StayWarmInStyle ~ $32.00 RyloWear Boutique ~ $14.20 PeekABoot Socks ~ $28.00
ThreeBirdNest ~ $ 8.99 dityfashion ~ $ 2.50 MABEESBOUTIQUE ~ $8.50
ThreeBirdNest ~ $ 38.99 CaSales ~ $ 9.00 (13 available) UnitedMonograms ~ $16.00 (26 avail.)
PeekABootSocks ~ $18.00 (1 avail.) KnitPopShop ~ $19.95 (28 available) TutuCuteLittleOnes ~ $22.00 (6 avail)
So remember, every picture tells a story don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…every picture tells a story, don’t it…*
And lordy, these pictures are telling a story. An empty, eBay-esque, soulless story. Of sameness. Pages and pages of sameness. It’s enough to blur your eyes and empty your brain scrolling through pages and pages and pages of the exact same item, priced differently, sometimes available in quantities of 287! Seriously, 287 (thank you ThreeBirdNest for again confirming that you are sharing your bed with a big country called India) boho headbands. Yes. 287 boho headbands. I’ll just say what everyone is thinking…WHAT in the name of all that is holy is someone going to do with 287 boho headbands?
What’s even more interesting is to find one of these shops, for example GraceAndLace, and click on their inventory of items for sale, only to find that it’s the same shit that ThreeBirdNest has! Seriously, it’s the same shit. The leg warmers. The lace. The jewelry. The scarves. How are they all knitting, beading and sewing exactly the same shit? And each store calling it “handmade”. Shamelessly.
Let me help out a bit. I’m going to show you handmade. I’m going to show you items you can’t find somewhere else, items not imported from China or India. I’m going to show you what a unique product is. Because judging by the sales of these “handmade” items, either you, the Etsy buyer, are seriously confused or you just don’t care. But in case you DO care, here are some examples:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/dramatiquedesigns ~ This is some seriously cool shit ~ an up cycled sweater from DramatiqueDesigns If you want original, if you want one of a kind, if you want HANDMADE, it’s not going to cost you a mere $19.95. But you’re not going to find 287 of these floating around Oregon either.
Meet Carlos and Omar, hand made, hand painted zombie dolls. These are seriously cool, I would hang them on my wall any day, and I would laugh every time I walked past them. Those faces…too funny… http://www.etsy.com/shop/CREEPYSTUFF
http://www.etsy.com/shop/FromKellyWithLove One dang sweet little baby sign. I would have hung that above the crib of both my baby girls if I’d seen it a few years ago ~ in fact I could still give it to them as a gift, especially my fierce baby Jane…she’d probably put it in her board room instead of her bedroom…but it would be a fair warning not to mess with that little one 🙂
http://www.etsy.com/shop/stickdogleather ~ I’d carry this gorgeous purse just about anywhere 🙂 Chad hand stitches items in his shop and there’s a lifetime warranty. You won’t find China or India promising that!
And from vintage-land…Captain Midnight and the MOON WOMAN. Look at the guy’s face to the far left…that redhead’s got him on the defensive! This is from 1942. And you can’t mass produce 287 of them. Thanks http://www.etsy.com/shop/ChloeSwirl for this priceless little piece of history.
This is handmade, people. This is vintage. These are items that you can’t order 287 of. And guess what, you can SEE the difference. So if you want to be unique, if you want to support small businesses that actually make or find their items on American soil (just a nod to Memorial Day), here are some examples of what it really looks like. And if you have the patience to scroll PAST the mass-produced shit, you’ll find gems like these items, what Etsy used to be, what Etsy used to support, and what we’d all (except India, China and their best American friends) like Etsy to return to.
*thank you, Rod Stewart, for the lyrics…so appropriate that they are repeated over and over and over at the end of your song 🙂