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Etsy Statistics: September, Still Sunny!

Oct 8, 2008

by winenutnyc handmade and vintage goods

I apologize for the delay in publishing these — we’re working on revamping the information we send out and were hoping to have these changes in place for this month.

Here are September’s key numbers, all of which represent the highest total ever for their categories:

  • $7.93 million of goods sold — a 5% increase over August.
  • That represents 544,157 items sold, a 5.3% increase from August’s stats.
  • 911,191 new items were listed, up from 869,000 items last month, a 4.9% increase. 
  • 96,473, new members joined the Etsy community, including 18,001 new sellers. Both of these rates of new sellers and new buyers are essentially flat from last month.
  • 344,000,000 page views were recorded on the site, a slight increase from August.

A few things to consider with these numbers:  September has one less day than August, which makes a significant difference as we start having $300,000 sales days (that’s right — even in these tough economic times, we set a single day record on Sept 30th: $305,000!).

Thanks to everyone in the Etsy community for all of their hard work in September!

Curious about how other months compare? Check out our past Weather Reports for more statistics.

SALE - september sun
SALE - september sun


  • gardengatedesigns

    gardengatedesigns said 13 years ago

    My sales were up in September until the Market came crashing down. I have not had but one sale since then. October for me is looking pretty bleak. Nice to know that other shops are doing well. Rosemary, Gardengatedesigns

  • lpdesigns

    lpdesigns said 13 years ago

    Thanks! Does new items listed include renews?

  • winenutnyc

    winenutnyc said 13 years ago

    The new item number does not include renewals.

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 13 years ago

    Wow! What great numbers! I would not have predicted that. Makes me optimistic for the coming months.

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme said 13 years ago

    I would have to agree with you so far gardengatedesigns. I would say about the same. Hopefully it will pick up for the holidays!

  • soetebi

    soetebi said 13 years ago

    Amazing all the new members in September alone -- Etsy is the place to be!

  • ribsmalone

    ribsmalone said 13 years ago


  • additionsstyle

    additionsstyle said 13 years ago

    I'm new to Etsy, and only had 3 sales, but these numbers do bring hope for the future. I can't wait for the holidays!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 13 years ago

    oblivious me didn't even know the wonderful world of Etsy did such things as these (statistics that is). happy peach, I am :)

  • dangerousmezzo

    dangerousmezzo said 13 years ago

    So can someone tell my why Etsy doesn't allow its sellers access to their own statistics. While I'm happy for Etsy that things are going so well for the site, I'd really like my own stats so that I can run my own business here more efficiently.

  • momerath

    momerath said 13 years ago

    And to think that without my help, Etsy's September sales would only have been 544,129: I contributed fourteen purchases and fourteen items sold. :)

  • nicholasandfelice

    nicholasandfelice said 13 years ago

    fascinating! It was weird because i believe the stock market crashed on the 30th or so and we had an unusually great day that day too. yay etsy!

  • bonspielcreation

    bonspielcreation said 13 years ago

    Wow, sweet! ANd that's even with seasonal fluctuations. Looking forward to a great Christmas.

  • HandMeDownsYarns

    HandMeDownsYarns said 13 years ago

    With these turbulent times I'm so glad to have a little handmade safe harbor here! The economy makes me want to buy handmade even more, and I think these numbers show I'm in good company!!

  • BrazanDesign

    BrazanDesign said 13 years ago

    Thanks for having such great news to share!

  • XOHandworks

    XOHandworks said 13 years ago

    September was my biggest month so far on Etsy and October is starting great, too! Yeah!

  • JustAnotherDay

    JustAnotherDay said 13 years ago

    rock on XO! see you this Saturday at CraftedTogether! :)

  • thatwinsomegirl

    thatwinsomegirl said 13 years ago

    Very encouraging, thanks!

  • momomatic

    momomatic said 13 years ago

    Sometimes I suspect that it's the shop owners buying up supplies that drive those numbers up. Anxiety is a powerful motivator to create new and better things.

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 13 years ago

    Wonderful numbers, thank you so much for the info.:))

  • HouseThatCrowBuilt

    HouseThatCrowBuilt said 13 years ago

    They should seperate the statistics a little more. I would love to know how much of those numbers are supplies. momomatic brings up a good point.

  • haniyyajewelz

    haniyyajewelz said 13 years ago

    wow, that is pretty encouraging for a newbie like me. Hope to contribute to the growing number here =)

  • GreenEdenVintage

    GreenEdenVintage said 13 years ago

    Thanks for the encouragement! :)

  • BibBon

    BibBon said 13 years ago

    Etsy IT'S A L I V E A L I V E!!!!! That pretty dang cool! Thank you Admin for all the hard work YOU DO! Let's make some more records! What do ya say?!

  • CarolineHardy

    CarolineHardy said 13 years ago

    Some fairly rough calculations gives that as the average sale being $14.6 and a monthly average gross income of a shade under $40 per seller - is that right or did I fluff the numbers?

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 13 years ago

    Yes, there shoud be more breakdown. What percentage of sales are from buyers only? How about a day-to-day and month-to-month graph so we can see the changes? Just summarizing the information for us is not enough.

  • allisajacobs

    allisajacobs said 13 years ago

    Thank you for this information, very interesting & eye-opening!

  • FeltInspired

    FeltInspired said 13 years ago

    Great news--and I had my best month on Etsy, too! Thanks for the information!

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival said 13 years ago

    I absolutely love the stats every month. Great numbers and so good to see numbers are still increasing despite the economic trials the country is going through!!

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 13 years ago

    It's good to read these statistics. I feel inspired despite these increasingly difficult economic times. It makes sense that members would increase -- more people looking for more ways to earn money -- with their own hands.

  • dogties

    dogties said 13 years ago

    Great News!

  • TheFunkyMarket

    TheFunkyMarket said 13 years ago

    I have to agree that Sept. was one of my best months on etsy! october has been the worst month by far for me...I have even noticed a decrease in number of views with every item in my shop! I am hoping/praying for higher numbers this holiday season!! good luck everyone!! take the handmade pledge!!

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits said 13 years ago

    Would it be possible to get the statistics as a whole, and then the same stats without supplies and vintage? Eileen...

  • SimonandRuby

    SimonandRuby said 13 years ago

    Thanks for the info! I hope to see increased sales as we enter into the holiday season!

  • MelissasMelange

    MelissasMelange said 13 years ago

    It sounds like you are working on some more sophisticated statistics, I would certainly like to see some more break downs as have been suggested above, as well as some way that each seller can track their own statistics. Is there a way that we could have the ability to set up a Google Analytics thingy on our store? This would allow sellers who are interested in this to do it, without perhaps putting an extra burden on Etsy staff to come up with a system for everyone. Just a thought....

  • Nickileigh

    Nickileigh said 13 years ago

    September was my first month selling on etsy. I did very well and was amazed by the response. I think it really has to do with what we put into it.

  • Kubatica

    Kubatica said 13 years ago

    Wow, Thats nice to hear that ETSY is so popular amongst all the competition out there. I just recently switched from another site not worth mentioning because of the sky rocketing fees. I was building a business for over 3 years there and after all the loyalty they decided to tell me how to run my business. I hope Etsy is different. So far I love it because It's nice to see a site dedicated to hand made products. I am a visual artist and do custom oil and acrylic paintings and it is very nice to be amongst creative artists. I hope I can rebuild a sucessful business like I had before, on this site. It is very nice to read an article like this and see all the sucess you are all having. Thank you.

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 13 years ago

    Yeah, I'd like to see stats without supplies... September was my worst month by far... And I know I am not alone.

  • DragonRags

    DragonRags said 13 years ago

    Yes. Stats without supplies and vintage included would be good. My only sales in September (and it was my best month, for what it's worth,) were vintage items, not my handmades. Also, yes: Individual shop stats, please!

  • sarahrutan

    sarahrutan said 13 years ago

    Thanks for the stats! It does sound like the site as a whole is doing great...which is great for all of us! But I agree with some sellers above that it would be nice to have a breakdown of statistics. That would be so helpful to me!! This September has been my worst month since I have been established here. It doesn't sound like I'm alone. Thanks admin!

  • Lunaverse

    Lunaverse said 13 years ago

    It's weird, I was in a total dry spell until all this economic drama started and now my business is starting to pick up again! September was painfully slow but October is looking pretty good (so far anyway!)

  • CeltChic

    CeltChic said 13 years ago

    I'm a newbie, and listed all my new items last month, and made my 1st sale, my 1st week. I thought I'd be waiting for a long time, I've been pleasantly surprised. I Love Etsy!

  • sweet2685

    sweet2685 said 13 years ago

    Thank you! :)

  • batfineart

    batfineart said 13 years ago

    We opened our shop in Sept. and our first sale was a few days later. Thanks for publishing the stats, which are important to know when you're working your marketing plan. We look forward to each month's results!!!

  • petalandpink

    petalandpink said 13 years ago

    thanks for the stats! i have to say, my sales doubled in september...I mean I just started listing seriously in July, but still I was floored. Hopefully it's up and up from here!

  • LeastLikely2Breed

    LeastLikely2Breed said 13 years ago

    September was great for me. After a slow start, I had my best month ever. Thanks for the report!

  • punkybunny300

    punkybunny300 said 13 years ago

    Thanks! What great numbers!

  • kachingdesign

    kachingdesign said 13 years ago

    Appreciate the info. I did really well in sept. Hope it doesn't stop getting better!

  • angelstuff

    angelstuff said 13 years ago

    I'd love to see stats for each of handmade, vintage, and supplies. And what are page views - which pages are being viewed?

  • thesunnysidebiz

    thesunnysidebiz said 13 years ago


  • danceswithfire

    danceswithfire said 13 years ago

    wow this is a great tool! thank you!

  • Planetclairevintage

    Planetclairevintage said 13 years ago

    Nice to see rising sales. This month started slow for me But The last few days have had some sales. Yeah! I love etsy xoxo

  • ccvalenzo

    ccvalenzo said 13 years ago

    It would be more meaningful if supplies were broken out .

  • lhsblack

    lhsblack said 13 years ago

    Great numbers. Some people are still able so make some money in this economy. Good to hear.

  • PetitPoulailler

    PetitPoulailler said 13 years ago

    Individual Stats for the three Categories (Handmade, Supplies, Vintage) would be most useful. Especially for sellers who have shops in more than one Category. But, then again, Individual Stats for each shop would be most beneficial of all. Since the framework for gathering stats is obviously available (hence, this article) when may we expect to see individual shop stats?

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 13 years ago

    I'd love to see my own shop stats too. Will that ever happen? It sure would make me happy.


    LILGIRLCA said 13 years ago

    I would really like to see a chart with this type of information by month for at least the current and prior year. Info in paragraph form that you have to click on other articles to see the numbers is not very helpful in seeing how etsy is growning

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 13 years ago

    I opened in July and September was a really good month for me. October is looking to be an even better month. Thank you for sharing the statistics, interesting reading..

  • LBscrapboutique

    LBscrapboutique said 13 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the stats! We just opened in September...looks like we chose the right place to open up shop!

  • Susiesplace

    Susiesplace said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I am really glad to see this. I have been wondering how this site was doing and this info. is up lifting. Lets me know it is going good and promising. Thanks again hope this info. keeps coming.

  • lavalleygirly

    lavalleygirly said 12 years ago

    I, too would love to see the stats broken down. Not that it will affect my business too much, it's just pure curiosity!! I have been doing really well here...every single sale feels like a little miracle to me :)

  • Midnightcreations

    Midnightcreations said 12 years ago

    September was my 2nd best selling month for items sold. October feels slower a tad.

  • ashjewels

    ashjewels said 11 years ago

    wow...I've been really slow lately, maybe it'll pick up come holiday season!

  • MamiMadeIt

    MamiMadeIt said 11 years ago

    Is it possible to see the stats for the single categories?

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