Teaching Thursday: So you want to open an Etsy shop

Introducing a new series on Lizbeth’s Garden blog: Teaching Thursday, a weekly how-to guide to opening and running an Etsy store. I am currently the captain of the Etsy DTeam, an Etsy team devoted to helping new Etsy sellers get their shops up and running, so I answer lots of questions for people, and I thought I would start collecting all the answers in one spot. I will be cross-posting these posts on the DTeam blog. I will also write an occasional how-to post on other topics, just to mix things up a little. Those posts will stay here on Lizbeth’s Garden.

Opening your first Etsy store

This post is not legal or tax advice. I am simply sharing my experiences. Please check with your accountant and/or lawyer before making legal or tax decisions based on this article.

You will need:

  1. a name for your store,
  2. an email address (preferably matching your store name, but that’s not required),
  3. any licenses required for home businesses in your area (possibly a sales tax license from your state, and/or a county or city license — I am not a lawyer, so check with your local jurisdiction for requirements), and
  4. a bank account and/or a PayPal account for your business.

I found that I would have gotten a better tax deal if I had started my Etsy store at the beginning rather than the end of the calendar year. So keep that in mind for planning when to open.

Go to Etsy.com and click on Sell in the upper left corner to sign up for a selling account. Follow the directions and you’re set! Now you’ll need to list items, get a banner, set your policies, and get feedback. All these and more will be posts in the coming weeks!

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Saturday Surprise: Summer Will Return Collection

I made this treasury to remind myself (and you) that even as there is snow and cold and blowing wind, summer will return! Made with all Etsy DTeam members!

‘Summer Will Return’ by lizbethsgarden

A collection of bright colors, especially blue and green, to remind us that summer is not too far away, even as the wind blows and the snow falls.


Mini Wallet – Blue …

$7.00

Whimsical Watermelo…

$18.00

Hand stamped disc a…

$21.00

Valentines Day – St…

$15.00

Original Miniature …

$21.00

Turquoise Tagua Nut…

$16.00

Hand Painted Mint G…

$100.00

Turquoise blue earr…

$17.00

Balloon Birthday Wr…

$90.00

Knitting Project Ba…

$15.95

Chunky Necklace -Or…

$18.00

Nas – T — Limite…

$30.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Friday Feature: A Cold Winter’s Night

It has been very clear and cold here. The coldness adds to the chilliness of the snow. It looks very stark. This feeling is added to for me by the knowledge that going outside is skating with danger — one mistake and you’re frozen. I tried to capture this feeling in a collection of Etsy items from the Etsy DTeam:

‘A Cold Winter’s Night’ by lizbethsgarden


Blue Jay on Heart S…

$25.00

Chainmaille earring…

$10.50

Set of 6 Postcards …

$6.00

Clearance–Felt Bab…

$5.00

Homemade Play Dough…

$3.40

Bow Clutch Purse – …

$20.00

Double-Sided Pillow…

$15.00

Eternity Love Circl…

$26.00

cramum – cream lace…

$24.00

Victorian French Je…

$22.00

Crochet Kendall Slo…

$24.00

crochet teddy bear …

$20.00

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

Sunday Surprise: Cooling the Flames

More cool items from the Etsy DTeam:

‘Cooling the flames’ by lizbethsgarden

A collection of items from the Etsy D-Listers


Oven Mitt, Red Hot…

$10.00

Handmade Pottery Ce…

$15.00

Set of 6 Coasters -…

$12.00

This Ain’t My F…

$30.00

Homemade Play Dough…

$9.00

Red and Black Beade…

$30.00

Crochet Cabled Pump…

$28.00

Owl Ornament in Gre…

$7.00

Ceramic Keepsake Bo…

$15.00

Long Tassel Chain E…

$17.00

Rustic rectangle ea…

$20.00

Original Painting, …

$11.95

Treasury tool supported by the dog house

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