The End of the Treasury

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And in the End – Treasury

On September 21, Etsy Administration sent out this Memo:

We wanted to let you know that as of October 5, members will no longer be able to create new Treasuries or edit existing ones.

“Throughout the years, our community has curated Treasuries that have showcased the diversity of the Etsy marketplace while encouraging and collaborating with other sellers. However, our data shows that few buyers view Treasuries, and even fewer purchase from them. Based, in part, on this information, we are removing this feature. Read more about this in the Site Update.”

I do think Etsy should have done some research with the Etsy Seller’s as to their view of doing Treasuries. They mention that they based their decision on the fact that “few Buyer’s” were interested in viewing Treasury’s; yet I found in one of the discussions in the Forums, a Buyer who mentioned that they made many purchases from items they found while going through various Treasury’s. 

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Goodbye Baby and Amen – Treasury

As I was looking through the Forums to see other Seller’s reactions to Etsy’s comment that as of October 5 – there will be no more Treasuries; I came across this comment from Irina, whose Shop is:  www.etsy.com/shop/AnyoJewelry.

“Many will miss treasuries and I am one of them. Treasuries were the way to find original true handmade artists, which were not on the first pages in search. Today if I want to buy something that is handmade, I have to go through pages and pages of manufactured/mass produced things and just give up.”

Since I started on Etsy in 2007, Treasuries were such an important part of promoting!  I don’t know how many of you remember the days when there were only 333 Treasury spots.  One would have to wait for an existing Treasury to expire, and a space would open.  I can’t tell you how many nights I was up to 1 – 2 am waiting for that one spot as Etsy would give a count down by hours and minutes of when a spot may open.  Unfortunately, half of the other Sellers’ on Etsy were sitting there also waiting for that spot. So even if you may have missed getting that one Spot, it brought on so much anticipation and excitement as to what was to come.

Looking back in my Treasury Archives – I came across one of my first Treasury’s:

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                                  We Are All Artists – 5.18.08

Since that time, of the many Treasury’s I have done, I have not only come across so many new Shops I might not have seen before, but have made many friends through posting their items on one of my Treasury’s, or being featured in one of theirs. 

So now that we have come to the end of an “Etsy Era”; we are left to the option of Promoting ourselves and our Team Members.  I am one who “never says never” – I hope to start doing my own version of Treasury’s on my Blog promoting not only Team Member’s, but bringing to light many other “handmade only” Sellers to your attention!

See you all then!!!!

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About Pamela Baker

For as long as I can remember, I have always been interested in various crafts. After crocheting for many years, recently I started designing OOAK jewelry pieces, always learning new techniques as I continued. I also have always loved to write, so I look forward to being a part of this Blog as one it's contributors. As a lifelong resident of NY, I am busy with my two shops on Etsy: MagdaleneJewels (OOAK designed jewelry items: Necklace,Bracelets, Earrings,rings): also, MagdaleneKnits (Crocheted & Knitted items for Newborns to Adults) I can also be found on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, Word Press, YouTube. My Blogs are: http://pamelabaker.wordpress.com/wp-admin/users I also intend to bring tutorials to help you develop your Shops more effectively to increase your Views and Sales on the various mediums you may be selling your work on. I am always a convo or email away if you have any specific questions I can help you with.
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5 Responses to The End of the Treasury

  1. Natasha says:

    I feel like Etsy killed the Treasury because they thought their trending algorithms or whatever would be better, but then their algorithms didn’t work, either (as evidenced by that change a week or so earlier). I’m irritated and saddened, but have learned that my emotions have no bearing on changes like this and won’t reverse them, so I try to accept, adapt, and move on. Coming up with new ways to promote, like you’re doing, is much more useful than complaining about the loss of the ‘old way!’

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  2. Pamela Baker says:

    Love your attitude – although we don’t always like change, and Blog about it, etc, the best solution to move on and show Etsy that we CAN do better on our own. I believe you are right about their algorithms not working, I also think they are forcing us to buy into their Premier account at a charge to us – I notice each day more ads on my FB page. Thank God we all have a delete buttton!

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  3. I agree with your statements and I, too, am sad.

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  4. Linda Pruitt says:

    Treasury’s were a way to get around the algorithms and be seen! And according to EtsyRank.com, Etsy’s views are generally down this year, which is also sad.

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    • Pamela Baker says:

      I think the reason Treasury counts have been going down is that Etsy wasn’t promoting them anymore, posting them on the front page, or featuring them. I think Etsy let a lot of us “handmade artisans” when they started pushing and featuring manufactured goods.

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