Sunday, January 23, 2011

Etsy.com

So I just made my first purchase this site yesterday! For those that don't know, Etsy.com is a website where people sell things, mostly homemade and vintage. One thing that's neat about the site is that many of the items are handcrafted by moms. It's a great way to make a little extra money without leaving the home if you have a craft. You can find a lot of rare items on there and there's tons of handmade jewelry, hair accessories for girls (bows, headbands, etc) and knits. The prices are okay, a little more than retail stores, but that's probably due to the fact that many things are handmade. I got the boys personalized shirts for $16 which is more than I would spend on a shirt, but I could have never found them in stores. I'll post a picture of them once it comes in. If you have an Etsy shop feel free to post the link in the comment section!

9 comments:

  1. I love shopping on etsy! There's so much cute stuff! I can't wait to see pictures of the shirts you ordered! :)

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  2. Glad you're enjoying Etsy! I think I've been shopping there since...2008? It's the best! :)

    My shop is all vintage books: www.etsy.com/shop/alissachurch

    And, my friend Hilary has a fantastic jewelry shop (she's on vacation right now, but should be back in a week or so): www.etsy.com/shop/GoldilocksJewelryBox

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  3. I don't mean to be a debbie downer, and now that I am reading this I can't find the information to support my claim. Here goes anyway as food for thought:
    If you are the boycotting type a few of my friends refuse to use this sight because they do not use discretion when allowing people to sell things. Apparently you can find some incredibly inappropriate things on the site if you want to and sometimes they come up by accident.
    Again I don't know all the details it was a conversation that came up a while back because a friend of mine is doing a lot of home-made crafting that wants to start selling things and she researched the site and was horrified by what she found.
    ANYWAY, I love home-made stuff but I hate the expense of it. I can't wait to see the t-shirts though!

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  4. There's this adorable shelf I want....I'm thinking it's gonna be my Valentine's gift from Chris. I really like that you can read the reviews of people's shops too. Can't wait to see the shirts!

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  5. @Amanda, I have also heard some bad reviews. Such as (extremely) inappropriate greeting cards & tshirts. But I think you will have that with anything open to the public. And I have never come across any of those things in my searches, so...I continue to use it, for now. I am questioning my use of it though, after this disappointing article:

    http://prbreakfastclub.com/2011/01/11/etsy-latest-brand-disappoint/

    That said! I am not sure what I will do in the future, but I have love love loved using the site! I've gotten a vintage coach leather purse and a beautiful vintage LL Bean sweater for my boyfriend for Christmas. :) Also, it's my dream to sell my knit creations on Etsy some day! So I hope they shape up and continue in the good they're already doing, after getting rid of the negativity that has infected it.

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  6. I found out what it was: there's a seller who does handmade cards that are in poor taste. One of them was a congradulations you're child has down syndrome. Evidently it's been protested but etsy won't do anything about.
    Well it's food for thought.

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  7. Loving all this feedback! I've never heard anything negative and didn't come across anything inappropriate in my search. I don't think I would boycott the site because of a few sellers (although I do think the site should take care of problems with certain sellers). It's hard to prevent/stop stuff like that since it's such a large site and open to the public. I sure this type of thing goes on with Ebay and Craig's List as well.

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  8. I agree, Marjorie.

    Also, did you say Blogger had added new templates? I'm so bad at the technical side of blogging. Where are they? If that wasn't you, sorry! Haha.

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  9. Hey girl! OK, regarding your question today! There should be a little key on your keyboard that say "Print Screen," or some abbreviation thereof. Mine is on the top right corner of the keyboard, and it says "Prt Sc." When you hit that key, a "screen shot" is taken, which is basically just a picture of whatever window you have up on your screen. Then go into a program like Microsoft Paint, go to "edit" and then "paste." Then just crop whatever you want out of the screen shot! And make sure you mark out your last name with the paintbrush, if you're posting your FB status! ;)

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