Revisiting- Hindsvik

2 Jul

Last year we had a post about Hindsvik :

https://etsycallout.wordpress.com/2010/07/17/hindsvik/#comments

an Etsy and treasury included darling and surprise, they are still going strong.

We pointed out in the post and in the 100+ comments that followed  non-vintage items which every time we pointed one out would strangely disappear from the shop 🙂
http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/51009423/Iodine_flask.html
http://www.indigo.com/glass/gphglass/erlenmeyer-flask.html
http://www.specialtybottle.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=14

Anyone know the source of any “new stock”?
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25 Responses to “Revisiting- Hindsvik”

  1. um no July 2, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    They were also a featured seller not too long ago……

  2. JK July 2, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    I don’t know who they own at Etsy, but they’ll never have to obey the rules.

  3. Life During Wartime July 2, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    Here’s a link to the shop:

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Hindsvik

    I’m looking at it now.

  4. Life During Wartime July 2, 2011 at 11:36 am #

    They are still playing fast and kinda loose.

    Here are 4 cushion covers for sale in their shop:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Hindsvik/search?search_query=cushion+cover&search_submit=Search&search_type=user_shop_ttt_id_5567041&shopname=Hindsvik

    Two are listed as ‘vintage’ even though they aren’t. What period pre-1992 had bits of doily sewn to furnishings? So, if they are handmade, who made them? The two listed as Handmade Housewares don’t mention any maker, just like the fauxtique ones don’t.

  5. Life During Wartime July 2, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    Here’s another fauxtique:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69565239/antique-key-necklace-01

    By Etsy’s definition of assembled jewelry that allows all the charms on a chain to be sold as handmade, this is handmade jewelry. Made by someone with so little skill they couldn’t even bother to find a small split ring (like the wire loops on your key chain) to attach the antique key to the chain so it would hang properly.

    Why not just sell the key as vintage if you are clueless about making even such simple jewelry?

  6. Life During Wartime July 2, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    This item also stands out to me as a WTF:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/75022999/vintage-wooden-birdhouse

    There are no clear shots of the top board surface to show if this item was ever used outdoors. The colors of all the wood surfaces show no aging or weathering. And they look very clean (ie, no bird droppings). If this was made as an indoor decor item, I seriously doubt it is vintage because the bird cage and bird house trend was definitely post 1992.

    The prints (didn’t look at every listing) have no date or provenance. The ones I looked at are tagged ‘plate’, so if they were removed from a book, what book?

    Actually, there doesn’t seem to be any item dating in this shop. And most items are tagged ‘mid century modern’ and ‘rustic shabby chic’ which kind of cancel each other out in terms of dating.

    The words that best describe the whole shop are ‘specifically vague’, applied to photos, descriptions, titles and tags. No way to guess the age of most of the stuff from any info given.

  7. JK July 2, 2011 at 12:37 pm #

    Wow. I didn’t think charm-on-a-chain could get less hands-on creative, but I was wrong. At least most of the absolute basic assemblers bother to open a jumpring or split ring!

  8. Sickofcupcakes July 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    A”metal” chain. They have no idea what that crappy thing is made of.

  9. adoringhag July 2, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

    ha! the maple syrup buckets could go either way, http://cgi.ebay.com/2-OLD-TIN-Maple-Syrup-Sap-Buckets-PLANTERS-LARGE-L-K-/260797170379?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3cb8b902cb

  10. susan July 2, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them on the Ontario auction circuit.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-investor/personal-finance/find-a-new-career-in-the-junk-yard/article1889772/singlepage/

  11. Life During Wartime July 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    And again on the front page, repainted item that is in ‘excellent vintage condition’…uh, not now it isn’t!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/76935874/ocean-turquoise-painted-federal-convex?ref=fp_treasury_8

    Seriously, what time period during the 20th Century featured objects like this?

    Unpainted, probably 1960s or 70s. As sold, it’s a 21st Century Etsytique — altered frame, damaged mirror, what the site promotes as ‘vintage’.

  12. it stinks July 3, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    I’ve actually come to hate this shop in the 4 years I’ve been on etsy – mostly because etsy admin shove them down our throats at every available opportunity. And JK was right, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, how many rules they break or how many times they are flagged, they will never have to obey the rules.

    At any given time, half of the stuff in their shop can be bought at any big box store near you.
    Such as this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/71609547/vintage-cutting-board
    or this:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/43446211/modern-hair-pin-planter – which is currently available at the Dollar General down the street from my house for about $3. I have 3-4 on my porch right now. ANd it’s not a planter. It’s for setting your potted plants on to give them height behind other potted plants on your porch.
    These salad bowls are available at Target:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65201067/vintage-teak-bowls

  13. it stinks July 3, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    This won’t make any sense until my previous comment goes through but in addition to the “vintage teak bowls” that I commented about, they seem to have lots of “vintage” you can buy them right now at Target salad bowls.

  14. Life During Wartime July 3, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    I am waiting with breath that smells like bait, It Stinks.

    ECO is probably out enjoying the day. I’m hiding inside due to it be a stanky ozone action day…just sent you a reseller callout, ECO!

  15. it stinks July 3, 2011 at 2:51 pm #

    You’re funny LDW.
    I’m currently baking a cake for tomorrow 🙂 It’s too hot here to go outside.

  16. sickofcupcakes July 4, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Soooo many Ball jars! Anyone stupid enough to buy them on etsy deserves to lose their money.

  17. Dee July 7, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    I was just telling my Dad the other day, he really needs to list his vintage and collectible stuff on etsy. There are cases of old ball jars in my grandma’s cellar.

  18. Life During Wartime July 7, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Okay, It Stinks, I can see your comment now.

    Here are the plant STANDS (not PLANTERS) on Alibaba:

    http://www.alibaba.com/product-gs/467079114/Garden_Wire_Plant_Stands.html

    and there are at least a handful of variations on this design in Google Images. But you have to realize that you are searching for a wire plant stand. The title of the Etsy item is misdirection away from what the item actually is.

  19. Life During Wartime July 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I am going to try posting this comment again.

    I can see your comment now, It Stinks. You are right about the ‘planters’ being plant stands. There are some similar ones on Google Images but they are nicer, with either little loops on each side to lift and carry or more support for the flower pot on the round surface.

  20. Life During Wartime July 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm #

    Oh, shoot. Are comments awaiting moderation now invisible to the poster? Or is it the different browser I have on my desktop?

  21. it stinks July 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Thanks LDW. That’s them all right. I think the ones I bought from the Dollar Store are a little nicer than Hindsviks/Alibaba’s.

    And I agree with sickofcupcakes, if people are stupid enough to buy this crap that’s available EVERYWHERE, they deserve to loose their money. But unfortunately, unethical sellers like hindsvik reap the rewards.

  22. beyond disgust July 9, 2011 at 9:28 am #

    Even if you do zero research and know nothing about antiques and vintage, a seller like this should give you pause. I disagree that anyone buying Ball jars on Etsy is stupid–not everyone has a cellar full. But find a seller who has done their homework and can give you some information about it–date, if possible (some of this info. is easily available), specifics about the condition, detailed photos. The reputable vintage sellers on Etsy don’t just slap up a pretty picture. Unfortunately, the pretty picture is all that matters to Etsy.

    Check out this seller from e-bay with an identical item to one from Hindvisk. Who would you rather buy from?

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290584608940+&clk_rvr_id=246605868833

  23. Life During Wartime July 9, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    There are reputable vintage sellers on Etsy who do have listings like the one on Ebay, and photos that show marks and defects clearly. However, if you compare vintage sellers on Etsy with similar items listed, the shops with less information in the listings do better in sales. It’s not about having a first photo that is front page, or at least Treasury, worthy. It’s more about having a smug, know-it-all, hipster attitude coming through in your listings and not giving anything factual away about your item. This is even true for vintage clothing and accessories shops where sellers do well who never show a tag or name a maker. But somehow they know the fabric content. Uh, that’s on a tag? You should say that and show that. Or is this a newish item, and you read the fabric content before you removed the tag? Buyers beware!

  24. beyond disgust July 10, 2011 at 6:26 am #

    I never really thought of arrogance and ignorance as a marketing strategy, but I guess you’re right.

    It seems a wonder that people would fall for it, but then they’d also pay $120 for a sweatshirt from Abercrombie and Fitch.

  25. Jolly Polly Pickins - Lindsey Couch September 2, 2011 at 3:27 pm #

    I sell vintage on Etsy. I have at times been guilty about not providing enough information on an item, sometimes you just know the age of an unmarked item and there isn’t really a whole lot to say because you might not actually know the name of a pattern etc.. I think any dealer anywhere has occasionally had that issue. If anyone e-mails me with questions I always answer them honestly and the one time someone pointed out that something was a very good repro I took it down right away. Mistakes are bound to happen though.

    I also have been guilty of selling an item for more than I would personally pay for it, because it’s what the current market will bear and for whatever reason some items are just ridiculously popular. Truly in my opinion in any business you sell your product at whatever price your buyer is willing to pay. That’s just reality.

    Having said all of that (I wanted to be upfront) this callout and the links and information people have provided is just so terribly defeating and sad to hear. I never really paid much attention to Hindsvick because I don’t consider them a competitor (their style and vintage items are clearly way different then what i offer) After reading it all and checking out their items I have come to the same conclusion that many of you have and it is not a positive one. I did convo them once about how they can offer such low shipping on oversize items because we both live in Canada and it’s just not possible. (They didn’t respond)

    Please though don’t write off all Etsy vintage sellers, some of us really have shops for the right reasons and have a genuine love for what we do and what we sell. I love vintage because of the design and history associated with an item and I truly love sharing it with others. Yes I am a business, but I would not compromise my honesty for money and would hate to think all Etsy vintage sellers might end up with a bad reputation because they are guilty by association.

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