With these tips, you'll shop smarter and save money, too.

By Lourdes Avila Uribe
Updated April 20, 2018
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We love Etsy for unique, one-of-a-kind items at a wide range of price points. But here’s the thing: Not every shop is alike. Quality can vary between retailers dramatically, and you have to shop smart to be sure you get exactly what you want. Try these lesser-known shopping secrets for the best possible Etsy shopping experience.

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“Favorite” the items that catch your eye.

This click is worth it because it will be faster (and easier) for you to go back and look at something you like. It also makes it that much more convenient to check out the seller’s other items, read reviews, and browse through similar goods.

Use very specific search terms when looking for items.

A search term like “long, floral Gunne Sax-inspired vintage cotton prairie dress” will yield better and more specific results than “prairie dress.” You don’t just want a “market bag.” You want a “French market-inspired, large, round, straw tote bag with leather handles.” And, just like any other site, it’s helpful to use search filters like price and/or location.

Categorize your favorite stuff on boards.

This is a great feature when you’re researching big-ticket items like furniture or want to put together a LookBook for, say, your summer wardrobe update. The functionality is similar to Pinterest, and it’s a great way to organize what you like. Setting up a board is as easy as going to Your Favorites and creating “Lists” according to whatever theme you’re curating.

Sign up for an Etsy account.

True, you can make purchases as a guest or simply use PayPal, but by actually creating an account on Etsy you’ll be able to check out more quickly. Having your own account will also add to your credibility as a shopper/seller since everyone gets rated.

Feel free to reach out to sellers before you buy a product.

Don’t be afraid to ask specifics about the fabrics that are being used, how materials were sourced, what the shipping details are, clothing measurements, or any other questions you might have. And if you get strange vibes from a seller? Move on to another shop.

Read reviews, and post your own.

Reading reviews is crucial when trying to determine sizing and quality. It’s also beneficial to see what other shoppers have to say about their experience with a particular seller.

Download the Etsy app, if you’re a frequent shopper.

It’s so convenient! Even if you’re on the go and don’t have access to a computer you can still browse through your old faves, check out new items, and access Etsy’s blogs and lists on their handy app.