Since my amazing discovery of Etsy 6 years ago, my shopping experience has never been the same. I love the concept of ‘waste not want not’, so the option to wear some great second hand vintage is quite refreshing. Fair enough, you can trawl though the streets of Brick Lane, shovelling through heaps of vintage clothes in its hundreds of stores; or you can have a snoop round a charity shop.
To be honest, I don’t really have the patience for any of this. With Etsy it is the equivalent of being able to digitally search through all these shops and narrow down what you’re looking for – usually I have a vision of something in my head.
Maybe that’s my problem, many people go clothes shopping and happen to stumble across something they like, but with me I just happen to know what I already want, even if that might not exist!
Etsy isn’t just a great place for vintage clothing, it is also a brilliant place to buy homemade items from sellers – I think this is what Etsy as a brand mainly emphasises and specialises in overall.
Having something made and personalised just for you makes you feel special as a buyer and having a unique item which nobody else you know owns the same of is pretty awesome.
I bought a wooden iPhone case from a seller, I got to pick the design and also have my name carved into it! I cannot think of any stores on the high street where you can go to have this done. I have also purchased a handmade dress from America on one occasion ... and lots of other things.
From wedding supplies to homemade soaps, homemade clothing to homemade jewellery... People even sell cakes! The list goes on and I would love to tell you everything because I am so excited, but it would make a list as long as my arm.
Etsy is unique and allows ordinary people to start up a small business online with a small cost to sell their homemade – or vintage- goods.
I think more people in Britain should know about it, as a majority of sellers seem to be from the U.S!
Come on in an visit www.etsy.com, you Etsy virgins.