Originally Posted by weezix
actually i ended up staying up WAAAAAY past my bedtime and found some answers.
the only one i haven't figured out yet is...when someone actually BUYS one of my things...how will i know?
You will receive a notification by email from Etsy. If you are using paypal to receive payments, you will also get a payment notification from them when they pay.
Also, you can check on your store, what you have listed, sold items, and a bunch of other stuff by clicking the YOUR ETSY link at the top right-ish of any page on Etsy when you are logged in. On the left side bar of the YOUR ETSY page, there are a bunch of options of things to look at. Under the Items section there is a link called Orders, where you can check on items that have been purchased from your store.
Good luck and have fun!