Category Archives: Tutorial

Etsy BNR help – What it is and how it works

If you are new to Etsy you may have read about BNRs, it stands for Buy and Replace and it is a great way to:

  1.  Meet wonderful sellers like you
  2.  Promote your shop
  3.  Purchase wonderful items from other shops
  4.  Get exposure, bring sales and feedback to your shop.
  5.  Have a lot of fun!

A BNR on Etsy is a curated treasury list or collection of items from different shops. The curator of the treasury will post the rules of the BNR for everyone to see. They normally look like this:


1. Call out shop in CAPS before buying
2. Wait for permission to buy
3. After purchase post TRANSACTION LINK

Two spots MAX!

Our team:

Each BNR has their own rules, some had a minimum to buy in, others don’t.

So this is how it works:

Once you stumble upon a BNR or get invited to one, you basically shop around the featured shops and find something you like, if you find something then you will post a comment asking permission to the curator to shop for that specific shop ( i.e : PAPERSQUARE please! ) once you get the ok from the curator (this is to ensure nobody else is shopping at the shop you want), purchase your item and post the transaction link (the link will look like this: )

Now, one of your shop items will be featured on the treasury and you will get a chance to be bought out!

This is what a BNR looks like (click on the image to go to the team that curated this BNR – Martini’s BNRs)

Tips from other BNR fans and friends around Etsy:

  • Always check out the curator’s shop! It’s tons of work to curate and curate well.
  • Chat – you should always chat a bit and network with people. Try to make time if you plan to buy in to stick around for a bit.
  • Say Hi to the newbies. They tend to get lost quickly in chatter.
  • Be willing to promote. Post the BNR link in your teams, and around the internet.
  • Chatting is super important, if no one is talking, I will assume no one is there and I will leave.
  • Be prepared to have a coupon. It doesn’t have to be much, but you are more likely to get a sale.
  • Don’t expect the curator to be able to keep track of everyone coming in. This is a lot of work, so everyone needs to be friendly and help.
  • Don’t complain about not getting sales, it turns people off.
  • If you’re the curator, make sure you are actively attending your BNR.
  • Favorite the BNR and your fellow sellers items
  • It is also not the curator’s job to get you a sale or buy from your shop if you don’t get a sale. If your items are very expensive or not portrayed well, that is something you have to reconcile. Buying in does not guarantee a sale.
  • Most of all, have fun, meet great people, be polite and professional, you are portraying your business and the human behind your shop, keep that in mind, everything you say is public.

Thank you to everyone in Martini’s BNR for your input and participation to bring this post to life. I am a new member of this team and could not be happier. Everyone looking for a fun and professional team should join at:

Shops that helped put this post together:

IrihanaArts – Handmade Ceramics –

Whimsy Needles

41StarsStudio – photography and jewelry


Posted by on June 25, 2011 in ETSY, Tutorial


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DIY Tutorial: Origami Paper Box

In the following tutorial you will learn how to make a cute and useful origami box by using a square piece of paper. You can use any paper you may have, but the bigger you go the sturdier your paper should be or your box will not be able to hold anything heavy. For this tutorial I am using origami paper I got from Hong Kong.

If you want to see more decorated and fancier boxes, visit our shop at

1- Begin by getting a square piece of paper of any size, as long as it is square.

2- Fold your paper diagonally (so it looks like a triangle)

3- Unfold and repeat on the other side so you get an X mark like this:

4- Fold one of the corners up to the middle of your X mark (do this for all 4 corners)

5-Your paper should now look like this:

6- Now, fold one side in half like this:

7-Do the same for the other side, then unfold and do it for the remaining 2 sides as well so you will have something like this:

 8- Now, unfold one of the triangles

9- Pinch and fold both sides like this:

10-Do this for both sides and bring the flap down


11- Do this for the other side as well and you are finished!

This box can be made in any size, once you fold up to step 7, the square in the center is going to be the bottom of your box, so you can see if thats the size you want.

Visit our shop at: for a lot of different styles and decorations of these boxes.


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