Etsy has its own set of shopping hacks. Click through the gallery to discover insider tips and tricks, so you can find the handmade and vintage items of your dreams.More
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Upon entering the vast vintage and handmade treasure trove that is Etsy, it's best to have a clear idea of what you're looking for. Are you after some home decor accents in a midcentury modern style? Or are you searching for the perfect plaid Pendleton jacket? It's not enough to say that you want a new winter coat—think about exactly what kind of coat you want, and strategize from there.
So you've decided that you want a vintage faux leopard fur coat that at least passes as a garment from the '60s. Start by plugging in specific search terms—"vintage '60s leopard coat" should do the trick. Then, comb through the results. Repeat your search several times, switching up your language. A seller may have listed your dream coat as a "jacket" or there might be a great option from the '70s or '80s out there.
The same rule can be applied to searching for items in specific colors; to find the perfect millennial-pink blouse, try "coral," "rose," and "baby pink" instead of just plain old "pink." Etsy sellers, not Etsy itself, are responsible for properly categorizing and describing listings, so different keywords will get you different results.