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Etsy is an online marketplace focused on all sorts of hand-crafted goods, so you can usually find a beautiful handmade gift there.
All about Etsy
Etsy is an online marketplace where sellers can set up their shops to sell their wares, whether that's handmade accessories, rare vintage finds, or factory-made products have have something a bit different about them. No matter what it is, shoppers can find all kinds of special items for sale here. There are more than 54 million registered members!
You can register as either a seller or a buyer. If you're shopping on the site, there are lots of ways to get good deals on Etsy stuff. Every so often, Etsy coupons show up for the entire site, though you may have better luck if an individual seller you like offers a deal or promotion. Don't forget to add Etsy to your favorites here on Tiendeo to stay up to date with all the latest offers!
The history of Etsy
Etsy was officially launched in 2005 by a small company called iospace, and it only took two and a half months for the team to build the original website. It caught sellers' attention right from the start, as they kept adding new features and functions to make the site easier to use for them. By 2007, Etsy had made more than $1.7 million in sales.
Though the company had a bit of a rough patch shortly afterwards, it recovered and is now one of the most popular places to find handmade goods online.
One knitter makes around $1 million a year selling her wares on Etsy!
Knitter Alicia Shaffer’s Etsy business ThreeBirdNest rakes in $80,000 month from the sales of her hand-knitted projects.
Alicia creates handmade products like socks, scarves, T-shirts, legwarmers, and headbands. In total, she has 58 designs that she sells, and she typically gets around 150 orders every single day. During the holidays, she can get as many as 1,200 orders in just one day.
She started making a few headbands in 2011 for a boutique clothing store she owned. The headbands were a hit with customers, so she began selling them on an Etsy shop as an extra source of income. Now, her side project has a team of 15 sewers.
But Alicia says she’s not sitting back and taking things easy: “I’m working my butt off for it. I’m not just sitting here pointing my finger at people and telling them to get to work. I get home, put my kids to bed, and keep working. It’s a 24/7 operation."