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Success. Sorta kinda. So far.

In Adventures on August 19, 2009 at 12:33 am

Remember how I was going to try to not buy stuff this week? Well I’m in the thick of it at the moment.

Night one arrived, and after 18 straight hours of keeping my cash in my hand I bought something. I think I get a semi exemption though: wedding invitation samples from Etsy. (These things were gorgeous. You’d have bought them too.) And at least they were HITUSA–handmade in the USA.

Day 2 came and went sans purchase. Yippee! Read the rest of this entry »

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom.

In Adventures on May 10, 2009 at 12:40 am

Mom, if you’re reading this and I haven’t yet given you your gift, stop reading now. Seriously.


Okay. Everybody else, I got my mom a really cool Mother’s Day gift. It’s from, where else, Etsy. Read the rest of this entry »

My Etsy addiction rears its ugly head. Again.

In Adventures on March 3, 2009 at 12:01 am

I decided to pitch a story to the photo magazines about selling photographs on Etsy. A friend of a friend does exactly that, and she’s averaging more than 200 print sales per month. I’d call that augmenting your income alright.

It helps that she’s a great photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

Etsy Mitusa: Sounds Like Someone’s Aunt

In Adventures on February 8, 2009 at 6:09 am

1.23.09: I planned ahead for Valentine’s Day: I shopped at Etsy to get a head start and ensure I’d have something great in hand by the time the 14th rolls around. My Etsy shopping led to a lot of great ideas—to the point where I realized that even if you’re not trying to buy American, Etsy is an amazing place to Read the rest of this entry »

Love Is Important

In Adventures on February 7, 2009 at 6:04 am

1.21.09: Started planning for the big V day next month. It’s that holiday that creeps up on you and, before you know it it’s the day before and you don’t have dinner plans yet. Good luck getting a Valentine’s Day reservation anywhere worth eating the day before. I made mine today, more than three weeks ahead Read the rest of this entry »

Etsy: A Craft Fair on the Internet

In Retailers on January 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm


I bought some post-Christmas gifts today, and decided that Etsy would be the perfect place to shop. Not for any altruistic homegrown reason, but because I was looking for unique handmade gifts. Sure enough, I found the perfect wallet and coin purse that I was looking for (not for me, I should point out. Remember: they’re gifts. Shhh.) and the price was right and I’m buying local. Chicago, to be exact, which I’d say is pretty darn local.

Etsy is like a craft fair on the Internet. It’s the Amazon of indy handyfolks. Makers of stuff—clothes, crafts, photographs, painting, whatever—sign up with the site and list their items for sale. Whether they make one or one thousand, Etsy simply offers one place in the virtual world where simple sellers can sell simply to buyers. Etsy of course takes a cut from the seller, but for the buyer it’s like making any other online purchase.

Not all of Etsy’s vendors are local; some more than others. But still, to have access to even the option of  buying locally produced stuff… Great! (A complaint about Etsy on Wikipedia actually cites the site for being “too United States centric.” That might stink for the rest of the world, but for us in the US who can’t seem to get anything homemade, it’s excellent.)

Vaguely interesting postscript: Nobody seems to know why the site is called “Etsy” or what exactly the name might mean. There’s an interesting article here at The Name Inspector.