Membership Requirements & Rules

Membership Requirements/Rules/Pledge

Please read Membership Requirements, Team Mission, Team Pledge and Rules before Applying for Membership.


1. You, individually or collectively, sell on Etsy

2. You offer in your shop:

at least 50% handmade* items
100% handmade* supplies

3. Your shop has at least one full page listings

4. You have read and agree to the Team Definition of Handmade, Team Mission, Team Pledge, and Team Rules.

We reserve the right to decline anyone who does not meet our criteria for membership

TEAM TAG – teamhandmade

TEAM DEFINITION OF HANDMADE – *self-made by the Artist

TEAM MISSION – Our mission is to raise awareness about the importance and value of artists’ handmade products in our increasingly mass-produced economy. We strive to promote and support handmade artists and to provide assurance to our buyers that purchasing from a team member is purchasing authentic handmade directly from the artist or artists.

As a member of the Etsy Handmade Team, I pledge to my teammates and customers that I:

Meet all requirements for membership and abide by all team rules and regulations as set forth herein and below;

Uphold our Team Mission;

Abide by all of Etsy’s Terms of Use and Does and Don’ts;

In any venue in which I sell, abide by all rules and regulations of the venue, and strive to represent Etsy and my team in a positive manner;

Treat my customers, teammates and fellow artists with respect and courtesy;

Understand and respect that definitions of handmade may differ;

Value my customers and strive for excellent customer service;

Give my customers the opportunity to learn more about me as an artist;

Strive to present my work in a pleasing manner;

Use honesty and integrity when describing my work;

Use my own ideas and do not copy other artists’ work;

Strive to improve my skills as an artisan; and

Actively participate in and contribute to the team by entering discussions, taking advantage of learning opportunities, and mentoring and supporting my teammates.


The team rules are included in the Team Pledge. Specific rules are as follows:

No team dues.

Members should actively participate in reaching team goals.

Do not post non-team treasuries in Team Treasury Threads.

Shops cannot contain unlicensed copyright items.

Discussion and opinions about other online selling venues are welcome in our team forum; however, members cannot use our forum to actively recruit for other sites.

If it is determined you are not following team rules or upholding the pledge, you will be given a reminder to do so. If you ignore the reminder, you will be asked to leave the team (and thrown overboard!)


3 thoughts on “Membership Requirements & Rules

  1. What exactly is your definition of “homemade”. I many times will purchase items that others have made and then make minor changes to them and use them in my layouts (I make miniature one inch scale items.) Can I still say that my item is home made? Do I need to acknowledge where I purchased the other persons item from? As an example, I recently purchased some wooden shapes from Brinca Dada and then used them to create my own version of an Ikea miniature one inch scale couch.

  2. I am not an etsy-er anymore and glad. I was put thru the humiliation of providing step by step info with photos that my items are truly handmade. And then I was judged by a totally unqualified person who never in her life had made Mosaic’s determined that my items were not handmade! Was kicked me to the curb. I could not recover my feedback, my contacts to be able to inform them where I would be selling in the future.
    I have absolutely NO RESPECT for them.

  3. I am really excited to be a member of this team! I handmake items in multiple arts genres; actually, it drives me a bit annoyed when mold formed pottery made in an overseas factory by the thousands is labeled handpainted, when I am sitting with little brushes painting my one of pieces one by one. And true for the other forms I work in too–yet I so admire those who are proficient at their technique!
    No problem with the rules–have been doing things that way forever.
    Thanks so much for including me!

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