Ok...so, I'm a little worked up. I'm not sure I should be...in fact, I wasn't going to write this, but I thought, "I have strong feelings about this, what else is a blog for, if not to write about the things that matter to me?" I (of course) was reading other blogs, which I LOVE to do, and I was on one of my favorites, when the subject of Etsy came up, and the opinion that only 1 out of 10 things were actually worth buying. In fact the word "crap" was involved. The blogger honestly, wasn't the person that offended me. I can see that point of view...I don't necessarily agree with it, but, I must admit, there is a lot of cutting and pasting happening on Etsy, and you have to wade through a plethora of wares just to get what you want. Although, "handmade" is definitely part of the draw with Etsy, there are shops where you wonder why someone would actually buy some of the things sold. Anyhoo, on to my point. The thing that actually got me fired up was one of the comments left. I, of course, being the dramatist that I am, imagine it in a valley girl accent. But, choose, any snotty accent that pleases you. They said...
"I'm a little baffled about Etsy, too. Someone suggested that I sell my items there. I was somewhat offended. Really, why would I want to do that when my products are sold by retailers like Saks Fifth Avenue? Etsy seems so craft-y. Maybe I'm just unenlightened. With baited breath I await the links to the treasures..."
I am not one to slander, or even be confrontational (although, my husband may not agree.) In fact I hate it. I went back and forth on even writing this. But, I feel that those who look down their nose at Etsy are missing an opportunity to see a handmade movement that is growing in spite of people like them. "Craft-y" doesn't necessarily always coincide with "crappy." There are some AMAZING, high-end artists that reside on Etsy. It's just hard to get your product seen without a public marketplace. I have seen glorious fashion designers, potters, painters, and every other type of artist that just blow my mind. And let me tell you, my mind is not easy to blow. I myself am a bit of a snob when it comes to the arts. But, just because something is not sold in Saks, does not mean that it is worth any less than something that is. In some instances the quality and craftsmanship is even better in handmade...because there was someone's love and pride put into it.
I totally agree, it may be a little harder to find the "good stuff," but, anything worthwhile doesn't necessarily come to you on a silver platter with a Neiman Marcas bow wrapped around it. Half the fun is in finding it, and supporting the people who make it. I don't want something that everyone and their dog can go out and buy. I love unique, one of a kind pieces that are special, and by extension make me feel special, because I know that I'm the only person who has it. That's why I make what I make and sell it on Etsy. I am fulfilling my need to create, and am able to provide something unique for my buyers. Okay, I have spoke my piece and counted to three. I feel better now. This was just something that I wanted to address. Hope I didn't offend anyone, these are just my personal views. Thanks for listening anyway!