Starting An Etsy Shop As A Reseller: What Do I Need To Know?

Etsy was designed to sell handmade products but in recent years they have expanded to allow vintage items as well. Now resellers that sell handmade, upcycled, or vintage items can sell on the Etsy Marketplace.

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Starting An Etsy Shop: What Do I Need To Know

Etsy is the largest marketplace for handmade and vintage goods. Within Etsy, sellers set up their own Etsy shops.

Why Resellers Need An Etsy Shop:

Many resellers specifically seek out vintage items, which you are allowed to sell on Etsy. You can also upcycle clothing (tie-dying, repurposing, screen printing, etc.) to save it from the landfill and give it new life.

Benefits Of Selling On Etsy With Vendoo:

  • In Vendoo, you can quickly take all the inventory you’re already selling and crosslist it easily into Etsy.

  • Organize your inventory with 50 custom labels that can help you segment your listings.

  • Mark and item as sold and it will automatically delist on all other platforms you have it on.

Steps To Start Your Own Etsy Shop

Creating An Etsy Account:

Creating an Etsy account is free and allows you to shop on Etsy, make a wishlist, and participate in their forums. It’s the first step you need to take in order to set up a shop as well. Go to the Etsy website and click on “register.” Fill out the simple form and you’re in! 
Once you are registered, make sure to add a username and bio picture to your profile. You’ll need this if you intend to open a store.

Opening Your First Etsy Store:

Not everyone that signs up for an Etsy account wants to become a seller. Many users simply want to buy goods. In order to open a shop with your Etsy account, you’ll need to take the extra step of opening a store. 
Log into your Etsy account from a desktop or laptop computer and follow these steps;
1-To open an Etsy shop, visit Etsy.com/sell and select Get started.
2-Select your shop language, country, and currency, then click Save and continue.
3-Choose your shop name, then click Save and continue.
You will then be able to access your shop preferences such as language and currency, your shop name, and more. You’ll be able to connect your bank account and choose payment methods.

Listing Products On Etsy:

Your Etsy aesthetic (overall look and theme) will help you gain popularity on Etsy. Creating great-looking listings is part of that charm. 
Log into your Etsy account and click on “Shop Manager” on the top right of the screen. Then choose “add a listing” 

Step 1: Add photos and video
Step 2: Choose your thumbnail image
Step 3: Add listing details
Step 4: Describe your listing
Step 5: Add your inventory and pricingFor digital items: Add files
Step 6: Set up shipping
Step 7: Marketing
Step 8: Publish or save your listing
Keep in mind, you can also list and crosslist your items using Vendoo to save time.

Optimize Your Etsy Shop

The formula for success on Etsy is (having great products + choosing the right look and theme + great marketing).

Customize Your Etsy Store

Make sure that you add an eye-catching header to your stop and that it coordinates with your shop avatar. This gives your store a cohesive look. 
You can further optimize your store by offering discounts, having stylized listings, and professional-looking policies and FAQs.

Make It Viral With Social Media

Lots of Etsy store owners are going viral on Tiktok right now, creating short videos about your business can help you get seen on social media.

How Much Does It Cost To Sell On Etsy?

When looking to sell on a new platform, it’s important to know what fees you will be paying. Etsy fees are a bit different from other reseller platforms so read each category below.

Cost Of An Etsy Store

A general Etsy store doesn’t have a monthly fee, however, you will pay 0.20 cents per listing you create. You will also pay this fee to renew the listing each month. This is very different from other selling platforms that only charge you when you sell an item. Sellers in good standing can opt-in to an Etsy plus account with more available tools for $10 a month.

Etsy Transaction Fees

Once an item sells, there is a 5% transaction fee for the price of the item including shipping.

Etsy Shipping Fees

You can be charged additional shipping and payment fees based on how you choose to do your shipping. Etsy does offer shipping labels for some types of sales, otherwise, you are on your own for shipping and whatever those fees are. 

Promotion Fees On Etsy

On Etsy, you have the option of setting up a budget, which you control, for promoting listings. 

Top Items For Resellers To Sell On Etsy:

  • Handmade Jewelry

  • Vintage Jewelry

  • Handmade Clothes

  • Altered or Upcycled Clothes

  • Vintage Dresses

  • Retro Funky Sweaters

  • Vintage Grandpa Sweaters

  • GrannyCore Women’s Vintage

Reselling On Etsy - FAQs

  • Do I need a license to sell on Etsy?

    Etsy does not require a business license to sell on its platform. You should research selling regulations in your area to make sure you are following all the legal requirements.

  • Can I sell on Etsy without a credit card?

    You must have a credit card on file to sell on Etsy. It is also required to verify your shop. This is for the buyer’s safety and as a backup for paying fees when your account is low on funds.

  • Can I Crosslist Inventory To Etsy With Vendoo?

    Yes! Etsy is one of the platforms Vendoo works with. You can crosslist your inventory, relist inventory, mark as sold, delist when sold, and track analytics for Etsy using Vendoo.

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