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Etsy Statistics: May 2013 Weather Report

Jun 19, 2013

by Michelle Traub handmade and vintage goods

Can you feel the refreshing breeze of community-driven growth? A 56.3% increase from May 2012’s to May 2013’s total of dollars of goods sold lures us into warm days ahead. (At the same time, items sold were up 68.7% year over year.)

The stats:

  • $102.9 million of goods (after refunds and cancellations) were sold by our community in May, 1.2% higher than April’s $101.7 million
  • That represents 5,118,562* items sold for the month, 1.35% higher than April
  • 2,855,505 items were listed in the month, 0.9% higher than April’s 2,830,804
  • 977,061 new members joined the Etsy community in the month, up 4,837 or 0.5%, from April
  • 1.37 billion page views were recorded on the site in May

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the Etsy community in May 2013!

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

*Ed. Note: We discovered an error in how this statistic had been calculated, and have since corrected the figures to be more accurate.


  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery said 8 years ago

    Exciting! Thanks for the update. I know my own stats reflect this trend.

  • glendalee

    glenda puhek from glendalee said 8 years ago

    I just don't know what I'm doing wrong…my sales are so sadly poor. So, I'll just be hopeful for July. Thanks Etsy for all you do.

  • CynicalGirl

    Mary from CynicalGirl said 8 years ago

    April was pretty dismal so I don't know that this is much of an improvement. Not significant growth as far as I can tell.

  • OceansideCastle

    Laura from OceansideCastle said 8 years ago

    I look forward to this monthly stats posting! Thanks

  • vinylclockwork

    Scott from vinylclockwork said 8 years ago

    Great job Etsy. Keep up the good work.

  • grapevineforge

    Jeremy from grapevineforge said 8 years ago

    here's to hoping things pick up for all of us! a good month for my shop is selling one thing! :)

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 8 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for being fabulous!!!

  • exitera

    Hristo Hvoynev from ExiArtsConceptWorlds said 8 years ago

    WOW! Etsy is the fastest growing market place in the world! Thrilling! Thank you Etsy!

  • BlackForestCottage

    Donna and Darrell Knish from BlackForestCottage said 8 years ago

    I wait to see these results every single month to see if I fall into those stats lol. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don't.

  • staats25

    Drew from DrewsCollectibles said 8 years ago

    Great but why are sales so terrible???

  • nowvintage

    Bobbie from nowvintage said 8 years ago

    My sales are much improved from last year..

  • MyHomemadeHome

    Susannah from HandmadeBySusannah said 8 years ago

    I am certainly looking forward to 44% increase in sales this year!

  • loosepetals

    Karen Young from loosepetals said 8 years ago

    exciting news, and seeing sales grow each month!

  • nuevowoodcrafts

    Jesse Esquivel from NuevoWoodcrafts said 8 years ago

    You Grow Etsy!

  • piccadillypastimes

    Ginger and Tim from PiccadillyPastimes said 8 years ago

    We just joined in May. Looking forward to being a part of this exciting and innovative community and growing our very small business! : )

  • graciousbridal

    Audrey Craig from GraciousBridal said 8 years ago

    I've been selling on Etsy for less than a year, and consistently see growth each month. If only had more time to keep listing new items. Thank you very much, Etsy!

  • disheveledideas

    Oksana from disheveledideas said 8 years ago

    so many new members joining, incredible!!

  • MakeMeSmileCrafts

    Joan from MakeMeSmileCrafts said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the update Etsy. Growth has been incredible the last few months, thanks for your hard work to keep us current. Change is not always easy, but I think is needed to keep us all on the map here at Etsy.

  • etfattoamano

    elisabetta trautteur said 8 years ago

    HI everyone! I live in Italy and I make children and adults T-shirts and other apparel for children. I never sold online and I'm thinking to start this new challenge...But I have some questions before! First of all in Italy people are not very into handmade apparel and so I have to try deal with the rest of the world! In this sense how can I fix my prices if the despatche's rates are so high? Maybe there are some couriers that employ special rates for aour kind of job? I know ithat the idea looks very naive but maybe there's an answer somewhere... How many items can deals per month a seller of my category? I'm trying to do a businessplan to understand if it's worth it to start the challenge on etsy.... Thank you any way, and I hope I didn't do inappropriate questions...

  • peonyandthistle

    Peony and Thistle from PeonyandThistle said 8 years ago

    Good news and we're very happy that our shops have contributed to those figures!

  • jsnflores06

    Shanna Flores from QuirkyQuafts said 8 years ago

    Awesome! Glad to hear....

  • SimplyDaisyDesigns

    Wendy from SimplyDaisyDesigns said 8 years ago

    Oooooo, good May stats, I am starting to get excited about fall !!!!

  • theheartoffashion

    The Heart of Fashion from TheHeartofFashion said 8 years ago

    This is such exciting news! Thank you for sharing! Keeps me motivated to find ways to improve my own shop.

  • Candlescapes

    Marianne from PineknobsAndCrickets said 8 years ago

    Business has been wonderful and getting better every month! Thanks for the monthly stats!

  • limitz

    Limor Haim-Matityahoo from Limitz said 8 years ago

    Amazing numbers! Am I the only one thats noticed the outstanding photo on the top of this post??:-)

  • TheBeadedBead

    Sharri Moroshok from TheBeadedBead said 8 years ago

    May and June have been outstanding in my shop. Thank you etsy and keep up the great work!

  • ElainaLouiseStudios

    Lisa Steiner from ElainaLouiseStudios said 8 years ago

    Yay! Looking forward to the holiday season and even bigger numbers.

  • FrugalFairyVintage

    Pam from FrugalFairyVintage said 8 years ago

    Thanks for giving these stats. They are a great tool for the sellers. May has 31 days vs April with 30 days so per day sales are about flat: 141,648 sales/day in May 141,981 sales/day in April Also the overall Etsy views have dropped to lowest level in almost 1 yr! Wonder if admin has a plan to get these views back up?

  • NicolasKnitKnacks

    Nicola and Jessica Belton from CelticKnittingCo said 8 years ago

    Great to see the update event though I'm new at this! It's good to see what its like out there!

  • JacyDesign

    JacyDesign from JacyDesign said 8 years ago

    It's encouraging to see the stats and see people are and can be successful on Etsy. Thank you for this info!

  • laramored

    Anemone from AnemoneReadsVintage said 8 years ago

    thanks! this is my first weather report - so interesting to see!

  • takeshiokada2

    Takeshi from takOdesignstudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the statistics! and +1 to the great photo up top!

  • garnetfleuri

    Helen L from Garnetfleuri said 8 years ago

    These stats are great news for a newcomer like me .... Just shows how much great talent there is on Etsy!

  • michele325

    Michele from MichelesAManoDesigns said 8 years ago

    I recently opened my shop and am getting more and more familiar with everything. The stats mentioned are amazing. I am so happy to see so much of it go to those who create with their hands...everyone has been so supportive and friendly. From what I've noticed so far, it's more like a family. Looking forward to building my shop and helping others down the road some day!

  • RedBarnArt

    Susan Williams Phillips from RedBarnArt said 8 years ago

    Unfortunately I number among those who aren't reaping the benefits of those stats. And like others, I wonder what I could do to improve my sales here. I have tried the ads...and not only not sold with them running, but not seen increased viewings. I love etsy, but for sales, it's leaving me cold. What to do?

  • BigPhilsEmporium

    Philip Lisle from BigPhilsEmporium said 8 years ago

    My sales are stable, would always like to sale more, but that might correlate with not enough items in my shop. Being vintage I feel I need at least 500 items. I am at 250. I will keep listing! Go Etsy!

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 8 years ago

    Wonderful! May was my best month, yet on Etsy! Looking forward to Christmas in July now :)

  • sageworks

    Miriam Sagefemme from SageWorks said 8 years ago

    Now maybe Etsy can afford to get rid of all the resellers on the site, particularly in an unnamed country overseas.

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 8 years ago

    While the stats are above are encouraging I am not seeing the increase or impact in my shop views or sales. May/June of 2013 have been lack luster for me compared to the same time last year. Curious to know if the ratio of vintage sellers in the marketplace has doubled or more since last year and how that has impacted revenue.

  • Thebaroqueprincess

    Lisa Neuberger from Thebaroqueprincess said 8 years ago

    I ditto what Barbara is saying. I have noticed slow July and higher fees. I had a great June,,?

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