Setting Up An Etsy Shop

This past week I spent the day helping a friend set up their Etsy shop. We started with the banner, and staging the props for the photo to create it. You can check out my tutorial here for creating banners in Paint, to create a simple one on your own. An Etsy shop banner is 100 x 760, when looking for the size.

We started with this photo.

 mud hut design studio

And cut it down to this:



Then we moved on to creating the simple little thank you message that goes out to customers when they make a purchase. You can’t ever be too grateful for someone supporting handmade, or in this case – vintage finds. This, to me, is one of the most important areas of any Etsy shop or any endeavor, is to make sure your customer knows they are appreciated.

The thank you for this shop went a little like this:

Thank you for selecting a little piece of beautiful from my shop. I hope it inspires you and brings happiness to your space. While you await your special selection from shop to be delivered, please join me where I share tips and ideas for creating a beautiful space inside and out.

To create your own special thank you message, go to your info and appearance tab in your Etsy shop and place your personalized message in the “Message to Buyers” box.

This coming week, we’re going to work on the “About Me” page. I’ll share some tips and samples that I hope will inspire you to personalize your own About Me page or perhaps write your own unique bio as an author or professional.

What do you think… what is the most important thing you, as a customer, want to see and know, when you shop online through Etsy?


Daughter of a dairy farmer, this crafty mom has a heart for all things handmade. When she's not writing or crafting, you can find her creating memories with her family.

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2 comments on “Setting Up An Etsy Shop
  1. Angela says:

    Wow Susie! This is awesome! You are such a poweful clear and inspiring communictor! I almost want to set up a shop now…and I don’t even have anything to sell- not even an idea! You’re really good at making knowledge and understanding feel graspable! Through you many will find courage to step out and TRY! I’m REALLY glad I know you!

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