9/11/2009

Simma' Down

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!

5 comments:

Jennifer Froh said...

I completely and totally agree with you. And actually, it's like a antique shop... sometimes you'll find a treasure and sometimes you won't. SAKS has nothing unique. Everything is mass produced and costs a fortune. And to tell you the truth, Saks Fifth Avenue has *crap* too... every store does. It all depends what your definition of the word is. Etsy does have a lot of wonderful items... it's like anywhere though, you have to know what you want and find it.

Glad you were able to vent and hope you feel much better!

Hugs, Jenny

Simply Me Art said...

I stumbled in to your Beautiful Blog and it is interesting the Post I came into. LOL... I have been a Etsy Seller for the last 2-1/2 years. I think if you are the kind of person who Loves your designers, your Big upper crust department stores than Etsy probably isn't the place for you. I certainly wouldn't even bat an eye over someone who thinks there Saks Fifth Avenue items are so far above Etsy! They are missing the point. Also, if you really look through Etsy or Research it, there are several Artists who sell through Etsy who would be considered quite popular, authors and very main streamed. Also, in the time I've been selling on Etsy, it has grown Huge.So obviously there are many many people out there who love the idea of hand made. Also, the person who made the comment, is this person hand making each and every item that is wholesaled out to the big High End stores or is it being mass produced? I know I Love wearing my pieces, each one of kind and the compliments and inquiries that I get make me realize that people Love Handmade and one of kind. Don't let closed minded people like this get to you, I'm sure this person has insecurities and to Bad mouth or Degrade others is Ridiculous.

dedeetsyshop said...

Interesting......why do people feel the need to put others down? Seriously. I sell on Etsy and I think it is a fabulous site to find unique, beautiful, and one of a kind pieces. There are tons of very, very talented artists on Etsy and I think it provides many people with a way to get their products out there. Shame on some people! :(

Pretty Neat Designs said...

If you can't vent and share your own opinions on your blog, then where can you?! I'm glad you posted this. I agree with you and the other comments. Etsy is just like anywhere else, there will be things you like and things you don't. But the fact that a store or seller has something you (I) don't like, doesn't really matter, it just is what it is. Just imagine this world if people stopped being negative and started supporting each other.

pretty*pink*rat said...

I'm so glad you posted this. I just found Etsy literally about two months ago, and I am already addicted. The OOAK, loving, handmade items draw me in and make me want to be a part of such a wonderful, unique place (I hope to sometime open my own Etsy shop).

I appreciate the way you have said what you feel, especially. You expressed your opinion without putting others down, which is quite an accomplishment these days. Bravo.

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