Tuesday, January 19, 2010

How to...Shop Local

Etsy's Shop Local option is a great tool for increasing traffic to your shop.  In a few simple steps you can share your location with the Etsy consumers.  This comes in handy for a multitude of reasons.  For example, if you are looking for a last minute gift you can purchase from a local artisan to receive the item promptly.  Plus it is rewarding to support the local artisans in your area.  One day they may do the same for you. 

To set your shop location on Etsy follow these simple steps:

1)  Sign into your account
2)  Select "Public Profile" of the left hand side of the screen
3)  Select your Country
4)  Type in your City and press the "look up" button to display your location on the google map
5)  Save the changes at the bottom of the page

I told you it was easy!  Now when Etsy buyers are looking to purchase locally they can find you.  Not sure how to "Shop Local" on Etsy? 

1)  Select the Buy tab at the top of the Etsy homepage
2)  Different ways to shop or search items are listed.  Select the Shop Local option. 
3)  Type in the City of interest and press search location
4)  A summary of all the local shops will be displayed below
5)  Click on the shop or item you wish to view

So next time you are looking for a gift, to pamper yourself, or promote someone else try to Shop Local!

Visit http://www.etsy.com/ and see what shops are in your local area.  Happy Shopping!!!

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