Thursday, November 11, 2010

Etsy induced corners

The corner of my desk hold things that are near and dear to me.  My little box from Indira at DharmaKarmaArts is just settling in.  It feels much better than the large wooden CD holder I used to have there.  And now there's room to hang my wonderful watercolor print, purchased from Blue Dog Rose, another little something I found on Etsy, back when I was writing interviews.

Can you see my little bulletin board with inspirational pictures and reminders?  (this is like a treasure hunt {:-D)    Everyone needs a bulletin board near their computer, no matter what size.  For me, everything has to be small because my house is already bursting at the seams with beautiful reminders of people and places. I'm no  minimalist...

Here's a better view of the fabric notebook that always sits on my desk.  I purchased this beauty two years ago from another Etsy artist, littleworm.  Just could not pass it up...


Which brings me to the impetus of this post:  the Etysbloggers were just discussing what kinds of things sell on Etsy.  Are they handmade?  One of a kind?  Are other Etsy sellers getting tired of seeing mass produced items ending up in the handmade section?  Are some items just easier to produce, and they seem to flood the marketplace?  What are your thoughts about this?

I'm on Etsy all the time - posting messages, renewing and listing new items, gathering materials, dreaming and wishing.  Many things end up in my Favorites, because I love to look at them.  Some items have to wait, while others sweet little things I can't help from purchasing. 

9 comments:

Erika said...

I love the trinket boxes in Dharma's shop--they are beautiful!

since deciding to sell on etsy I have paid more attention to how things are made, where they come from and packaging when I am in a big box store. I prefer handmade mostly because I like the idea of supporting another woman in the pursuit of her dreams. I wish there were other market places like etsy where handmade only items were sold--it is tough to compete against the mass-produced things that are sold there.

Joy said...

That fabric notebook rocks!

I love shopping at etsy and I always tell everyone about it... I love the one of a kind-ness of the things I buy...

As a seller, I can understand the frustration. Sometimes I feel lost in the shuffle!

Linda Pruitt said...

I always feel, as someone else said: "lost in the shuffle" even though my items are handmade individually. I just feel like there is so much on Etsy that I'm a needle in ha BIG haystack!

BeadedTail said...

I love how handmade is unique and it can be personalized. It just makes everything so more special like getting a personalized journal from a certain someone!

Kathleen said...

Etsy is a whomping big place now - but the little treasures are still there to be found. You have certainly found some lovely ones!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

I love finding cute, unique items that yell out to me :) I can spend hours just searching the handmade section!

TiLT said...

Great little corner...I need to put up some of my Etsy finds around my space too. Just haven't gotten to putting holes in my new walls yet :P

I love Etsy for all the original handmade goodies...but yes, I have seen a "flood" of the easier to make items & some sneaking in of mass (or nearly so) items into the handmade...but the search for the treasures is part of the fun!

Indira said...

Deb, your little corner rocks! I love the fabric notebook.

Etsy is very very big and there are wonderful shops that sell amazing handmade items but as mentioned above "lost in the crowd". Which I think is sad.

Anitra Cameron said...

What a lovely idea, to have an "Etsy cluster"! I think, too, that the handmade and unique items do get lost in the crowd, but maybe that's what makes Etsy such a fun place, huh? You just know that the next corner you turn will yield that special something!

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