Saturday, May 8, 2010

How to Create A Treasury East

Etsy has created a new Treasury environment.  You can now make a Treasury whenever you want and you can have as many as you want. But, how does the new Treasury East work?

First we'll review some basics.  A Treasury is  a poster created by a Curator that shows items from different Etsy Artists. Sometimes there is a theme (Valentine's Day, Green things), sometimes the items are from shops that are friends or teammates of the curator and sometimes the items are just things the curator likes. Treasuries in Main or West only last 48 to 72 hours and you can only catch one of these Treasury spots if you are in the right place at the right time. 

Treasury East is a different story.  You can create one at any time and you can have as many as you want and they don't expire. 

Here are the steps for creating a Treasury East. 

The first thing you need to do is figure out which items to include and arrange them in an Etsy application called "Poster Sketch".  You will need the item number for each item you want to include.  The url for an item looks like this:

You need to copy the number only.  

Open the poster sketch by going to this address:

The poster sketch screen looks like this:
Poster Sketch 
I cropped the middle out of this picture, but you get the idea. 

Enter each of the item numbers in one of the 16 boxes like the one outlined in green.  After you enter each number, click on OK and the picture of the item appears.  Once you have done all 16, you can arrange the pictures using your mouse to drag and drop. 

When the pictures are arranged the way you want them it is time to claim your Treasury East at this address:

The top of the main screen looks like this: 
Create A Treasury East 1
Just click on "New Treasury" and you will be taken to this screen: 

Create A Treasury East 2 
Fill out the information for your Treasury Name and Description.  Enter your first item number in the first box and press "Enter" on your keyboard.  Repeat this until you have entered all 16 items.  Then click on "Save This List" at the bottom of the screen and you have created a Treasury East. 

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