Archive for June, 2010

June 19, 2010

For those who were wondering – What Etsy is for

This is one time I am going to bounce on Etsy.  But it’s in a good cause – so please.. big girls’ panties time if you don’t like it.

It has come to my attention that Mr Brian Leahy, author of  (hang on, let me go and check) “The Groom Says” has tapped a blog post on Aisle Dash, explaining “Why Men Don’t Get Etsy”.

First of all, Brian, men don’t get a lot of things – such as why remembering birthdays are important but you have failed to understand two certain principles that etsy lives and (well.. let’s hope not) dies by:

a) Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and

b) one person’s trash may be another’s treasure.

Yes, etsy may seem to be the hippie younger sister of eBay and tell me you havent considered going there for a hit – just when you felt you had to get away from the polished bright older sister, and indulge in something a little less organised, the one without the filofax and the Prada handbag.  However, Etsy is there because sometimes you make something so wonderful, you need to tell more people about it than just the cat.

Etsy exists as The Worlds Largest Crafty Trash & Treasure Sale, a ginormous hall full of trestle tables with wares oh so artfully displayed.  But there is a sense of communion (not the grape/wine/bread/flesh thing) but people creating displaying and yes, in a rather understated way, because no one likes to imply that they do it for the money as we’re not those kind of hookers.

Are there items on etsy that I just dont understand? 

Yes, and I take comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one who is bemused by a pile of crocheted elephants that appear to be fornicating.

That’s one scene from Dumbo they didnt show you…

But etsy is the place that you can set your own terms for your work –

whether you should be surprised that your $500 Amigurumi Crochet Rabbit keyring doesnt sell

is another question.

But etsy is there so the makers can say that “hey I did THIS” – unlike the drill  or chainsaw spruiked at Homecentre, anonymous and only gains a personality or purpose if it’s lucky and gets taken home.

Etsy doesnt expect everyone to understand her, she’s grateful for the attention, but would really prefer the attention of someone who does call her back in the morning.

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