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Notes From Chad: Holiday Season Starts Strong

Dec 3, 2013

by Chad Dickerson

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Can you feel the holiday spirit in the air? It’s a season that reminds us to gather with loved ones, feed them well, and show them how much they mean to us with personal tokens of affection. The best holiday gifts are truly unique, and deepen connections between the giver and the recipient, providing meaning and cherished memories that extend far beyond the rush of the holidays.

This past weekend, millions of shoppers came to Etsy looking for alternatives to the same old chain stores and online behemoths. When you buy on Etsy, you’re supporting over one million independent, creative businesses in communities around the world and buying one-of-a-kind gifts with stories behind them for the people you care about most. Sales from Thursday to Cyber Monday increased 60% year-over-year from the last Thanksgiving weekend, supporting makers and curators around the world. Together, we’re bringing heart back to the holidays!

Here are a few more tidbits from the weekend:

  • Between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, more than 36 million visits to Etsy generated more than 388 million page views.
  • This was the year of mobile for the holidays — more than 50% of visits were from shoppers on mobile devices.
  • Over the long weekend, nearly a third of buyers made their first purchases on Etsy.
  • Over 1 in 4 orders occurred between buyers and sellers in different countries, sending holiday cheer across borders.

This year, our community has grown to 30 million members, a community full of heartwarming stories and incredible imagination. Our holiday campaign focuses on what makes this marketplace unlike any other: the people, the processes and the products that are unique to Etsy.

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The theme is “Etsy: Where One-of-a-Kind Gifts Come From,” and your stellar businesses and items are the stars of the show. There’s truly no other market like Etsy, and by sharing your stories through our holiday video campaign, we’re reaching shoppers looking for those meaningful heirlooms that their families will remember for years to come. So far, our holiday videos have been seen over 5.7 million times in our online ads and placements across the web. Have you watched yet?

All of these numbers mean more success this year for the independent creative Etsy businesses around the world. Happy holidays, everyone!

201 comments

  • DorisDiao

    Doris Diao from Diysuppliers said 2 years ago

    Love here.

  • greengrass4men

    Liz M from TheFoxAndFig said 2 years ago

    Go Etsy! This is a community I am proud to be part of

  • LimonBijoux

    Holly from LimonBijoux said 2 years ago

    Great news!!

  • proun91

    Timothy Aaron Huston from hyperACTIVEwear said 2 years ago

    Thanks to Kate Fink for sending me here :)

  • AbleAprons

    Erika Kelly from PortlandApronCompany said 2 years ago

    So cool! I feel that people are going to stop asking me as often,"What's Etsy?"

  • hagelslaag

    Kate Fink from vivariums said 2 years ago

    You are super welcome, Timothy! :)

  • ElainaLouiseStudios

    Lisa Steiner from ElainaLouiseStudios said 2 years ago

    Wonderful news!

  • LoomOnTheLake

    Lynn from LoomOnTheLake said 2 years ago

    What percentage of US customers made purchases in other countries? Where? What percentage of customers from other countries bought items from the United States?

  • MadArtjewelry

    MadArtjewelry from MadArtjewelry said 2 years ago

    Great news! thanks for sharing!

  • PoleStar

    Jennifer Juniper from PoleStar said 2 years ago

    Awesome

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence from LunaEssence said 2 years ago

    Really they did ? Where did they go Chad ?

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence from LunaEssence said 2 years ago

    Many are complaining NO Views !! NO Sales !!

  • lunaessence

    lunaessence from LunaEssence said 2 years ago

    Have a Happy Holiday

  • hellome

    April from hellome said 2 years ago

    Cute snowman.

  • FluffyFlowers

    FluffyFlowers from FluffyFlowers said 2 years ago

    Groovy :)

  • rctees

    toni from RCTees said 2 years ago

    Record November and December has started off with a BANG! Thanks Etsy! Hohoho

  • Candlescapes

    Marianne from PineknobsAndCrickets said 2 years ago

    It has been an amazing holiday season for me so far. Far surpassing my expectations! Actually quit my full time job over the summer after 20 years and am now selling on Etsy full time and LOVING it :) Big thank you to Etsy and all of my customers, especially my repeat customers!

  • silverlily786

    Fatema from SilverLilyJewelry said 2 years ago

    Great to hear!

  • WithLoveFromLucille

    Finna from WithLoveFromLucille said 2 years ago

    Staying busy :)

  • CutOutTheFun

    Mary Richmond from CutOutTheFun said 2 years ago

    wow! those are great numbers and I know in my shop the mobile shoppers and international shoppers rule!

  • littlebitwired

    Nancy Perennec from littlebitwired said 2 years ago

    My numbers are up too!

  • vickiorion

    Vicki Potter from vickiorion said 2 years ago

    I love reading about etsy success. My sales are up by 20% this year!

  • heartworksbylori

    Lori from DearestMine said 2 years ago

    Thanks for your leadership and heart Chad! This has been an amazing year...excited for 2014! Happy Holidays!

  • ElenaMary

    Elena Mary Siff from ElenaMary said 2 years ago

    Made three sales this week!!! more than I made for the rest of 2013!!! Thanks, Etsy!!!

  • QuiltedCupcake

    Jean Kake from QuiltedCupcake said 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Love getting this type of insight into Etsy.

  • ekra

    Emily Kircher from ekra said 2 years ago

    I also love reading about Etsy success!

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor said 2 years ago

    Than you for the info Chad, although i did made a sale in my shop i really appreciate the campaign driven to unique rather then price. I had also good sales which made it up for the slower previous months. I hope all will get there presents from Israel in time for the holiday. its an opportunity to say thanks for all the nice changes in the visual of the site and other helping sellers tools. Happy holidays and for lots of more sales to come and cheers for this wonderful comunity

  • Dariami

    Daria from Dariami said 2 years ago

    This year I have 2 times less sales than one year ago. It's 60% increase divided between increased number of shops.

  • RBJohnsonSupplies

    Rishka from NuriJewelry said 2 years ago

    Thank you for your message!!! Etsy has helped me stay at home a bit longer during my unpaid maternity leave period. Thank you to Etsy as well :) Wish everyone well over this happy festive season!

  • urbheir123

    Adriana Soto from AdrianaSoto said 2 years ago

    Nice!

  • carolwagner1

    Carol Wagner from VintageBettyLuke said 2 years ago

    Great news! Thanks for the stats

  • alittlemorerosie

    Rosie from alittlemorerosie said 2 years ago

    I just made that very snowman from that shop yesterday! My kids think it is very cute!

  • dodelinedesign

    Sarah Reed from dodelinedesign said 2 years ago

    Woohoo!

  • kimgilbert3

    Kim Gilbert from kimgilbert3 said 2 years ago

    Great news!! Happy Holidays!

  • ForSuchATimeDesigns

    Aly Nickerson from ForSuchATimeDesigns said 2 years ago

    WOW incredible!!! This surely was a HUGE year for my shop - blew sales out of the water and had to close down early... SO EXCITED for 2014!!!! THANK YOU ETSY for creating a platform and making my dreams come true!!!

  • MyFiberFolly

    Betsy Alspach from MyFiberFolly said 2 years ago

    Etsy provides a venue like no other for buyers to connect with creative, hard working individuals who care about each item they list. It's great!

  • DoRagsbyTerry

    Terry from SkullCapsByTerry said 2 years ago

    I greatly appreciate selling on etsy, my numbers are up, I can't say I have nothing to do. I'm going to the post office daily with orders.

  • livjewellery

    Jennifer from livjewellery said 2 years ago

    Amazing! This holiday season has been great for my shops - so happy to be a part of Etsy.

  • LittleFrenchShop

    Eve from MyLittleFrenchShop said 2 years ago

    Wonderful news Chad! YAY Etsy !!!!

  • ClickityClack

    Ron and Phyllis McIntyre from ClickityClack said 2 years ago

    Our sales have increased every year and this year they increased a LOT! We are just hoping to be able to keep up. We are supposed to be retired, but thanks to Etsy we are now making more than before Ron retired. Just joined Etsy to get rid of our old craft circuit stock, but suddenly everyone wants our unfinished wood and we have a tiger by the tail and are hanging on for dear life! Yah! Etsy!!

  • DontUWantMe

    DontUWantMe from DontUWantMe said 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing! Sales are up!

  • gwenmeyerson

    Gwen from GwenMeyerson said 2 years ago

    Happy to sell my art on etsy.

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal said 2 years ago

    Its interesting to see that so many people are shopping from mobile devices. Thanks for the update!

  • JewelrybyDorothy

    Dorothy from JewelrybyDorothy said 2 years ago

    Wonderful news! Thank you for the update!

  • vintageartchic

    Kelly from TheGussyOwl said 2 years ago

    I am so grateful to be apart of such a wonderful community :). Happy Holidays to everyone!

  • shelby1998

    michelle from barleyandflax said 2 years ago

    That's wonderful! Happy to be selling here!

  • tigercattiles

    tigercattiles from tigercattiles said 2 years ago

    Thanks for the update and happy holidays to everyone - I am so grateful to be a part of a community of people who are so supportive of each other!

  • ZebraCrows

    Sheryl Scott from HgVintagetoo said 2 years ago

    Great news, my planters and I are happy to be part of Etsy!

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 2 years ago

    What great news! Congratulations to all the unique sellers here!

  • hawaiibeads

    Cece from hawaiibeads said 2 years ago

    I am glad that Etsy is still growing. If only I could figure out how to do what I love and still be here, instead of feeling that I need to conform to the Etsy Look to have any success with sales.

  • SweetBohemianLife

    Kathryn Greenwald from SweetBohemianLife said 2 years ago

    I feel bleesed to have Etsy as my Full time job.

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 2 years ago

    I'm inspired every day by they amazing items and stories found on Etsy! I'm now in my second year on Etsy and I continue to gain small business owner skills as my shop grows and grows. Thank you, Etsy, for creating opportunities for so many people!

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 2 years ago

    My sales have gone up every year I have been here! Thank you Etsy♥

  • GoldenDaysDesigns

    Nancy from GoldenDaysDesigns said 2 years ago

    Great news! Thanks for the report.

  • FaithAnnOriginals

    Faith Ann from FaithAnnOriginals said 2 years ago

    Are you willing to reveal how those "sales" numbers break down between actual handmade items and those from the incredible flood of shops that claim to be domestic artisans but farm the actual making out to overseas factories?

  • Susabellas

    Susan from Susabellas said 2 years ago

    Etsy is such an amazing market place and I am so proud to be a part of it!

  • SymbolicImports

    Angel from SymbolicImports said 2 years ago

    My shop definitely flourished this past Holiday weekend. Hope it continues!!

  • fillthespaces

    Angelo Andiario from Abstractology said 2 years ago

    Small Business Saturday was not mentioned in the article? I'm assuming that at least 90% of the Etsy sellers fit into that category. More awareness and support for small independent businesses is what makes the economy stronger for all.

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 2 years ago

    Wonderful news! So excited to see what 2014 is going to bring! Happy Holidays to all :)!

  • foxpots

    Carole Fox from foxpots said 2 years ago

    Every time I see an overall increase in Etsy sales, like " Sales from Thursday to Cyber Monday increased 60% year-over-year from the last Thanksgiving weekend" as stated in the article, I wonder whether average sales per seller also increased. If not, Etsy is not helping sellers to succeed. Can Etsy clarify this metric?

  • CassiasGarden

    Kelly Ann Taylor from CassiaAromatics said 2 years ago

    That is SO great to hear and we are GRATEFUL!

  • art4ear

    Deborah from art4ear said 2 years ago

    Thanks for the update! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • hennyseashell

    Henny Augustien from hennyseashell said 2 years ago

    What a great news! I love Etsy and so proud to be part of it! Happy holidays to all :)

  • isewcute

    June from isewcute said 2 years ago

    I'm glad to hear the good news. Curious to know that many are shopping from mobile devices! Very interesting!

  • TeaStainedLace

    Dawn from TeaStainedLace said 2 years ago

    May God Bless this community in abundance this season!! Wishing everyone a prosperous, healthy season!! Admirably, Dawn

  • MulberryCreek

    Melissa from MulberryCreek said 2 years ago

    Great figures!! Thanks Etsy for helping our shops become more successful every yr!

  • FRESHOFFTHENEEDLE

    Donna Dooley from Freshofftheneedle said 2 years ago

    Happiest of Holidays One and All

  • SiameseDreamDesign

    Barbara and Amy from SiameseDreamDesign said 2 years ago

    Very happy to see a campaign geared towards uniqueness rather than price driven. Thank you Etsy.

  • AllureStudioWorks

    rudy krochalk from AllureStudioWorks said 2 years ago

    Awesome! My sales are up this holiday season. Feeling gratitude from my wonderful customers.

  • cravejewelrydesign

    Jaci Riley from cravejewelrydesign said 2 years ago

    Whoooo! Hooooo!

  • alinahayes

    Alina Hayes from alinahayesceramics said 2 years ago

    Well, they did not come to my store. I blogged, I promoted, I created coupon codes, sale incentives. Free shipping. Tweeted, Facebooked, Pintrested? Anyway, this is the first Holiday season I really feel my shop has been invisible. And I started on Etsy in 2007. Just saying.

  • ringmyneck

    Ring My Neck from ringmyneck said 2 years ago

    Love these stats! My shop is shattering last years' numbers. I love selling on Etsy! Thank you for your support and information.

  • jazzmoon0711

    jazzmoon from BluesetteBoutique said 2 years ago

    Hoping for a stellar holiday season!

  • herbolution

    Sasha and Veronika from Herbolution said 2 years ago

    Thank you, Chad! Very uplifting statistics and news! I'm glad that our shop is not along in this crazy sales express over the last week... It's never been so hot here :) I'm already thinking about closing a shop for few days just to catch-up with orders... My only wish is to have few extra elves here to help out. Ho-ho-ho...

  • dianessunshine

    Diane from OmMadeJewelry said 2 years ago

    I am exciting lots of folks are coming to Etsy, however I too have not had the traffic I anticipated. I'd love advice on how to get more traffic. Blessings to All this Season, Diane

  • thisislullaby

    Vicky Brown from ThisisLullaby said 2 years ago

    Great news!! Interesting about the 50% of mobile shoppers. I think I remember it being said in the recent Town Hall meeting that stats weren't capturing all views from mobile devices. If I've remembered that correctly, it'd be great to get an update :-)

  • dianessunshine

    Diane from OmMadeJewelry said 2 years ago

    I am excited lots of folks are coming to Etsy, however I too have not had the traffic I anticipated. I'd love advice on how to get more traffic. Blessings to All this Season, Diane

  • ManInTheMoonHerbs

    ManInTheMoonHerbs from ManInTheMoonHerbs said 2 years ago

    It's been an awesome year all the way around in my Etsy shop! Change is almost always painful, but growth from it is always good.

  • BewitchingVintage

    BewitchingVintage from BewitchingVintage said 2 years ago

    Cyber Monday set a new sales record for my shop--Thanks Etsy!!!!

  • alinahayes

    Alina Hayes from alinahayesceramics said 2 years ago

    Well they didn't come to my store. I promoted, blogged. Created coupon codes, offered free shipping, tweeted, facebooked, pintrested? Anyway, this is the first year I feel my shop has been invisible, and I started in 2007. Just Sayin'

  • HeritageMusic

    HeritageMusic from HeritageMusic said 2 years ago

    We are grateful to Etsy and our customers for a wonderful season. Best wishes to everyone for another successful year - we're looking forward to 2014!!

  • beckeecarrier

    Beckee n Jude Carrier from CarrierHouse said 2 years ago

    This is exciting news. I sold my first 2 items in one week. I am so energized and motivated once again! Blessing to everyone! Beckee

  • RockArtiste

    Rock Artiste from RockArtiste said 2 years ago

    Thank you and you are welcome! Sales have been much better this year over the past few. Continued success Etsy. Etsy rocks!

  • beachbabyblues

    Susan Wagner from beachbabyblues said 2 years ago

    OH,The videos for “Etsy: Where One-of-a-Kind Gifts Come From ” are totally AWESOME !! I hope to see more of this campaign , beyond the Holidays ! I would love to see some, for WEDDING items !! Regarding sales: This past Holiday, as a seller, I stayed close to my computer , to be available for providing quick reply's AND to watch my STATS !! Haha .... But, I also took advantage of the FANTASTIC items that were offered from fellow Etsy shop owners . I have purchased every GIFT for my family, from Etsy this season. And since they know how much I LOVE ETSY , it will mean even more to them !! ~* ~* ~* Happy Holidays Everyone ~* ~* ~*

  • IdaTG

    Ida from sweetperfectU said 2 years ago

    Happy Holidays and Congrats to every one who made a sale.

  • golden41004

    Hema Rao from BEADEDNECKLACESHOPPE said 2 years ago

    :-)- Happy Holidays

  • chellecarmody1

    michelle from chellechet said 2 years ago

    Great news! Thank you to the etsy community and have wonderful holidays.

  • yourgreatfinds

    Miss Linda from Yourgreatfinds said 2 years ago

    I am happy to hear it. I also have a 15 year old eBay store and am working to make etsy my main shop. I have been researching traffic reports and SEO. Several team members and I have been running search engine tests for months. I also think that some portion of the increase in etsy sales is due to the failure of ebay's new Cassini search platform. If I was an ebay shopper looking for vintage or handmade and my search produced poor findings, where would I look next Etsy! And once you go etsy, you never go back!

  • CrystalLynneCLC

    Crystal Charriere from CrystalCharriere said 2 years ago

    Woo etsy! I'm new-ish to etsy, but here's hoping I can be a bigger part of the etsy community :-)

  • DiansEarrings

    Ruth Kelly from DiansEarrings said 2 years ago

    I got more than last year. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • SunflowerGlassworks

    Mary Datwyler from SunflowerGlassworks said 2 years ago

    Great news - my sales numbers continue to be on the rise!

  • tereskabr

    Tereska Brown from BrownsThreadWorks said 2 years ago

    Thank You Chad for the great reports. Etsy is the BEST place to sell my one-of-a-kind items and other things. I now work full time with Etsy and my Husband joined me with his handpainted items. I love Etsy and am very grateful for my shop.

  • songinmyheart

    Tammy DeYoung from songinmyheart said 2 years ago

    That's FANTASTIC!!!

  • FreshRetroGallery

    Elizabeth Knaus from FreshRetroGallery said 2 years ago

    YAY US! Cool video—I had to tweet and FB share—Etsy has become my favorite place to shop for gifts and fun things.

  • lindab142

    Linda B. from lindab142 said 2 years ago

    I'm a few sales shy of last year - grateful for every sale and my customers and supportive team members. I also would like to know about handmade vs the "new handmade manufactured" category sales too. And, if it's the repeat "Big sellers" that Etsy promotes or all of us.

  • KimArt

    Kimber from KimArt said 2 years ago

    LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mungoandmidge

    mungoandmidge from mungoandmidge said 2 years ago

    I've had a great year on Etsy with my best sales and views ever, in November, and now a brilliant start to December too. I think the promo film is lovely and really emphasises the idea of personal connection between seller and buyer which is what Etsy is all about and I'm delighted to see Etsy going from strength to strength. I have just one gripe - where is the promotion of vintage sellers in the holiday campaigns? I'm signed up to most of the Etsy Finds / Dudes / Gifts emails and I see lots of beautiful hand-made pieces but vintage is just not being represented to the same degree and I'm really disappointed not to see who I am or the work of stellar vintage shops across Etsy being promoted and celebrated at this crucial time of year. Etsy is for hand-made AND vintage AND supplies - I think all promotional mails at all times of year should reflect this. I know transparency is an important part of how Etsy communicates and I look forward to seeing a more even-handed approach in the future. *climbs down from soapbox* That said, I'd like to say thank you for the great innovations that have helped make my shop better this year and wish everyone a successful Christmas - not long to go now - and a very Happy New Year!!

  • lavenderrabbit

    Donna from LavenderRabbit said 2 years ago

    Wow, that is pretty amazing!!

  • weifennn

    Fen from papercleaver said 2 years ago

    Great news! I've managed to get a good amount of sales since I joined in August 2013. Thanks Etsy for creating a platform where we can share our hand made love without the limitations of geographic borders! Love it!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 2 years ago

    Happy to have exceeded my expectations for the Thanksgiving weekend in sales: though not crazy, it was good. And glad that many etsy sellers were busy and profitable. I'm continuing to grow my shop and have faith that good things will come as I work hard and learn and keep making my one-of-a-kind art and ornaments. I hope the promotions will continue and that small sellers get some of the benefits of etsy's efforts to get the word out about the incredible artists and shops on etsy.

  • studiotwenty

    Monique from needlegoods said 2 years ago

    Good news :)

  • TaraTaraTara

    Tara Herberger from TaraTaraTara said 2 years ago

    1/5 of my annual orders arrive in November as I inform the buyers to please order early! It's just me creating these handmade wetfelt items! I love my Etsy fan club & many folks are b-back people. Etsy holiday time is so exciting & I'm very backed up on orders, which is GREAT.. Peace! Tara from Ohio

  • estherfgorden

    Esther F. Gorden from CaptiveLove said 2 years ago

    this is my first year on etsy, and while my views have increased towards holiday, and i think that might be due to treasury activity, my sales have stalled! i thought there would be a holiday boom, but all i've got is fizzle. am glad others are doing well. xxx

  • AlmasKnitShop

    Amadea de Groot from AlmasKnitShop said 2 years ago

    Great ad about Etsy! Love it and good to hear that the site is getting more and more attention, customers, and sales!

  • paperannie

    Becky Rife from paperannie said 2 years ago

    I love etsy. I'm obsessed. I can't stay away. I love selling my stuff and I love looking at others' stuff. Long live etsy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • diannecureton

    Dianne Cureton from AllThingsByDee said 2 years ago

    Great input ,love to hear news like this......Last week was great for me as well ,so happy to say my shop is really getting more sales than last year .This is my second year on Etsy and I feel so blessed to be a part of the Etsy family.......so Thank You .

  • silkoak

    Jan Rhodes Norman from silkoak said 2 years ago

    Lovely! Thank you for the partnership and the opportunity to work together to build an alternative economy!

  • WomanShopsWorld

    Carter Seibels Singh from WomanShopsWorld said 2 years ago

    Yes!!! Good to hear. I was quite pleased with my sales and traffic through the holiday weekend, and December is off to a great start. Thanks Chad for sharing these statistics, and thanks for continuing to make etsy my favorite place to be!

  • tresameyerdesigns

    Tresa Meyer Clark from MeyerClarkCreative said 2 years ago

    Thank you for the leadership and the talent that work to keep Etsy an amazing site.

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 2 years ago

    Hoping page views translate to sales! Love that folks are turning to small businesses! There is so much goodness here!

  • florallyyoursbydonna

    Donna Whitmire from florallyyoursbydonna said 2 years ago

    I am in my second year with Etsy and Sunday I sold a wreath less than 24 hours after listing it! I was so pleased. Happy Holidays, everyone!!

  • Pawtucket

    Lesley Fry from LesleysHandknits said 2 years ago

    I opened my shop 3 weeks ago and am still waiting for my first sale. Making lots of tweaks and paying for ads, but other than adding international sales, I don't know what else to do. I'm hoping the first sale is the hardest because I don't have a sales record.

  • pillowandpocket

    Andrea Misuraca from PillowandPocket said 2 years ago

    Chad: the phrase “Etsy: Where One-of-a-Kind Gifts Come From” hits a nerve with me, after the recent change in policy that allows factory-produced products to sit side-by-side next to genuinely hand-made stuff. I'm still waiting for Etsy to create a separate category. I have two shops, one of which has been steamrollered by knock-offs from society6 and sweatshops in Asia.

  • ZazaCollections

    ZazaCollections from MyOneStopBlingShop said 2 years ago

    Thanks Chad! I actually had to take 200 items off because we couldn't keep up with so many sales!!! We still have 350+ listed and are going strong! So happy here... From, Ex-Ebayer

  • pillowandpocket

    Andrea Misuraca from PillowandPocket said 2 years ago

    Like I said.

  • vintageisis

    Tamara from VintageIsis said 2 years ago

    Etsy is definitely becoming more well known.... people are suggesting the site and sending me links to try it out to sell my jewelry. Guess I need to get links to my shop out to EVERYBODY who knows me!!!

  • heavensgrove1

    Heaven's Grove, LLC from HeavensGroveLLC said 2 years ago

    We are new and small to Etsy, but I am enjoying the experience thus far. I actually shopped with other shops on Etsy for Christmas :-) Love that most items are hand made! Keep up the great work everyone!!! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! ~MIchelle

  • marilyford

    Marily Ford from StackARockRanch said 2 years ago

    Glad to hear that a lot of you are having such success! I could use some sales myself! Ads aren't helping...

  • shawnz

    shawn foster from shawnz said 2 years ago

    How exciting!

  • loverocksmaine

    Ellen Thayer from LoveRocksMeAndMaine said 2 years ago

    Fantastic! And that is the most adorable snowman ever.

  • ladypoppins

    Heatherlee Chan from ladypoppins said 2 years ago

    I loved the holiday kick start to my shop this past weekend! I love being here and all the great things Etsy has to offer. May this be a merry and prosperous holiday season for all of us :)

  • bpdmso

    Mary from MarySanzJewelry said 2 years ago

    Nice !!

  • marielle2013

    Marielle De Paris from MarielleDeParis said 2 years ago

    That's great! I am fairly new here and love this community! Happy Holidays!

  • deborahbrill

    Deborah Brill from deborahbrill said 2 years ago

    Great to hear Etsy is doing so well. I'm proud and grateful to be part of the community. Thank you.

  • giftforallseasons

    Dianne from giftforallseasons said 2 years ago

    I am so grateful to be a part of such a nurturing, kind, and creative community. Enjoy the season, everyone!

  • miloglass

    Paula Buckley from miloglass said 2 years ago

    Thanks to Etsy I continue to create Stained Glass Art. Working with glass has gone from being a hoppy to being my passion. I will continue to challenge myself. Happy Holidays to all

  • nickigallery

    junko from NickiNickiGallery said 2 years ago

    nice blog! I like how the meaning of holidays is said. It is more so becoming that way for me too.... The time to reflect and appreciate what we have. Giving something more unique and personal is a great way to show our gratitude to the love ones.

  • Rosehilde

    natasha merrick from Rosehilde said 2 years ago

    I love etsy. It is so encouraging to see our success grow, and that the world really is looking for alternatives

  • TheSeaglassBoutique

    Shirin from SeaglassGallery said 2 years ago

    Im so grateful to be a part of Etsy community. Happy Holidays everyone!!!

  • rhondamorrow1

    Rhonda from BehindTheTheme said 2 years ago

    Thanks You, Etsy and Chad, What a great way to show of my kids party items I love make people happy! I'm a new Etsy shop less then 6mts and it has take off!!! 100+ Sale! To God be the Glory!

  • Warmth

    Linda Welcome from Warmth said 2 years ago

    Down by one half this year. Very sad. Still trying to figure out why.

  • usha1710

    Usha Khanchandani from uDazzleSupplies said 2 years ago

    I love etsy and happy to see it growing, with its growth even i will be growing. Happy Holidays to all !!!

  • KeepsakesByKristie

    Kristie Jones from TheMysticMermaid said 2 years ago

    I'm down over 50% this year - my worst in 4 years !!! There are many, Many old shops with the same issue. Out with the old, in with the new I guess. By new, I mean factory items by the thousands ! Hand made, we'll see.

  • janethowardfatta

    Janet Howard-Fatta from JanetHowardFatta said 2 years ago

    Interesting facts? I love Etsy and thank you.

  • tliv1965

    Theresa Livingston from PrairieIce said 2 years ago

    I'm in my second year on Etsy, and my sales are up by 62% over the same period last year. I'm very excited about this. However, my Cyber Monday sales are WAY down despite having a shop-wide sale. Revising listings to include sale info is a lot of work and it definitely was not worth it this year. I don't think I'll even bother with a sale next year (unless Etsy comes up with a way of revising all listings at once rather than one at a time). I am also concerned about the recent change that allows manufactured items. I see many new shops selling jewelry items that are pretty, but DEFINITELY NOT handmade. I think that if this trend continues, those of us doing it all ourselves (which is what Etsy used to be all about) will get lost in the shuffle.

  • black130

    Robyn Hood Black from artsyletters said 2 years ago

    Woo hoooo! Thanks for sharing those jingly numbers.

  • vivienneedwards

    Vivienne Edwards from Thedinkydoodlestudio said 2 years ago

    Thanks for this....and to those sellers who are feeling a bit despondent... I will be popping in for a visit when I am browsing.....put the kettle on!

  • LANCERIKA

    erika from lancerika said 2 years ago

    haPPY Holidays

  • WISHsupplies

    WISHsupplies from WISHsupplies said 2 years ago

    intersting news! thanks for sharing!

  • sweetiepips

    katrien from sweetiepips said 2 years ago

    Thank you Etsy for all the pre-holiday help with boot camps etc, made a difference to my shop and outlook. Very positive for the future! Great news.

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika from Nafsika said 2 years ago

    This holiday season has been truly crazy for my shop!!! I am very excited about this! I know that personal effort is the key of success for making an Etsy shop work but I also think that you guys are making the right improvements and also a lot of promotion! Thank you!!!! Happy holidays to everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RealfaerySupplies

    Betti and Jeno from RealfaerySupplies said 2 years ago

    THanks a lot for this holiday greetings! I started this shop last year and I love to see the statistic of my shop how it goes up:) I wish everyone some more sales in December!

  • CrystalPearl

    CrystalPearl from CrystalPearlJewelry said 2 years ago

    Many thanks for the info. It would be great to have a breakdown of the sales on price point and country to country.

  • yogyogi

    Yogi S. from CustomWebsiteStudio said 2 years ago

    Happy holidays to every one in etsy

  • tmhowley

    Pearlypants from Pearlypantscrafts said 2 years ago

    I LOVE ETSY It is great to be a part of it. X

  • Akamatra

    Akamatra from Akamatra said 2 years ago

    This is my third year on etsy and I've managed to increase my sales by a 2.7 fold compared to last year which is great. It has not been easy, it takes a lot of hard work and no matter how successfull one is, he/she should never stop trying new things and adapting to the new situations every time, cause the next shop wont! Thank you etsy but there is always room for improvement, you know? Happy Holidays to all!

  • thebutterflyquilter

    Patricia Caldwell from thebutterflyquilter said 2 years ago

    That is so interesting that so many are buying from mobile devices. Thanks for the information! Go ETSY!

  • Gardenleafdesigns

    Gardenleafdesigns from GardenLeafSeaside said 2 years ago

    Great to hear..........................LOVING shop ETSY!!!

  • galinabernadskaya
  • stillmountain

    Cyndy from MtnGlen said 2 years ago

    The number I am interested in...exactly how many actual sales...what is that number? How does that number reflect the number of sellers on Etsy..one sale per member, ten sales per member? The number of views is meaningless without the bottom line number of actual sales!

  • repetelove

    Rebecca from RepeteLove said 2 years ago

    Great news! Good to hear :)

  • sunshinecreative

    Tara Louise Campbell from SunshineCreative said 2 years ago

    Great job! Love it!!

  • TobinArt

    SingingLand Studios e.t.e. from AquaFaerieLight said 2 years ago

    i love your description of how we give each trinkets to let them know we love them. xo

  • ASHWoodshops

    Alan Huey from ASHWoodshops said 2 years ago

    That is good to hear. I love selling on Etsy!

  • joycekropewnicki

    Joyce Kropewnicki from CozyComforts10 said 2 years ago

    Great news. I have traffic, but competition is fearce. Still best place to shop for interesting gifts.

  • lanenacreations

    Boutique Bohème La Néna from boutiquebohemelanena said 2 years ago

    bonnes nouvelles ..La vidéo est super !

  • michelesea

    Michele from BeachLaneVintage said 2 years ago

    Happy to part of the fun! Best wishes to everyone :)

  • silpionelf

    Karen from KnitPeddler said 2 years ago

    I love etsy and being part of this unique community, especially as a new seller! I buy most of my gifts for family and friends here because it's so much nicer giving something that you know was made by hand and that you're supporting someone doing what they love. :-) <3

  • a4ujewelrygarden

    DeMorJewels from DeMorJewels said 2 years ago

    Well I am very glad that means there is still hope for me. If I ever learn how to do this. I am among the percentage with no views and no sales but I will keep trying. thanks for the update.deb

  • patdavitt

    Pat Davitt from RazorbackRanchDesign said 2 years ago

    I am new and very happy with my sales and views. This is a great community to learn to sell on line. My expectations have been exceeded. Thanks Etsy.

  • patdavitt

    Pat Davitt from RazorbackRanchDesign said 2 years ago

    I am new to Etsy and I love the Community, my expectations have been exceeded as well as the number of sales. So even in the midst of change, I am very happy with everything so far. Keep it up.

  • StoneznStix

    Tiffany Whipps from TiffanyAnneStudios said 2 years ago

    This was my best Thanksgiving - Cyber Monday yet! I've been excited for all the growth that I see year after year! Happy holidays!

  • booneriverrusticks

    Kent and Milissa from BooneRiverRusticks said 2 years ago

    Great news! We're proud to be a part of it all!

  • cutefindsf4u

    Lena from Cutefinds4U said 2 years ago

    Thank you Chad for sharing this great statistics! Wonderful news! :-) Happy holidays!

  • theburlapcottage

    theburlapcottage from TheBurlapCottage said 2 years ago

    Thank you Chad for the update. I have also experienced an increase in revenue over last year even though, number of sales for this exact time of year are less than last year. I attribute that to a few things: 1. this is my second Christmas season and I know what I'm doing this time : ) and have had time to plan/ strategize and tweak my shop and price my items correctly (thanks to your ETSY success videos, article and seminars I watch every chance I get). 2. number of orders are down as we have one less week of selling opportunities due to where black friday fell on the calendar last year vs this year. 3. there was a promotion for black friday and cyber monday that sellers could participate in and I am wondering how much that has impacted my store by not having one this year. 4. I have had an opportunity to upsell customer's this year and have grouped my products by collection in sections. This is the main reason (upselling) I attribute to my increase in revenue despite number of sales decreased. I would love to see more sections available and I think I would have more listings as well since my products are made to mix and match from section to section i.e. a tree skirt may look great with a pillow and my tree topper, so I create not only individual listings by category, but also listings for each item by collection. Just a thought. Anyway, ETSY and I were made for each other and I am so thankful for you and your wonderful and attentive staff at ETSY! It has allowed me a creative outlet for my sanity and the ability to be home with my son while he was battling a serious illness. Thank you, Thank you! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Leanne @ The Burlap Cottage

  • theschwartzz

    Robert from StonesofEnchantment said 2 years ago

    Those stats are mind boggling and glad to see so many shoppers turning to Etsy. This is my first holiday season here and no complaints so far. Store opened in July to test the waters and so only ramped up the inventory later in August. Sales were beyond expectations in October and November and December is ahead of that pace. Looking forward to an awesome first full year of 2014!!!

  • charlenesbags

    Charlene Owens from charlenesembroidery said 2 years ago

    My Christmas season business increased 300 percent from last year. Yippee! I offered free shipping this year during Black Friday through Cyber Monday. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how Etsy performed during that time.

  • patticasson

    Patti Casson from jewelsbypc said 2 years ago

    I am a pretty new shop owner. I read all the success and boot camp literature. I saw increases in views especially on November 30th, and then nothing on Cyber Monday. I have been told be ready to be busy for the holidays. Thus far no sales,just a lot of views. I have been trying to stay positive but after reading this message from Chad I wonder what possibly am I doing wrong when apparently says sales are up. I will continue to attempt to stay positive!

  • 21qazXSW

    Cathy Weingaertner from CreationsbyCathy777 said 2 years ago

    My business had really picked up, I was getting wonderful feedback and I was all excited about the "Black Friday"-"Cyber Monday" buying frenzy. I took the advise of stocking up on shipping materials and sent out a coupon. I was all ready! Then....zilch...notta...envision a tumbleweed blowing across a barren plain or the sound of nothing but crickets. My guess is that the large shops that farm out to whatever...factories, labor camps, etc., flooded the market with their "so-called" hand crafted merchandise so that my merchandise is never seen. I tested this by doing searches for my products and gave up looking after about the 12th page. I'm sorry, but I can't afford to pay the advertising costs they can for a shop that only has about 70 items which average in the $35 price range. Someone, please help!

  • LuluandGandore

    LuluandGandore from LuluandGandore said 2 years ago

    That is awesome! Merry Christmas to us!

  • vagabondsvintageuk

    Tess from vagabondsvintageuk said 2 years ago

    Delighted to be part of the community :) It has been wonderful to watch etsy go from strength to strength over the last few years!

  • jasper865

    Michelle Crumpley from NotNormalBags said 2 years ago

    Those are great stats. I didn't have a shop last year but I was happy to have an order from Cyber Monday. I've only had my shop open for a short time so seeing something made me very happy.

  • alinahayes

    Alina Hayes from alinahayesceramics said 2 years ago

    I'm with you Cathy!!!

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 2 years ago

    That's great to hear!

  • UberHerbal

    Elizabeth Bretko from UberHerbal said 2 years ago

    Thanks Chad!

  • ashcreeknativities

    Ellen Zook Osborn from ashcreeknativities said 2 years ago

    It is so fun to connect with folks from around the U.S. and the world! Plus, since I'm not the most organized/business type person, I keep thinking that Etsy has made all this fun possible with making life easy for us -- the shipping, the keeping track of orders, we really do appreciate it! Hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas --

  • ashcreeknativities

    Ellen Zook Osborn from ashcreeknativities said 2 years ago

    We really appreciate Etsy making this happen for us!

  • kozeehkoo

    kozeehkoo from kozeehkoo said 2 years ago

    This is great news! I just restocked my shop with new designs after a long hiatus. Not in time last weekend's record sales, but stocked and more to come in time for the rest of the holiday season. Awesomeness. Let's hope that's record sales too!

  • DazzlynWire

    Jesslyn Lai from DazzlynWire said 2 years ago

    That's very nice! Warms my heart to know. :)

  • ZIPPERjewelry

    Phuong Quynh from SakuraZIPPERjewelry said 2 years ago

    Thank you Chad.

  • mynestcreations

    Robyn Wilkinson from mynestcreations said 2 years ago

    Love being a seller AND buyer on Etsy!

  • enchiladamama

    Esther from enchiladamama said 2 years ago

    I've found selling on etsy to be an adventure and I'm so happy to be back on that mad holiday express because I know you get to rest in January - woo hoo!

  • deniseknebel

    Denise from Canicarryu said 2 years ago

    We have many talented people creating unique items !

  • pamelabernstein

    Pamela Bernstein from thelavenderpear said 2 years ago

    Very cool but I have not had one sale and I think my stuff is cool….:(

  • MomsantiquesNthings

    Janine from MomsantiquesNthings said 2 years ago

    November was my best month so far this year, hoping to end the year right with even more in December. Black Friday through cyber Monday didn't produce as much but I am very happy with the rest of the month. Merry Christmas everyone!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 2 years ago

    Great videos…still embracing the concept of the one craftsperson shop. Views and sales doing nicely for vintage during the holidays and I would love to see more promotion continue after the first of the year. Thanks Etsy community!

  • vickiestreet47

    Vickie Street from streetcrossing said 2 years ago

    Had more sales this year for holidays than I did last year. I love it. Just hope I get even more.

  • ThatCleverClementine

    MsVicki from ThatCleverClementine said 2 years ago

    "Over the long weekend, nearly a third of buyers made their first purchases on Etsy." Can you please tell us the average amount of the purchases made by these first time customers? I have asked before, in the Fora, but never received a response.

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls said 2 years ago

    Thank you Etsy. We're so happy and grateful to be part of this wonderful community. <3 Happy Holidays!

  • FossilJewels

    Karin from FossilJewels said 2 years ago

    Etsy is awesome! I just opened my shop in November and had only 5 items listed and already made a sale. Looking forward to being part of the Etsy community!

  • milijewelries

    mili rahav from milijewelries said 2 years ago

    Woohoo! :)

  • mcgrathcheryl

    Cheryl McGrath from FaeriesDoors said 2 years ago

    Happy to be part of ETSY. Merry Christmas Everyone!

  • Floraldsns

    Aloha Pamela from DesignsnBoutiqueBB said 2 years ago

    Hi Chad :")Thank you and Happy Holidays I have had an increase of sales and For that I am very greatful :")I appreciate reading this tonight!!!What a pleasure to be here with everyone :") :") I love that snowman and his little smirk too!!! ahh

  • silvergr17

    Brooke from PurpleandPlatinum said 2 years ago

    I am not surprised! I can't talk about Etsy enough. Holiday shopping for my friends and family continues to get harder and harder bc I feel as if they have "everything". Who doesn't love something personalized just for them?! I love shopping fellow Etsy store owners' unique, custom items. This ensures me that my gift will be "one of a kind"!

  • oneofakindvintage1

    Luz Spears from OneofakindVintage1 said 2 years ago

    I am trilled to be a part of ETSY.I opened my shop in August, after a deep bout with depression, ETSY has helped me stay busy and I have found many friends and constant support, my sales have been pretty good and that motivates me! Thank you for the update Chad!

  • illuminativeharvest

    Jennifer Presler from IlluminativeHarvest said 2 years ago

    That is great news! Thanks for sharing!

  • KelleysKreationsLV

    Kelley Thomas from KelleysKreationsLV said 2 years ago

    I had a great October, November and December 2013! My sales are up at least 30% over last year for this time period. I put a lot of time into make each of my handmade piece of doll clothing as perfect as I can. New and repeat customers really do appreciate the items being handmade and of a high quality. I have put in many hours getting my shop to where it is now and i will keep going and make it better and better. Thank you ETSY for giving me a great cyber store front. Mya we all have an amazing 2014!

  • kadyo39sullivanjohns

    Kady O'Sullivan-Johnson from MoodTherapy said 2 years ago

    So Happy to be a part of this wonderful Etsy family! Glad to know that more people are finding out what Etsy is AND how GREAT it is! GO ETSY!

  • torysvic

    Vic Torys from GiveMe5ive said 2 years ago

    I love the Etsy ! Thank you! ♥

  • jennymaynatural

    Jennifer Tracy from JennyMayNatural said 2 years ago

    i love etsy !!!!!! thank you

  • magicathy

    Fun knit cathy from Jipin said 2 years ago

    SO NICE

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