My interest in Etsy is quickly becoming an obsession. I've made a few purchases lately, and I'll share those with you when they arrive.
The only problem with the site is the overwhelming number of options. It's great if you're looking for something specific. But if, for example, you're looking for a blue necklace, you can search for "blue necklace" and come up with 34,456 items. Hard to filter through all of that.
Enter the Pounce function (go to www.etsy.com, click on "Buy," then click on "Pounce"). Here you can click through the most recent purchases people have made. It's basically like randomly browsing through the site. You might see a necklace you like or a really great handbag. Then you can go to that artist's store and look around. I justify my use of this by saying it's more efficient, but really it's an incredible time-waster.
If you "Pounce" often enough, which I do, you can notice some trends, like an artist who sells a lot of prints, or someone who has popular scarves. Some of the trends are a bit more disturbing.
Case in point: Bloomers. You know, pantaloons. Recommended for use in re-enactments, Renaissance fairs, or just to wear around the house. Everytime I pounce someone has bought a pair of bloomers, and for some reason, they're always selling in plus sizes. We should all quit our jobs and start selling bloomers, because evidently they're in high demand.
[brace yourselves] Cloth menstrual pads. Now, come on. I'd like to preserve the environment too, but shouldn't some things just be DISPOSABLE? DAH! They do come in some very cute patterns and fabrics though. STILL WRONG.
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