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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Sewing Tutorials

It has recently come to my attention that friends who live at a distance want to know how to sew. I was talking about it with a friend, and an idea was hatched. Online sewing tutorials!

They’ll be happening over at here as soon as I get all of the kinks worked out, as well as time to make examples and take pictures. Hopefully I can incorporate parts of my twice-monthly sewing class into it and vice versa.

So far, lesson-wise, I have:

Sewing Machine Basics – I have about six different sewing machines floating around here that I will be taking pictures of and pointing out the parts and what they do.

Tools – a variety of sewing implements, what they’re best used for, what you actually need, what’s nice to have, etc.

Seam finishes – such as zigzag, pinking, serging, french seams, how to do them, and what they work best for.

Then, unless anyone has any further suggestions to add to those three basic lessons, we’ll start our first project:

Throw Pillows. Because I easily get bored with throw pillows and I always want mine to look different several weeks later, our throw pillow class will be on making a plain, muslin pillow. The plainness of your pillow will be determined by the pattern or lack thereof on your fabric.

The second project will be Throw Pillow Pillowcases. It’s an idea I really like because then I can change my pillows anytime I want to, and if I go on a cleaning craze I just take the pillow out and wash the pillowcase. There are several types of pillowcases, too, so that will feasibly be more than one project.

From there, I’m open to suggestions. So please, suggestions. A small quilt is a possibility. Pillowcases, napkins, tea towels, bags, purses, wallets, etc. I need to know if I should go with more of a home focus, or more of a personal focus. I NEED SUGGESTIONS AND ADVICE.

I do fully intend to do a giveaway though. Materials for two throw pillows and six different throw pillowcases. It’ll help clear out our enormous fabric stash. 😉
Further information will be posted as I get to it. But if you’ve got any suggestions, let me know!