Etsy Color Picker…

  Today, I want to talk about a really cool tool on Etsy.  It’s Etsy’s “Color Picker.  Why might you want to know about it?  Well, it’s perfect when searching for gifts if you want a certain color, or perhaps you’re planning a wedding or a party and you have a color theme, or perhaps you’re composing a treasury.  Whatever the occasion, you should know about this TIME-SAVING searching tool!  Here’s what it looks like when you have arrived… 

The COLOR PICKER…REALLY too cool for its own good!  Find items by COLOR.  Visually select the color you are searching for and it shows you items on Etsy that match your color selection.  It’s great because you don’t need to know the name of a color; you just slide your mouse along the color bar and watch the color bubbles until you hit the color you’re looking for… (let’s say I’m looking for purple – here’s what it would look like)

and here is how it shows results:

you can choose to see more of the same color, or move your mouse again and select a different color – maybe something complimentary (good for if your doing a treasury!)  Example…I’ll proceed and look for teal colored items.  Color picker will still show my purple items and then will show the teal ones…

It can be a real time-saver if you are searching for an item of a particular color!

     So, how do you find it and how do you go about using it?  Well, go to the Etsy web site and on the left hand side of the screen, you will see the navigation bar that is titled, “ways to shop“.  Select “colors” from the navigation bar, and viola!, you’re there!  

To make it even easier, while you’re at my blog, you can just click here to play.  🙂  So, if you haven’t already discovered it, which is completely possible because Etsy has SO much to discover, you should definitely make time to play with the color picker tool!   

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WAY COOL ETSY TOOL!!! Etsy’s “Alchemy” is BACK!

Alchemy

“Etsy’s ALCHEMY“?  What is THAT???  Well, it’s a way cool tool that Etsy used to have, but has now brought BACK!  It is called, “Alchemy” and it’s all about CUSTOM ORDERS.  It is a user-friendly way for buyers to place requests for custom made items from hand crafting sellers, such as myself.  :O)   
 

If you plan on using the Alchemy, read the whole article here before you start.  They’ve got pictures, alchemy dos and don’ts, and much more to help you get started.

Go on!  GET CRACKIN’!  Read up and start listing custom order Alchemy requests! 

How to Register and Buy at Etsy

How to Register at Etsy (Care of verao.etsy.com)

Welcome to the wonderful world of Etsy! Just in case you haven’t noticed by now, etsy.com is the site where I sell all of my jewelry. It’s an online marketplace where everything handmade is bought and sold. If you click here: www.nicoleleeartistry.etsy.com, you will be taken directly to my etsy store,

Now, to be able to buy my goodies, it’s best to be a member of etsy.com. Don’t worry- it’s easy. This is all you do.

STEP 1: Open a new window on your browser (just so that you can keep on reading these steps).
STEP 2: Key in www.etsy.com.
STEP 3: On the upper right hand corner of the page, click on REGISTER.
STEP 4: Creating your Etsy account begins. All you need to do is key in your username, password, and email address. They also ask how you got to learn about Etsy, and who referred you to the site, but they’re just optional questions. At the bottom of the page, there is a box you need to tick, which is actually the agreement of Etsy’s 3 Golden Resolutions (very basic so I don’t need to write it here again). Just tick the box then click on SUBMIT.
STEP 5: You will then get a page that will tell you to check your email account for the confirmation email.
STEP 6: Open your email and read Etsy’s confirmation email. There will be a confirmation code in it. All you need to do is to reply to this email, no need to type in anything else, then send. You will receive another email after this.
STEP 7: Check your inbox again and you will find the email that your Etsy account is successfully confirmed.
STEP 8: Now you can go back to my blog and click on any of my jewelry! You will be asked to log in, then you can finally shop!

The best part of this registration is that you can start buying other handmade goodies from all over the world! Like these wonderful bikinis from Singapore,

Malia Flamingo Bikini Top Malia Flamingo Bikini Bottom The Josefina - Licorice Crochet Bikini  Malia Aqua Bikini Bottom Malia Aqua Bikini Top

and these fantastic paper crafts by Invitations by Design 

50 Mommy Cards Blossom and White Flat Thank You Cards 5x5 Flat wedding invitation Birth Announcement Blossom and Chartreuse Flat Note Cards

You can even start selling your own handmade stuff! Start clicking!

Day 6 of 30 Days to A Better Shop Series

It’s Day 6 of “30 Days to a Better Shop Series” by my buddie Christina Purdue and it’s going to be split up into two days.  First part of task is to UPDATE ITEM TITLES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF HALF OF MY LISTINGS.

Christina provided some quick tips:

  1. Make your titles descriptive. For example: “Stairs to Nowhere – 8×10 Fine Art Print” or “Sterling Silver Lovebirds Necklace” or “Lovebirds Necklace – Sterling Silver”.
  2. Include specific information about your product in the description – include measurements, colors (items look different on different monitors), and what’s included in the listing.

With that, keep in mind, that if you are editing a portion of your description that is the same for most all items, copy & paste to avoid typing the same words phrases, greetings, e-mail addresses and URLs.

So, let’s look at one of my listings.  I’ll start with my most recent: “Blue Cluster Earrings”
Here they are:  (Click on the image if you want to vist the page)

Blue Cluster Earrings

Here is the current item name: “Blue Cluster Earrings”

Here is the current description:
“A variety of clear and blue frosted, fired and iridescent glass rounds and silver cast metal beads are hand wrapped and cluster together on sterling silver french wires.

Length: About 1 1/8 inches or 2.8 cm

My thoughts…
     Well, I have been reading a lot on listing descriptions in the forums lately and I think this one is pretty basic.  I didn’t write anything personal and it’s all that a buyer would really need to know about the earrings.  I have included the length in inches and centimeters so it is useful for both U.S. buyers and international buyers.  Some of my listings have personal information in them, but yesterday I was in a hurry and didn’t really feel inclined to add anything special to these.  Perhaps I should.  Hmmmmm?  Ok – here’s how I’ve  changed it:

NEW ITEM DESCRIPTION (additions in blue)

For the girl who likes more than a simple post earring or a single dangle – these blue clusters are fun, feminine, very cute, are sure to get compliments and bring you happiness!

A variety of clear and blue frosted, fired and iridescent glass rounds and silver cast metal beads are hand wrapped and cluster together on sterling silver french wires.

Length: About 1 1/8 inches or 2.8 cm

MY THOUGHTS ON REVISIONS:  I like it!  I think it did need something a little extra and the little blurb before the basics is perfect.  :O)  So now, I need to go through the rest…ugh!  Well, that will likely happen later and then more tomorrow, because I have a lot of other things to attend to right now.  At least I got that task started!  I’d be glad to hear what you think of the changes.  :O)  Feel free to post comments.