Seller Handbook

Advice and inspiration for successfully running your Etsy shop

Tess Duncan

Tess Duncan

Tess Duncan is an editor for Etsy's Seller Handbook. She enjoys embroidery, playing music with her friends, and collecting Buck Owens records. She's never met a chocolate chess pie she didn't like.

How a Queer Artist’s Designs Are Empowering the LGBTQ+ Community

Find out how this Richmond-based designer is using colorful pins and patches to create a safer space for people of all gender identities.

By Tess Duncan Jun 19, 2018

Inspiring Workspaces: KUPERWOMAN

Learn the story behind this jewelry seller’s studio, patched together with recycled materials in the Israeli countryside.

By Tess Duncan Apr 10, 2018

How a Cancer Diagnosis Inspired a Business With a Mission

Betty Fimbel started making head scarves when she lost her hair. Now her Etsy shop is touching the lives of cancer patients everywhere.

By Tess Duncan Jan 10, 2018

Inspiring Workspaces: Hey Mama Wolf

This textile designer stumbled onto an abandoned watermill that wound up bringing her hand-dyed yarn business to new heights.

By Tess Duncan Sep 22, 2017

How a Mother's Etsy Shop Saved Her Family From Eviction

When her family was two weeks from losing their home, this mom launched a business that fulfilled her creative calling and changed their lives forever.

By Tess Duncan Jul 18, 2017

How I Got My First Sale

Find out how these sellers found success in their shops after making some simple changes.

By Tess Duncan Jun 13, 2017

Quit Your Day Job: MOSTLIKELY

A donkey mask made—and rejected—for a theater production led to a lightbulb moment that changed everything for this Austrian architect.

By Tess Duncan May 2, 2017

Inspiring Workspaces: La Lisette

This leatherworker transformed an abandoned elementary school in Amsterdam into her dream studio space.

By Tess Duncan Apr 4, 2017

A Bookbinder’s Journey in Medical Photography

This Etsy seller is a full-time medical photographer, a dedicated runner and a skilled bookbinder. Find out how she balances her bustling schedule.

By Tess Duncan Nov 17, 2016

How an Archaeologist Uncovered a Passion for Bold Jewelry

When she’s not digging up ancient relics in Greece, Christine makes bright resin rings and necklaces for her Etsy shop, xroma.

By Tess Duncan Aug 9, 2016