Etsy is a dream come true. If you are a crafter, artist, photographer, woodworker or whatever, and you want a place to sell your creations, Etsy is the place. Originally created for “handmade” only, it has now grown to accept vintage and supplies as well. Which is great- especially if you can buy your supplies from other “etsians.”
The other nice thing, depending on your point of view, is it’s not a juried site. You don’t have to prove yourself to a panel of artists, who may or may not see the value in your work. Juries have their place, no doubt, but it is nice that someone who may be starting out, or has been learning on their own for years, has a place to finally show and sell their wares without having to go through the tedious, expensive, and often disappointing jury process. This is especailly nice for the “part time artists” who may not have the time or funds to create full time, nor the time to develop a full 3 page c.v. but are nonetheless talented and deserving artists, and would otherwise have no other venue to sell, aside from the local craft fairs and perhaps consignment, at a much larger fee.
The cons of course are that there are estimated to be over 100,000 “sellers”, but it is clear that the number of shops actually active is much lower. It can sometimes be difficult to search for something there, but rumor is there is an improvement to the search tool coming down the pike. And from what I can tell, alot of the shopping is done less by coming into the Etsy front page, but by going into one “shop” and finding links from there to the next one. So searching there is moot, however, the sooner Etsy can fix the search tool, the better. Word is definately getting out, and they will need that if they intend to really make it work.
Well, this was meant to be the introduction of my “Etsy Love” page where I put in favorite shops. But alas, it has taken on a life of it’s own, and is now a regular post.
Click on the ETSY LOVE tab above to check out some faves of mine.