Etsy For Less + Giveaway!

Etsy - Beauty and a Budget

If you’re like me, you love Etsy but either a) get overwhelmed by all the options or b) feel like many things are overpriced – and then you have to add shipping. Or in my case, both of these. However, I’ve been able to find some pretty good deals by getting creative in my buying practices on the site. Here are some quick tips to finding a good deal on Etsy:

1) Negotiate. Who knew you could negotiate on those prices? I recently bought a beautiful vintage side table for half the asking price just by simply letting them know my budget. Chances are if they’ve had the item for a while, they’ll be willing to work with you.

2) Ship it cheaper. Don’t be afraid to ask about other shipping options if the shipping cost seems too high to make the purchase worth it. Larger items can be shipped via Greyhound for cheaper than other freight options – I’ve saved up to 30% on shipping this way.

3) Shop Local. If you don’t want to pay for shipping at all, click the “Shop Local” button to narrow down the location and pick it up in person.

4) Shop in Person. Did you know that you can find out what local events Etsy sellers will be at? Just click “Shop in Person” to find events – it’s also a great way to find local markets and events that you might not know about.

In honor of my Etsy post, a dear friend has agreed to do a giveaway from her Etsy store. And conveniently, she’s gotĀ geat prices on her handmade items, so its a win win! She’s offering one lucky random winner a handmade set of soap and lotion bars in your choice of scent. Visit her store at EveryDaylilyDesign and comment on thisĀ post with your email address to be entered to win. Winner announced February 27th, so check back to see if you’ve won!

-Sara

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