Friday, January 04, 2008
I Wish I Wrote Better Headlines
...because I really think etsy.com deserves better. It's absolutely amazing. It's an online marketplace where people can buy and sell handmade crafts. Knitting, photography, woodwork, leatherwork, pottery, jewelry...if it's a craft, they have it.
There is a fair amount of dreck, but there is also a fair amount of imaginative, well-crafted, artistic stuff. Anyone can sell their stuff, but they seem to have some way of selling featured spaces and using browser feedback so better stuff seems to rise to the top.
There are lots of ways to search. You can search by color -- but not how you might think. On the color search page, as you drag your cursor over a field of dots, they expand and reveal their color. Click when you see a color you like and items in that exact color will appear.
But what's most amazing is imagining all these people making stuff instead of machines, and finding a way to show it to the world. Very heartening.
Must get back to exploring.
In the meantime, here are a few of the things I found that I liked best:
UPDATE: I'm back. Found another great feature: treasuries. User-curated lists of 12 things on Etsy. Only a few hundred allowed at a time and anyone can make one, so they are hard to get. But it's a great way to be exposed to different things.