Revisiting: Spizzpin

1 Sep

Pleasantly surprised that when we were looking for a post from a year ago to revisit that almost all shops posted from this time a year ago where gone! This shop is still at it, listing everything as ivory.

As posted Aug 2010:

This user has a shop full of so called Antique Genuine Ivory Pieces. Yet she has purchased many items from other users which were not ivory and has relisted them as genuine ivory. Heres one example.
Now claiming to be genuine Alaskan ivory
This person is freaking nuts, and making money of it. Some people are really handing over the bucks and receiving old resin pins and brooches. I really think she needs a good lashing.

She also resells left and right. I don’t think she even knows what ivory is since she will list any and everything as it.
Maybe she bought out Sajen recently??
I think Sajen claims they make many of their items from cow bone??

How many pairs of these does she have?

Just put it on a different hook

I guess she has a few of these laying around too??


22 Responses to “Revisiting: Spizzpin”

  1. Doodie September 1, 2011 at 10:48 am #

    Bone. There’s a sucker born more than every minute.

  2. sara September 1, 2011 at 12:54 pm #

    It’s like the twilight zone.

  3. Doodie September 1, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    On the front page, again, along with a mustache. So refreshing!

  4. oneangrybird September 1, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    laughing my ass off at “oldism” from the FP earlier…

    The above are tagged as as vintage 70’s –
    style tagged as – wait for it…. Fantasy & Neoclassical WTF?????
    and who’s it for tagged as Unisex…. hey guys like bottle too!

    I have not researched most of this shops stuff – it all looks like alibaba or oriental trading crap.

    They know how to take a FP worthy photo though , I will give them that

  5. Life During Wartime September 1, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    Seriously, who thinks oldism’s items are, like, old?

    Because when I travel and buy some local crafts or art, I always think…hmmm, better give me a gross of those wooden squirrels because 20 years from now I will want to list them as vintage on Etsy.

    I went to the grocery store tonight, and would you believe one of the managers was stacking a bunch of these:
    without the dark finish, though, a gloss coat over the inside color. Can you believe I thought ‘shit, it looks like Etsy in here now’?

  6. oneangrybird September 1, 2011 at 5:15 pm #

    laughing my ass off at LDW –

    “better give me a gross of those wooden squirrels”

    geez – it’s so bad all you can do is laugh!

  7. Life During Wartime September 1, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    Next week when I have to hit the grocery store again, I am going to check out those handled tray-crate things for Made In China stickers. Depending on the price, maybe I should buy the whole bunch and list them as ‘vintage’ I found on my last trip to Hong Kong. (jk)

  8. Trista September 1, 2011 at 5:55 pm #

    This seller really ticks me off. What a horrible thing to do to people.

    And if you read the feedback there are people talking happily about their “ivory” items. I can’t help but wonder if they’re really naive or just so dumb they can’t tell that some cheap plastic isn’t ivory.

  9. MamaSkull September 1, 2011 at 6:58 pm #

    She lives in CA…..

    CA Penal Code Section 6530 states:

    (a)It is unlawful to import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any polar bear, leopard, ocelot, tiger, cheetah, jaguar, sable antelope, wolf (Canis lupus), zebra, whale, cobra, python, sea turtle, colobus monkey, kangaroo, vicuna, sea otter, free-roaming feral horse, dolphin or porpoise (Delphinidae), Spanish lynx, or elephant.

    (b)Commencing January 1, 2010, it shall be unlawful to import into this state for commercial purposes, to possess with intent to sell, or to sell within the state, the dead body, or any part or product thereof, of any crocodile or alligator.

    (c)Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be subject to a fine of not less than one thousand dollars ($1,000) and not to exceed five thousand dollars ($5,000) or imprisonment in the county jail not to exceed six months, or both the fine and imprisonment, for each violation.

    (d)The prohibitions against importation for commercial purposes, possession with intent to sell, and sale of the species listed in this section are severable. A finding of the invalidity of any one or more prohibitions shall not affect the validity of any remaining prohibitions.

    (e)This section shall become operative on January 1, 2011.

  10. MamaSkull September 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    If it’s fake and she’s selling it as real then she committing fraud, if is’t real then she violating the PenalCode 653O

  11. MamaSkull September 1, 2011 at 8:55 pm #

    Let me rephrase that,she could be in violation of the penal code.

  12. Life During Wartime September 1, 2011 at 11:30 pm #

    That statute doesn’t mention mammoth ivory, though. Or is mammoth the same as elephant? Dunno/

  13. Really? September 2, 2011 at 4:16 am #

    Is it my imagination or is there getting to be more and more reseller shops?

    They are so easy to spot. Why are they allowed to persist when they take business away from the hard-working artisans who are the backbone of etsy, and the reason people go to etsy in the first place: to find unique and beautiful HANDMADE items!!!

  14. Really? September 2, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    Regarding selling elephant ivory:

    Even buying old ivory carvings/jewelry creates a market for ivory. Poaching is rampant in Africa and despite the best efforts of those trying to protect them, thousands of elephants and rhinos continue to be butchered every year for their tusks and horns. It is brutal and incredibly tragic for these animals and their orphaned young.

  15. Life During Wartime September 2, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Found this fauxtique from a forum post:

    How can an artist-signed OOAK piece she made be ‘vintage from the 1970s’? That means she is in her 50s, or older.

  16. nolongerbuyingetsy September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    I have a real antique tortoiseshell bracelet I got in a lot of antique jewelry on Ebay. The rules are so strict in selling an item, even antique, from an endangered animal, I wouldn’t even dare list it on Etsy. Though I could get 50-$70 for it if I did. I can’t believe the seller is dumb enough to take a chance on Ivory items, let alone fake ones and advertising them as real. Funny thing is that ivory items don’t have the sheen that the resin ones do. I could tell just by the photos that they weren’t real ivory. I’m surprised somebody hasn’t turned this seller into the fish and game. If they thought she was selling ivory, they would investigate and give her a hefty fine.
    Items made from tortoiseshell, ivory or bone have crosshatchings and other visible characteristics that you just don’t see in plastics. Geez this seller makes me mad.

  17. KidMeNot September 2, 2011 at 5:51 pm #

    Well, considering how butt-ugly that necklace is, it sure isn’t any competition for artists. The best chance that necklace has is to be shown on Regretsy.

  18. happygirl September 3, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Does anyone here know whom or where to alert about the ivory? I would be delighted to turn the seller in. Cuz I’m a bitch about stuff like this. 🙂 Me so sweeeeeeeeet.

  19. beebeedee September 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm #

    Those ivory doodads are probably bone from cattle or oxen depending on where in Asia they originate.

  20. MamaSkull September 18, 2011 at 10:54 am #

    Looks like Spizzpin got shut down and is now selling her “Ivory” wares on Artfire

  21. MamaSkull September 18, 2011 at 10:58 am #

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