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Essential Accessories With the ES Etsy Team

We, the ES Etsy Team, are a group of artisans united by a common language — despite the cultural differences and geographical distances between Spanish-speaking countries. It is our shared artistic affinity and unique combination of cultures that makes it possible to discover a vast diversity of artists and products. Fashion accessories are a great…

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ES Etsy Team: Colaborando en Nuestro Idioma

Etsy is a huge community of artists! By learning how to become a member of one of the many Teams available, both the seasoned veteran and the newbie can benefit and feel more comfortable in this virtual space. This article is the how and when, why and who of the ES Etsy Team, a group of people brought…

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Etsy’s Guide to Selling From Europe: Part 1

Did you know that during 2009 30% of sales on Etsy involved a buyer or seller outside the U.S, reaching over 160 countries? A lot of that action is happening in Europe. Setting up a shop is technically the same process for a seller anywhere in the world, but we know selling from Europe comes…

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UK Edition: Dog Rescue With pennydogaccessories

The internationally-renowned dog show Crufts — judging on appearance, agility and even doggy dancing — is on this week in Birmingham. In light of some controversy surrounding its screening on the BBC due to the questioning of certain breeders’ ethics, I’ve invited Kerry Wilkinson of pennydogaccessories to tell us about an organisation called the Retired…

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Community Council Summary: February 2010

Hello, Etsy community! In an effort to allow a greater opportunity for discussion on each individual topic that we cover, I elected to have the Community Council focus on just a pair of topics that have recently received a lot of attention in the Etsy Forums. These are the topics of home page Treasuries and…

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I Heart Art: Portland

Indie hearts beat strong in Portland, Oregon, one of the craftiest cities in the United States. Working from Brooklyn here at Etsy headquarters, I think of Portland as our sister city. Today, we are announcing that we are joining forces with the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and the Portland Etsy Team. We’re calling…

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The XXI Winter Olympics and Paralympics

Hello Canada, hello world! The XXI Olympic Winter Games are being held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (home of the Vancouver Etsy Street Team) February 12–28, 2010. The X Paralympic Games are held a month later in the same venue. All the athletes who compete in these games are incredible, and watching what the Paralympic…

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Community Council Summary: January 2010

The first meeting of the second seller Community Council is in the books, and it has been and is a learning experience for all of us. More than anything else, this first month and meeting has been devoted to orientation and assessment. Members of the Council have had a chance to introduce themselves to one…

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Second Community Council Announced

I’m very excited to share with you that over nine hundred people applied to the second seller Community Council. That’s in addition to the more than one thousand who applied to the first Council! Everyone who applied then and now was considered, and once again we hid usernames and selected artists representing a cross-section of the…

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How-Tuesday: Snowflake Gift Wrap with the NewNew Team

YouTube | | MP4 | Subscribe in iTunes We published this how-to last year but we’re bring it back up for your holiday preparations! Etsy How-Tuesday presents Kari aka ikyoto and Stella aka lookcloselypress of The {NewNew} York Team. Today we’re going to learn how to screenprint our own snowflake gift wrap for the…

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The Second Etsy Community Council

UPDATE:  The application process for our second Etsy Seller Community Council is now closed; we’ll announce the new members in about two weeks. Thank you to everyone who applied for the first Community Council and for this one! The Etsy Seller Community Council is a group of members who volunteer to meet with Etsy Admin…

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First Etsy Community Council Announced

UPDATE: Friends, as I mentioned in my earlier article, this first Community Council would be something of an experiment. Over the course of these initial three months we have learned a great deal, including that three months is far too short a period for a single council to serve. Therefore, we have decided to extend…

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Ya Gotta Yart

UPDATE: Hello sellers! We Etsy Admin are really excited about the Yart Sale, a seller organized promotion becoming a yearly tradition. We want to tell you what we will be doing on our end to feature it. Free Shipping Collaboration — To take part in a free shipping promotion, tag your items with “yartfreeship” so… handmade and vintage goods

The Etsy Community Council

We are pleased to announce the trial run of the Etsy Community Council. In order to better serve the entire Etsy community, we are forming a council of community members on Etsy with whom we will meet directly. This council will help us test new products and features, report on the the state of the…

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Featured Team: The {NewNew} Etsy Team

What makes The {NewNew} Team so great? There really isn’t enough room in this post to tell you about all their initiatives (online and real world!).  This Team crafts together, shows work together, has an almost insanely active Google Group and  daily updated blog, with giveaways, how-tos, member updates and more!  They really have become…

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Team Tip: Give Thanks!

Here at Etsy, we know working as a Team is no simple task, and we think it’s important to acknowledge your peers’ hard work. Letting people you collaborate with know they’re appreciated goes a long way. On that note, this week we wanted to take a moment to give a big thanks to the many,…

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Featured Team: Natural Kids Team

This week’s Featured Team, NaturalKids, makes sweet, wholesome products for your little ones!  We love the way these toys inspire creativity while staying true to their natural materials.  You’ll find these items are crafted with a lot of love, and it seems this affection pours into their Team as well!  The NaturalKids Team has a…

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Team Tip: Taking Craft Shows to the Next Level

Holiday craft show season is upon us again and we’re happy to hear of so many Etsy Teams and sellers taking part in holiday craft shows all over the world! Everyone loves a good craft show — chances to meet your favorite area artists in person, see and feel amazing handmade goodies as you buy…

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Team Tip: Merchandising!

There are many benefits of joining an Etsy Team, including cross promotion among Team members.  With the holidays quickly approaching, joint merchandising and promotional efforts are a really great way members can help each other and boost overall sales — and help shoppers find those perfect holiday gifts. For example, take Leandogpottery‘s Labyrinth Soap Dish….

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My Top 10 Waldorf Toys

Natural Kids Team Teammates FaerieRebecca and waldorfmama collaborated with Etsy admin Vanessa to find some of the best healthy toys for creative play. 1. 12 Month Subscription-Play Dough of the Month Club by DoSiDough Find more play dough on Etsy. 2. Gnome Home Needle Felted Play Mat by chimera Find more woodland-themed toys. 3. Collecting…