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Updates to Listing Categories and Attributes on Etsy

We make regular updates to categories and attributes based on your feedback and Etsy’s research. Learn more about the latest changes.

By Taylor Combs Oct 22, 2018
Photo by lafourmiele

There’s a ton of special items on Etsy, and categories help shoppers find just the thing they’re looking for. When you’re creating a listing, you assign it to the most specific category that fits your item. Shoppers can use categories to filter searches on Etsy and when they’re shopping using Etsy’s navigation menu. Categories also act as tags, helping us match your items with more relevant searches. You should select the categories that describe what your item is, not how it’s used or what it’s made for.

The category and subcategories you choose also determine which attributes you can add to your listing. You’ll have access to different attributes based on the category you choose. Attributes work in tandem with your tags and can affect your item’s placement in Etsy search.

We make regular updates to categories based on your feedback, changes on Etsy, and research on buyer and seller behavior. You can explore all of the categories on Etsy in this category list.

Going forward, we’ll update this article when we make any updates to listing categories on Etsy. If you don’t see a category that you think best describes your product, send us a suggestion via our feedback form.

October 2018 updates

New Weddings categories and attributes

We’ve added more specific subcategories to the Groomsmen Gifts and Bridesmaid Gifts categories, where appropriate, that you can use to describe the type of gift. You can find the full list below.

New categories

Weddings>Gifts & Mementos>Groomsmen Gifts

  • Accessories
  • Bags & Luggage
  • Cigar & Cigarette Accessories
  • Clothing
  • Drink & Barware
  • Groomsmen Proposals
  • Hangover & Survival Kits
  • Home Decor
  • Jewelry
  • Sports Equipment

Weddings>Gifts & Mementos>Bridesmaids Gifts

  • Accessories
  • Bags & Purses
  • Bath & Beauty
  • Bridesmaid Proposals
  • Clothing
  • Drink & Barware
  • Hangover & Survival Kits
  • Home Decor
  • Jewelry
  • Shoes

Weddings>Accessories>Bouquets & Corsages>Boutonnières

Accessories>Bouquets & Corsages>Boutonnières

New attributes

We’ve also added new attributes for wedding items. Adding these new attributes may help your listings appear in searches for these phrases.

  • Wedding Theme for listings in the Weddings category
  • Fold, orientation, theme, and season attributes for listings in the Weddings > Invitations category These new invitation style attributes are also available for for invitations listed in the Paper & Party Supplies category.

New Drink & Barware categories

We’ve added new options for Flasks and Travel Mugs in the Drink & Barware category and new Graphic attribute for listings in Travel Mugs and Mugs so you can describe the style of the graphic on the mug.

New categories

Home & Living>Kitchen & Dining>Drink & Barware

  • Barware>Flasks
  • Drinkware>Travel Mugs

New attributes

  • Graphic for listings in Travel Mugs and Mugs

New Pets category and attributes

If you sell leashes and collars as a set, you’ll now see the option to add your listings to a Pet Collar & Leash Sets category.

New category

Pet Supplies>Pet Collars & Leashes> Pet Collar & Leash Sets

New attributes

There are also new attributes you can use to describe Pet items. Adding these descriptive attributes may help you match with shoppers’ searches for these items.

  • Pet Type
  • Reversible and Reflective to describe the item’s features
  • Pattern so you can describe a leash or collar’s pattern

New Art & Collectibles attributes

When listing an item in the Painting, Photography, Prints or Drawing & Illustration categories, you can add new descriptive attributes including:

  • Subject
  • Orientation
  • Framing

New Electronics & Accessories attributes

Now when you list items in some categories in Electronics Cases or Decals & Skins you’ll see the option to add new descriptive attributes including:

  • Theme
  • Pattern
  • Glitter

New Slime & Foam attributes

There are new attribute options for listings in the Slime & Foam category including:

  • Texture
  • Additives

August 2018 updates

Here’s a look at some of the categories we’ve added or changed.

Expanded options for Clothing

Adding more specific categories to your listings can help shoppers find exactly what they’re looking for. We added more specific subcategories to the Clothing category, including:

  • Graphic Tees and Tanks in Men’s, Women’s, and Kids’
  • Expanded categories for Women’s Swimwear, including Bikinis, Tops, and Bottoms
  • Jeans in the Girls’ Clothing, Boys’ Clothing, and Unisex Kids’ Clothing categories. We also added new attributes for style, wash, fly, and cut.
  • Leggings in Kids’ Clothing and Men’s Clothing
  • Overalls for all genders and ages

We also added new attributes to the Clothing category, such as size and style. When you add size information, you’ll be able to choose which country’s size chart to list your item in and we’ll automatically convert those sizes to a shopper’s local size chart.

We renamed two clothing categories. Activewear is now Sports and Fitness. You should choose this category for clothing that can be worn during exercise and for sports uniforms.

New slime category

Now you can choose Slime & Foam as a subcategory in Toys & Games.

More subcategories in Menstrual Care

Now you can add more specific subcategories to Menstrual Care Products (in the Bath & Beauty category), including Pads & Pantyliners and Tampons.

Removing Holiday and Occasion Attributes from some categories

When you add categories and attributes to your listings, you should use the most specific Holiday and Occasion options that accurately describe what your product is. That helps us improve the chances of showing relevant search results to shoppers. For example, stockings or ornaments should have the Christmas attribute, but a watch shouldn’t—even if it would make a great gift for dad. You also don’t need to update them seasonally since a Valentine’s Day card is still a Valentine, even in September.

We’re removing Holiday and Occasion attributes from some categories to prevent listings from being incorrectly categorized. You should add Holiday and Occasion attributes only to items that are used specifically for the holiday or occasion, not because it’s an appropriate gift for the occasion. If you’ve already added these attributes to your listings, they won’t be removed, but when you create new listings in the future, you won’t be able to add those options.

New subcategories added

This is a complete list of the new categories we’ve added in this update. To add these subcategories to your listings, go to your Listings page in Shop Manager

Accessories

  • Hand Fans

Bath & Beauty>Personal Care>Menstrual Care Products

  • Pads & Pantyliners
  • Tampons
  • Period Underwear

Clothing>Boys’ Clothing

  • Tops & Tees>Dress Shirts & Button Downs
  • Tops & Tees>Polos
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks
  • Tops & Tees>Graphic Tanks
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts
  • Tops & Tees>Graphic Tees
  • Jeans
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>One-Piece
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sets
  • Pajamas & Robes>pajamas>Sleep Shorts & Bottoms
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Tops
  • Sweaters>Cardigans
  • Sweaters>Pullover Sweaters
  • Sweaters>Sweater Vests
  • Socks & Leg Warmers>Leg Warmers
  • Socks & Leg Warmers
  • Leggings
  • Overalls & Coveralls

Clothing > Girls’ Clothing

  • Tops & Tees>Blouses
  • Tops & Tees>Polos
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts>Graphic Tees
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks
  • Tops & Tees>Tunics
  • Vests
  • Jeans
  • Footies & Rompers>Footies
  • Footies & Rompers>Rompers
  • Shorts & Skorts>Shorts
  • Shorts & Skorts>Skorts
  • Tops & Tees>Crop & Tube Tops>Crop Tops
  • Tops & Tees>Crop & Tube Tops>Tube Tops
  • Underwear>Camisoles
  • Underwear>Petticoats
  • Underwear>Slips
  • Underwear>Training Bras & Bralettes
  • Underwear>Panties
  • Leggings
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Night Gowns & Tops
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Rompers & One-Piece
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sets -Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sleep Shorts & Bottoms
  • Sweaters>Cardigans
  • Sweaters>Pullover Sweaters
  • Sweaters>Sweater Vests
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks>Graphic Tanks
  • Sweaters>Shrugs & Boleros
  • Socks & Leg Warmers>Tights & Hosiery
  • Overalls

Clothing > Men’s Clothing

  • Shirts & Tees>Tanks>Graphic Tanks
  • Leggings
  • Shirts & Tees>T-shirts>Graphic Tees
  • Harnesses
  • Overalls & Coveralls
  • Pajamas & Robes>One-Piece
  • Pajamas & Robes>Shorts

Toys & Games > Toys

  • Slime & Foam

Clothing > Unisex Adult Clothing

  • Socks & Hosiery>Athletic Socks
  • Socks & Hosiery>Hosiery
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks>Graphic Tanks
  • Leggings
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts>Graphic Tees
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>One-Piece
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sets
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Tops
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sleep Shorts & Bottoms
  • Overalls & Coveralls
  • Skirts & Kilts

Clothing > Unisex Kids’ Clothing

  • Jeans
  • Leggings
  • Overalls
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>One-Piece
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sets
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Sleep Shorts & Bottoms
  • Pajamas & Robes>Pajamas>Tops
  • Skirts & Kilts
  • Tops & Tees>Dress Shirts & Button Downs
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts>Graphic Tees
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks>Graphic Tanks
  • Tops & Tees>Polos
  • Vests

Weddings > Clothing

  • Jumpsuits & Rompers

Clothing > Women’s Clothing

  • Lingerie>Corsets>Neck Corsets
  • Tops & Tees>Tanks>Graphic Tanks
  • Lingerie>Panties>Period Underwear
  • Bodysuits & Catsuits>Catsuits
  • Tops & Tees>T-shirts>Graphic Tees
  • Socks & Hosiery>Boot Socks & Cuffs>Boot Socks
  • Socks & Hosiery>Boot Socks & Cuffs>Boot Cuffs
  • Swimwear>Bikinis & Sets
  • Swimwear>Tops
  • Swimwear>Bottoms
  • Swimwear>One-Piece
  • Swimwear>Rash Guards
  • Swimwear>Swim Caps
  • Swimwear>Cover-Ups
  • Pajamas & Robes>Rompers & One-Piece

Author

Taylor Combs

Taylor Combs is a writer and editor for Etsy's Seller Handbook.

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