How To: Leave a Review on Etsy

I love to browse Etsy. As of right now, there are 1336 items in my list of Items I Love with even more in several other lists. I’d love to own every single one of them, but at the same time then I’d have to figure out where to put them, so it’s probably best to collect them in my lists and treasuries. But browsing Etsy? My favorite. Finding new yarns I have yet to work with? My favorite.

One thing I notice through all of this browsing is that most – if not all – Etsy shops have made many, many more sales than their reviews will show. It doesn’t matter the size of the shop, they will not have as many reviews as they have sales, or even anywhere close to that number.

From my own experience I’ve discovered that many people don’t know how to leave a review. It’s very simple, a series of clicks, but it’s knowing the series and the number and where exactly you’re supposed to end up.

Step One – Log into Etsy.com. You should immediately see your homepage. Here’s mine today.

Step One - Main Etsy Page

Click the icon at the top (usually the one with a picture of you)

Step One, Close up

A drop-down tab will appear

Step Two - Hovering

Select “Purchases & Reviews”

Step Two, Hovering Highlighted

This will take you to a screen detailing all of your past purchases. You can also check on items in transit on this particular screen. Here is mine, where you can see my most recent Etsy purchase is a few patterns from Mon Petit Violon. (I’m really looking forward to making these)

Step Three - Purchasing Screen

Scroll downward to the item(s) you would like to review. Sometimes there is a wait period before you are allowed to review an item (even an instant download), so if the owner of the shop is a quick shipper and you absolutely love your purchase, you might still have to wait a few days to leave a review. These are earrings I’ve purchased from Juniper and Ivy. They are still marked as in transit, but I’m able to leave a review if I so choose.

Step Three, Scroll to Item to be Reviewed

I prefer to review items I’ve received and sampled, so I’ll skip over the earrings and move to the next order. Frankincense and Myrrh Body Spray and Lavender and Chamomile Shampoo from Plunk Soap.

Step Four - Choose Item to Review

Before you can actually write a review, you must click the number of stars you would rate the product.

Step Four, Click Stars

Step Five - Write Review

You can change the number of stars at any point in the review process, or even later if you become dissatisfied with the product.

Each item in the order must be reviewed individually.

Step Six - Review Each Item in Your Order

Every honest review you leave helps a shop owner out. It also assists their future customers. For many, positive reviews can be the deciding factor when choosing to make a purchase. Don’t let the lack of know-how keep you from reviewing something you love or something you hate, go do it! And remember, many shops offer discount codes to those who take the time to leave a few stars.

 

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Hiatus

I’ve always found it particularly difficult to blog during the summer. There’s always something to do. This year my something to do was taking a break from everything except work in an effort to deal with stresses. I did quite a bit of creating over the summer (though I’m now on forced hiatus from that so I can make myself accomplish several time-sensitive projects) so I’ll hopefully have several yarn and pattern reviews coming up and several other things as well.

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Silk and a Struggle With Perfection

There is no challenge in worsted weight acrylic. It is a tool, and a tool only. No longer do I marvel at the colors, the texture is so-so. I find it to be very serviceable for babies and children, because it wears extremely well and it washes extremely well. But there is no challenge and there is no excitement in the yarn itself, only in the pattern.

I purchased a skein of Silk Ribbon Yarn from YarnBabyLLC several months ago. It is green, it is beautiful, and I promptly crocheted it into this thing that was nothing like the thing that was in my head. I grew frustrated, so I put it away.

Not long thereafter Darn Good Yarn was running a promotion for their Mystery Box – 4 skeins of yarn for a little more than half price – a great opportunity to try out some new fibers. I bought, they shipped, it arrived, and lo and behold, two more skeins of Silk Ribbon Yarn. (check out Darn Good Yarn, they have a great ministry)

Now what was I going to do with all of this bulky yarn? Each skein consisted of 50-ish yards, not enough for really anything.

Then I happened upon the Zpagetti Clutch pattern on Ravelry. Designed by Cecily Rosol of Happy Chatter, the pattern calls for a tshirt yarn, but only about 50 yards of it. I decided to try my silk and what a success!

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It has been a tremendous challenge for me personally. I struggle with perfectionism. And this silk, with its knotted ends and varying widths has made me let go. I had to. Otherwise I would lose my mind. The stitches are not even, they cannot be. But I think that adds a charm to it, a whimsy, a certain carefree spirit. I need more of that carefree spirit.

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I hope to be finishing the last of these today, then working on the finishing and photography process. Listing on Etsy to take place soon after with the option for custom orders. I see them as bridesmaid gifts, personally. What about you?

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It’s about time, right? I think I’ve spoken about my good intentions and bad follow through before. If we add that to two jobs, one at 40 hours a week, the other at 12ish, my inability to say no, two shooting classes at roughly 1.5-2 hours each, and the fact that I really really enjoy sleeping and eating, I don’t have much time left in my week for the things I really want to do. But I’m trying, I promise! I’m nearly finished with the first (of many, I’m sure) Eloise sweater by Moogly and I am positively loving it. I can’t wait to review the pattern and show you the photos. It’s been an excellent stash buster project and I intend to make a matching Bobble Poof hat to finish up the last little bits of color. This one has been earmarked for a favorite little girl, but I hope to be making more soon because they are just so cute! I’m really hoping to have several different sweaters to feature at the craft show later this year.

And now onto the latest finished projects. These first two key chain sets, Gomez and Morticia and Lucy and Ethel are for sale on Etsy already. I’ll try to get the others up at some time this week, but if you’re dying to have one or the other, let me know and I’ll arrange for it.

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Couples are on my mind obviously with Valentine’s coming up, but best friends are always present. These pairs stood out most in my head, with a few more to come as I sort through beads. 😉

 

The Kindle

With dreams on the horizon I purchased a kindle. I think I’m in love. It’s so small and smooth and portable. Definitely a must for ebook reading (and ebook writing, I hope). Until I purchase a keyboard for it, I don’t think it will prove best for blogging, but it’s certainly easier to work from than my phone. My favorite use so far is viewing my crochet patterns online while watching a movie on my laptop. I have keychains coming in a little bit, both here, on Etsy, and on the Facebook page. I’m also planning an Easter giveaway featuring some lovely Easter bonnets, so stay tuned!

How to Have (and How NOT to Have) a Craft Fair – Part Five

Christmas decor available for purchase at the show

Christmas decor available for purchase at the show

Months of organization are behind you and it’s the week before the fair. Here are the last tips, things I would have done totally different if circumstances had allowed.

14. Ensure a clean venue going into the week. This might mean rounding up volunteers to sweep and mop and move things out of the area, or this might mean calling someone and verifying.

15. Collect paperwork. Gather your vendor applications together, along with a list of those who have paid and those you will collect payment from at the show. I put mine in a binder with pens, sharpies, my layout diagrams, business cards from vendors, and some blank paper. It might be a great idea to bring several copies of the guidelines in case there are any questions.

16. Mark spaces. I didn’t do this and I wish I had. I intended to, but like I said, circumstances. Use masking tape and layout each booth space directly on the floor. It will save time and trouble. Correct your diagrams and note the location of electrical outlets for vendors. Number the spaces. If tables are included, move tables to spaces.

17. Put together a sign-in kit. I fully intend to do this next year as I think it’ll be a nice touch. I’ll have name tags for each vendor and their helper(s), their space number, guidelines, and a general thank you for attending. If you have a sign-in table, it also provides an opportunity for you to meet these people you’ve been talking to for the past three months.

18. Expect to change your plans. I cannot emphasize this enough. As a girl who loves plans and cannot handle spontaneity, it was a brief exercise in make-it-work. Something will not go according to plan and you have to expect that. Whether it’s making space for an extra vendor, having a few no-shows and needing to spread out to cover the empty space, whatever. Plan for last minute changes to your plan.

19. Be helpful. Offer to carry things, move stuff, offer your help to every vendor you have. Let them know that you will do everything in your power to make sure that they and their needs are taken care of. Next year I would love to designate a volunteer for every two or three vendors, just to help them set up, bring them a drink if they need it, watch their booth if they have to run to the bathroom, etc.

20. Enjoy it. You’ve worked hard. You’ve earned that cup of coffee and that doughnut.

Thanks for reading! Catch the rest of the series here!