New Feature: Etsy Monday

by Lisa on April 27th, 2009

Today begins a new feature here at Fantabulously Frugal: Etsy Monday.  Every Monday I am going to feature a new Etsy site and perhaps even provide you all with a discount code for that site.  Consider this a call for sites: If you, or someone you know, owns an Etsy site, please have them contact me about being featured here!  It doesn’t cost them anything and it’s just a free bit of publicity for sellers at a website I LOVE.  (Offering a discount is not necessary, though it would be nice.)  The featured seller will also receive a little bit of prime real estate in my side-bar for the week they are featured.

Without further ado, today’s Etsy Monday site is none other than Etsy itself.
Because I haven’t yet written about Etsy, I decided it should most definitely have its own introductory post.
In my opinion, Etsy is one of the best new-ish websites on the internet.  Etsy is composed of shops set up by individual sellers.  There are a seemingly endless number of shops selling pretty much anything under the sun.  (Seriously. Anything.)  
The three things I love most about Etsy
  • Because you are buying direct from a seller, prices are lower than they would be if you bought the same or similar items from a retail outlet.  (I heart saving money!)
  • As the items are homemade, the money you spend on your item is supporting the arts and artists, something I personally think isn’t taken seriously enough.
  • You can develop a relationship with the seller and you know exactly where you are getting your item from.  Almost all of the Etsy sellers I’ve worked with have been exceedingly kind and I normally receive my items super quick.
One of my favorite overall features on the site are the Gift Guides, which are updated constantly.  The Gift Guides help you find a gift for a man, or a woman, or maybe a new mom or a baby, or even someone that is concerned about the slow foods movement!  I found the Gift Guides to be an invaluable resource this past Christmas, and almost everyone on my list received a homemade item!  
And, I should add this – I haven’t done it myself but setting up an Etsy shop seems like a fairly simple process.  So if you have an artistic talent to offer the world, why not sign yourself up?
If you have not yet checked out Etsy, I implore you to do so.  I think know you will love it!  

2 Responses

  1. The Novelista Barista says:

    Cool! i never knew what an etsy site was until u just wrote that! :)

  2. seriouslyright? says: my brother’s girlfriend/my bff’s site. All jewelry. All bargain friendly. All awesome!! :)