12 No-fail Tips for Buying on Etsy (Bonus! My favorite shops!)

Did you know that there are over 800,000 sellers on Etsy!  The online marketplace has exploded in the past years connecting everyday people to sellers all over the globe. And that's a good thing. The problem is, if you're not careful when buying, you just might end up with something you didn't expect. I've made countless purchases through Etsy and learned a few things along the way. Here are 12 things to think about when considering a purchase as well as 12 of my favorite Etsy shops. You're welcome. 

#1 How are the reviews? Look for sellers with high ratings AND many reviews. 

via Africa House

via Africa House

#2 What are their store policies.  All sellers make their own shop policies. Make sure you are comfortable with them before you buy. 

via Monkey Mind Design

via Monkey Mind Design

  #3 What is their refund policy?

via Anek Designs

via Anek Designs

#4 How long is their lead time? How long will it take to arrive? 

via Light and Ladder

via Light and Ladder

#5 Are they one of a kind or ready to ship? 

via Triple Seven Home

via Triple Seven Home

 #6 Where are they shipping from? Etsy shops span the globe. Sellers from other countries may have longer ship times. 

via Oriental Tribe 11

via Oriental Tribe 11

#7 Do they have a full profile? Photo, Description, links to social media, etc. 

via Lola Donoghue 

via Lola Donoghue 

#8 How many items are in their shop? Just a few? Move on. Sellers that are serious (and therefore reliable) have a good selection of items. 

via Gleaming Renditions  

via Gleaming Renditions  

#9 How long have they been selling? 

via Filly Dog Co. 

via Filly Dog Co. 

#10 Are variations expected? Custom items may vary in color and size. 

via Earth Cadets 

via Earth Cadets 

#11 Do they offer discounts? Some shops offer discounts for first time buyers or buying in bulk. Just ask! 

via Betapet (removeable wallpaper) 

via Betapet (removeable wallpaper) 

#12 Not seeing exactly what you want? Just ask! Many sellers accommodate custom orders. 

via Mi Vida Vintage LA 

via Mi Vida Vintage LA 

Want to see more of my favorite Etsy shops and stay up to date when I find new ones? 

XO

Kate