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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A Break

Sometimes a girl just needs a break. My need came from six-day workweeks, from stressful jobs and coworkers, from not enough sleep and too much on my to-do list and laundry that simply wasn’t getting caught up. The creating didn’t stop though, as the following images can attest.

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This is an amazing silk yarn from Yarn Baby LLC (my new guilty pleasure), it has since been turned into a scarf/shawl/cowl/belt, but I’m not positive I’m happy with how it turned out, so it may be reworked soon. If not, I’ll post photos once I get my model to cooperate. 😉

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Also from Yarn Baby, this is a Polwarth Wool which perfectly matches my bedspread. It has been cowled, and I LOVE it. I’m hoping to get a pattern review up soon because it is gorgeous.

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This is my Shades of Sunflowers necklace (now available on Etsy). Malachite, shell and wooden beads hand-wrapped in brass wire are set off by a silver-tone sunflower charm.

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I love this bracelet! Hemp, malachite and brass wire, crocheted together for a beachy, summery wrap bracelet. It’ll be available on Etsy soon, I hope.

I have several “new” projects in the works, a few original patterns, etc. I’ll try to stay on top of those while keeping y’all updated on Craft Show planning!

NEW on Etsy!

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. 😉

 

Exciting Things!

Guess who has business cards? This girl! They arrived Saturday direct from Vistaprint.com

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I am very pleased, with quality, price, and the speed with which they were received.

I haven’t been quite up to snuff lately, so I pulled out my ribbons, clips and glue gun and got busy finishing Halloween and Thanksgiving hair bows so I can put all of my focus into Christmas bows for the upcoming craft show.

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I’m all kinds of excited about the fact that I’ve started using one ribbon to cover the clip and another for the bow. I’m making strides, people, even if they are slow, set-in-my-ways, things-MUST-match kinda strides.

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Some of my Christmas ribbons. Aren’t they adorable? I have a scarf or two or three in the works, and a lot of ideas, but not a lot of time to get them accomplished. I’m hoping to be more regular about finishing things and taking pictures and blogging and updating Etsy. We’ll see.

Halloween bows are on Etsy as of now, so swing over and get them!

My First Etsy Sale!

I got home Monday after a long, slow, rainy day to find that I had my first Etsy customer! My Cowrie Shell and Leather necklace now has a home.
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I’ve had a million different packaging ideas floating through my head. I wanted something cute and unique that would also serve as gift packaging if one were so inclined.

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A fabric pouch was what I had decided on. So I cut two rectangles, zigzagged them together on three sides. Then I folded the top down and fastened it with a safety pin.

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I then attached my “brand” to the safety pin, and voila. My idea of packaging.

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I added a personal thank you note, as recommended, then boxed it up for shipping.

I can’t wait until it’s received!