Confessions of an Etsyholic
March 16, 2009
Something interesting happened to me recently. Etsy.com asked me to host a “live shop” event this Thursday evening, March 18, at 7 p.m.. So I am going to the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, and I am going to “live shop” myself silly.
Now. Mind you. I have no idea how this works. I’m just showing up. I think it’s a virtual show, in a chat room. The Etsy kids, using magical Etsy powers involving computers, will show things that I’ve discovered and loved in my rambles around Etsy.com (famous last words: “Just looking!”), and I will blab, either virtually or actually, about My Etsy Proclivities and why I like stuff, and stuff like that. I’m envisioning some kind of handmade version of the Home Shopping Network, without all that business about “ONLY 7500 UNITS LEFT! CALL NOW! DON’T MAKE US BRING OUT THE BEDAZZLERS!”
I promise you there will be no cubic zirconium. I can promise you little else, but I can promise you that.
Looking around Etsy, I’ve been overwhelmed by how much great stuff people make, and in such a variety of media. I’m afraid that my lackadaisical browsing (which is how I shop in Real Life) is going to lead me down blind alleys and cause me to miss Really Essential Great Stuff. So, I would like to invite any reader who knows of fantastic Etsy shops, or specific items, to please leave me a comment with a link to what you want to show me.
I’ll then go shopping (again!) (still!) and add anything that strikes my fancy to my list for Thursday night. (I’m hoping that the comments themselves will be a great self-guided tour of Etsy marvels.)
It is only fair to disclose that my taste runs quite passionately to owls.
(For example, this utterly irresistible fellow, a notebook cover which hits my trifecta (owl + linen+ text-on-textile), can be found here. Purely FYI! Nobody is making you click that link!)
(The owl up top is a studio confidante aka pincushion that a friend made. He is not for sale. He is just there as proof of owl love.)
Thank you, Etsy shoppers!