All About Etsy…

Hello Friends.

Today we bring you a crash course in Etsy. We know you are all familiar with our shop (hint hint, gentle nudge), but perhaps you have been so engrossed in our treasures that you haven’t yet managed to poke around much further…

So, here it is in a nutshell:

In their own words:

What Is Etsy?

Etsy is the world’s most vibrant handmade marketplace. We connect consumers with independent creators and designers to find the very best in handmade goods, while providing these artists with the technology and information they need to start and grow their own businesses.

Etsy is a community that actively supports one another in the shared goal of offering alternatives to mass-produced objects. We work to highlight the true value of handmade goods and their creators and encourage awareness of the social and environmental implications of production and consumption.

We created Etsy to reconnect producer and consumer, and swing the pendulum back to a time when we bought our bread from the baker, food from the farmer, and shoes from the cobbler. Our mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Our vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.

Etsy is huge – a big, colourful, textural whirlwind of creativity. You will discover so many clever people with such clever ideas, many of which you will wish you dreamt up first. (Like any creative space, however, you will also come across some less than inspired attempts by well intentioned, mildly skilled folk – sorry, it’s true and I felt you should be warned. Don’t let it put you off though, it makes for entertaining browsing.)

You can shop in so many ways:

:: Simply browse the items shown on the front page – click an image to see it listed in more detail, and follow it back to that sellers store if you like their style

:: Search by Category, Colour, Gift Guide or Location…. or take a chance on a newbie store still yearning for their first sale with Pounce.

Then there are the Treasuries… oh, so many lovely collections! Treasuries are ‘an ever-changing, member-curated shopping gallery’. The most popular make it to Etsy’s home page – like these ones of our very own!:

{Credit where credit is due: it is the clever Alison with her graphic designers eye that creates our Treasuries, and a jolly fine job she does too. Megan is the blogger and professional procrastinator}.

Perhaps that is enough for now, we don’t want to overload you. Etsy is best explored one cup of tea at a time. And of course, we know you have already dipped your toe in the water from the safe harbour of our very own store….

…. you know, the one that looks like this:

Ok, off you go, there is so much to explore. Be sure to leave a comment and tell us of your adventures…



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