“vintage” eyewear

31 Jul

Reader comment-

Okay, eyewear. Do a handmade search using keywords “vintage” and “eyewear” and you will see more handmade vintage shit that you will ever want to.
Who knows if it’s vintage? but you sure do know it ain’t handmade.

Diner is the worst when it comes to not understanding categories:
Clueless: http://www.etsy.com/listing/51941277/cutler-and-gross-sunglasses?ref=v1_other_1

I take it back. Do not search; save your serenity!


33 Responses to ““vintage” eyewear”

  1. mickieD July 31, 2010 at 6:55 pm #

    See how easy it is to find stuff that is anti-TOU? It’s easier to find the crap than it is to find the Real Stuff.

  2. notvintage July 31, 2010 at 6:56 pm #

    make sure you look at the first tag in all of those eyeglasses listings.

  3. GucciBooty July 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm #

    More fun: put “vintage’ and ‘ceramics’ into the handmade search. How many are vintage and listed as handmade? I quit bothering to look after #6 on the first page. Every search works the same way– so you get to see the percentage of confusion there is across the board about first tag = category.

    WHY have drop down menu that conflicts with the tag instructions ? Been asking for years, but apparently this is considered a rhetorical question on Etsy.

  4. GucciBooty July 31, 2010 at 7:29 pm #


    Here, making it easy for ya!

  5. Life During Wartime July 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm #

    The sellers listing maybe vintage/ maybe not eyewear in Handmade Accessories think the handmade sub-categories are like Ebay. It’s not all that obvious anymore that the main focus of Etsy is Handmade. Easier than ever to get confused about what it is that makes Etsy different from Ebay…oh, yeah: it’s the lower fees on Etsy!

  6. groove is in da heart July 31, 2010 at 8:56 pm #

    Why don’t they make it so that the top level category has to be chosen, and you must choose from only handmade, vintage or supplies? No, that would make too much sense. Etsy chooses to instead have handmade be the default, but they don’t tell anyone this. So people like these eyeglass sellers (let’s assume for the sake of argument that the glasses are all, in fact, actually vintage) are simply seeing the word ‘accessories’ and picking it, not realizing that they’re placing their item in the handmade category. The tagging process is as clear as mud.

    Etsy, make that drop down menu in the tagging section only have three things in it: handmade, supplies, and vintage. If HANDMADE is chosen, have a drop menu appear which forces you to choose the category into which your item will go: art, jewelry, accessories, plants and edibles, etc. After choosing that, you can go on to pick your tags. If SUPPLIES is chosen, have a drop menu appear which forces you to choose between handmade and commercial. After choosing that, you can go on to pick your tags. If VINTAGE is chosen, no drop menu appears, you can go right to tagging.

    Come on. It ain’t that hard, people.

  7. RocksInMySocks July 31, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    Here’s another wannabe vintage shop, this one with a hip-hop theme. Check out the photos and descriptions.


  8. GucciBooty August 1, 2010 at 5:23 am #

    Like a poetry slam. Ex the RL shirt looks dirty.

  9. Cat Power August 1, 2010 at 10:23 am #

    Thrift shop with department store prices. disgusting mess!
    flyjunkieshop, that is.

  10. uh-huh August 1, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    Agreed re: forcing the tagging 3 top levels as handmade/vintage/supplies. There is no reason for Etsy to drag their feet on this easy fix.
    Except it would interfere with all those extra listing fees, which is what everything else boils down to.

  11. JohnCock August 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm #

    What do you make of this shop:


  12. GucciBooty August 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    I think that anyone who purchases an item for $500 needs more than two photos and a claim to prove that something purporting to be “museum quality”.

    Other than that: HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  13. Life During Wartime August 1, 2010 at 5:51 pm #

    That shop ^^^ LOL haaaaahaaaaa!

    Poor quality photos. For those asking prices, the shop owner could afford to hire a pro. To even dream of getting those prices, he NEEDS to hire a pro.

    The items are not “antiques”. They are “antiquities”. Etsy is one of the cheapest venues around AND the Etsy customer base is not what I would consider potential collectors of antiquities. WTF is this shop doing on Etsy?

    There is no provenance given for any of the items I looked at.

    Is the stuff real? Who knows? Obviously the thoughtful Policies and Profile statements are written to assure shoppers they can buy with confidence…

  14. Disgusted August 1, 2010 at 6:21 pm #

    Then we have this nightmare on the front page!
    For only $45
    You can get them here a lot more cheaply:


  15. GucciBooty August 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm #

    What did PT Barnum say about suckers???

  16. gottalovegoogle August 1, 2010 at 6:54 pm #

    If I had those and they were genuine, I wouldn’t be listing on Etsy. Sotheby’s auctions. If they were genuine. Not saying they aren’t, but why Etsy?

  17. Life During Wartime August 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm #

    Maybe Etsy has a reputation for being a venue with well-monied but not-too-bright shoppers.

  18. PussDaddy August 2, 2010 at 12:05 am #

    If Etsy had any reputation whatsoever then sellers there wouldn’t have to ask where are the buyers and why don’t I have any sales. Maybe you should take what buyers you can get, even if they are stupid in your opinion.

  19. willowandme August 2, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Here’s a shop that’s questionable to me on many levels. http://www.etsy.com/shop/cuties4sale

  20. GucciBooty August 2, 2010 at 6:12 am #

    That cuties shop: they do list their first few crappy copyright-protected supplies as supplies, but the “handmade” Louis Vuitton inspired bag is just wrong times two. I didn’t have the stomach to look further.

    The cuties shop is one of the reasons for my moniker GucciBooty, due to all the designer ripoffs listed as, well, you name it they are listed as it.

  21. boots August 2, 2010 at 6:26 am #

    ok you CANNOT sell Vuitton fabric, this is why in new york they have that stuff hiding in the back of the shop

  22. gottalovegoogle August 2, 2010 at 6:32 am #

    interesting…haven’t yet looked to see if updates


    how would this affect etsy and paypal since they both are making money (very small money, but money) and they facilitate the sale of admittedly fake designer bags.

    I thought it was illegal to sell those fake bags anyway, but people are openly selling them on etsy

  23. Disgusted August 2, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    If Gucci and others went after Etsy, it would make a dent in Etsy’s profit. I think any big company like Sanrio or Disney could also force Etsy to be more diligent as to prohibiting counterfeit items. Or as the resellers say, “REPLICA!!!”.

  24. sick of cupcakes August 2, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    It’s harder to get fakes on Ebay than etsy and that’s just sad.

    I love going to Chinatown and going into those little shops. It’s like gaining admittance to a secret society, LOL.

  25. gottalovegoogle August 2, 2010 at 6:42 am #

    Here’s one to add to a list somewhere:


    I called this morning and was met with naked enthusiasm when I asked for the addy to report copyright and trademark issues!

  26. gottalovegoogle August 2, 2010 at 6:47 am #

    oh for god’s sake – what a way to keyword spam for a felt purse


    “gucci-style” bamboo handle? Uh, those can be had from Michaels, et al and so not just gucci

  27. Blue Kitty August 2, 2010 at 7:48 am #

    JohnCock Says:
    August 1, 2010 at 5:31 pm
    What do you make of this shop:



    Suspicious. Photos so different including one that has been blown up from a small image and looks totally pixilated.


    includes this in description.

    “For a similar key, but not quite as nice, see page 22 – the top key The Lure Of The Lock”

    No details of where they came from, no profile filled in.

    I wonder if those are photos and descriptions from elsewhere.

  28. Blue Kitty August 2, 2010 at 7:58 am #

    That was considerate in one listing the Etsy seller supplied the URL to a web site selling the same items exactly including the photos used.

    Now we have to ask is it the same person venturing onto Etsy and illegally linking to another web site selling the identical items or is it someone else using the details from that site?


  29. Life During Wartime August 2, 2010 at 10:19 am #

    Blue Kitty, it looks like the antiquities on the site at your link are just a gallery of photos. From the link:

    “Most of these images are copyrighted. The copyright holder allows anyone to use them. Please feel free to use these pictures or descriptions for any type of historical research and all we ask is that you mention us and our web site.”

  30. amused August 2, 2010 at 11:30 am #

    Maybe this is like trying to list and sell the Mona Lisa.

  31. GucciBooty August 2, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    or the Brooklyn Bridge?

  32. Blue Kitty August 2, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

    Does look very like that, same photos, same descriptions including the bits like “see page 22” that don’t make sense on the listings.

    That is, ummm, interesting.

    I hope nobody buys and finds the seller has absconded with their money.

  33. yeahisaidit September 10, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    this site is off the mark. winey losers nitpicking supposedly to the benifit of etsy consumers. learn a little bit about the market for some of what you are critiquing befor your rain acid sarcasm on what you don’t know about. yeah i said it. you know know nothing of the status of vintage hip hop streetwear past what you see justin beiber wearing. or justin timberlake. or what you see lil wayne on mtv (you’re only rare hip hop refernce point). or what american eagle or urban outfitters mass produces for you. you have no idea of the collectible nature and rarity or brand desirability of items tied to those familiar with that culture. so stfu. so says flyjunkieshop.

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