25 Jan


49 Responses to “Vedettestore”

  1. MadebyM**** January 26, 2010 at 4:38 am #

    Well, that was pretty easy to find…..they are all over the internet!


  2. MadebyM**** January 26, 2010 at 4:44 am #

    And even though it’s a minor detail, most people know their correct address:

    From USPS website:

    Find a ZIP + 4® Code By Address Results You Gave Us

    Full Address in Standard Format
    WILLIAMSON GA 30292-3785

  3. MadebyM**** January 26, 2010 at 4:49 am #

    From their Etsy store announcement:

    “Talk with our Shapewear Specialists Tel. (770)4129385 or just send us a message in any language”

    Hmmm, I would say the average legit Etsy seller only knows 1 language and maybe 2 or 3 maximum!

  4. Lu January 26, 2010 at 7:28 am #

    Speechless like you

  5. Laura January 26, 2010 at 8:44 am #

    What does it matter? They won’t remove this store.

  6. Kristen January 26, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    All Admin needs to do is regulary look at Pounce for undiscovered shops and find resellers and shut them down.

    How difficult can that be?

  7. JajieBo January 26, 2010 at 9:22 am #

    ^^^ Pounce, and the Front Page. “NWT” is a fun search, too.

  8. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    Is this actually a reseller? If this is a smallish family business, they might be okay for Etsy. Shops are allowed to have employees. right? If this one stays open, people are still going to think Etsy’s employees are too overworked to handle this. Rather than a sign of things to come from a gradual policy shift that evolved into a major change.

    This one is significant. I’ll either keep a glimmer of hope or write Etsy off, depending on what is done (or not done).

  9. Laura January 26, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    I don’t even have a glimmer of hope right now! I think it was the pig that finally did me in.

  10. molls January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am #

    Vedette Outlet? Looks like it’s out of the range of etsy’s TOU. It doesn’t take much to open a shop on etsy so resellers and manufacturers must figure it’s worth a shot at a few extra sales.

  11. resellersbegone January 26, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Funny you should list this one today. I was going through Pounce last night for the first time in a long time, and ran across it and flagged it.

    Sure looks like a big outfit to me…and not a “family” run cottage industry (sic).

  12. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    molls, we don’t know if they contacted Etsy admin and got approval to open this shop. The shop is not trying to conceal anything about who they are and where they are. No research has to be done. I mean, if I were in charge of Etsy content, this shop would be closed. I’d even call the home office to explain why there isn’t a fit. But…they have been open for a week, so I don’t think the published TOU the community sees tells the whole story about where Etsy is headed. I hope I am wrong.

  13. notvintage January 26, 2010 at 11:53 am #

    ” As seen on TV”

  14. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm #

    I found their Twitter, which links to a bunch of their sales sites. This is their Ebay Store:
    Their items are made in Columbia. I didn’t see this info disclosed anywhere in their Etsy shop. So they are aware that Etsy appears to have different standards than Ebay, and they are working the system.

    Okay, am watching to see what Etsy does about this shop. This was a great call-out example, and one to watch.

  15. itstinks January 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm #

    There is no way this shop can, in any remote way, be considered handmade. They sale in 4 countries and have an online store plus an ebay store.
    I don’t care if it is a “family owned business” – although I don’t see ANYWHERE that is says they are family owned – they are a fairly large company and not handmade.

    Plus, you can apply on their website to be a “modeler” to sell their products – like being a tupperware salesman or selling Avon. So I can just start listing Avon products on etsy now too?? After all, I’M family owned. If I can sell their underwear on etsy, why can’t I also sell Avon and Tupperware?

    I’ve been trying very hard for a long time now to just think of etsy as an online venue. I no longer tell people that it’s the place to buy handmade because it’s no longer true. I don’t want any of my customers to start looking around and see all the Discount store merchandise and wonder why I lied to them about it being a handmade site.

    So I’m strictly using it as a venue and forget about all that “community” junk and “etsy branding”. BAH!

  16. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Here’s an Etsy store that resells a range of commercial lingerie:

    Been open since July, and probably flagged a bunch. Still there. Again, completely obvious what she is selling, she pretty much spells out that she’s a reseller in her shop announcement.

  17. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    itstinks — you’re exactly right! They have their items manufactured in Columbia.

    Vedette isn’t a reseller, though. It’s the actual company opening an outlet on Etsy.

    I am starting to wonder now what the percentage of resellers and manufacturers is in the handmade categories of Etsy…and I am including shops that handmake some of their items and resell in the same shop.

    It looks like a bunch of shops for commercial products opened during Maria’s Reign of Neglect.

  18. WTFISAPDF January 26, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    Yupper, Etst is THEE place for all things handmade

  19. MadebyM**** January 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    Guess I’m just going to use Etsy as a promotion tool for my own website….but I’m not going to promote Etsy anymore. Kind of sad. I will continue to shop on Etsy for myself but with high caution! Etsy is only in it for the money now and nothing more.

  20. pussdaddy January 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm #

    Good Lord!

  21. Laura January 26, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    How does this store sell paintings (for $90,000) by an artist that is dead?

  22. suspicious crab January 26, 2010 at 4:08 pm #

    “How does this store sell paintings (for $90,000) by an artist that is dead? ”

    I guess they’re considered “vintage”, since he was alive in the 1800s.

  23. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    Do you think the Louvre has noticed The Broken Pitcher is missing? Is Etsy selling stolen art (JK)? Seriously, you can get repros of this work for less than $100.

    I saw in one of their listings that the seller says they will ‘hand deliver’ the painting. Etsy should ‘buy’ one, and have the authorities waiting for the delivery…if they had a shred of ethics at all among the founders, investors, and staff. I wonder if Etsy will feel compromised enough by this shop to close it within 24 hours?

    What a joke! But great find, Laura!

  24. No January 26, 2010 at 5:54 pm #

    RE The Broken Pitcher, I’m sort of tempted to sock puppet buy it, and not pay. Maybe the 3k etsy fee will get admin attention!

  25. MadebyM**** January 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm #

    Mollye Farmer’s name mentioned here…..

  26. Voice January 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Re: the Norawood lingerie shop — she states the following in her shop announcement, so it seems she is Etsy legal.

    “After years of buying I have much to sell and proud to offer high end intimate apparel, bridal trousseau keepsakes and vintage corsets, ******all embellished with some quirky decorative details by me****** to make them more unique & eye catching. You’ll also find just a melange of fashionable handmade crafts that I make along the way. “

  27. KR January 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    Totally crazy.

  28. Life During Wartime January 26, 2010 at 11:45 pm #

    Voice, maybe I missed it, but I saw nothing to indicate what contribution she made to the lingerie. I wonder how lingerie makers feel about someone reselling their high-end items with the original tags on them, after (supposedly) being ‘made more unique’ by her? Almost everything has a brand name mentioned in the description and/or photo.

    There are a couple of things in her shop that I agree might be okay for Etsy, like stitching a fabric flower on a Chinese import belt. If she actually did that. Calling something part of your whatsits collection doesn’t explain to me what your two hands added to it.

    What about pantyhose or a photo album in its cello wrap? Special laundry soap for lingerie? A ‘handmade’ fabric purse complete with metal frame and embellishment for under 10 bucks?

    Norawood looks like an online boutique of purchased items. There might be a small percentage of seller altered items in there, but mostly it’s a reseller shop.

  29. Blythe January 27, 2010 at 3:57 am #

    Life during wartime – Nora daily is legit – she adds trim to all those pieces, now that I look closely I can see the work she added on the lingerie at least.

    Totally etsy legal.

    (don’t know about the other stuff – didn’t look yet)

  30. Blythe January 27, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    Life during wartime – Nora daily is legit – she adds trim to all those pieces, now that I look closely I can see the work she added on the lingerie at least.

    Totally etsy legal.

    (don’t know about the other stuff – didn’t look

  31. JonhCocktoasten January 27, 2010 at 5:09 am #

    There is more than one item that is not embellished. That nude g-string?

  32. JonhCocktoasten January 27, 2010 at 5:10 am #

    This is a stock picture and listing says nothing about any embellishment. There is none.

  33. JonhCocktoasten January 27, 2010 at 5:12 am #

    Sorry, I think I was confusing Nora and Vend.

  34. Amy January 27, 2010 at 6:27 am #

    That Norawood shop is definitely dodgy. One of the soaps has a picture which says ‘Upper Canada Soaps’
    Definitely not handmade.
    The lingerie? umm some of it i see no embelishment.

  35. JonhCocktoasten January 27, 2010 at 6:35 am #

    Another pettiskirt reseller?

  36. JonhCocktoasten January 27, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    This looks familiar.

  37. notvintage January 27, 2010 at 9:12 am #

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  38. Life During Wartime January 27, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Okay, I see some pieces that are embellished, I needed to look at her photos on my laptop, otherwise I couldn’t see enough detail on her darkened red photos. Not everything is embellished, though, and she sells stuff in its packaging. She’s a ‘mixed salad’ kind of shop.

  39. Nobody Understands My Pain Either January 27, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

    IndiePixie’s “vintage dress” –

  40. not surprised January 28, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Whoa, I just flagged that Vedette reseller the other day! I found it while trying to search for handmade corsets – go figure.

    And the Broken Pitcher painting listing is downright illegal. I’m sure the Louvre would be very interested in this listing…so would their lawyer.

  41. whimsiclefuckery January 29, 2010 at 6:28 am #

    I like this one though…

  42. Ambergris January 29, 2010 at 8:49 am #

    argh! people are actually HEARTING this crap!

    This sort of stuff takes SUCH the wind out of my sales when shopping on Etsy. I found this one sweater that I just loved loved. I couldn’t determine from her listing if she makes it – or otherwise. I have a few back and forth conversations until I was satisfied and believed that she actually did make them. I bought from her, received it – and am in love with the sweater.

    The fact that I had to essentially (nicely) grill this girl to confirm it’s handmade really soured me, and I am sure wasn’t the most pleasant experience for her. If Etsy protected it’s brand better – shopping would be the pleasant experience it should be.

  43. Life During Wartime January 29, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    Reseller stuff gets hearted because Etsy is now a nifty place for female shoppers unaffected by the economy, rather than a place to buy and sell handmade, 20+ year old vintage and supplies.

    Handmade, vintage and supplies venues (online or B and M) outside of Etsy include a much much much larger percentage of male buyers and sellers than on Etsy. Even at local bead shows I’ve been to, the ones that aren’t focused on having classes and social events have easily as many male vendors as female — including both artisans selling their handmade beads and commercial dealers. Same goes for vintage and antiques — except for a few specialties, males hold a pretty much equal share of booths at malls or co-ops and at shows.

    I’m all for supporting women’s businesses, but Etsy seems to care far less about quality and integrity than about flogging their ‘trends’. That is why resellers like Vedette fly in under the content radar. On a true handmade focused site, their shop would have been spotted, massively flagged, and closed within hours. Not on today’s Etsy. Vedette is open, and even getting a few hearts.

  44. Ann January 30, 2010 at 9:51 am #

    I will say it again, the Greuze painting is a poor copy – how could it be signed? Look at the original oil painting and you can see it’s not even close. What does the seller think she has?

  45. SophisticatedLady February 1, 2010 at 5:17 am #

    Well, Vendettestore is GONE!!!!!

  46. ohmeohmy February 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    someone bought that painting mollye farmer has in her store for $90,000 by Jean-baptiste greuze. wonder if the buyer paid. The store has only been open for a fwe weeks.

    I am going to look up the original and see if it is the same painting.

  47. ohmeohmy February 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm #


    It’s not the same painting at all that is in the Louvre!

    Here is the Real painting (click on magnify more)

    and Mollye Farmer’s supposed “real” painting:

    The face is totally different and painted by an unskilled artist.

    Here is another pic of the real painting:

  48. UnaBee February 4, 2010 at 3:40 am #

    Thank goodness that store is gone now. I know etsy makes money off every piece of reseller/non-vintage/non-handmade garbage that gets listed, but it’s going to hurt etsy’s reputation in the long run and they will LOSE BUYERS. And sellers!

  49. sonia December 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm #

    Speechless ……………

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