Urban Outfitters= Instant Etsy Vintage

4 Jun

Secret to success on etsy: Buy vintage-style items from UO for $14, use it, then resell it on etsy for $25.

whichgoose
material girl – vintage clutch
This vintage little clutch (i think) was originally meant to be a cigarette case/holder — it’s got a long, thin shape to it.
[first tag is “vintage”]
http://www.etsy.com/listing/75280536/material-girl-vintage-clutch?ref=v1_other_2

http://reviews.urbanoutfitters.com/5309/17262841/chain-mesh-cigarette-cases-reviews/reviews.htm

http://www.hipsterchic.com/chain-mesh-cigarette-case/

http://crackinggood.com/2009/11/16/chain-mesh-cigarette-case-14/

http://www.polyvore.com/chain_mesh_cigarette_cases/thing?id=11510529
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here’s the black one from UO: http://www.polyvore.com/chain_mesh_cigarette_cases/thing?id=11510529

here’s etsy’s:
IHEARTTHAT-
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53629255/vintage-black-mesh-metal-coin-purse?ref=v1_other_1

Rutabagasix-http://www.etsy.com/listing/72509005/vintage-black-glow-mesh-eyeglass-case?ref=v1_other_2

I checked the gold metal frame and its the exact same as well as the dimensions.
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This purse with similar design as UO’s cigarette case and lipstick holder, is marked Twilight Collection and is made in China. I haven’t been able to determine if its truly vintage. If it is, UO has stolen the mesh design from Twilight.

here’s UO lipstick clutch: http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/chain-mesh-lip-stick-case

CreativeWorksofArt-http://www.etsy.com/listing/70008799/shoulder-bag-purse-vintage-black-gold?ref=v1_other_1

YesterdaysSilhouette-http://www.etsy.com/listing/73804465/sale-vintage-mesh-purse-convertible?ref=v1_other_1
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Urban Outfitters – Chain Mail Vintage Clutch
http://www.polyvore.com/urban_outfitters_chain_mail_vintage/thing?id=7834897

etsy’s: LapineOurs- http://www.etsy.com/listing/61743305/vintage-evening-glam-metallic-mesh?ref=v1_other_1

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37 Responses to “Urban Outfitters= Instant Etsy Vintage”

  1. Life During Wartime June 4, 2011 at 10:16 am #

    The problem with all vintage categories on Etsy is that sellers are encouraged to list mainly items that fit contemporary trends. So, what’s a better fit for that than items that we sold at retail a few months to a few years ago, found at thift stores and yard sales?

    Vintage accessories category is really infested: newish shoes, bags, sunglasses, eyeglass frames.

  2. Cat Power June 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow, Etsy actually cleaned house on the items you mentioned! There is an “Oops” page for each! Good goin’!

  3. etsy flea market June 4, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    dear Etsycallout,

    sorry for the confusing/disorganized post. I need to add your email to my address book.

    sincerely,

    efm

  4. Dun June 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Nice job! Those are all gone!

  5. PussDaddy June 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

    Well I guess this calls for a boycott of Etsy then.

  6. JK June 5, 2011 at 7:24 am #

    Ah, and this made the FP: http://www.etsy.com/listing/74133312/sage-green-sundress?ref=fp_treasury_8

  7. Life During Wartime June 5, 2011 at 10:35 am #

    JK, OMG a shop made the FP that has three newish nonvintage dresses for sale — that’s it for the whole shop?

    And…here’s another one on the FP right now:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/73094375/vintage-90s-chiffon-water-color-midi?ref=fp_treasury_1

    This is what I call a ‘nobrainer’ violation because the title says clearly that it is ’90s’. That dress is not pre-1992.

  8. Sammy June 5, 2011 at 10:44 am #

    JK, wait, wait… so basically, a picture of a surge protector, a can of paint, and a Wal-mart alarm clock made the FP? Because that dress is not the only thing in the pic. Look at all that crap all over the floor.

  9. Sammy June 5, 2011 at 10:45 am #

    Oops, I forgot the box of Kotex panty liners.

  10. JK June 5, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    You got it, folks! A new shop with three suspect dresses, a box of pantyliners and wrinkled on-bed photos made the front page! I guess if ‘taking good photos’ is the key to FP, spreading the contents of your wastebasket across the floor is the new beige-and-barnwood.

  11. Life During Wartime June 5, 2011 at 11:50 am #

    Floor clutter is the new barnwood? Is this the newest catalog shot style?

    Unless you are selling a vintage manure wagon, you need to clean up a bit before you take your pics. Yuck.

  12. sickofetsy June 5, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    Is that an actual kotex laying on the floor there?

  13. Life During Wartime June 5, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

    OMG, more front page hilarity! This item claims to be all original parts of a set dating to the 1940s:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/73708461/vintage-1940s-shelton-oak-and-ash-splint?ref=fp_treasury_10

    Who is vetting the front page treasuries and are they doing the Time Warp in front of their computer?

  14. sickofetsy June 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm #

    Well, I grew up in Shelton CT and that basket co. went out of business in the 60’s, so I don’t know.

  15. Life During Wartime June 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    I love the basket, sickofetsy, but I don’t know how to date it.

    I do know the plates, cups, and shakers are polystyrene and I would date them to the 1950s or a bit later. The shakers look like Lustroware. Polystrene isn’t all that sturdy. There were plastic picnic sets beginning in the 40s, but they came in little suitcase shaped carriers with compartments so that there was a place to stow all the pieces without breakage. Flatware would have most likely had bakelite handles.

    There is nothing wrong with selling a great picnic basket WITH the contents ‘as found’, or with guessing about a date. But ‘as found’ is not the same as ‘original’. It’s misleading to buyers. And it’s listings like this that make me LOL about the requirement in the new Etsy listing process where you have to list a date, mostly choices by decade. I guess on a site where items from the 21st century make the front page listed as vintage, I shouldn’t consider this a big deal…because all the pieces in this set are without question more than 20 years old.

  16. EtsyVigilante June 5, 2011 at 6:48 pm #

    Where to begin with this latest “Zakka” shop. Faux handmade and faux vintage abounds http://www.etsy.com/shop/ZakkaAroundTheWorld?ref=seller_info

  17. Dun June 5, 2011 at 7:21 pm #

    quick google search for envelope template wood, first hit was this
    http://store.heliotropehome.com/woente.html

  18. Cat Power June 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Guess that says it all, Dun!

  19. Life During Wartime June 5, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    I didn’t see any of Zakka’s items listed in the vintage category.

    There were fauxtique housewares listed either as Supplies or Handmade, which are none of the above. The problem with this shop is that some of their items are supplies, like the fabrics. I’d maybe even consider the envelope template a supply — not that I know anything about handmade envelopes so I could be wrong.

    But there are a bunch of violations there. Good callout!

  20. EtsyVigilante June 6, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Although Zakka doesn’t list in the handmade or vintage catagory FIRST, they do include both handmade and vintage tags if you look beneath the first tag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/64676166/wood-envelope-template-large

    And they include a Vintage section in their shop sections and Vintage in their item titles. Very misleading to customers and I think they know it.

  21. oneangrybird June 6, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    Again I just read in the Forums that “quality” photos are a must for FP Treasury inclusion…guess that means ‘fer sure’ no generic pantyliners as a backdrop, only “quality” Kotex! GAG

  22. Life During Wartime June 6, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    Actually I did see some Handmade/Houseware items in the Zakka shop. Yeah, the stuff might be handmade but not by the shop owner. It’s all factory produced.

    Unfortunately, Etsy allows handmade items to be listed in the vintage category, have the title’s first word be ‘vintage’ for non vintage items, to use the word vintage as a tag even when that is totally irrelevant to the item for sale. It seems that the concept of ‘vintage’ held by a typical Etsy admin is virtually identical to the concept of ‘vintage’ held by the marketing department of a contemporary Chinese manufacturer.

    In other words, vintage as a word has no objective meaning any longer. It’s mostly subjective now, just like other buzz words such as “new” “improved” “better” “must have” “luxury” and so forth.

  23. Life During Wartime June 6, 2011 at 9:23 am #

    I think it counts more to have Etsy admin fave shops in the treasury — and be an admin goto curator — than to have selected items all with catalog quality photos.

    IMO, the cluttered floor pic made the FP because it fits well with Etsy’s anti-aesthetic connected with the site’s BS image for ‘vintage’. It actually fits with the I-heart-corruption trend that Etsy has been pushing. Like often-featured sellers calling rust “patina” or items in poor condition listed as ‘aged to perfection’. Or fauxtiques that started out a couple of months ago in a Chinese factory, and are now being sold as ‘shabby chic’ finds from a salvage yard, repainted and ‘distressed’ to show wear in places the items never get handled. The floor clutter is just the townhouse or apartment interior equivalent of an abandoned factory, rotting barn, or junkyard. Yuckers.

  24. JK June 6, 2011 at 9:44 am #

    Oneangrybird, link ’em to the pantyliner shot and see how they defend it!

  25. Life During Wartime June 6, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Here’s another fauxtique listed as Supplies in Zakka’s other Etsy shop:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/66365326/vintage-magic-bernard-lafond-hangers

  26. Dun June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm #

    “Here is my favourite vinatage hangers. They line up so quiet in my wardrobe and … i can smell wood …so shabby chic.

    You can get 3 vintage hangers with the wordings “Bernard Lafond”.

    Measurement: 35cm LENGTH

    Please allow slight color discrepancy cos each one is made of real wood.

    For more wood Home decor, please visit our eCRATER shop:
    http://zakkaaroundtheworld.ecrater.com

    Yes, go to the eCrater shop. Nice.

  27. Fake June 6, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    The link to the hangers listing LDW provided above also includes another Etsy TOU violation – off site linking. Tsk tsk Zakka, it’s time to report you again.

  28. Fake June 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    I convo’d Zakka about the vintage hangers and got this repsonse:

    “Sorry, these are not vintage hangers. They are Japanese orders to make to look shabby.

    We did sell some real antique hangers. I can send you message when there are really antique hangers.

    Thanks for shopping.”

  29. oneangrybird June 7, 2011 at 7:05 am #

    “They line up so quiet in my wardrobe and … i can smell wood …so shabby chic.”

    Oh for the love of gawd!

  30. Sara June 7, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Life During Wartime
    June 6, 2011 at 9:23 am #
    I think it counts more to have Etsy admin fave shops in the treasury — and be an admin goto curator — than to have selected items all with catalog quality photos.

    IMO, the cluttered floor pic made the FP because it fits well with Etsy’s anti-aesthetic connected with the site’s BS image for ‘vintage’. It actually fits with the I-heart-corruption trend that Etsy has been pushing. Like often-featured sellers calling rust “patina” or items in poor condition listed as ‘aged to perfection’. Or fauxtiques that started out a couple of months ago in a Chinese factory, and are now being sold as ‘shabby chic’ finds from a salvage yard, repainted and ‘distressed’ to show wear in places the items never get handled. The floor clutter is just the townhouse or apartment interior equivalent of an abandoned factory, rotting barn, or junkyard. Yuckers.
    ——————————————-

    that’s actually a really good critique.

  31. Life During Wartime June 7, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Thanks for posting that, Fake. Zakka isn’t misrepresenting the hangers; she is clear about them being vintage style rather than old. But in no way are they Supplies or Handmade.

  32. toastycrackers June 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm #

    I own something from Urban Outfitters that looks just like something my mom reminded me we already owned that was my grandmother’s. Duh, I knew I had seen it somewhere before!

    Since many of these items have been removed, I can’t see them. But, how do you know some things on Etsy aren’t really vintage and have just been knocked off by UO? Just an idea.

  33. Life During Wartime June 7, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    That’s a good question, toastycrackers!

    I think maybe you answered it yourself when you said ‘knocked off’. Knock-offs of vintage are not exact copies but adaptations of previous styles to contemporary trends. The look of evening bags (the examples in the call out) has changed much less than that of garments.

    A professional vintage seller will always show — or at least describe — all garment tags and give actual measurements. A lot of changes were made to the way clothing is made after the 1991 cutoff date for vintage this year.

  34. toastycrackers June 8, 2011 at 1:14 pm #

    I didn’t think about tags. The vintage item I have is metal and stamped, the UO knockoff has a “made in China” sticker on it! Of course…

  35. Emily June 16, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    JUST WANNA SAY — since this was my (now removed item)

    That I did buy it at an antique store and honestly thought it was vintage.

    😦

    Never would I do this on purpose …..

  36. Kari September 18, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    http://www.etsy.com/transaction/93256650

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