okay, now that i’ve told you how i got here (how did i get here??), i should probably fill you in on what i’m doing here.
for the last couple of years, i’ve been obsessed with a little website known as – Etsy. i’m always shocked when people tell me that they’ve never heard of it, so for those of you who haven’t…i’ll provide the Wikipedia definition…
Etsy is a website that provides the general public with a way to buy and sell handmade items as well as vintage items and craft supplies. Handmade items cover a wide range including art, photography, clothing, jewelry, edibles, bath & beauty products, and toys. The site follows in the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee.It has been compared to “a crafty cross between Amazon and eBay”,and to “your grandma’s basement”.
so, now that you know what it is, you must go check it out!
anyway, my obsession started with simply perusing handmade goods – holiday cards, jewelry, art…then i started buying birthday gifts, christmas gifts and organic candles. i was absolutely amazed by all the talent. it was like going to a craft fair, only online! but then…i discovered the VINTAGE shops…i would click for hours! i was enamored with the gorgeous vintage dresses, old cowboy boots, luggage, jewelry…you name it, i was obsessing over it. eventually, i made my first “vintage” purchase – a retro, vinyl carry-on luggage-type bag. i fell in love and HAD to have it. *sigh*
the obsession only grew from there. not only would i click and shop for hours, but i started reading the blogs of the people who opened these shops. i dug the styling – pairing vintage skirts with boots and tights, victorian shirts adorned with lace and ruffles paired with skinny jeans, even boy’s catholic school blazers were a hot commodity!
i started to think to myself…i can do this! i have an eye for fashion. i get a thrill out of finding things that are now “one of a kind” for $5.00 at a local thrift store. i can put cute outfits together if i rummage through my closet and accessorize…i can do this and i WILL do this…
…and here we are. the plan is to open my very own Etsy shop by march of 2010; however, i wanted to start this blog first, because – #1. it’s fun, #2. i like to write and #3. i love the idea of networking with like-minded people, who share the same interests.
although the point is to use this website to showcase the vintage items i will eventually sell, i’d also like to use this blog to talk about any and all things fashion related. i’ll probably even share things about my life, my son, trips i go on, etc.
i’m excited! cheers to big things in 2010!