Even though I see myself as a pretty progressive and savvy person, it took me a while to warm up to Etsy. I mean, my own mother was on Twitter before I was - shameful! However, when I began spit-balling ideas for my sons' shared birthday party and came up with what I thought was a somewhat original and amazing theme, I was perturbed to realize that my go-to resource (Amazon.com) offered me NOTHING that I could use to decorate with.
Darnit - me and my creative mind! It always means more work for me. Just because I can create custom graphics and print them doesn't mean that I can work with every and any kind of media so I turned to Etsy. Let me tell you, I was overwhelmed by the amount of hand-made options I could purchase for my custom themed party. Amazing! (Oh yeah, if you're wondering what the theme of the party is... it's a cookie party theme - stay tuned for a blog about that!)
My very first purchase on Etsy were hand-made favors that I knew would be just perfect for the party. The seller was prompt, the product was amazing, and the price couldn't be beat. I mean, do you realize how much money you spend on those cheap, P.O.S. toy favors that you get from Target? A lot when you are nickle and dimed to death by substandard plastic crap that breaks after five minutes of play.
Ever since my first successful purchase on Etsy, I find myself loading up my cart every evening after the kids go to bed. I believe that there are over 40 items in there now... just waiting for me to decide which items I NEED the most. Two nights ago, I ordered three more items for the party, and I had a nice chat with a kindred spirit (another Type A overachiever from Sew Too Cute).
Yesterday, as I was in a full on party-planning-fueled obsession, I engaged with a fellow "Mompreneur" (PaperParty Girl with SuttonandCo) who worked with me to customize her products to suit exactly what I needed to bring my vision to fruition! Strong customer service and meeting genuinely nice people are things that I value in a retailer that will get my loyalty.
Doing business with the amazing small business owners on Etsy is exactly what I imagine the customer/retailer relationship to have been like many years ago when all of the businesses in a small town were locally owned by people that lived in that very town: friendly, willing to go the extra mile, fair, and excellent with customer service.
The only negative side to Etsy is that now my husband has downloaded the App and has discovered the many amazing nerd-related products he can purchase... and I have to hear about every... single... one... of... them.
Check it out - you'll be addicted! (oh, and you might make some friends in the process)
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!