Wednesday, July 25, 2007

All About Etsy ...

After looking at so many of the great give-aways yesterday offered through The Dog Days of Summer Bloggy Giveaway, I realized there are a ton of great Etsy shops out there! And frankly, I don't know about so many of these great places!
I've also learned that despite there being so many great Etsy stores, there are still plenty of people who don't know what Etsy is!

I like to think of Etsy as an on-line craft show! I go to them occassionally - local churches and schools tend to hold them. And you walk around and you get to see lots of goodies made by the people sitting at each table! And there might be 4 jewelry sellers there, but that's okay, because each person is selling unique items that they have made themselves! And there is usually someone selling tie-dye clothes, and usually a few blanket sellers, and several sellers of nice hair things. Then there are the woodworkers, who sell from simple little signs to hang on your walls, to big peices that you would set in your yard. It's common to also see people selling their photography and other forms of art work.

I love going to craft fairs. It's nice to walk around, have so many things to pick from, and I like to support the people who are there - instead of always buying from the big companies (which don't get me wrong, I love my Target dearly, but it is nice to not shop from the big stores or the big companies too!)

Anyway, to me Etsy is like a big on-line craft fair! Things sold on Etsy are handmade by the person(s) selling them to you. Each seller has his/her own store that you can order from. And the variety of things you can buy - photographs, clothes, jewelry, lotions, soaps, cards, hair accessories, home decor, baby items, art work ... well the list goes on and on! It is so much fun to go there and browse and shop! Once you set up an account, you can start picking favorite sellers and favorite items, which is SO much fun. The best part for me? That you can get really great items and support someone who is so talented! People like me, who stay at home but are looking for a way to bring in a little extra. Or someone who's full-time job is working at an office, but their passion is really making these fun little cards so they do it on the side! Well, you can find a whole host of different stories for the sellers on Etsy! It is such fun =)

I'm thinking, since I'm getting a lot of traffic around these parts (thanks to Shannon!) that it would be fun, if you have an Etsy shop, leave the link here! I'm hoping this works because I've done a Mister Linky before! Anyway, like I said, leave a link here to your store. If you want to leave a description of your store, feel free to add it in the comments section! And hey, tell all your etsy friends to come and leave a link too! I know I will have fun looking through everyone's stores and hopefully others will have fun too!


11 comments:

  1. can you tell me the best way to browse in etsy? i'm looking for cowboy art prints for my little boy's room and it seems like when i type that in and browse in the art category that lots of other junk comes up too. this may be way off of what you know about etsy and if it is disregard my question. thanks!

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  2. This is a great idea! I'm totally going to bookmark this entry and refer back to it to browse the shops at Etsy!

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  3. Really funny you stopped by my blog today and left your link. I saw the term Etsy just yesterday and was wondering what in the heck it was. Thanks!

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  4. I just started a brand spankin' new etsy shop at lharsma.etsy.com. Just have two lonely items up at the moment, but expect more by the weekend. So check back!

    GREAT idea for a post, btw, I'll be linking to it on my blog so hopefully you'll get a good list going.

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  5. This is such a great idea! Thanks for letting me know about it. Now I'll have to come back to look through all the shops!

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  6. Wonderful idea! Some of us etsy sellers get very little exposure.

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  7. great idea! always nice to spread the etsy love.

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  8. Thanks for letting me share your space. I am fixing to go on maternity leave and am going to be needing the extra cash.

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  9. What fun! I added my link.

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  10. I added a link to my etsy store. I make custom clothing for little girls. I also will be know to make jewlery and purses/totes. Anything boutiquish and crafty!

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  11. Anonymous12:14 PM

    I love Etsy! For me it is like supporting small business on a huge level. So many great crafters and artists there.

    I design jewelry for all sizes and included my link of Ample Goddess Jewelry if you would like to check me out.

    Sorry, I am signed anonymous. I can't remember my password on here lol.

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Seeing your comments makes me smile! Thank you so much =)