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My 100th Etsy Purchase

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There were two reasons I couldn’t help but notice the woman in front of me in line at the market. For starters, she was wearing a real Chanel suit and about a pound of gold jewelry, and secondly, her outfit was topped off with a pink fleece hat with teddy bear ears. Why the hat? I’ll never know, but it was a good conversation starter.

“Okay, where did you get that hat?” I asked her. “Etsy,” she smiled. I’d never heard of it. She had to spell it twice.

But searching Etsy later that day, I found that hat. “Can you make me one in brown?” I asked Laura, the shop owner. “I don’t even know my size.” “Sure,” she wrote back. “All you have to do is take a tape measure and wrap it around your head.”

Really?

A few days later the hat arrived with a handwritten thank you note. It fit perfectly. It cost thirteen dollars. I’m wearing it right now.

From that moment forward – February 1, 2008 – I was pretty much sold on Etsy. I still didn’t know exactly what Etsy was, but I figured that any place you can get a custom, crazy handmade item from a woman taking merchandise photos in her bathroom mirror was the kind of place I wanted to know more about.

Since that day, I have purchased 100 items on Etsy. About three quarters of what I bought was given away as gifts – what better way to show someone there was a big, interesting, handmade world out there? And in those early days, when I told someone their gift was from Etsy, I usually had to spell it twice.

I bought a lot of gifts, but I didn’t cheat myself. I bought a few things for myself that were like nothing I had ever seen before. For example, remember those OlliesWoolies necklaces that Catherine Svensson used to make? I have one.

And I bought a Dookie Chain Scarf from Yokoo. She made mine made in black, the same color as Gwen Stefani’s. Yeah, that Gwen Stefani.

Quilt scraps from SherrySunday; Vintage buttons from treasurebooth.

What else did I buy? I have purchased all kinds of beautiful and recycled supplies, including vintage quilt scraps and antique buttons.

Fossils from DanPickedMinerals, Concretions from BeadedHeather

I work in education and I have purchased items that help children understand how nature makes things like coal, fossils, and concretions, those amazing natural rock formations that look like prehistoric flying saucers.

One of my best educational purchases was this crystal radio set, custom made by mewoodwork. It has no source of electricity. It doesn’t plug in or use batteries, but you can hear radio stations on it. Where does the power come from? The power is carried in the radio signal itself. It’s a great way to teach young people about the mysteries of energy.

Other favorites? One of the most satisfying things I ever bought is what my sister and I consider to be the single best all-purpose greeting card ever designed.

The most practical thing I ever bought? These earrings from limegreenmodern that I wear every single day.

The most unusual gift? How about this hand crocheted human colon from AnOptimisticCynic? (Sarah, the shop owner, threw in a free pituitary gland!) I bought it for a friend who faced life-altering surgery. He’s fine now – really, he’s fine – and  he said the piece actually helped him deal with change and loss.

One hundred of anything is a lot of stuff. So how is buying on Etsy different from plain old mass consumption? I think it’s fundamentally different in several ways, and here are my top three:

  • Buying on Etsy directly supports highly skilled, creative, independent, good-hearted individuals in making a living and realizing their dreams.
  • Buying on Etsy subsidizes and preserves vital skills that we need now and will need even more in the future. “Re-skilling” – learning and passing on skills connected to making, growing, and repairing things – is an essential part of sustainable living and a foundation for establishing resilient communities and economies in the future.
  • Buying on Etsy restores your faith in people – at least it did for me. It’s easy to be cynical nowadays. But the talent, beauty, and sense of fun on Etsy convinced me that most people really are wonderful most of the time. And I have the hand-written notes, surprise extras, and emails full of best wishes and pet photos to prove it.

So what was my 100th purchase on Etsy? It seemed like it was time to give something back, to give something to Etsy.

Sound a little nuts?

I contacted Andie and Jason Moore, two people I have never met but whose work I had seen in dozens of treasuries. The day before I reached out to them, they had just driven from California to their new home in Texas with four kids in the car, towing a trailer, in the midst of their busiest time of the year. Nonetheless, they jumped on my order for handmade organic chocolate-filled candy nuts to get it delivered to Brooklyn in time for this post. I sent them a card to enclose to my editor, Stephanie Madewell. (Yes, she works for Etsy and her name is Madewell). Thank you, Stephanie, and everyone at the blog. And, yes, I am thoroughly nuts.

There is one thing about Etsy that has definitely changed since the early days. Now, when I tell someone about Etsy, I never, never have to spell it.

Have you found that one-in-a-million gift time and time again in an Etsy shop? Share your tales of shopping serendipity and you could be featured in an Etsy video.

Karen Brown is an award-winning designer and creative director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Her work has been included in the Smithsonian Institution and Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, and featured in The New York Times, Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, and on Today on NBC. She believes that the handmade movement is a fundamental force for transforming society and the economy.

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  • ThePackageHouse

    Lori from ThePackageHouse says: Featured

    What a fantastic story. Etsy is the first place I turn for most gifts. Let's face it, what would you rather do....purchase a gift that has been meticulously handcrafted by an artisan who takes pride in their work or buy an "off the rack" item that rolled down an assembly line? The talent on Etsy never ceases to amaze me.

    1 year ago

  • HumorUs

    Pam Warden from HumorUs says: Featured

    I remember thinking, "What-sy"? the first time I heard about etsy. I have enjoyed selling here for quite awhile now and enjoy the extra money and the kind notes that I receive are just a little frosting on the cake. As a seller I thank you and people like you, the buyers. Glad to read your, "nutty" piece. xo, Pam

    1 year ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown says: Featured

    I wrote recently that Etsy has the most consistent customer service of any place I have ever shopped online. That's truly incredible when you consider that Etsy has over 800,000 independent shops! But throughout, it's the spirit of the sellers, the one-of-a-kind quality to each and every item, and the dedication to customer happiness that makes it such a unique and rewarding place to shop. Thanks to everyone for giving me so much and letting me be part of this giant experiment. I have sometimes thought if everything in the world disappeared, there is enough collective genius on Etsy to rebuild it again -- probably a lot better, too.

    1 year ago

  • maravervais

    Mara Vervais from maravervais says: Featured

    Etsy helps me tangibly feel the things that are positive and wonderful about humanity. That is really a rare thing in this world. If I could live in a website, I would definitely choose Etsy-Land. Great article!

    1 year ago

  • SacredandProfane

    SacredandProfane from SacredandProfane says:

    This piece rocks!!! AMAZING!!!

    1 year ago

  • SusanFaye

    Susan Faye from SusanFayePetProjects says:

    Etsy has the best customers ever.

    1 year ago

  • ZorroPlateado

    Carole from ZorroPlateado says:

    Enjoyed reading about your Etsy finds...thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • ChilliPeppa

    ChilliPeppa from ChilliPeppa says:

    Yes! I noticed you dont need to spell it! Now I get, Oh yeah, Ive seen that! Congratulations on some awesome finds.

    1 year ago

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons says:

    I can always find great gifts here on Etsy. Loved your purchases

    1 year ago

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo says:

    I totally agree with you, Etsy is different and buying here makes a difference.

    1 year ago

  • LateTomato

    Jennifer Bennett from LateTomato says:

    This was really heartfelt and well written! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • slacey152

    Stacy from HappiestCrafts says:

    What a wonderful write! Yes, Etsy is amazing and I love being able to share all my fun craft ideas and makes with EVERYONE and ANYONE who so chooses!!

    1 year ago

  • MuseandMurse

    MuseandMurse says:

    Lovely sentiment which I completely share. :-)

    1 year ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie says:

    This is exactly why I love Etsy :)

    1 year ago

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post. I can totally relate to spelling it twice! :) Selling on Etsy lets me be creative & buying on Etsy is fun!

    1 year ago

  • byAREcreations

    Amber R. Engfer from byAREcreations says:

    Wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek from MandyBesek says:

    Amazing journey of unique items. I can't even imagine how many lives you have touched! Congrats and best wishes!

    1 year ago

  • valeriephoto

    Valerie from valeriestitchery says:

    Etsy sure has changed since the early days. I started in 2008. It's much more sophisticated, but it still maintains that community feel, and is still a great place to get all kinds of interesting and creative gifts for yourself or someone else.

    1 year ago

  • NicolettesJewelry

    Nicolette from NicolettesJewelry says:

    I love this story! I absolutely LOVE etsy to buy and sell handmade and vintage items. BUT: I have to say most people I come across have never heard of Etsy! I wish Etsy would advertise on tv and in fashion magazines the way Ebay and Amazon do to make it a house hold name. Everyone would benefit from it, most of all Etsy itself!

    1 year ago

  • timelapse

    timelapse from timelapse says:

    I love mentioning Etsy and having people recognize it! Wonderful community of people. A good portion of our Christmas will be coming from these shops this year!

    1 year ago

  • WeeBindery

    WeeBindery from WeeBindery says:

    Fantastic story! Glad I dropped by!

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    This story made me curious and I checked my Etsy purchase history over the last year and I've had 36 purchases! I've found supplies for my shop, gifts for friends and relatives and special things for myself. Etsy is such a wonderful community where we all help each other's businesses grow. I have felt wonderful about every single purchase I've made.

    1 year ago

  • SpiritCarrier

    Mia Illuzia from SpiritCarrier says:

    Such an inspiring article! Made me really happy reading this - and checking out all the wonderful finds mentioned, no doubt some more purchasing ensues... ;)

    1 year ago

  • CastawayCoveDecor

    Heather Yellen from CastawayCoveDecor says:

    Great story! One of my favorite Etsy purchases is my custom sock knitting bag in a fabric I picked myself, it is one of a kind!

    1 year ago

  • RagtimeTreasures

    RagtimeTreasures from RagtimeTreasures says:

    I enjoyed this article very much! Thanks for sharing your story.

    1 year ago

  • alphabulous

    alphabulous from alphabulous says:

    Great story. Love her journey.

    1 year ago

  • valerieoutlet

    Valerie from MiscellaneabyValerie says:

    I love how eclectic your purchases were. That's what's so great about Etsy, is the ability to find such a wide range of just about ANYTHING.

    1 year ago

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld says:

    Some of my favorite purchases have been vintage lace necklaces from TheWhirlwind, lovely feminine wallets from HelloVioleta, a lovely and quirky church roof garden art print from RebeccaArtemisa, vintage children's books from KMSORIGINAL, bark animal greeting cards from wildpulp and a chipmunk painted on a playing card from JuanStar2. I started out only buying supplies for my shop. When my own shop started taking off, I was so happy to be able to buy wonderful and unique presents for myself and the special people in my life.

    1 year ago

  • sonyarasi

    Sonya Rasi from sonyarasi says:

    Fantastic story!

    1 year ago

  • Fashionitsa

    Maria from Fashionitsa says:

    We should never forget the charm we felt when we first discovered etsy.

    1 year ago

  • katers39

    K Boyd from BoydsNestStudio says:

    Thanks! I just found another Christmas present!

    1 year ago

  • daeschek

    Kimberly Daeschel from AnUnfamiliarRing says:

    Beautiful story! I wish I had started shopping on Etsy sooner. Amazing presents made from the heart and you get to support small business owners :)

    1 year ago

  • Ramonasshop

    Angela from Ramonasshop says:

    I have a shop here but buy way more then I sell it's just too tempting all this unique goodness. You article expressed it so well thanks for sharing I really enjoyed it.

    1 year ago

  • FranceGallery

    France Gallery from FranceGallery says:

    Etsy is definitely a great place for unique finds!

    1 year ago

  • Allofyou

    Allofyou from Allofyou says:

    I love Etsy and all the great finds and great sellers.

    1 year ago

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling from WickedDarling says:

    I love this! Most of the gifts that I've purchased, were from Etsy shops. Handmade, vintage and supplies. I am always amazed by what I can find here. Thanks for sharing your story! :)

    1 year ago

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage says:

    Great story! No place like it.

    1 year ago

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country says:

    Karen....same thing happens to me all the time. ...I will buy a handmade or unusual item on Etsy , and I get so many compliments, and of course, I love to tell people that I buy my unique items on ETSY!...I just love Etsy!...It's such a terrific site and is becoming so popular now! ....Have a wonderful Holiday Season!...XO, Lina

    1 year ago

  • beachbabyblues

    SuSaN Wagner from beachbabyblues says:

    I really LOVE this Story !! It is funny needing to spell it, I can totally relate . One of my adult kids said "Mom, nobody knows to shop on Etsy" BUT, then he found himself shopping on Etsy within minutes of checking it out . Now, I am an even COOLER Mom, because I sell on Etsy :) Thanks so much for sharing your story ! It re-inspired me to just keep on keeping on !! People DO shop here , once they learn how to spell it ! Happy Holidays !!

    1 year ago

  • rcallahan1231

    Rick Callahan from LivEachDay says:

    Such a great story!! :D

    1 year ago

  • RenataandJonathan
  • AuntieOm

    AuntieOm says:

    Love this post Karen! Thanks so much for writing it :)

    1 year ago

  • littlemoandfriends

    Helena from littlemoandfriends says:

    Oh wonderful! I buy most of my gifts here too! Before someone opens their presents I tell them, "it's handmade" and they smile and automatically know how precious the gift is:)

    1 year ago

  • ThePackageHouse

    Lori from ThePackageHouse says: Featured

    What a fantastic story. Etsy is the first place I turn for most gifts. Let's face it, what would you rather do....purchase a gift that has been meticulously handcrafted by an artisan who takes pride in their work or buy an "off the rack" item that rolled down an assembly line? The talent on Etsy never ceases to amaze me.

    1 year ago

  • dayslonggone

    Gwynne Collins from DaysLongGone says:

    I have purchased soooooo many things here! Thanks for sharing your story!

    1 year ago

  • fatlittlesparrow

    Melissa R. from shesinpartiesjewelry says:

    I absolutely loved this post. I've also been eyeing that Yokoo dookie chain scarf for ever! :)

    1 year ago

  • Candies64

    Candice from Candies64 says:

    I don't know why I forget to come here, where some of the best stories are. I enjoy reading them so much, thank you Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • timocreations

    Tina Mohan says:

    I love to give inexpensive gifts that mean something, but I absoulutely hate to go from one chain store to another and never being happy with what I ended up with. Your article was great.

    1 year ago

  • Candies64

    Candice from Candies64 says:

    I'd be a little embarrassed to tell how much I have purchased here.

    1 year ago

  • Tattercoats

    Elizabeth Betancourt from Tattercoats says:

    Can I "favourite" a post?!? This is my all-time, hands-down favourite Etsy post ever. It speaks to the importance of a local (sometimes global!) handmade economy, based on HUMAN skills rather than mechanized labor. Thank you so much for your thoughts in this well-constructed article.

    1 year ago

  • SarahOfSweden

    Sarah Flood from SarahOfSweden says:

    Thank you for this wonderful post!

    1 year ago

  • xZOUix

    Zoui from XZOUIX says:

    nice article (luvv this postcard note:) i don't buy much stuff for my self but all those awesome things i purchased to please my picky taste are my very favorites. man i really like etsy :)

    1 year ago

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Smith from opendoorstudio says:

    Great finds... Months back I did a blog post on my favs from my Etsy purchases, from some pretty amazing sellers I might add! My "finding etsy" story was similar to yours...and like you, about 5 years later...I am still here and Etsy is a part of my " every day"! A great community of Sellers and Makers! So glad I found it! It has life changing!

    1 year ago

  • honeybiscuits

    Honey Biscuits from honeybiscuits says:

    This is simply the greatest blog I've ever read, about the coolest website of all time. Etsy4Ever!

    1 year ago

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor says:

    Thank you Karen, When i was looking for my next step in life , playing with colors and clay a friend told me why don't you sell one Etsy i said Etsy who ? and here i'm thankful for people like you buying from artists and craftsman and for Etsy giving me this wonderful platform to share my work with the world You would though that selling on line will be impersonal and detached , but its the opposite way round, I really met such nice people sellers and buyer here.

    1 year ago

  • TheJoyofColor

    Yael Berger from TheJoyofColor says:

    Thank You Karen

    1 year ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest says:

    love this article Karen! so well written and spot on in every way :) smiled all the way thru it, thank you!

    1 year ago

  • miaaviaristudio

    Mia Aviari from MiaAviariSparkles says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you, for sharing it!

    1 year ago

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal from crochetgal says:

    What a great tribute! Whenever I shop now, I'll always look to see if I can purchase it on Etsy before going anywhere else. It doesn't matter whether its a cool vintage, item, an awesome supply or a unique handmade item.

    1 year ago

  • alicesatticonline

    Laura Maxwell from alicesatticonline says:

    I'm glad I took the time to read that. I enjoyed it and it was fun to take the journey with you through your pics and links.

    1 year ago

  • iHartFelt

    Heather from iHartFelt says:

    Im addicted to Etsy. Both the sellers and the buyers are wonderful people!

    1 year ago

  • sandcanyonjewelry

    Jane Brown from SandCanyonJewelryLLC says:

    What a great article! Thanks for sharing your wonderful finds. When I tell people about Etsy, I still have to spell it twice!

    1 year ago

  • KaiceJoy

    Kirsti Joy from KaiceJoy says:

    great article! i love telling people about etsy....it's such fun to see who knows about it and who says "etsy who?!"

    1 year ago

  • pamela1061

    pamela1061 says:

    There is no place to shop and enjoy like Etsy. The name is so recognized that my employer now includes it in its list of blocked shopping websites so that people do not browse it instead of working. From the gorgeous photographs of handmade items to the actual items themselves to the blogs from amazing writers and just plain folks stories of how exceptional people really are, Etsy offers an experience beyond compare. Congratulations Etsy sellers and customers for connecting people around the world in a very special way!

    1 year ago

  • tararie

    Tara from tararie says:

    I've purchased over 300 items on Etsy! I love it here!!! Everything from fudge to vintage. So many nice people. And you can't beat handmade. My favorite lip stuff maker is here... http://www.etsy.com/shop/winksoap This bag I use to take my stuff to ship to the post... http://www.etsy.com/listing/81747971/upcycled-reusable-market-grocery-tote This is one my favorite things in the winter. I bought one for my mother, too. Sweet shop owner! http://www.etsy.com/listing/46660548/brown-shawl-with-lace And every birthday my husband gets a slice of of favorit cake... http://www.etsy.com/listing/64071049/pineapple-upsidedown-cake-deluxe-soap It's in soap form but he loves it just the same! :)

    1 year ago

  • PattiTrostle

    Patti Trostle from PattiTrostle says:

    I really enjoyed reading and seeing this post. Thank you so much!!

    1 year ago

  • TheWishForest

    Amalia K from TheWishForest says:

    Inspirational story! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. :)

    1 year ago

  • daisyadaydesigns

    daisyadaydesigns from daisyadaydesigns says:

    Etsy is the first place I go for gifts and self-gifting. I'm waiting on two things to come in the mail as I write.

    1 year ago

  • LaurenRoseJewlers

    Lauren Rose from LaurenRoseJewlers says:

    I love that you were part of etsy since 2009! I remember in 2008 or 2009 when I discovered etsy I was so excited cause its like no other place to shop. You can get any thing and everything here: like if you want a hat youll find so many and all of them are better than any one you will find in any department store!

    1 year ago

  • Denison13

    Jamie Lydenberg from ElizabethandEdward says:

    I just checked my purchases 48! Halfway there!

    1 year ago

  • kgpaintings

    Kirsten Gilmore from PaintingsByKEGilmore says:

    Thank you for the heartfelt article. It came at a time when I definitely needed some encouragement as an artist on etsy. I like the idea of getting sensory-stimulating items for teaching. I've worked with students for years who would enjoy such items.

    1 year ago

  • andiespecialtysweets

    Jason and Andie from andiespecialtysweets says:

    Thank you, Karen, for your generosity and commitment to this community! You are an indispensable "cog" of the renaissance of handmade. Thank you for transmitting successive motive force to us, corresponding wheels. : ) We are grateful for your insights, clarity, and kinship, and humbled by your kindness. ox

    1 year ago

  • HumorUs

    Pam Warden from HumorUs says: Featured

    I remember thinking, "What-sy"? the first time I heard about etsy. I have enjoyed selling here for quite awhile now and enjoy the extra money and the kind notes that I receive are just a little frosting on the cake. As a seller I thank you and people like you, the buyers. Glad to read your, "nutty" piece. xo, Pam

    1 year ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    Bizzie from BizzieLizzieHandmade says:

    One of the VERY BEST stories I've read on Etsy, to date! I loved reading your words and felt the Etsy love in your message! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

    1 year ago

  • blackmountaincandle

    blackmountaincandle from blackmountaincandle says:

    You brought some tears to my eyes, you just put it so well. Thank you for such a lovely and engaging article1

    1 year ago

  • blackmountaincandle

    blackmountaincandle from blackmountaincandle says:

    You brought some tears to my eyes, you just put it so well. Thank you for such a lovely and engaging article!

    1 year ago

  • dannylion

    Lauryn Quinn from thefrolickingfrog says:

    Totally agree with all these comments! What a wonderful article! I've been shopping on here since the fall of 2007! After many years of waiting for the right time I finally opened my own shop up this past spring. I'm still racking up my purchases though. Seems like any sales I make just go to buying more! There are so many amazing things to buy and people to meet. Just love your story and I love Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • jamasters

    Jess Masters from RefinedRock says:

    I LOVE ETSY and all of the amazing artists!

    1 year ago

  • Sweetvintangelady

    Gladys from Sweetvintagelady says:

    It is an amazing opportunity to be able to sell on Etsy. There are so many talented people here, I learn something new everyday. Thank you for supporting Etsy vendors. I feel proud to be part of this community.

    1 year ago

  • Iggystuff

    Amanda Lange from Iggystuff says:

    Love Etsy! Its pretty much the best thing on the internet! I don't have many sales, or purchases, but i am working on it :) Thankyou to everybody who chooses to buy things on Etsy where the money goes to real people trying to make a living, Instead of a large company. Every item is made with love that you couldn't find anywhere else you shop!

    1 year ago

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose says:

    I have bought so many wonderful things as gifts and for myself here. Etsy is such a great resource for handmade and unique. Thanks to each and every person that I have ordered from...never a problem and always quality.

    1 year ago

  • emilystudiowild

    Emily Clark from Larryware says:

    I love Etsy too. But I still find people who have never heard of it, even at craft fairs, I have to write it down for them... or just give them my business card with my shop link attached! Great blog post, I really enjoyed reading that :)

    1 year ago

  • Winterowls

    Jennifer Ross from WinterOwls says:

    Karen I'm fairly new to Etsy and still feeling my way. Your post was really heart warming and encouraging. Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • peacesofindigo

    Dawanna Young from peacesofindigo says:

    I love this story! Etsy is an amazing place. I've discovered so many fabulous artists and made wonderful friends. <3

    1 year ago

  • auntjanecan

    Jane Priser from JanePriserArts says:

    Great story! I love buying and selling on Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • theresaboutique

    Theresa from TessWorldDesigns says:

    This is an amazing story. I usually spell Etsy twice to people also. This is fabulous!

    1 year ago

  • TwoPackRats

    TwoPackRats from TwoPackRats says:

    Thanks Karen! I am a daily Etsy addict. Over the past four years I have made over 230 purchases and sold 51 items through my two shops! My favorite purchases are pieces of one of a kind clothing I have discovered in Etsy shops.

    1 year ago

  • arret

    Kim from Arret says:

    Really enjoyed this article.

    1 year ago

  • ChristineShmistine

    Christine from FineArtWithaTwist says:

    Great story!

    1 year ago

  • HelloShoes

    HelloShoes from HelloShoes says:

    Oh my I am up to 93 purchases and I am not counting my secret ones....Wow.and great story

    1 year ago

  • CatherineMarissa

    Catherine from CatherineMarissa says:

    This was such a fantastic read! A new series, please. ;)

    1 year ago

  • justbuyin

    Michelle says:

    I made my first purchase on May 18, 2010. I am currently awaiting number 122. I buy craft supplies, gifts and everyday things like soap, skin care and makeup. I also like to buy edible supplies like lavender and cake decorations. I would say that one of the more profound gifts I have found here was for a friend. She is Jewish, but had recently adopted a Messianic faith. I wanted to give her something for her 'first Christmas'. I found the perfect thing at eagerhands, a necklace stamped with the Hebrew characters for "Yeshua".

    1 year ago

  • Tidepools

    Christie Hall from Tidepools says:

    My sentiments exactly. Thank you for sharing this post and THANK YOU to all the wonderful Etsians who make this such an awesome site. Happy Holidays from Hawaii!

    1 year ago

  • LaAlicia

    La Alicia from LaAlicia says:

    totally enjoyed this! :)

    1 year ago

  • BrownBooks

    Leah Fitts from TheBlackSpruce says:

    Thank you for sharing this Karen, it was a joy to read.

    1 year ago

  • BijouxOdalisque

    Bijoux d'Odalisque from BijouxOdalisque says:

    Karen, this was such a lovely article! I am smiling from ear to ear!

    1 year ago

  • jenstilley

    Jen Stilley from ArtfullyYoursByJen says:

    What a great read! I especially love her take on why shopping on etsy is different from mass consumerism! Well said! Thank you for sharing. Truly. :)

    1 year ago

  • Stemnotes

    Jill from Stemnotes says:

    Love it!

    1 year ago

  • GourmetHandbags

    Sonya from GourmetHandbags says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • Heres2uMrsRobinson

    Erin Robinson from Heres2uMrsRobinson says:

    You made me look at how many things I had purchased on Etsy thus far. In a year....58! I'm addicted. You can't find better people or a better product anywhere.

    1 year ago

  • epicstitching

    Mel Ladner from epicstitching says:

    What a cute and inspiring little story. Thanks for sharing Karen and reminding us all why we strive to sell the best handmade items in the world.

    1 year ago

  • msbibliotecaria

    Adriana the Librarian from labiblioteca says:

    Fabulous post! I should go see how many purchases I have racked up, I bet it is pretty close to 100, or at least 50! Especially right now around the holidays, my whole now knows what Etsy is and that purchases from Etsy are way better than anything you can get at a mall.

    1 year ago

  • msbibliotecaria

    Adriana the Librarian from labiblioteca says:

    my whole *family now knows....

    1 year ago

  • daydreamjewels

    Rosalia from daydreamjewels says:

    Very interesting story, thanks for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • unusualumbrella

    Lindi M. Harden from unusualumbrella says:

    I can't even remember how I learned of Etsy, but my life was completely changed when I did. And most of my Christmas presents have been purchased here this year... love, Love, LOVE Etsy. It has become my addiction!

    1 year ago

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak says:

    Great article. Etsy is the place to find friendly shop owners and buyers communicating to provide the best customer service

    1 year ago

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage says:

    Great buyer! Congrats! Keep it up!

    1 year ago

  • CorazonXicana

    A.M. Covarrubias from calaverasYcorazones says:

    This was so thoughtful! I love Etsy customers!

    1 year ago

  • alangood

    alangood says:

    Wonderful post. Perfect for the gift-giving season. Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • HoneysuckleLane

    Lana Manis from HoneysuckleLane says:

    What a great story! I am both a seller and a buyer and I have met some of the nicest, considerate sellers ever here on Etsy! :)

    1 year ago

  • danpickedminerals

    Daniel Burke from DanPickedMinerals says:

    Etsy is the BEST! Great story. Thanks for sharing :)

    1 year ago

  • VeronicaRStudio

    Veronica from VeronicaRussekJoyas says:

    Love all these finds! I have bought a lot of great and beautiful items as well, especially art... I love shopping on Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • allstarorganics

    allstarorganics from allstarorganics says:

    Etsy makes a place for handmade in the world. Obviously, handmade is something the world has been wanting and simply couldn't find, at least not in one place. I think we're just at the beginning of what is possible. A good holiday to everyone!

    1 year ago

  • 4four

    4four from 4four says:

    Thank you so much for featuring my cards. This made my day. ~4/Four

    1 year ago

  • SherrySunday

    Sherry Sunday from SherrySunday says:

    Karen, Just loved reading about your Etsy shopping "FUN"! Nice to know my antique quilt patches landed in an appreciative home. Thanks again for your purchase. Love the little sparkle of color my vintage tablecloth added to your lovely treasury. Good Luck to you. Enjoy! Sherry

    1 year ago

  • limegreenmodern

    Tracy from limegreenmodern says:

    Etsy is so wonderfully addictive, isn't it! I am so humbled and grateful that you included my earrings as one of your great purchases. And I am even happier that you wear them every day. Couldn't ask for a better compliment. :-) What an awesome blog piece....love it!

    1 year ago

  • ablemabel

    ablemabel from ablemabel says:

    This was such a fun article to read! Etsy is a wonderful site to be a part of!

    1 year ago

  • DollFromTheAttic

    Yvonne Ung from DollFromTheAttic says:

    Thank you for this amazing story! I loved hearing about all the things going on in your life behind your purchases. It really keeps me motivated, and I think other artists out there, and making them believe that doing what they do is inspiring another person's lifestyle. So beautiful. ♥__♥

    1 year ago

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi says:

    What a fun retrospective! Great article. Really enjoyed looking through your etsy past. It's quite a great place to get gifts and fun things.

    1 year ago

  • pashandpeony

    pashandpeony says:

    Great article. Made me revisit some of my own purchases and while I'm still a long way to 100 purchases your reminisces make me feel like making it all the way to 100 too! There sure is some weird and wonderful stuff on here.

    1 year ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown says: Featured

    I wrote recently that Etsy has the most consistent customer service of any place I have ever shopped online. That's truly incredible when you consider that Etsy has over 800,000 independent shops! But throughout, it's the spirit of the sellers, the one-of-a-kind quality to each and every item, and the dedication to customer happiness that makes it such a unique and rewarding place to shop. Thanks to everyone for giving me so much and letting me be part of this giant experiment. I have sometimes thought if everything in the world disappeared, there is enough collective genius on Etsy to rebuild it again -- probably a lot better, too.

    1 year ago

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery says:

    One of the best pieces I have read:>)

    1 year ago

  • GoldenDaysAntiques

    Nancy from GoldenDaysAntiques says:

    What an enjoyable post! I think I'll get started on my Christmas shopping right now...on Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • FabricFascination

    Kym from FabricFascination says:

    I really enjoyed reading about your purchases, and your buyers view of Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • iammieCLAYshop

    iammieCLAYshop from iammieCLAYshop says:

    I enjoyed reading your story! Thanks for sharing! I love handmade!

    1 year ago

  • PEPR

    Pam Ramella says:

    Great post & my sentiments exactly! I just placed my 105th Etsy order & I haven't regretted one of them. I don't know what I did before Etsy came along...I have purchased some of the most beautifully unique gifts for family & friends. I especially love to purchase personalized items for my granddaughters who have unusual names. I am constantly telling people to check out Etsy - but be careful because once you start you'll never be able to stop! ;-)

    1 year ago

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns says:

    I perfectly agree - ESTY is wonderful - filled with fantastic people and creations!! I could stay and look all night - but I won't - I'm tired!! ;)

    1 year ago

  • infusion

    Abby Meadow from infusion says:

    This might be my favorite Etsy blog post to date. I have watched just what you mentioned, change in the few years I have been selling here (no longer having to spell it twice (at least not all the time!)). I am so grateful for Etsy and I have THE BEST customers in the world here, which lets me know that they are grateful for Etsy too. I could go on and on about a lot of things I love here. Really and truly.

    1 year ago

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty says:

    Wonderful choices!

    1 year ago

  • maravervais

    Mara Vervais from maravervais says: Featured

    Etsy helps me tangibly feel the things that are positive and wonderful about humanity. That is really a rare thing in this world. If I could live in a website, I would definitely choose Etsy-Land. Great article!

    1 year ago

  • sandrostumpo

    Sandro Stumpo from GalleryDiModa says:

    All great but that radio, card, and hat were my favorite. That colon was funny.

    1 year ago

  • rosalynvintage

    Rosalyn Martz from rosalynvintage says:

    What a wonderful, inspiring and encouraging post...thank you and cheers to you and your next 100 :)

    1 year ago

  • ban333

    Regina O. says:

    I fell in love with Etsy at first sight! I purchase mostly groovy vintage, but some handmade too. Of over 300 purchases, my standout favorites were a vinyl wallet with a winking Asian girl and a mid-century modern "kissing lovers" statue. Too many favorites to count though really... Love Live Etsy! Regina O.

    1 year ago

  • leannetran

    Leanne Tran says:

    Lovelovelove this article! :D

    1 year ago

  • cornflowerblue7

    Terrie Hayes says:

    I love Etsy too. Your story was very well written and I enjoyed hearing how now nobody asks" Whats Etsy?" anymore. We Etsy shopper's just know! Etsy has given me the courage to start making earings. You know what the biggest thrill is?. Giving them away! Practice makes better and when I am ready I will open my shop. Every Etsy purchase has been special. It is one of the nicest place's in the world! My favorite purchase has been the artwork of Mazzy Blue Studios.. She inspires me and that is what Etsy is all about.

    1 year ago

  • TheWholeArtist

    TheWholeArtist from TheWholeArtist says:

    Etsy helps my family and my friends stay clean! And by that I mean squeaky clean with amazing vegan soaps. I love, LOVE, LOVE me some hand made, vegan soap and I give them to everyone I know....just spreading the love you know! Thanks Etsy for making it easy to make us all clean, and fashionable, and trendy, and (the list could go on and on and on...).

    1 year ago

  • Kikichoo

    Kikichoo from Kikichoo says:

    Great article, thanks for supporting Etsy sellers!

    1 year ago

  • alethiah

    Alethia from FortnersFinds says:

    Thanks so much for sharing...found a few wonderful treasures thanks to your story!

    1 year ago

  • mazmazz

    Marzieh Gh. from Vorya says:

    Loved your article, being able to directly contacting artists and designers and this one on one communication with customers is great and makes every purchase from Etsy unique :)

    1 year ago

  • homedecorlab

    SW from HomeDecorLab says:

    Great article!Thanks for sharing! :)

    1 year ago

  • HedgehogProject

    Seonae Lee from HedgehogProject says:

    lovely and genuine customer you are!

    1 year ago

  • Lissies

    Anne Lise Hestness from LissieDesign says:

    Great post! :)

    1 year ago

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • bKristanne

    Brittany from TheMossyWay says:

    What a wonderful post! Thank You!

    1 year ago

  • ericawalker

    Erica Walker from WalkerSilverworks says:

    such a thoughtful feature, thank you. (i can also completely relate to your sense of humor!)

    1 year ago

  • FreshFromtheFlame

    FreshFromtheFlame from FreshFromtheFlame says:

    I am so glad that Etsy is becoming known. The other day while at work I noticed someone online and I asked what she was looking at and she said Etsy (and she was not just looking at my shop). I do not believe she had ever known about Etsy until I told her about my shop. It made me proud that she was surfing Etsy. It only takes one person at a time to make something as wonderful as Etsy to be just as big as any big retail chain. Happy Holidays to Etsy all the shop owners who put their hard work into their products and to all the loyal Etsy customers who allow us shop owners to do what we love, create.

    1 year ago

  • guymelamed

    Blanche and Guy from blancheandguy says:

    What a wonderful article! I love it! Gonna share it everywhere now! Thanks for sharing! :) Blanche and Guy in Israel :)

    1 year ago

  • Msapple

    Teresa Leaym from Msapple says:

    I love this story, I am a shop owner, but I buy all the time from Etsy artist! If I can't find something I'm like "OMG ETSY" and yes I find it every time! This Christmas I have decided to buy each of my family members a handmade gift, to me it just means so much more when giving, each item has it's own story for the artist and the owner. ETSY ROCKS!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • LunaZen

    Dennise G. Garzon from LunaZen says:

    Etsy is awesome but the best part is all the AMAZING people in it! Cheers to all, thinkers, crafters & shoppers!

    1 year ago

  • kathyjohnson3

    Kathy Johnson from kathyjohnson3 says:

    Etsy has been wonderful as both a seller and a buyer, it's something about the people who make it special too.

    1 year ago

  • MundanalRuido

    Silvia Vázquez from MundanalRuido says:

    Wow, amazing article!! I started to sell my photographies on Etsy a year ago and also to buying things here, and I feel exactly the same. Etsy is more than a shop, for me is an international community where you can make friends and support talented people! It's great! :)

    1 year ago

  • lmouer

    Lynsey from lmouer says:

    Great post! Love the fossils!

    1 year ago

  • AnOptimisticCynic

    Sarah Louisa Burns from AnOptimisticCynic says:

    I remember having to spell it repeatedly for people back in the day too, lol. Now, people are like, "Oh yeah, i have to check that out!" I love selling here almost as much as I love buying here!

    1 year ago

  • ftortega

    Frances from MyLaughingLion says:

    Thank you Karen. You make me feel proud to be an Etsy seller. I see every day that I am the BEST company. I try to buy something once a month to support other sellers and I have discovered a whole new world. Cheers to Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • pennybrownbridal

    Rachel White from PennyBrownBridal says:

    Esty really does have the best things in the world on one website, love finding unique gems for my near and dear. Bloody good article too!

    1 year ago

  • ebkriley

    EBK Riley from DeeAndFee says:

    Thank you for this well written post and for, well, putting your money where your mouth is, and helping make Etsy a successful enterprise. We might all be crafting or making art anyway, for personal satisfaction, but the chance to share what we prize, and perhaps change our own lives in the process depends on people who see the value of handmade items... Happy Holidays!

    1 year ago

  • sewnanacreations

    Tammy Reynolds from SewNanaCreations says:

    Very good story about handmade awesomeness!

    1 year ago

  • Zaheroux

    Megan Weber from Zaheroux says:

    Etsy is my favorite place to find that unique item. Before I got married last year, and I had to hunt from my dress, I didn't go to any fancy bridal store or look in magazines, I browsed right here on Etsy. And guess what? I found my perfect dress and the seamstress made it to my measurements perfectly. I am proud to be a buyer AND seller on such an amazing site!

    1 year ago

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty from bellasparty says:

    Love the OlliesWoolies necklace!

    1 year ago

  • SymbolicImports

    Angel from SymbolicImports says:

    Love supporting the handmade community as well as selling to awesome customers like you. I love Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • FoxyGloves23

    Marie Cashin from MEmbroideries says:

    Congrats and thanks for your support of artists

    1 year ago

  • gossamer531

    Gossamer Tearoom from TheGossamerTearoom says:

    This is a great post. Thank you so much for being one more voice supporting artists. Buying hand-made and vintage on Etsy is a great way to continue to grow the economy one micro-entrepreneur at a time!

    1 year ago

  • WoodlandDesignStudio

    Erica from WoodlandDesignStudio says:

    that was a great article; the things i see on etsy really blow my mind!

    1 year ago

  • ArtDecoDame

    Desiree from ArtDecoDame says:

    Great post,I love shopping on etsy!

    1 year ago

  • cmoody27

    Christina Moody from BeforeDawnDesigns says:

    Great finds and great article. I often feel like Alice in Wonderland when looking through the amazing shops on Etsy. As a shop owner myself, I would like to say thanks for your support! You are the reason that Etsy keeps thriving and growing.

    1 year ago

  • vickishead

    Vicki Shead from curlywillowco says:

    This is a most wonderful post! I love Etsy, the community it brings to my life and the beauty it adds to the world! Great job EVERYONE!

    1 year ago

  • ikabags

    IKA PARIS from ikabags says:

    Enjoyed reading about your Etsy finds...thanks for sharing :))

    1 year ago

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat says:

    Recently I've been surprised at more & more people knowing what I mean when I mention Etsy... less spelling & more smug smiles & knowing nods! I don't buy so much, but I'm grateful to each & every person who's bought from me in the 4 years I've been exclusively selling here.

    1 year ago

  • mtraub Admin

    Michelle Traub from mtraub says:

    I love reminiscing through my Etsy purchases! From anatomical heart screenprinted dresses in 2006 to Hanukkah gifts for the entire family in 2012, it's been a long and glorious road.

    1 year ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 from Parachute425 says:

    Buying and selling on Etsy has allowed me to meet so many wonderful people from all over the world and while I appreciate every sale the personal notes and customer response is priceless. Thanks to the shoppers and all those who don't buy anything but just leave a kind word of praise or encouragement.

    1 year ago

  • ritasgardenoriginals

    Rita Scott from RitasGardenOriginals says:

    Awesome article. I sell on Etsy (this is my 2nd shop) and in an antiques and collectibles store. I'm always telling the other vendors there to try selling on Etsy! I find when I have slow sales there, Etsy fills in the gap for me. The creativity on here is really inspiring and I've met so many great people.

    1 year ago

  • tochess

    Tammy Perone from tochess says:

    I love etsy! I love shopping and selling on here. It was so refreshing to read a piece so well written and it reminded me of how many unique purchases I have made and how much the people I have bought them for (myself included ; )) truly appreciate the handmade gift.

    1 year ago

  • misschristiana

    Christiana Odum from YarnDarlin says:

    Ooh! I want to try those nuts!

    1 year ago

  • oldworldprimitives

    Stephanie Baker from oldworldprimitives says:

    Wow, Karen - this post was so much fun to read! I love how there is a story or a memory attached to so many of your purchases, which is just not the same with mass produced items. And I am so glad that I was part of your first 100 purchases (thank you!) - hope your next 100 bring lots of smiles your way too!

    1 year ago

  • LilDebbie

    Debs Silks from DebsSilkRose says:

    What an article, I wanted to cry!!! as a person who loves to purchase, sell and even just stare at the crazy, wonder and unique things on this site, your journey will always have a place in my heart

    1 year ago

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts says:

    Great story! There is such an amazing range of items to be found on Etsy! I can find craft supplies here that my local big-name stores do not carry! I also found a little toy oven just like one I had when I was a girl! Melted my heart! The purchases I've made have come from very friendly, helpful shop owners, making the buying experience that much more pleasant! Thank you, Etsy, for such a wonderful opportunity for buyers and sellers alike!

    1 year ago

  • jefrist

    Jenna Frist from FristVintage says:

    loved this article. well written and beautifully articulated the way Etsy can become a major player in gift shopping as well as every other kind of shopping! would love to read more like this!

    1 year ago

  • QueenofCuffs

    mary from QueenofCuffs says:

    So great to hear someone value and speak with such affection about the great things bought on etsy. I have bought more with my buyer account than I ever expect to sell from my shop !!! All my friends and family now have 'something' bought on etsy and they have been the most loved and valued presents. They in turn have become buyer fans.

    1 year ago

  • PrayerNotes

    Prayer Notes by Cynthia from PrayerNotes says:

    Loved reading your Etsy adventures! I agree that this is a great place to purchase! I have bought soooooo many items from other shops. And, I have never been disappointed. Etsy is full of great sellers and I am having a great time! ~Cynthia

    1 year ago

  • leeannasjewerybox

    Leeanna from LeeannasJewelryBox says:

    This is a great article about Etsy. I think I'll share it.

    1 year ago

  • microbio

    Helena from microbio says:

    Awesome post, the title caught my eye because i am almost there too...92 purchases and i keep coming here for everything and anything, great place :)

    1 year ago

  • byDelirium

    Angela from DeliriumAccessories says:

    Love this post thank you for sharing!!

    1 year ago

  • PolishMeFreddy

    Alfredo Ramos from PolishMeFreddy says:

    Thanks for sharing, this post was great <3 I

    1 year ago

  • ShirleyArt

    Debbie Shirley from ShirleyArt says:

    Love, love this post! Thanks so much for writing it! I think all sellers should read it - to remind them of why we came here in the first place.....

    1 year ago

  • hmeyerboothby

    Heather Meyer Boothby from TheHalfKnittedPine says:

    I feel bad, I'm almost to my 300th Etsy purchase, it has become my staple over the years as I rethink owning and purchasing. It has been my go to for clothes, gifts, and health and beauty over the last few years. It has allowed me to stay relatively clear of big box stores and pursue imagination and make conscientious decisions as a consumer, thanks for the article.

    1 year ago

  • PaintedHorse

    susi from PaintedHorse says:

    What a lovely read! Thank you for sharing...

    1 year ago

  • hasincla

    hasincla from travelwanderings says:

    Loved reading about your story and how Etsy just opened the floodgates to something you really love! I also enjoyed seeing the crocheted colon. You really can get anything on Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • ulovejewelry

    Universal Love Jewelry from ULoveJewelry says:

    Great post! Etsy has some of the best shopping anywhere!!

    1 year ago

  • Linohandmade

    Lynne Duguay from Linohandmade says:

    Great article ! Thank you !

    1 year ago

  • leafprintstudio

    Camille from leafprintstudio says:

    I love that you can enter what you think are strange keywords into the Etsy search bar and always find multiple items that fit the bill!

    1 year ago

  • Namaz

    Nazima Banka from nazimabanka says:

    Thank you Karen just thank you:)

    1 year ago

  • danielfleming1

    Daniel Fleming from smallbronzes says:

    I am right there with you Karen. I can not say enough about etsy. It is a remarkable place to both sell and buy. Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • ArleenDesign

    ArleenDesign from ArleenDesign says:

    oh sooooo lovely post! Made me smile!

    1 year ago

  • Talking1

    Richard - TalkToMeGuy says:

    Etsy endless Amazes me ! Thanks, Ms. K ! PS: I heart the Crystal Radio >> Uh-Mazing !!

    1 year ago

  • RareDaisyJewelry

    Addie from RareDaisyJewelry says:

    986 purchases so far for me.. I can't seem to go three days without buying something handmade or some supplies! I do love buying and selling on etsy! <3

    1 year ago

  • 3MariesDesigns

    Jessie Wilton from 3MariesDesigns says:

    Great article! I've been trying to tell people how Etsy is more than just buying handmade; it's also about the community. I've "met" so many people through conversations and Etsy purchases that I never would have met or discovered any other way. Custom made clothes all the way from Israel? Sure! A bright orange tote back with a screen print cat on it (note - the bag came with a picture of the cat model in it!)? Of course, perfect gift!

    1 year ago

  • MissingHeirloom

    Elizabeth Pickett from MissingHeirloom says:

    So True! I have loved Etsy since I started buying - Feb. 2008 and selling - March 2008. This is the first place I look when I want something special, or need something to finish out a product.

    1 year ago

  • frameitinskis

    Ray Albanese from frameitinskis says:

    I was doing a craft show when I asked one of the vendors if she had a website. She said "yeah, on etsy". I too had no idea what she was talking about. Glad I met her and found out about the land of ETSY! Great blog!

    1 year ago

  • BirdIsTheWordDesign

    Renee Parsons from BirdIsTheWordDesign says:

    Thank you for taking a moment to gather these thoughts and remind us all why we are here. Just a moment ago, I realized I am about to make my one hundreth etsy sale...and that's pretty spectacular. Thank you Etsy community!

    1 year ago

  • AtticFinder

    cindy n michelle from RockSisters says:

    What a wonderful article ~ I enjoyed the read:) We're proud to be one of the sellers you've shopped! Thank you!

    1 year ago

  • JennasRedRhino

    Jennifer Schmidt from TheCatBall says:

    Now I'm wondering how many things I've bought from this marketplace. I'm a total Etsy addict. I seriously would buy my toilet paper here, and I suspect my 100th purchase will most likely be another cat toy.

    1 year ago

  • blainedesign

    Karen Brown says:

    Jennifer, I think that's the ultimate compliment: "I seriously would buy my toilet paper here.."

    1 year ago

  • Gallivants

    ShyMaster from GallivantsVintage says:

    Great article!

    1 year ago

  • TwistedSilverDesign

    Yuen Wong from TwistedSilverDesign says:

    Love your story. Thank you!!!

    1 year ago

  • HelloPopStitch

    Heike Bizot from HelloPopStitch says:

    I love this!

    1 year ago

  • jamieribisi

    Jamie Ribisi-Braley from jamieribisi says:

    REALLY cool post!! I love seeing what people purchase and hearing the reasons why they made that purchase & what it means to them. This would be a fantastic blog series!!! I know I go through my purchased item list all the time and reminisce!

    1 year ago

  • sallyannlivingston

    Sally-Ann Livingston from TheNavigatrix says:

    I was introduced to Etsy at the beginning of this year by my brother Matt of ArcaneArmoury and opened my own shop the same time as him. I love the fact that Etsy has provided me with both an outlet for creativity and some extra income. I am a stay at home mum who is seriously working on her ability to prosper. Etsy has provided focus, increased my self-confidence and introduced me to some wonderful, likeminded people. I have had custom felt slippers made to match my Reiki room from Ing00te and custom fingerless gloves from a fellow team leader, nomadicknits. I have sold 20 items and bought 20 items. Best of all, I get to work alongside my brother, both of us doing what we love. Sincerely, Etsy, thankyou for existing.

    1 year ago

  • AltogetherLeather

    Anne from AltogetherLeather says:

    This is such a cool article! What a great time of year to say thank you to all the sellers who've been so wonderful since I joined Etsy four years ago, and all the people who work so hard to keep the site up and running 24/7. Here's to Etsy! :)

    1 year ago

  • reginamiles1

    Regina from ChainAndCluster says:

    I love this story and actually just tweeted it... makes me proud to be an Etsy seller. Good job!

    1 year ago

  • nicolerisinger

    Nicole Risinger from SoSewOrganized says:

    What a great story, with more reasons to love the Etsy community! I too am proud to be part of it!

    1 year ago

  • rosemeow

    Kim Myers says:

    I loved this story! The great and sometimes really quirky purchases (i love and laughed at the crocheted intestine and pancreas thrown into boot!) of which many were made gifts speak to the wonderful magical world of etsy handcraft and community. Thank you for sharing this sweet story!

    1 year ago

  • BeadworkDreams

    Carla Crader from BeadworkDreams says:

    What a beautiful piece!

    1 year ago

  • BlueMermaidofRincon

    Elke Fontillo from BlueMermaidofRincon says:

    It's great when people really love and use what they buy- Everything I have ever bought here I totally use! I know that's most everyone story who shop here- etsy is awesome- and getting more awesome by the minute! thank you for that article- and thank you Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • nettaktak

    Net Takı Tak from LEYDIHANDMODE says:

    There are things between you and thank you so glad to be much to learn from you on Etsy waiting for messages. How did you find products.

    1 year ago

  • BloomysBaubles

    Kim Bloomberg from KimBloombergDesigns says:

    Wonderful story!!

    1 year ago

  • butikonline83

    Hendri . from butikonline83 says:

    Resources like the one you mentioned here will be very useful to me! I will post a link to this page on my blog. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.

    1 year ago

  • GartenGrl

    R Weber from MyKnickKnackStore says:

    Addicted to Etsy.

    1 year ago

  • JenMcLamb

    Jennifer Stephenson McLamb from JenMcLamb says:

    Love your perspective as a buyer and CONGRATS on purchase 100!!! May you inspire 100s more to do the same! Posting your blog to my FB page!

    1 year ago

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious says:

    Awesome and such fun items you bought! I love the creativity on Etsy!

    1 year ago

  • kirsten100

    Kirsten Mott says:

    Great article. I saw a necklace that one of friends was wearing and asked where she got it from. That was 2 years ago and I am hooked on Etsy forever!!!!!

    1 year ago

  • ComfyFeely

    Debbie Feely from ComfyFeely says:

    Great story! I just noticed this week that I have ten purchases; I have only been a part of Etsy for a year. I love buying on Etsy. My buys are mostly supplies and I love that whatever I imagine, there it is, available. And the quality is there as well. And inspiration, and encouragement! When my local fabric shop announced they are closing this week I ran right home to tell my sewing team. I bought five gifts this Christmastide, and all but one were electronics. So I found a little something extra on Etsy. I bought internationally for the first time and the gift and transaction both exceeded my expectation. I love being part of such an excellent community.

    1 year ago

  • AudreyKerchnerPhotog

    Aud Kerchner from AudreyKerchnerstudio says:

    Esty has the most amazing things I have ever seen and will ever see. Im glad to be a buyer and a seller

    1 year ago

  • SunnyA

    Debs Pane In The Glass from SunnyA says:

    www.SunnyA.Etsy.com Debs Pane In The Glass Merry Christmas to you all!

    1 year ago

  • SunnyA

    Debs Pane In The Glass from SunnyA says:

    https://www.etsy.com/listing/58504133/stained-glass-santa-moon-suncatcher

    1 year ago

  • zJayne

    Jane Pierce from zJayne says:

    I have 15 pages of purchases beginning back in 2007. I'd love to know how many there are... plus the one today! I definitely have "go to" gifts... keepsakes...favorite sellers... but all in all, there isn't a day that goes by that I don't find a new creative spirit... love this place!!

    1 year ago

  • jursvi

    Jursvi from jursvi says:

    lovely post! nice to hear the buyer´s opinion. and the phrase that just came up to my mind " BE CAREFULL, ETSY IS OBSESSIVE! ))))

    1 year ago

  • zJayne

    Jane Pierce from zJayne says:

    Karen Karen... your name looked so familiar, but I did a search through my sold and I am not one of YOUR 100 sales!!! Come over here and make me 101 - c'monnnnnnn, I've got great upcycled practical products and when I see your name! Special Treat!! (marketing 101) !! xo

    1 year ago

  • pixiespottery

    Dawn Bellinger from pixiespottery says:

    I had the same kind of experience with some people I comute with on the train. They always love seeing my pottery when I would bring it to share with my co-workers and the conductor one day said," you should put your things on Etsy." It took a while before I did, but I truely love it. Thank you for sharing your story as well. :)

    1 year ago

  • AudMod Admin

    Audrey says:

    So great to hear from the buyer perspective. What a great post!

    1 year ago

  • wrapsidazy

    Jacqueline from wrapsidazy says:

    I rarely have to spell it anymore when I tell people I have a shop on Etsy! Love this place!

    1 year ago

  • bonnielandino

    Bonnie Landino says:

    What a lovely story! A pleasure to read. :-) I don't recall how I came across Betsy but I'm so glad I did. It was recently a few months back. There are so many things that I want and so many things I want to give as gifts! What a great place this is going to be to shop. I haven't purchased yet ( because they are wants, NOT needs) and I am out of work on disability right now w/out pay. But with my small Christmas budget I think I'm going to make at least a few people happy, and that is my reward and Christmas gift to me. Seeing them happy with the one of a kind well thought out gifts on a budget. I'm very excited :-) Bonnie

    1 year ago

  • bonnielandino

    Bonnie Landino says:

    Sorry, my auto correct printed it as Betsy. Hate when that happens and I don't catch it in time. Everyone here knows I meant etsy. Bonnie

    1 year ago

  • lindafrycz

    Linda Baker Frycz from ReGlasseJewelryplus says:

    Love that you buy from Etsy, it is a great place to buy and sell.

    1 year ago

  • radost22b

    radost22b from ABORA says:

    Fantastic story!

    1 year ago

  • FlowerMoundEscape

    Melinda from FlowerMoundEscape says:

    Great story! I love Etsy...simply love it. I have sold on and off line for years and have never felt as though I belonged to an artisan community the way that I do in some of my teams here. That means something to me. I would always rather purchase from a friend. If the friend is actually the artisan it is a double bonus.

    1 year ago

  • tricotaria

    Andreia from tricotaria says:

    Etsy is allowing me to be one of that persons behind the screen who meticously works on every piece with pacience and perseverence, following her dream. Etsy is allowing me to have customers around the world wearing something I've done. Isn't this so wonderful? Etsy is allowing me to believe that maybe it is possible to have a balance between work and family life. Do you know how important is this in terms of social economy? I'm grateful for having heard about etsy about 2 years ago. I've became a seller and a buyer too. My 100th sale has just happened a couple of days ago and I'm really grateful for having such awesome customers! Thank you Etsy, thank you all! Etsy is still an unknown word here in Portugal, but it's now less unknown than when I found it.

    1 year ago

  • trendscarf

    trendscarf from trendscarf says:

    Really perfect story!!

    1 year ago

  • rhondar17

    rhondar17 says:

    What a fantastic story! I have always looked forward to certain art festivals in our area - still do to some extent - but this year they have been a little anticlimactic. Etsy is an endless art festival that I may attend any hour of any day and the unique, wonderful finds and possibilities are simply endless. The shops I've had the pleasure of dealing with have been absolutely wonderful. The most notable thing about Etsy shops is the absolute pride and quality in every piece going out their doors. The other ultra cool thing is the custom work. Need a particular size or look of something? No problem! It seems "old school" to me and I am tickled pink to give these wonderful shops our business. I had snapped a picture of our Thanksgiving table to send to the wonderful shop from whom we purchased our dinnerware. In looking at that picture, I realized that almost every single item in the room and on the table - including the main table itself - came from Etsy and I love every one of them! Oh, and this year finding birthday, housewarming, hostess and Christmas has been a snap! Thanks to all of the wonderful Etsy shops! My biggest challenge has been dragging myself away from this most addictive website. I'm afraid there is going to be an "intervention" soon so I'd better sign off!

    1 year ago

  • BaxCatandCo

    Kelly from BaxCatandCo says:

    This is so great! What fun to hear about your adventures as an Etsy buyer. Congrats on your 100th purchase! (it's e-t-s-y, in case you needed it spelled:)

    1 year ago

  • mountainvintage

    Alexis E. from mountainvintage says:

    What a great look back. I'd say between the two shops I have to be above 200 purchases, many of them varieties of soap. I just love buying something handmade or found!

    1 year ago

  • janefranceskelly

    janefranceskelly says:

    I'm over 500 purchases now - some of my favourite things ever have been bought on Etsy, and pretty much all my gifts. I've lost count of the number of people to whom I've sent introductory emails with some of my favourite sellers and some search tips to get them started. But most of all I love the contact with people all over the world, as they send their work to be worn and asked about down here in Australia...

    1 year ago

  • SugarBabyJJ

    Jaime Ware from JnJImaginations says:

    Detailed well written article, loved it! I myself asked what Etsy was THREE days ago, yes I know. Where have I been? in a basement apparently oblivious to the world of Etsy, but now I've been given the opportunity to show the world the things I create and love. Amazing website, great mingling and I love being introduced to such creative minds. Thank you google search!!!

    1 year ago

  • SugarBabyJJ

    Jaime Ware from JnJImaginations says:

    Detailed well written article, loved it! I myself asked what Etsy was THREE days ago, yes I know. Where have I been? in a basement apparently oblivious to the world of Etsy, but now I've been given the opportunity to show the world the things I create and love. Amazing website, great mingling and I love being introduced to such creative minds. Thank you google search!!!

    1 year ago

  • millerkent

    Kent Miller says:

    You're my kinda nuts. Happy 100th!

    1 year ago

  • LaECLECTICa

    LaECLECTICa from Laeclectica says:

    Great fun article!

    1 year ago

  • pepparonline

    Andrea Krejci from pepparonline says:

    So cool and so true!

    1 year ago

  • whitevan

    Dennis from whitevan says:

    Nice!

    1 year ago

  • bojacobson

    Bo Jacobson says:

    Wonderful lookback Karen. That bit about how things arrive (that you're always getting a little something extra or a handwritten note or careful packaging), that's incredibly meaningful. It's a consistent reminder that I bought from somebody who cares as much about the items as I do.

    1 year ago

  • mbueb

    Monica Bueb from MonicaBags says:

    Wonderful story, Karen. I can't wait to read about the 1000th purchase!

    1 year ago

  • olgashelepetko

    Olga Shelepetko from CraftyDollyShop says:

    Very truthful and heart warming article with big love from Karen.Crafty Dolly Shop.

    1 year ago

  • silentmagician

    Shannon Meyer from silentmagician says:

    I come to Etsy for gifts that are unique, heartfelt, and make a difference to both the receiver and the craftsman!

    1 year ago

  • lauraprill

    Laura Prill from lauraprill says:

    I love this personal history... As a buyer and seller I am proud to be a part of the Etsy story. Thanks for a super post!

    1 year ago

  • grungezombie

    Adel Zeller from grungezombie says:

    Lol, when I saw this post, I thought, "I wonder how many purchases I've made on Etsy?" -- and according to my purchase history, it's 110. Then I thought, "That seems like a lot, how long have I been buying on Etsy?" --Turns out, since October 2008. Apparently time flies when you're sifting through handmade goodies!

    1 year ago

  • somethinspecial

    Sue Faunt from somethinspecial says:

    I love stories like this, it inspires me to search Etsy for more unique, handmade finds and also to create better, hand crafted items for my Etsy shop.

    1 year ago

  • Lukagwa

    Lucille Atiamuga from Lukagwa says:

    Etsy is a great forum to sell i have enjoyed my experience.Great article

    1 year ago

  • labellefairy

    labellefairy from LaBelleFairy says:

    Love that scarf, great article.

    1 year ago

  • cutterstone

    John.n.Deni from cutterstone says:

    I'm sure most of us are sold on Etsy now for gifts of all kinds, and if you can't find it, someone can make it! I spew out the word Etsy whenever I can, and yes, you have to say it and spell it a couple of time. But getting the word out there helps us all! Thank you for your cool post!

    1 year ago

  • starlaasher

    Starla Asher says:

    Great story, Karen. With me, I guess you can say, Better Late Than Never. Today is my first visit to Etsy, I am a little embarrassed to say. Now, I have seen posts from my FB friends with really amazing, unusual and beautiful items so I was familiar with the site in that sense. This is simply addicting!! I love this place. I am a retired nurse so I laughed and laughed when I saw your pic of the handmade colon. Now, that is original (and clever.) It may be awhile until I get to 100 purchases, but I might as well get started right away. :)

    1 year ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign from AlisaDesign says:

    Wonderful story!

    1 year ago

  • keniki01

    Niki from JandEdoodles says:

    I. Love. This. Post! Such a great story, and I do think the great collective group of buyers and sellers on Etsy has this incredibly ability to restore your faith in humanity! Thanks so much for sharing!

    1 year ago

  • heypearl83

    Suzanne and Karen from OurPinkElephant says:

    I knowing late to this party post but... You hit it right on the nose. It is easy to be cynical. Going into a store to make a purchase often becomes an exercise in futility. Try to find sales help and if you do I often leave truly believing these people have chosen the wrong line of work. Overnight security w/ little or no human contAct seems more appropriate. But I haven't found that on Etsy. Friendly, open, part of a community is the feeling I get. Thanks for reminding me!

    1 year ago