For example, if you make clothing of all sorts and a customer only wants a skirt, having your items categorized by type of clothing will ensure that the customer doesn't miss that great skirt hiding past the listings of shirts, pants, etc.
This is true especially as you add more items to your shop. A customer may not have the patience to look through several pages of items.
You can have up to 10 shop sections. However shop sections that don't contain any items will not show up on the menu.
Shop Sections appear on the left hand side of your shop and include the number of items in each section.
When creating or editing a listing, you can add the item directly to the shop section.
However, if you are editing multiple listings there is an easier way. You can access the shop sections section by going to the Info & Appearance page.
From there you will see the Sections link, located under the Listings heading.
Here you can edit sections, add items to sections, and even rearrange the order of the sections.
To edit the section title, click the pencil icon (red arrow below). Be sure to save your edits when done. Or you can simply delete the section if that is preferred. If you have items in the sections you deleted, they will not be lost, they will just appear in "all items."
You can add listings to a section, or edit which sections are linked to which items. Check the box of the corresponding item(s) and make your selection from the drop down menu at the top. You must click "Save" for the changes to be made.
If you don't like the order the sections appear in the menu, click the symbol to the left of the section title and drag it to where you would like it to be placed.
As time goes on, and your shop gets established and fills up, you may need to edit the shop sections a few times to better suit your evolving store.
For more Etsy tips see;
Getting Started (Opening a shop)
Setting up Shop (About Page)
Info and Appearance Section
List an Item
Andrea Davis resides in Winnipeg. A proud member of WEST for 2 years and the owner of "We Are Bound Together", a shop where 100% of the proceeds go to charities. Check out her shop, or blog.