How to List an Item in Your Etsy Shop

To list an item in your Etsy shop:

  1. On, click Shop Manager. On the Sell on Etsy app, tap More.
  2. Click Listings. If you’re a new seller, click Your shop.
  3. Click Add a listing. On the Sell on Etsy app, tap the + (plus) icon.

Before you can start listing items, you must register as a seller. Review our Seller Policy to make sure your items fit into Etsy’s handmade, vintage, or craft supply categories.

Step 1: Add photos

To add photos to your listing, click Add a photo to add files from your computer. You can add multiple photos at once. Click Choose to upload your photos.

To change the order of your images, click on a photo and drag it to the left or right.

Guidelines for listing photos

Your images should be at least 2000 pixels wide, but the height can vary. Don’t scale down your photos to a smaller size. Buyers like to zoom in on photos to see item details. Larger images let buyers zoom in more.

We recommend you use at least five images to help shoppers get a better feel for your item.

If you’d like to crop the full-size image that appears on your public listing page, click the pencil icon under your photo.

Learn more about item images.

Add variation photos

If you have variations for a listing, you can add variation photos, which you’ll connect to your variations later in the listing process.

Step 2: Choose your thumbnail image

The first photo on a listing becomes the thumbnail for this listing. The thumbnail is the image that buyers see in your shop home, in search results, and in various other places on Etsy.

To choose your thumbnail photo:

  1. Drag the photo you want as your thumbnail to the first photo slot.
  2. Click Adjust thumbnail below your first photo. You can zoom in and change the photo’s position within the square.
  3. Click Save.

Step 3: Add listing details

The listing details are how your listing is categorized on Etsy, and how it can be found in Etsy search. Shoppers can filter search results by many of the details you add.

Add a title

Give your item a descriptive title. What would buyers search for to find your item? Add the most searchable words at the front of your title. Titles have a 140 character limit.

Learn more about item titles.

About this listing

The dropdowns under About this listing help categorize your listing as Handmade, Vintage, or a Craft Supply. Choose who made this item, what the item is, and when it was made.

Choose listing categories

Choose which category your item belongs to. This decides which category your item appears in on the Categories page.

Think about where buyers would most likely look for your specific item. For instance, if you’re selling a typewriter, you might think of it as decor, but some shoppers will want to use it to write.

Optional: Add attributes

Adding attributes like color, occasion, or holiday will help make your items more relevant in search results. They’ll also help buyers find your items more easily.

Attributes vary by the category you chose for your item.

You can choose I offer more than one for an attribute if you want to add a variation for that attribute.

Learn more about attributes.

Choose your renewal option

Listings stay on Etsy for four months at a time. By default, listings automatically renew after four months. If you'd like to manually renew your listings, select the Manual option.

Learn how to renew your listings.

Step 4: Describe your listing

Next, describe your item to get found in search and to help shoppers understand your listing.

Select your item type

Select if your item is physical or digital.

Learn more about digital item listings.

Add a description

The description tells the shopper about the item, your process creating or finding it, and its dimensions. Make sure to include the size, materials used, how it was made, and any unique features.

Learn more about writing enticing item descriptions.

Optional: Add your production partner

If you are creating original designs that are manufactured with outside production assistance, add your production partner to the listings they help produce.  

Learn about working with production partners on Etsy.

Optional: Choose if buyers can customize this item

Check the box by Custom orders if you offer customization for this listing. Learn more about custom orders.

Optional: Choose a section in your shop

If you have sections for different types of items in your shop, add the listing directly to one of your sections.

Learn more about creating sections.

Optional: Add tags

Titles and tags help shoppers find your item when they search on Etsy. Use all 13 tags available to you, and be descriptive.

Some things to consider when tagging your listing:

  • Your item's shape and size
  • What it's used for
  • How it was made
  • Color, style, materials, content, and motifs

Think like a shopper: What words would you use to search for this item?

Learn more about getting found in search.

Optional: Add materials

For most categories, using item attributes are the best way to add materials to your listings.

You can highlight the materials you use in other areas of your listing.

However, if materials aren’t available to add in your category, you can add them here.

Price per unit

Sellers in the EU will see an extra field to input a price per unit. Learn more.

Main features

Sellers in Germany will also see a field for summarizing the main features of their items. Learn more.

Step 5: Add your inventory and pricing

Decide if you offer variations for this listing. If you do, skip down to variations.

If you don’t offer variations for this listing, add the price and quantity you offer for this listing.


Choose how much this item will cost buyers. This will appear in your preferred currency.

Learn more about setting your preferred currency.

Optional: Apply shop tax rates

If you charge sales tax in your shop, you can choose whether to charge it on this particular item. Learn more about tax settings.


If you have multiples of the same item, you can increase the quantity in stock. As the items sell, the quantity in stock will go down.

The listing fee is $0.20 USD, regardless of the quantity you list. When the item sells, you will be charged a $0.20 USD auto-renewal fee for any remaining quantities. Renewing an item will also bring it to the front of your shop. Listing fees for selling in person vary. Learn more about fees for selling in person.

Optional: SKU

SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) numbers are a way for you to keep track of your inventory and quickly identify what you have in stock. They can also help you quickly locate items in your Etsy shop, studio, or storage space. Learn more about SKU numbers.

Optional: Variations

If you offer different options for a product, such as size or color, you can offer variations of the item in your listing. You can have up to 2 variations per listing.

Learn about adding listing variations.

If your listing varies on a visible attribute, such as color, you can add photos to show that variation. Learn how to add photos to listing variations.

You can set price, quantity, and SKU for each variation.

If your listing is for a digital item, you can’t offer variations.

Optional: Personalization

If you offer personalization for this listing, toggle Personalization to On. Personalization requires buyers to let you know what they want to be personalized on an item. Learn more about offering personalization.

For digital items: Add files

If you’re listing a digital item, you need to upload files. Learn more about uploading files for digital items.

Step 6: Set up shipping

Choose how you want to ship this item.

Shipping options

You can choose which shipping profile you want to use for this listing. The shipping profile you choose determines the shipping cost charged to buyers, the processing time, and the shipping service.

If you haven’t set up shipping profiles yet, learn how to set up shipping profiles.

Optional: Item weight and size

If you are a seller in the United States and would like to use calculated shipping for your listing, enter the item’s weight and size. Learn more about calculated shipping.

Step 7: Publish or save your listing

Your listing won't be saved until you click Save as Draft or Publish.


Click Preview to see how your listing will look to shoppers.

At this time, the listing preview doesn't accurately reflect price and quantity if they are set for variations of the listing. Once you publish the listing, you’ll be able to view all your variations.

Save as draft

To save your listing for later, click Save as draft. To save as a draft, you'll need to enter at least one photo, a category, a price, quantity, shipping rates, a title, and a description. You can always enter temporary info and then replace it before you publish.

You can find your draft listing in your Listings page under Drafts.

Drafts never expire, and there is no limit on the number of drafts you may have. The "listed on" date isn't set, and you aren’t charged the listing fee until the listing is published to your shop.


You're ready to sell! Click Publish to finish your listing. The $0.20 USD listing fee will be added to your Payment account.

Your listing is now live! This listing is now available to shoppers on Etsy. Tell potential buyers about your new item and share it on Facebook or Twitter.

It may take up to 24 hours for listings to appear in Etsy search results and categories.

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