Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Web Secret 402: Etsy

As change occurs ever more rapidly, it is interesting to take note of the survivors.

Take Etsy.

Founded in 1998, (that's a million years ago on the Internet,) it is a peer-to-peer e-commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, as well as unique factory-manufactured items.

I dimly remember examining the site soon after it became popular and never buying anything.

But I made a return visit recently, spurred on by a desperate quest to locate steel furniture to match my antique metal autopsy table.

My, Etsy, how you've grown.

There are all kinds of hard to find things on the site:

Steampunk Victorian aviator goggles? Check.

Upcycled Clothing and Accessories from Lithuania? Check.

Hand forged rings made from Morgan dollars? Check.

I didn't find the steel chairs of my dreams, but came across this super cool (and well priced) raw industrial nightstand made in Los Angeles.

Check it out.

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