10 Jul

Be CHIC and get Fifa World Cup items listed in handmade along with brand new sunglasses and MORE!

Just a couple links for you:
Soccer flip flops:
Soccer scarf:

All handmade! *choke*


63 Responses to “allthatchic”

  1. wahwah July 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

    Wow, it’s both vintage AND new! Is this a time travel thing?

  2. howwunnerful July 10, 2010 at 8:48 pm #

    ohfergodsake – EVERYTHING seems to be “vintage” in this made-in-china shop

  3. Fed UP July 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm #

    Here’s another one for you –

  4. amused July 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm #

  5. amused July 10, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

  6. Life During Wartime July 11, 2010 at 1:27 am #

    exquisitebride has at least 2 other Etsy shops. All the same company, Emin Jewelry. The other shops are xinxinemin and eminjewelry.

    Sure, the jewelry is handmade by artisans. But I don’t think Emin is one person or a small collective.

  7. Blue Kitty July 11, 2010 at 3:32 am #

    It will probably soon be easier for this blog to list the genuine items on Etsy as I’m sure its not going to be long before they are out-numbered.

    “Etsy where if you hunt hard enough you will find some handmade and real vintage items”

  8. ScrapMetal July 11, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    For the record, what do the Etsy admins do when someone uses the the “report this shop” button? Do they do anything? Are they so inundated with people reporting these obvious resellers that they can’t keep up? Or is it the other way around- people are not reporting these shops so admin is not aware? Or do they know and have the resources to take care of the problem, but just are not getting the resellers out of there? What is the real problem? And better yet, what is the SOLUTION here?

  9. uh-huh July 11, 2010 at 6:22 am #

    Maybe in their native language “vintage” really means “I’m a douchebag” and they’re just letting us know.

  10. blood, sweat and tears July 11, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    i used to elaborate on why i was flagging, this is easier:
    commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap commercial crap

    i think it would be easier to list the true artisan made, true vintage shops…. i wish someone would make a site that was real, so i could list our pendants again. dh won’t let me list his incredible lapidary work on etsy. i have beads listed to sell, but that’s all…..

  11. Laura July 11, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    OMG. Another mess of a store! Listing things new as vintage, not handmade.

  12. it stinks July 11, 2010 at 11:55 am #

    That’s a good idea. ECO, how about starting a sister site where you list only shops that are handmade, who don’t shill.

  13. wahwah July 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm #

    I haven’t listed in weeks, my heart is just not in it anymore.

  14. Inspector Yuk July 11, 2010 at 1:51 pm #

    I have one item in my shop listed, I let everything else expire. I listed it because it was my most popular item, and for a time, although not a unique concept, no one else was selling them. Shortly thereafter, a couple of people copied the same idea but the execution was different, simpler, and a few dollars cheaper. I still had enough sales to make me happy. But I designed it a new way, mostly because the old version was rather tedious and I cut myself down on profit to keep my prices fair for the product.

    Now, there are tons of people selling this item for half or less of my currently reduced price and I have not sold one since. And some of them are pretty crappily done, but cheap sells.

    It’s hard to note the differences with an untrained eye, but those differences make my product superior to many of those cheaper ones out there.

    And it’s a catch 22 situation, because if I go into too much detail about what makes mine ‘better’, the copycats might take a closer look at the details and then copy those too.

    Of course, I’ve thought about selling a tutorial on how to make these items and maybe even kits so people can make their own and then everybody can sell them!lol

    OMG, please forgive me for acting like this is a general chat room or forum. Guess I’m kind of lonely here.

    Etsy has killed any enthusiasm I had for selling there. I constantly have new design ideas, even make a few of them, but I have no desire to list them on Etsy anymore.

    I realized awhile back that I came to Etsy with a certain look and aesthetic of my own. I slowly morphed into making things that had that ‘etsy vibe’ (and pricepoint) and kind of lost myself along the way.

    Meh, here I go again, I think I’ll go sit in the corner and eat a bucket of worms.

  15. etsy hate July 11, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    On the front page!

  16. Melindotty July 11, 2010 at 2:54 pm #

    Look what I just saw on the front page:

    Bullshit tags much?

    Etsy needs to have someone simply CLICK on items before a treasury is chosen to be on the front page! Honestly, two seconds of work would stop these things from happening.

  17. uh-huh July 11, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    I flagged those earrings for tags, I also saw that and was like wtf? Another case of purposeful mistagging that pays off. White pearl earrings are not “necklace, paris, black, grey, pink” etc FFS
    I fucking hate the tagging of colors in the background of photos. That drives me insane. And people use them all the time in treasuries and don’t seem to give a shit and admin doesn’t care so I guess I’m not supposed to either. *head explodes*

  18. HONGKONGKID July 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm #


    Linen Dress in Dk Grey with Patched Pocket and Slits on both sides Linen Dress with Hidden Side Pockets and Lace Handmade Linen Cotton Tunic in Blue and Beige Strips Handmade Linen Cotton Tunic in Blue/Beige Strips

    No.4 Cotton Crochet Bag No.9 Hand Crochet Linen Handbag No.10 Straw Handbag No.6 Linen Tote Bag No.2 Cotton Crochet Bag No.1 Cotton Crochet Bag

  19. Inspector Yuk July 11, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    You know what? those tags suck, and I hate people who misuse them. And I’m in no way defending Etsy for letting them get on the front page, but who made the treasury? why didn’t they check the tags and the spammy title?

    If treasury curators were more careful about choosing items that follow the rules, there would be less of this stuff on the front page.

    You don’t see admin coming to the forums to complain about stuffed titles and tag abuse do you? No, sellers do. And sellers make treasuries. Therefore, if sellers don’t want these items on the front page, it’s probably best not to put them in a treasury in the first place.

    Why should Etsy worry about it? This is an area that sellers have at least *some* control over, but they are more interested in finding the pretty pictures that might get picked for the front page. If sellers don’t care who they put in their treasuries, why should Etsy care about putting them on the front page?

    You can piss and moan about Etsy not doing it’s job vetting these treasuries, but honestly, much of the responsibility rests in the curators—-sellers.

  20. sparkalicious July 11, 2010 at 4:30 pm #

    Inspector Yuk, yout post (#13, 1:51 pm) broke my heart. It kills me to see people like you – and many others on this site – being penalized for doing good work and hanging on to your artistic values.

    I don’t think you should apologize, and please don’t eat worms because you don’t deserve that. I think we all know who the worm-eaters should be!

  21. detroit July 11, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Yeah Yuk. That’s sad.

    And this is coming, purely selfishly, from the POV of an Etsy shopper only. The whole reason I started shopping at Etsy is because I LOVE the idea of handmade. For a number of reasons.

    So to hear the real handmade vendors are leaving, because they’re being crowded out by the junque – is truly heartbreaking.

    It’s such a catch 22. A smaller, juried site with high standards would never have the views and volume of customers as Etsy.

    Well, REAL artists are often never appreciated by the ‘masses’. C’est la vie.

  22. howwunnerful July 11, 2010 at 5:09 pm #

    can we keep a couple things in etsy, but have (not hot) links to our art on another site?

  23. JOINAA July 11, 2010 at 5:26 pm #

    I wouldn’t do it, howwunnderful. You need at least two degrees of separation from Etsy to be safe from The Hammer.
    Create a blog and link it.

  24. VanGogh July 11, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    Detroit, true re: the masses. Keeping in mind that the cream always rises to the top………………………………….of something.

  25. Life During Wartime July 11, 2010 at 5:39 pm #

    The Inspector’s opinion regarding the responsibility of Treasury curators is now being validated on the Front Page, this item:

    From the Description: “I got this lovely dress from Pinup Girl Clothing and only wore it once! There is absolutely nothing wrong with this dress, and I’m only selling it because it’s too big for me now.”

    The seller goes on to quote the text from the original seller’s site, and is using their pics! Holy Macaroli!

    All Hail Inspector Yuk! She is not wrong!

  26. Life During Wartime July 11, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    Actually, the whole shop I linked to above looks like a mess of slightly used items, listed in handmade categories.

    And this carp made the freakin’ FP! (weeps)

  27. ugh July 11, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    on the fp right now!

    she even calls herself out in the first paragraph of her description.

    “I got this lovely dress from Pinup Girl Clothing and only wore it once! There is absolutely nothing wrong with this dress, and I’m only selling it because it’s too big for me now.”

    am i dumb for asking if etsy even thinks to pre-screen it’s fp sellers?

  28. ugh July 11, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    woops! looks like i wasnt the only one who caught it. 🙂

  29. etsycallout July 11, 2010 at 6:51 pm #

    the curator of the treasury should get a knock on the head too.

  30. wahwah July 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    People are in such a hurry to make as many treasuries as humanly possible, they don’t even look at what they are sticking in them.

  31. Life During Wartime July 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    From the same shop, reselling an item she purchased on Etsy:

  32. uh-huh July 11, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    Frankly I gave up making treasuries. It takes so long to sift through the stuff that isn’t legit and stuff that’s legit is tag stuffing/abusing that it is depressing and it isn’t fun anymore.
    That kinda makes me part of the problem, sure, but let’s face it – I’d have a snowballs chance of hell in my treasury hitting the FP so it wouldn’t really matter in the long run.

  33. blood, sweat and tears July 11, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    please someone start a site! i would love to be able to spread around a site i believed in. i had a bunch of cards made with my etsy address on it and now have to cross it out, looks tacky. here is my dh’s site sitting empty on etsy you can see the pieces he makes in the banner. we would gladly go through a certification process.

  34. Inspector Yuk July 11, 2010 at 10:35 pm #

    Awww..sparkalicious, you made me feel better (and I substituted spaghetti for worms, lol). 😛

    You know, I wonder if they did screen shops if it would really be the kiss of death to traffic?? They could put a cap on shops as of right now at 222957 for 6 months. And each week 500 shops would be sent out a questionnaire that would need to be returned within 7 days. Those not returning a questionnaire within the specified time would have their shop suspended until it was returned and staff has had time to review it, which might take longer since they would be working the next batch of returned questionnaires.

    I realize that 500 shops a week for 6 months only amounts to 3000 shops, a drop in the bucket, however, if we keep the team working on it continuously and at the same time begin to let new shops in again at a certain number per day and not allowing them to go live until they’ve submitted the questionnaire they would automatically be sent when they open a shop. There could be a smaller team dedicated to new shops and as each shop is screened, tags can be assessed and corrected right from the beginning. They could also ensure that profiles, policies and locations are filled out before going live.

    Approved shops would be given a green badge as their initial approval and would be reassessed in 6 months. If they are still in compliance with tags and content, then they get a blue badge. If they are in violation, their badge is removed, their shop is put on hold and they start all over again.; It’s incentive to continue to conform to the rules and not open a shop with a few handmade items and then fill it with crap after they are approved. After a shop has successfully completed the 3rd checkup, they get a gold star and a flag button is then placed in shop (all other shops will not have flag buttons until this point) And then flags will work by number of flags. If someone gets 5 flags on either their shop or an item, it becomes inactive and the shop owner has to contact Etsy to plead their case. This is sort of a fail-safe to keep shops honest after their reviews are up. If a whole shop is flagged after getting the gold star, and it’s justified, then the shop loses it’s status and goes back to the beginning. If it’s just one or two items they can be allowed to retain their gold star and either tag them correctly or delete them if they are not site appropriate. If the shop is flagged again (5 flags for each item) then they correct or delete those items and are demoted to blue badge status which means no more flag button, but they will require a review in 6 months.

    Flaggers will also be tracked, If a flagger is found to be falsley flagging items either through ignorance or spite, they lose their ability to flag for a specified time. If it happens again, they lose their right to flag permanently *in all accounts).

    Of course, there will need to be a database where all the info is kept organized and can be cross referenced and a way to alert when shops are due for their second review, or an alert when questionnaires have not been returned on time.

    I know it sounds a little strict, but honestly, people beg daily for the rules to be clarified and enforced and here is a perfectly organized way to do it. It’ll take years before it’s finished, and it will be ongoing once all current shops are reviewed at least to the first level, because of the new shops signing up every day. Hell, after 5 years, it’s only gotten worse and unless they step up and put some sort of plan in action it’s not going to get any better.

    I just wonder if it matters enough to them to get this organized and dedicated to salvaging the site’s integrity.

  35. Inspector Yuk July 11, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Oops, can you tell its late and I suck at math? I think that 500 shops a week for 6 months is actually 12,000 shops. still only a small fraction of current shops, but still a respectable number. It could be accomplished with a team of 10 staff working 8 hour days, 6 days a week assuming that after reading the questionnaire and assessing the shop would take approx 1 hour. Some shops will be faster, especially if they have fewer items and the questionnaire is answered in great detail.

  36. JohnCock July 12, 2010 at 3:53 am #

    I agree with you Yukkers. I think etsy should limit their acceptance to say 2000 shops a year and jury only for contact.

    Sellers need confidence to shop on etsy and they don’t have it right now.

  37. Lizzy July 12, 2010 at 5:32 am #

    YUK- you have made some great points! Sadly,for me,if I want to put food on the table and pay my bills I have no choice but to sell on Etsy. I get a few sales a month on Artfire but not enough. My own website does well but not quite enough on it’s own.

    I thought 1000 Markets seemed like it would be good as they must approve your shop first but I have been there over a year and sold 2 items.

    For whatever reason Etsy has the traffic I need and I just have to grin and bear it. I wish they would be more diligent about getting rid of garage sale leftovers-what are they afraid of?

  38. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 9:07 am #

    Yet another shop-o-shit found on regretsy.

  39. Life During Wartime July 12, 2010 at 9:25 am #

    The shop-o-shit is ‘sharing’ their cufflinks. Where is that SCAMbot?

    And ripping off the name southernliving is really sleazy.

  40. blood, sweat and tears July 12, 2010 at 9:35 am #


    southern reseller! or wholesale mfg

  41. blood, sweat and tears July 12, 2010 at 9:36 am #

    you have to replace dot with .

    i guess we can’t post live links to them?

  42. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I don’t know, but I love that Christmas banner, LOL.

  43. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 10:09 am #

    These cufflinks make me suspect every item in the shop.

  44. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    These must be very hard to make by hand.

  45. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 10:18 am #

    Sorry, I keep posting, but this person is a photographer yet steals photos of her “handmade” *cough* cufflinks.


  46. Life During Wartime July 12, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    wahwah, I think they are made by hand…in a factory. I think the southernliving Chinese shop could tell us where that factory might be!

    Dee, the brasslady shop has been open less than a year, and sold like 1500 items. I’m guessing the shop owner doesn’t make all those pieces herself, or with a small collective. That’s stuff from an assembly factory. And Etsy shoppers love that stuff!

  47. Trag July 12, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Quick Question:

    There is someone on the front page right now selling fawn head studs who has their shipping to the US priced at 0.00 but says paypal will add 6.something to orders for shipping to the US. Is that fee-dodging?

  48. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    I saw that Trag, not sure what’s up with it.

  49. VanGogh July 12, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    wahwah Says:
    July 12, 2010 at 10:11 am

    These must be very hard to make by hand.

    I guess their photography doesn’t sell, so they are trying a new tactic without making any changes to their profile and announcement. Looks pretty desperate.

  50. tovangogh July 12, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    yeah, I notice that there is not one mention of what he is listing – it’s all about his love of photography – not one damn word about his crap for sale. Unless of course, he’s selling photographs of the cufflinks, not the actual items!

  51. blood, sweat and tears July 12, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

    i give up.
    i cross flagged these two. let’s see what happens…

  52. blood, sweat and tears July 12, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    does everyone who posts a live link get moderated?

  53. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    To weed out the spammers.

    If you put an asterisk in front it won’t be a live link, but will show up.

  54. tovangogh July 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Good with the flags – I’ve been flagging away with explanations, hopefully so as not to just seem like I’m on a roll.

    You know what really really really cracks me up about that blinkphoto crapolo? It’s that 1) he goes to great length to talk about his love of photography, 2) does not ever mention anything about making or even glueing anything together about what he sells, 3) but in every g*d* listing he states “they look better in person than in photo!” bbbut HE’S the photographer

    aaaaaaaaaaaaHAHAHAHAAHAAAHAHAHA omg what crap

  55. wahwah July 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm #

    It’s almost like some shitty reseller with crappy taste took over his shop when he wasn’t looking.

  56. blood, sweat and tears July 12, 2010 at 10:48 pm #

    wahwah- thanks

  57. wahwah July 13, 2010 at 5:29 am #

    You’re welcome.

    Late 90’s is now vintage.

    This whole shop is a garage sale.

  58. Laura July 13, 2010 at 9:56 am #

    i’ve given up on Etsy. The hubby and I have been working for a long time now to create a bath and body line, and I will only use Etsy for a few of my products. The majority of my resources and efforts are going to my own website and marketing it locally. I don’t want to be associated with Etsy anymore as a seller. I have a very hard time buying off of new Etsy shops, and I think Etsy is shooting themselves in the foot. If they can’t maintain market place integrity then buyers will and are moving on.

    All that craziness in the forum about that shop that got closed b/c of off site linking, and do you know the majority of admin picked fp’s have shops linking to their own website selling the exact same product!

    Blah….it’s just sad to see what Etsy could have been!

  59. RocksInMySocks July 13, 2010 at 10:26 am #

    Here are all the transformer cufflinks:

  60. Life During Wartime July 13, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    The shop called out by Dee in comment #42 is in today’s Etsy Finds.

  61. organicmyass July 13, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    huh. busy brasslady. don’t her sales work out to something like 38 bracelets a day? poor little fingers must be prettycramped by now with all that stringing of beads, but i guess it’s doable. but you know, thailand? many hands?

  62. eyefortineye July 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    she’s been coached and has fleshed out the descriptions somewhat.

    ’bout fell of my chair laughing at this one about the sunglasses:
    “The bug-eyed shape compliments most facial shapes.”

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