weewaldorf, blessedinmaine

1 Mar

check this out, etsy facebook page featuring the shop weewaldorf that sells ikea cookie cutters as handmade. http://www.facebook.com/Etsy?sk=wall#!/Etsy/posts/10150105394649727
they are ikea cookie cutters that sell for $3.99  for a set of 6,
and she is selling them individually for $6 or so…

crazy she has 357 sales!
this seller is reselling; previously as VINTAGE, now as handmade by her and/or selecting the Housewares tag to avoid the Vintage category.

Unfortunately, this young shop was contacted by Country Living magazine and featured in the March issue, linking to her shop in regards to ‘her’ chicken wire cloches. She came from E-bay where you can see that these same cloches, the wooden herb crates/trugs and other mass produced commercial have been sold as new in original packaging since 2002.

SO many sellers have sent convos to her, inquiring and confronting.  I for one have contacted her (in Jan) and have been flagging her shop, writing directly to Admin and attempting live chat to inquire WHY they are not shutting her down. It’s a moot point, as nothing has happened, other than her continuing to renew, renew, renew.

Obviously, because in the last seven days, she has made over $11k, bootlegging these damn things.

While I’m sure that CL knew/knows that these are not handmade, it’s so ridiculous to feature someone who is selling commercial (NOT a supply!) and focus on Etsy as handmade venue.

Check out her sold and her current reserved.

I’ve probably just repeated everything that you may have already read…and I’m sorry if this is redundant.

It is unfair that both Vintage and handmade sellers need to compete with someone like her. Admin is obviously just watching the $ come in.

Faux vintage clock in her shop:




21 Responses to “weewaldorf, blessedinmaine”

  1. Sara March 1, 2011 at 12:25 pm #

    wholesale ?

  2. Lucy March 1, 2011 at 1:05 pm #

    Garagetsy had a smart post a few days ago about a featured vintage seller who sells some fauxtiques items, like blessedinmaine does. They have two-three sentence descriptions about the items that don’t include any details like age, maker, pattern, etc. I guess I’ve been fooling myself thinking that vintage buyers want to be assured what they are buying is vintage and value research. They don’t, they want pretty photographs and don’t mind overpaying for non-vintage items.

    I’m off to the thrift store to buy a cheese dome, er, I mean cloche.

  3. Life During Wartime March 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm #

    blessedinmaine is now using her Etsy shop to take orders (making reserved listings) for the mass manufactured cloche sets. The most recent set sold 48 hours ago. Etsy has a stated policy (in a forum post last year by HeyMichelle) that they try to avoid a negative financial impact on exposed resellers. Obviously blessedinmaine — and Etsy — are making $$$ from reserved listings for reseller products, even though the practice is a clear violation of the Etsy TOU.

  4. Life During Wartime March 1, 2011 at 4:45 pm #

    Here is the link to HeyMichelle’s forum post concerning Etsy’s tender mercies toward resellers:


    Nothing is said about the financial harm Etsy is doing to artisans and professional vintage sellers by allowing resellers to use important media outlets like COUNTRY LIVING to get the word out that Etsy is a place to find shops selling cute and trendy imported factory made homewares. Shame shame shame!

  5. JAC March 1, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    I am so upset about this… Damn you Etsy!
    Ive reported blessedinmaine before and nothing…. I just dont get it, if we show proof that they are a reseller then why in the hell is Etsy doing nothing. I cant wait for another HANDMADE AND VINTAGE only venue to open that can compete with Etsy so I can get out of there.

  6. Life During Wartime March 1, 2011 at 10:39 pm #

    blessedinmaine sold another reserved cloche set on March 1. I just don’t get it.

  7. Cat Power March 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm #

    How could people not realize that those things aren’t handmade? Guess P.T.Barnum was correct…there’s one born every minute!

  8. Sammy March 2, 2011 at 12:29 am #

    JAC, I recommend ArtFire. It’s not perfect, but they seem to at least listen to their sellers and recognize that THEY are the paying customers. I flipped Etsy the big ole finger today and put my shop in perma-vacay until it’s closed (as I’m convinced it will be, after some of the messages I sent them when flagging resellers like blessedinmaine for the… hmm, 3rd time or so). Not that they’ll notice I’m gone, but hopefully the empties will begin to add up.

  9. diligentsloth March 2, 2011 at 12:55 pm #

    Has anyone contacted Farmhouse Wares to tell them that someone is pretending to be making and selling their items? Would they care? Man, I can’t believe it about those cookie cutters either. I have had really good success with my etsy shop, to the point that it has been my full time (and then some) job for 4 months, but if I can’t make a listing for adding on Priority Mail listing and this person can sell ikea cookie cutters for outrageous prices AND be dumb enough to FB about it… how does that make any sense?

  10. Jael March 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    @wangfu: http://www.etsy.com/listing/66918394/advice-on-any-problem?ga_search_query=handmade&ga_search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5369010

    This came up as her only “handmade” item. Sixty were “vintage”. Don’t know what the rest of the junk is classified as.

  11. Life During Wartime March 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    diligentsloth, I don’t think the herb printed boxes are an exclusive product for Farmhouse Wares. From reading the About page at the Farmhouse site, it appears that they are resellers. There is no claim that they make their own products. When they say they ‘look’ for items, that means they shop wholesale sources. My guess is that most of these products are made in China, and the whole ‘eco friendly’ pose used by Framhouse Wares and Etsy and all the other mass trend retailers is 99% feelgood marketing hype. Because nothing says ‘eco friendly’ more than buying trendy (disposable when no longer in style) decor items from half way around the world, that were manufactured with no environmental protection standards.

  12. whatalotofcrap March 3, 2011 at 12:56 am #

    It seems to me that many who comment on here are unable to distinguish between real genuine vintage and when sellers clearly say something is vintage ‘inspired’ or vintage ‘style’. Something that is inspired by a vintage object isn’t trying to be genuine vintage just a modern item made to look like an old one. You really shouldn’t call people out when you cannot seem to read their descriptions properly. (and no, I am not the shop in question, or affiliated to them, i am just someone who stumbled across your sad little website)

  13. Sammy March 3, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    Vintage “style” and vintage “inspired” are not supposed to be allowed on Etsy unless they are handmade by the seller. They are also not supposed to be listed in the Vintage category, which is only for… wait for it… vintage. True vintage. Hence, the call-outs and frustration.

  14. JK March 3, 2011 at 5:14 am #

    ‘Whatalotofcrap’ is a very apt name for someone defending ‘vintage style’ factory-made reseller garbage! You know — stuff that’s supposedly not allowed on Etsy.

    Anyone else planning to write in to Country Living with links to FakinItInMaine’s former shops and links to the wholesalers?

  15. sick of cupcakes March 3, 2011 at 7:25 am #

    whataloadofcrap…yes you are a load of crap, just like the faux vintage crap on etsy.

  16. stephanie March 3, 2011 at 8:15 am #

    Whatalotofcrap is a perfect name for you. I am sick of seeing vintage ‘inspired’ or vintage ‘style’ marked as vintage to get around the rules.

  17. Life During Wartime March 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    Whatalotofcrap, your nick was aptly chosen!

    Listing a modern object ‘made to look old’ in the Etsy Vintage category is skating very close to fraud. If you read through older posts here on ECO, you will see that many resellers listing their wares as ‘vintage’ write their descriptions and titles to suggest the item is really 20+ years old, or even an antique (depending on the inflated size of the shop owner’s gonads).

    One of the subjects of this call-out, blessedinmaine, listed a bunch of stuff as vintage without clearly specifying that she purchased these items new to resell on Etsy. As for the chicken wire cloches being ‘vintage style’…well, I bet to differ. It’s been centuries since people had to keep indoor herbs, other houseplants, or produce in the kitchen, under protective barriers to prevent them being eaten by intrusive wildlife. At least where I live.

    JK, unless I’ve missed something along the way, blessedinmaine is a ‘discreet reseller’ — she uses wholesale sources that do not have online catalogs. The best I’ve been able to find in my research are other online retailers selling the hanging herb printed boxes, and of course the wire cloches, on Ebay and elsewhere, using the same or related stock photography. So at this point unless you contact one of the other retail sellers, or have purchased cloches or herb boxes yourself and know the manufacturer, the only documentation we have for COUNTRY LIVING is that blessedinmaine does not make these items, neither are they vintage.

  18. PussDaddy March 5, 2011 at 11:00 pm #

    Needed wading boots for this one-I was knee-deep in crap.

  19. EtsyVigilante March 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

    Another “cagey” non-vintage cloche thing from shavingkitsupplies http://www.etsy.com/listing/69344440/vintage-ornamental-rusty-wire-bird-jail?ref=fp_ph_3&src=favitm

  20. EtsyVigilante March 7, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    A new reseller already “favorited” by admin. http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaBelleBaleine?ref=seller_info Note her “vintage” items available en masse all over the web http://www.etsy.com/listing/68162757/numbered-balloon-hooks



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