How to Put Your Etsy Shop in Vacation Mode - dummies

By Kate Gatski, Kate Shoup

Although many people don’t take nearly enough vacations, it’s a well-known fact that they’re as good for Etsy sellers as Brussels sprouts. Vacations do more than help you rest and relieve stress; they promote creativity — which is pretty important when the success of your Etsy shop depends a great deal on your ability to be creative!

Of course, the key to getting the most out of any vacation is being able to put aside your work while you’re away. Fortunately, Etsy enables you to put your Etsy shop in vacation mode. When your shop is in vacation mode, your listings aren’t visible to anyone who visits your shop.

In addition, you can add a special vacation mode notice, to appear along the top of your shop page. Anyone who attempts to convo you receives an auto reply containing the text that you specify.

It’s not a bad idea to put your shop in vacation mode a day or two before you leave. That way, you have time to handle all your orders before you depart. You may also leave your shop in vacation mode for a day or two after you get back so that you can ease into things.

You don’t have to actually be “on vacation” to put your shop in vacation mode. You can use this feature any time you need a break from your Etsy shop.

To put your shop in vacation mode, follow these steps:

  1. 1.Click the Your Shop button that appears along the top of every Etsy page.

  2. Under Shop Settings on the left side of the page, click the Options link.

  3. Click the Vacation Mode tab.

    The Vacation Mode page opens.

  4. Click the On Your Shop Is On Vacation option button under Vacation Mode.

  5. Type the desired text — how long you’ll be away, when you’ll be back, and so on — in the Vacation Announcement field.

    This text replaces your shop announcement.

  6. In the Conversation Auto-Reply field, type the message that you want prospective customers to receive if they convo you while you’re away.

  7. Click the Save button.

    Etsy puts your shop in vacation mode.


It doesn’t hurt to add a special “on vacation” shop banner to your shop anytime you put it in vacation mode.