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The Craft Fair Meets E-bay Online at Etsy

Posted Aug 26 2008 1:46pm

If you haven’t yet heard about the site, Etsy , it’s a bit like a crafters version of E-Bay. Imagine your weekend fair featuring artists showing their

What E-Bay did for the yard sale, Etsy does for the craft fair. This two year old site seems to have really caught on this year and is growing exponentially.

It’s definitely caught on with crunchy types as you can find:

55 pages of items tagged as “Waldorf” including a really cute basket of knitted fruit titled” Farmer’s Market You pick vegetables”

740 pages of toys. Including wooden vehicles at roughly the same cost or cheaper than at traditional natural products stores

52 pages of baby slings made from everything from silk to ultra suede

The site works quite a bit like E-bay though the fee structure is less expensive and a whole lot less complicated. The pricing is a throwback to E-bay in the early days. In other words, sellers still aren’t quite sure how to price their items so you can pick up some deals.

This isn’t though like shopping at one of your favorite online sites for natural products. These are hand crafters – one gal or a few gals (guys) sitting around making this stuff. If too many orders come in or if life just gets too busy or if the crafter gets bored or really tired of making the same thing over and over…oh well….no more of that product available…from that seller anyway.

It’s going to be trial and error on this site for awhile but if you like to buy or sell handcrafted items or hang out with crafty types and want to be in the know, this is a site you want to check out.

Tomorrow: I’ll talk a bit about the business behind Etsy

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