Clementon, NJ doesn't sound glamorous, but I am so close to NYC, Philadelphia, D.C. and Baltimore- it's actually a great location with lots of arts opportunities!

  • amberstudios

    amberstudios said 8 years ago

    I'm working hard to sell loccally, but the most of my designs go to Europe! Keep trying to reduce carbon footprint.

  • Jewelry4Change

    Jewelry4Change said 8 years ago

    I love the Shop Local feature. I discovered there are many talented Etsy friends in San Diego.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 8 years ago

    We're right here in "Big D" Dallas, Texas selling locally very unique one of a kind handmade jewelry, mixed media artwork, and home decor.

  • kjmarksjewelry

    kjmarksjewelry said 8 years ago

    I love this feature! I made my first sale on Etsy to a local customer. And I love supporting my local community. Thanks for working to connect us with not only the world but also our neighbors.

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 8 years ago

    Very interesting.....

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 8 years ago

    Very interesting.............

  • RockisArtisanMetal

    RockisArtisanMetal said 8 years ago

    I'm in Arizona and although I sell locally already from both of my etsy shops, this added feature has definitely increased traffic. Much appreciated feature!

  • meiliemh

    meiliemh said 8 years ago

    What a great feature! I make custom ergonomic canes and they need to fit the user, so being able to see and test drive my canes gives my clients even more of a sense of stability in their purchase. I can work from afar and communicate with the client via e-mail, phone and photos to get to understand what they need and want in a cane. My canes are made for comfort, stability and style. The cane use now has a choice of an artful walking aid to regain their confidence in their step and their pride.

  • ZenBeach

    ZenBeach said 8 years ago

    I'm in Redondo Beach, California, and would love to sell my things locally! I'm new to Etsy and learning how everything works. Would love to have customers from around the world, but will start out small for now :)

  • petalbelles

    petalbelles said 8 years ago

    This is brilliant! I'm actually working to fill a large order with a local boutique and I think it's been one of the best ways of getting your name out there. I always search for those unique, quirky items in my local stores and I never find them and I'd never heard of Etsy until I began my store. Think of the poor masses who are deprived of your beautiful products!

  • foxpots

    foxpots said 8 years ago

    Why is there spam here?

  • LauraBScott

    LauraBScott said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the helpful tips. I recently moved across country and have been updating my shop. I would love to get more exposure to sell my photographs. Any helpful tips are welcome!

  • SpackleTheGap

    SpackleTheGap said 8 years ago

    Great advice!!! Im making changes as we speak!

  • TeresaJanuary

    TeresaJanuary said 8 years ago

    I didn't think about it but it makes sense! Thanks I hope this helps with my sales = )

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 8 years ago

    Great advice but here in NZ it's still damn small :(

  • PinkBakenBoutique

    PinkBakenBoutique said 8 years ago

    I sell aprons and totes! I'm located in TACOMA, WA

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline said 8 years ago

    Great Finds!!!.........

  • ErikaPrice

    ErikaPrice said 8 years ago

    I've made all the changes and checked all my settings but still can't find anything local to me, which is very odd as I'm only 20 miles from Cambridge UK, and I know there are several Etsy sellers in my area.... Oh, and I don't appear in any local searches either, which is even more strange! Close to giving up doing any Christmas shopping on Etsy this year, think I'll give a donation to charity instead

  • SarahWinterClothwork

    SarahWinterClothwork said 8 years ago

    We sell Hemp & Organic cotton bags of different sizes and varieties. We also sell Wool vests, and Hemp clothing. We live in Willimantic, CT and are open to folks stopping by for special orders or pick up items. We love to shop local. We are committed to cooperative and collective business models.

  • MagMoment

    MagMoment said 8 years ago

    Good information. Thanks for posting.

  • MissHildebrandt

    MissHildebrandt said 8 years ago

    Thank you, from Central NY!

  • irisoconnor

    irisoconnor said 8 years ago

    this would be all good except for people who apparently live in 12 different countries. spam gets everywhere.

  • pinkdreamz1

    pinkdreamz1 said 8 years ago

    all my californians, peek a boo, i see you!!! LOS ANGELES here

  • RockHandWool

    RockHandWool said 8 years ago

    Thank you! Greetings from Istanbul!

  • rainadelmagick

    rainadelmagick said 8 years ago

    This is a fantastic feature to have and to share. However, I live right near San Francisco in a location less likely to be searched for, called Tewksbury. Should I put the major city that is closest to me instead of my little unincorporated township in the east bay hills?

  • LisamariesPiece

    LisamariesPiece said 8 years ago

    Thanks, really informative tips. Gotta go change my location and make it more precise. Thanks again!

  • RanaMuck

    RanaMuck said 8 years ago

    I like this idea, does it pick up items within a mile range of your city? I ask because I'm the only one in my town but I know there are a few Etsians within 25 miles. I'd like to see a feature where you can adjust the mile distance searched from your location. Also, it only finds locations matching EXACTLY whats in a person's profile, i.e. I'm only found by Bangor, Wisconsin, USA not Bangor, WI, USA.... could we base this off zip codes instead so we actually find people at or within a distance of our zipcode?

  • archaicparadise

    archaicparadise said 8 years ago

    Love LOCAL KIND especially in Hawaii!!

  • CaptivatingByLana

    CaptivatingByLana said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful idea, I will give it a try!

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  • CreationsByThree

    CreationsByThree said 8 years ago

    I am about 40 mins West of Nashville. Modern items for the modern pagan families! )O(

  • sallyheasley

    sallyheasley said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the tips - very helpful stuff :)

  • tigermoon77

    tigermoon77 said 8 years ago

    PHEW!!! It just took me 2 months to read all of this. I truly hope I make a single sale after a year of nothing and two months of reading tips!! HELP!! feedback on my store would be so lovely! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • forthebettys

    forthebettys said 8 years ago

    I like the fact that you tell people where you are at. Maybe I can add something like " found in everett" (since I dont hand make my vintage ;)

  • PrairiePrimitives

    PrairiePrimitives said 8 years ago

    Great suggestions! I've had "handmade in northern california" on my banner for a year or so now! :-)

  • sarahf709

    sarahf709 said 8 years ago

    What a helpful article! Thank you so much for your insight.

  • CNAcertification

    CNAcertification said 8 years ago

    brilliant!!!! very helpful one

  • BarbaraRosenzweig

    BarbaraRosenzweig said 8 years ago

    Great suggestions! - But if I live outside of a big city, like Philly, is it better to list Philadelphia or the small town in the suburbs as my location?

  • ARotaru

    ARotaru said 8 years ago

    Hi everyone! I'm new to Etsy, so I hope to see my shop listed in the local section. Check out my shop, and let me know if I'm on the right track. I love constructive criticism! Thank you, and good luck to everyone! Alice Rotaru

  • scotttrose

    scotttrose said 8 years ago

    HELP HELP HELP i think i have nice stuff, people look not alot but they look, but do not buy i feel i have some art people would like to own, but are not buying can anyone HELP me to sell my art i'm feeling like i should just throw hands up and walk away HELP HELP HELP

  • EmelineW

    EmelineW said 8 years ago

    This was helpful. I didn't know about the Etsy teams so that was great. I am from just north of Boston, in a small town - Marblehead, so hopefully there will be a lot of local interest. Like ARotaru and Scottrose, I am new and would appreciate any constructive criticism.

  • BronteApronsNVintage

    BronteApronsNVintage said 8 years ago

    Great article! I just found two other shops in my little home town of Keighley, England, UK!

  • DiannasDivineDesigns

    DiannasDivineDesigns said 8 years ago

    Handmade in Houston- thanks for your comments!

  • DiannasDivineDesigns

    DiannasDivineDesigns said 8 years ago

    Handmade in Houston- thanks for your comments!

  • krochetlady

    krochetlady said 8 years ago

    Great article, very helpful.

  • fiberfever

    fiberfever said 8 years ago

    hello Mainiacs!!

  • feltfull

    feltfull said 8 years ago


  • PaperPhine

    PaperPhine said 8 years ago

    Great Ideas! Thanks! (Yes, and hello from Vienna ;-))

  • BKCouture

    BKCouture said 8 years ago

    Hello and Thank you for the Great tips, i would love to sell localy, on my not so big North Port town in Florida near Sarasota and Tampa!

  • ShellyMacdesigns

    ShellyMacdesigns said 8 years ago

    so thankful for the help! Maybe doing a little in reverse but m by Shop is being revised daily thanks to these tips. Give it up for Gainesville/Haymarket VA.!!! :D

  • lifeartdesigns

    lifeartdesigns said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all these great tips.

  • anaffa

    anaffa said 8 years ago

    it's a good idea to do local but it does take a bit of time.I own several actual stores,in Palm Springs and San Diego,that takes time Good tips

  • glassypainterdesigns

    glassypainterdesigns said 8 years ago

    I would love to see my shop in the local section Fairfax, Virginia! let me see your feedback on my store. Thanks for you help!

  • silverbucksden

    silverbucksden said 8 years ago

    So much to see and do, I don't know where to starte."

  • mediterraneantreats

    mediterraneantreats said 8 years ago

    Hi u all this is great i would love to sell local after all i am in Houston,TX and it is very big city so i hope it works. thanks

  • MineOverMatter

    MineOverMatter said 8 years ago

    Hi everyone! I know that shopping local is getting stronger everyday. I cant wait to sell locally on etsy. I am new to etsy, and there is so much to learn.Check out my shop, and let me know if I'm doing it right. I would like to hear tips about how to promote my business..Thanks for your help.

  • TinyFingers

    TinyFingers said 7 years ago

    Hello from Queens Village, New York. Just a few blocks from Long Island and less than an hour from Manhattan. I love shopping for fabric in the many small shops through out NY. What do you think of my dresses? Thanks, Victoria

  • alessandragerevini

    alessandragerevini said 7 years ago

    Thanks!! I'll check all the etsy shops related to Columbia, SC. Great tip!

  • TearsOfJoybyRuth

    TearsOfJoybyRuth said 7 years ago

    Hi! I'm new to Etsy. I live in Greenville SC. I've been sewing for several years. I am also looking forward to knowing the local Etsy artist. Please check in with me . I know I could use your ideas of getting my shop up and running.

  • freshwaters

    freshwaters said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the help, Etsy...I'm a newby that needs your advice... ...appreciate it! Maryjo

  • hbarros

    hbarros said 7 years ago

    tks. nice!

  • ElizabethsPearlz

    Natasha from ElizabethsPearlz said 7 years ago

    Thank you:)

  • anekanena

    A'Ne Na from ANenaJewelry said 7 years ago

    This was very helpful. Thanks

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