I have to say I love Etsy and all that it stands for and I am not just saying that because I happen to own a shop! It truly is this unique eclectic group of people who either appreciate handmade goods, vintage or both! Growing up I haven’t always appreciated the handmade clothes my Mom would make. My most vivid memory was the homecoming dress she made (since the store bought dresses were too pricey). On the day of homecoming I remember watching her safety pin the remaining pieces together since she did not have enough time to finish it. I remember being so paranoid that a safety pin would come undone and stab me! This was the last handmade made item I owned for quite some time!
Since joining Etsy’s community almost a year ago, with my handmade card shop (I know go figure!), I have found a new appreciation for handcrafted items including clothes! Over the last year I have discovered that I really do love handmade items! I started to buy from the other shops on Etsy and discovered their craftsmanship and quality surpassed my expectation.
I have also decided that I will buy as many birthday presents and Christmas presents from Etsy as I can. I may pay a bit more and of course will have to pay for shipping but what I am getting is superior to store-bought-probably-made-in-a-sweatshop items. How many times have you bought some cheap item from the store just to have it fall apart? I am sure this happens on Etsy as well but I have yet to encounter it. As a shop owner I wish more of us would buy into the system we are trying to make money in. It really only makes sense. I doubt every shop makes their own greeting cards and I am sure a good portion of Etsy sellers buy greeting cards from the grocery store when they shop (I used to!). Why not plan a head a bit and buy from a fellow Etsian? I am not suggesting my store (although I would never stop you! :), I am talking any shop. If we bought into our system it would help Etsy’s economy grow which in turn will only help us and our shops.