- 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.
There are one of a kind (OOAK) items, things that follow the latest fads and trends, old fashioned/traditional items, and things that you can't believe someone would buy or sell. There are prices for every budget as well. I've seen some huge prices and some tiny ones. National magazines have begun featuring things they find from Etsy. Some are purchased for use in photos, while others are shown as ideas for gift giving or decorating. Celebrities have also purchased items on Etsy. The most common celebrity purchases I have heard of were baby items.
I started my big adventure as a seller on Etsy back in June. You can take a peek at how I started here. As far as I'm concerned, Etsy is contagious. You never get tired of looking at cool things. Whether it's something you want to buy or inspiration for something you want to do yourself, there is so much to look at. Don't take that last sentence wrong, I'm not telling you to copy the work of others. Inspiration means that looking at something gives you an idea or direction. When I look at the snowflake place card in the picture, I might think about making some tatted or crocheted snowflakes.
dreamcatcher in my shop was made from a dried grapevine that my husband and I picked. My husband then formed it into a circle and used artificial sinew to fasten it and then to form the web design. He fashioned a feather out of soft leather and attached it to the middle of the web. You would be able to buy this dreamcatcher knowing that it was made by Navajo hands and also be able to ask any questions you had. That is the value of the handmade item!