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      Etsy goes vintage? When did this happen and is it a good place to sell?

      Hey! Im familiar with selling items on eBay. I thought Etsy was just for handmade arts and crafts, but recently discovered you can sell vintage on the site. I sell vintage clothing. Should I branch into the Etsy world? Any ideas?
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      Hi Patty,

      Etsy started in June 2005 to reconnect buyers to handmade arts and crafts sellers from all over the world. While Etsy caters to the handmade sellers, they also allow crafting supplies and vintage selling because of their unique qualities. Vintage is considered to be 20 yrs or older. If you are thinking about selling through Etsy, keep these in mind:

      • Etsy refers to accounts as “shops.” Your shop name is usually your username. Choose wisely.

      • The vintage category includes unaltered, restored, and/or repaired items. The handmade category includes reconstructed and/or significantly altered items. You want to make sure your product will be found by the right buyers.

      • All items must comply with Etsy tagging and listing policies.

      Opening a shop through Etsy can be a lucrative process. If you specialize in a particular vintage era, you will end up building a loyal consumer base. Some tricks to a successful shop:

      • A great picture is worth a thousand words. Five great pictures are worth even more. Most people don’t buy what they can’t see.

      • Verbal descriptions are the next important step to a satisfied customer. Describe everything carefully for consumers to make informed decisions.

      • Because of its worldwide support base, measure everything in inches/feet and in centimeters/millimeters.

      I would recommend selling on Etsy, especially if you are having trouble selling your items on eBay.
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      I’m sad I didn’t realize I could sell on it before. I actually co-own the business with a pal. Should we each open up our own account or would it be okay to open an account together?

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      Yes, it is okay to have more than one person sharing an account. While most accounts are owned by individuals, it’s not unheard of for people to partner up. Etsy refers to a group account as a “collective.”

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      Good to know. Any other advice I should think about before opening an account?

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      I think pictures are the key to selling on Etsy. Take multiple shots at different angles. I had a customer complain once because she bought a vintage bag from me with a dark spot near the bottom of the seam. Now I take shots of the bottom of any piece I sell.

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      Etsy crops pictures square for the thumbnails, centering on the middle of the selling item. Long or rectangular pictures are going to lose something in the process so I suggest using Picnik or Photoshop to crop your picture to a square yourself. The whole thing will shrink to a thumbnail when you upload it.

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      Originally Posted by JasonChris View Post
      Etsy crops pictures square for the thumbnails, centering on the middle of the selling item. Long or rectangular pictures are going to lose something in the process so I suggest using Picnik or Photoshop to crop your picture to a square yourself. The whole thing will shrink to a thumbnail when you upload it.
      Words of wisdom. Another great thing about Etsy is the community. The forums and groups found on the site are excellent ways to have relevant and informative discussions with likeminded individuals. Networking can only help your business.

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      You should connect to your customers at every opportunity, that's super important! I blog about my vintage finds and post pictures of items about to come up for sale on my shop. I look for finds I know certain buyers will get excited about. They get even more excited when they see how I search and find the items they buy.

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      Wow, I really need to get started selling on Etsy. I really appreciate the advice everyone. Thank you!

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