Saturday, August 16, 2008

How to Search on Etsy

As I've mentioned before on the blog, Tyson and I run three Etsy shops between the two of us (Norwegian Wood, Tysons shop, and our Vintage Headquarters shop). Many people I've spoken to, however, find Etsy sort of overwhelming and have problems finding what they want on the site. Makes sense, there are over 170 000 shops on Etsy. I would say that is slightly overwhelming.

So how do you weed out the pipe cleaner dogs from gorgeous clothes or stunning jewelry? I just found a video on the Etsy site (see video below) that gives a rundown of all their search options and how they work. There are soooo many ways to search/shop for items on Etsy, there's really a different method to suit everyones shopping style.

My favorite way to shop on Etsy is by going through other peoples favorites. Sneaky, I know, but I always find great stuff that way. To do this, you first need to find a shop that you find interesting. Once you've done that, click on the favorites of THAT person and start browsing. Once you find something you like within their favorites, you can click on it, and continue the chain. It makes sense that if you like the stuff that one person makes, you will probably also like the other stuff that they like too!

One thing that the video does fail to mention however is the revised method of using the basic "search" bar. In the beginning, using this search bar would allow you to find handmade items, vintage items and supplies, but this has recently been changed to default to handmade items, so if you want to search for supplies or vintage, or do a search by store name you need to use the drop down search menu (click the arrow) to get a more specific search.

Happy shopping!


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