12 Jul

In today’s Etsy Finds: Lightning Bug/Firefly Jar


52 Responses to “PinkAlley”

  1. Sue July 12, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    That is so messed up! There are more & more listings such as this and Etsy seems to care less.

  2. cynicallyopenminded July 12, 2011 at 9:43 am #

    oh well done, easy. and it sold.

  3. Life During Wartime July 12, 2011 at 10:30 am #

    Wait…you are saying a listing with an Ebay-watermarked photo was in the Finds?
    Most of the items sold by the shop were this reseller thingie.

    It is easy for mass produced items like this to make the finds, and other features, because Etsy’s primary criterion for choosing items is how well they fit the planned marketing trends. And these trends are identical to those used by producers of decor and housewares targeted to Etsy’s chosen demographic. In this case, the pseudo-greens, who seen no contradiction in the concept of a battery-powered faux firefly jar and an earth-friendly pose.

  4. christine July 12, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    LOL at ebay watermark. and fwiw, i think that thing is ugly and screams dollar store….

  5. Life During Wartime July 12, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    I guess no one looked at PinkAlley’s other photos. Dead giveaway that she didn’t take the firefly jar photo. Even if you had never seen this item for sale elsewhere, the watermark and the difference in photo quality would make an intelligent person say ‘what is going on here’? How stupid are the people who work for Etsy that they don’t know that a pic with an Ebay watermark is a STOLEN image? And stolen images in a listing give off the odor of eau de reseller.

  6. Trista July 12, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Wouldn’t this be considered fee avoidance (though maybe not intentional)?

    “To customize your quantity, please purchase this listing for $1. Include the number of clothespins you would like in the message to seller section. I will then send you an invoice through Paypal for the remaining balance due.”

  7. Life During Wartime July 12, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Yes, that is fee avoidance. Dunno if it is intentional or mistaken. I think the proper way to do a custom quantity is to set up a reserved listing, right? For the quantity ordered at the price the customer will pay.

  8. etsyvigilante July 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Actually 7 of the Firefly jars sold – at about $25 each (can’t remember exact price). She’s probably ordering more. Shades of BlessedinMaine!

  9. Trista July 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    So… on the first link that sells them, 7 jars costs $79.58 with shipping (about $11.37 a piece). The cost from PinkAlley for one with shipping is $30.99 ($24.99 + $6 shipping).

    So she’s made at least $13.62 profit on each jar, or $95.34 profit on all 7 that have sold.

  10. Life During Wartime July 12, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

    Saw this item on the FP just now
    and wondered what the story is with the shop. Lots of ceramic knick knacks listed, all with delayed delivery time of 2 weeks! Profile says that the seller lives in an apartment crammed with found objects that are for sale. Where is there a ceramic studio? Where is the mention of who makes the ceramic items, and where?

  11. marie July 12, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    umm – he is sold 4 of these the past week:

    highly doubt (s)he makes them

  12. PokerFace July 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm #


  13. PIF July 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I have definitely seen those birds somewhere and it will come back to me. It was like The Christmas Tree Shop or somewhere like that. And hey they were featured seller too! Not surprised creaturecomforts featured them also — she’s a dumb as a post when it comes to original creators and loves featuring hipster crap stolen from real artists.

  14. kitten July 12, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    BrooklynRehab was a featured seller and I’m almost positive I’ve seen an article (Storque maybe) that they make the ceramic things (I think everything is white) – somehow seeing photos of their items in the process/steps of being made sticks in my memory. I can see if I can find it, but I will check back in case someone proves me wrong. 🙂

  15. kitten July 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm #

    Life During Wartime said:

    Saw this item on the FP just now
    and wondered what the story is with the shop. Lots of ceramic knick knacks listed, all with delayed delivery time of 2 weeks!

    They say “made to order”, so I don’t think a delayed delivery time of 2 weeks is unusual.

  16. kitten July 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm #

    Found this on Apartment Therapy – Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge

    “Jane would like to thank the illustrators, artists and designers who contributed work to her window.”

    ((Alyssa Zygmunt who made 36 white ceramic gnomes for me –

  17. PussDaddy July 12, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    PinkAlley should have been named the Brown Highway.

  18. Life During Wartime July 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm #

    kitten, I’m not going to buy handmade from a shop on Etsy that includes NO information about where and how they make their items (How many resellers say only that they handmade the items with love?). If you have to go to a website, or someone else’s blog, why should I bother? There are plenty of ceramic artists on Etsy who do more than pour and decorate and fire at someone else’s (???) studio. And they make sure to have that information front-and-center in their Etsy shop. I am not saying she is a reseller. I am saying there is no way based on her shop info to know who does what and where. And I get an odd vibe from someone who is supposed to be a ceramics artist making a big deal about the fact that a bunch of dishes she made were kiln-fired. What kind of ceramic dishes aren’t?

  19. WittyBird July 12, 2011 at 6:57 pm #

    There once was some bugs in a Jar..
    True Sellers said ” HEY! That’s one too Far!”
    Etsy said “No it aint”
    We said “That just Stank!”
    And the Fake Seller went Hearty HAr HAr!

  20. etsyvigilante July 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    Brooklyn Rehab is legit.

  21. etsyvigilante July 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm #

    Pink Alley’s got more jars! Probably ran out to Great Indoors to get more – I can’t believe Etsy’s leaving these up. What happened to marketplace integrity?

  22. marie July 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    her store is now empty!!!

  23. marie July 12, 2011 at 8:29 pm #

    is it just me?? who wants someone else’s shoes? i LOVE LOVE LOVE thrift store shopping, and if there were shoes with tags on maybe, but i just can’t do used shoes . . . and if there isn’t a label on a shoe (or boot), how does one know they are 20 years old? do shoes have rings like trees?

  24. EtsyVigilante July 13, 2011 at 6:24 am #


    Her shop and firefly jars are still there. 😦

  25. Sue July 13, 2011 at 7:55 am #

    how does one know they are 20 years old? do shoes have rings like trees?


  26. ohmeohmy July 13, 2011 at 8:16 am #

    I don’t think anyone should be calling out shops with just “suspicion” to back it up. It isn’t right.

    If you have proof, then go for it. Otherwise, why call out shops where you are really not sure and ruin someone’s rep? That’s not what this blog is for.

    I think the ceramics look fine and legit.

  27. ohmeohmy July 13, 2011 at 8:17 am #

    And whether or not you like used shoes, they are allowed on etsy. Come on, peeps!

  28. ohmeohmy July 13, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Otherwise, this blog is going to lose all credibility.

  29. Life During Wartime July 13, 2011 at 9:24 am #

    I never said that Brooklyn Rehab was a reseller.

    This blog is for calling out all the BS issues on Etsy, not just about reselling.

    I keep getting silly emails from Etsy about how to represent my shop and my items. About telling the story of my items. And I wondered about a shop selling widely diverse items, many handmade, that had no story anywhere in the shop except for the claim ‘I make this’.

    I have no reason to think that she doesn’t pour stuff into molds, fire her pieces, decorate them, and fire them again. We did this project when I was a girl scout in 5th grade. And that is legit handmade on Etsy. Other shops use molds designed and made by others, too, and they are also legit. But there is no story about how a shop owner living in an apartment crammed with her found items does ceramics. That’s all I ever said. I think other comments about seeing similar items for sale is because the stuff is made with commercial molds that lots of crafters have access to. That is not reselling. That is still handmade.

  30. christine July 13, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    I don’t think anyone was calling out the ceramics or the shoes … For the shoes, she was just asking one can say shoes are vintage if you don’t know how old they are?

  31. Life During Wartime July 13, 2011 at 10:19 am #

    Used shoes are an issue on Etsy because so many pairs aren’t vintage. There was a pair on the FP earlier this afternoon that had some kind of label visible inside, but the seller never mentioned it or what was on it. Have no way to know how old they are. Same deal with the boots at the link — no information about labels — you can get a little flashlight and shine it down there, people, and see what labels there are in a pair of ankle boots! The best way to pass a newish thrift shop pair off as vintage is leave out all the info so no one can look up the dates for the maker online. Problem solved!

  32. EtsyVigilante July 13, 2011 at 11:38 am #

    On Etsy’s front page today ROMANTIC WHITE BIRDCAGE weddings shabby chic french country wooden vintage

    NOT French, NOT vintage, NOT handmade as tagged. Unbelievable. Please report.

  33. sickofcupcakes July 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    Sellers like this piss me off. Stick something on what you are selling and then add it to the tags. She has crap like that all through her shop. This soap dish has nothing to do with a damn bunny.

  34. Life During Wartime July 13, 2011 at 12:53 pm #

    Front page treasury right now has a few questionable ‘vintage’ items, but they need research before a callout. Not this one, though:
    Listed as vintage, but seller explains in detail how she altered it. The person(s) who choose the treasuries for the FP have to sit down for coffee with the person who worked wiith ShabbyMcfabby to get her shop back up according to the rules. An item altered to this extent is handmade, people. The metal can or whatever it is was just the seller’s canvas so-to-speak for her painting.

  35. booboo July 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    Ahh, I love it when a reseller decides to ask questions in the forums and brings attention to themselves, but declines to answer questions there as to how they make their items:

    scroll down to the 3rd from bottom post on the 1st page

  36. Chris July 13, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    I love this blog. Thx for putting it all together.

  37. jobradleyviamargutta51 July 13, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I reported the romantic white birdcage. I’m sure it came from Home Goods or Hobby Lobby for $35.00. Why do treasury curators choose blatant resell items again and again? It’s amazing how many treasuries this crap is in. Has anyone found treasuries that are deliberately comprised of all resale items? I’m sure it would make FP!

  38. WittyBird July 13, 2011 at 4:03 pm #


    If you love thrift store shopping then love it.
    Nothing wrong with that.
    if you dont have the “chops” to know whats 1991 and 1951?
    Then CLEARLY you shouldnt SELL.

    it’s not your customer’s job to teach you what the hell you are selling.
    Get an education,knowledge about your product,
    that takes time,
    that is also worth something-
    knowledge , skill , and taste.

  39. marie July 13, 2011 at 4:37 pm #

    that wasn’t directed at me was it?? i don’t sell old shoes.

  40. Life During Wartime July 13, 2011 at 8:16 pm #

    Here’s a pair from a company that’s been in business since 1993, on the Etsy front page right now:
    Not possible for them to be vintage.

  41. WittyBird July 14, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    Marie, sorry my comment was to all “Just For Fun Vintage Sellers”-
    mostly I think they just dont know any better,
    they also don’t really mean harm.

    ( CERTAINLY some do, knowingly harm.)

    But the “OH I love Junk Store Shoppers” create just as much
    damage as the ones who are doing it on purpose!
    It’s Etsy’s job to police it’s site,
    It’s Etsy job to apply it’s rules,
    it’s Etsy job to be smart enough to know the difference.
    It’s not Callin out on Etsy’s job to “teach” Etsy what is & isnt-true vintage,
    but they leave themselves open to it by lack of action and/or
    knowledge to do so.

    I wish Etsy would just grow the hell up.

  42. cynicallyopenminded July 14, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    The other one sold and she has a new picture up for this listing.

  43. Life During Wartime July 14, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    Etsy redefines ‘new in package’ with this item that sold from the front page treasury:
    I looked at all the photos, but there is no sign of packaging. I guess the date, maker’s name (missing completely from the listing), and country of origin were on the invisible package.

    Another example proving that vintage sells better on Etsy without any evidence to back up sellers’ claims of age or origin.

  44. wittybird July 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Wonders if she was “instructed” to take her own photo?


  45. marie July 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    my frickin GAWD – how can all of us report her and she is still selling them?

    i second the bull shit

  46. marie July 14, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    and her new pic has already made a TREASURY people!

  47. Life During Wartime July 14, 2011 at 4:41 pm #

    I don’t think she took that photo, although I might be wrong. The listing still only has one photo. She should be flooded with requests to include a photo of the thing lit up in the dark. That would be interesting…

  48. marie July 14, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    she sells it for $5 less on ebay, which is odd since ebays fees are higher

  49. WittyBird July 14, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    Ebay’s and Etsy’s fee are comparable when you factor in
    relentless renewing that is so highly

  50. marie July 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    speaking of shoes… in her listing, she states that the company started in 1993 . . . then they can’t be vintage, correct?

  51. marie July 15, 2011 at 11:01 am #

    ignore post above – apparently she “upcycles” shoes by added bows and chains…

  52. EtsyVigilante July 15, 2011 at 8:30 pm #

    Apparently the Firefly Jars are made by RAZ Imports

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