Etsy is a new world for me. The more I learn about it, the more I feel like I have entered a parallel universe. As I mentioned earlier, my initial impression was that of a market place for knitted stocking caps, hand made soap, and old plates. But, oh no no my dear. How I was wrong.
Besides the "vintage" lunch boxes, old school books, and hard to find milk glass, upon drilling further I have found a world of everything from beautiful antique furniture, fine chocolates, high end soaps and other toiletries, every type of personalized stationary one could want, to exquisitely hand crafted tables and couture clothes. Getting lost in searches is like some dream or nightmare (depending on your attitude toward shopping).
Who knew one could find everything for her wedding on the site from her dress to the favors for her guests? Or, a pair of shoes, whether you are looking for hand made, used, new, or unusual. Need a particular cabinet for that corner, chances are you can find it on Etsy, and you'll have a choice of new, used, antique, distressed, or whimsical. I will not even start with jewelry. There is everything from necklaces that look something akin to that I made at summer camp when I was 12 to expensive pieces one would find on Fifth Avenue.
So, I will admit right here in front of God and every one. I was wrong. There is more to Etsy than knitted scarves and handmade napkins.