for some, Etsy is a blessing…and a curse. The global creative commerce platform is home to handmade items, vintage goods, and craft supplies. From the simple to the simply strange, the global community of online shops is likely to have exactly what you need…and maybe things you didn’t know you needed…and maybe things that you really don’t actually need but buy anyway (confession: I have made a lot of these types of purchases).
Etsy isn’t for everyone, and it is by no means a perfect site, but as a buyer, I’ve used it for years now with great success to purchase everything from candles to dog bandanas to air plants affixed to geodes. It’s a great way to find unique elements to add to your home and lifestyle from all over the world–all without having to leave your couch. I personally also like the fact that I can support small businesses and individual artisans. The sheer amount of products can be overwhelming, and it might take some time to find exactly what you need, but what you want is out there.
I also like Etsy because it gives me ideas for my own DIY projects. Sometimes I look at listings and think, Hey, I can do that! But then sometimes I run into a problem: where do I get the supplies? Personally, I would love to get into soapmaking, but while I can easily find homemade bath products, finding the right supplies to make my own products can get a little tough. Maybe you can relate.
Etsy Studio is a new initiative launching in April with a focus exclusively on DIY projects and crafting. In the new marketplace, shoppers will be able to browse DIY projects and tutorials and have easy access to simultaneously shop all of the supplies necessary to make those projects. If you’re a shop owner of craft supplies, the marketplace offers new tools to increase shop visibility–without having to set up a new store or anything like that. The site will do that automatically for you.
About 8 million products will be for sale in the new marketplace–everything from beads to fabric to weaving looms. According to Etsy, all of these products will be original merchandise.
“When we look at the craft supplies marketplace, we really believe that anyone can make and we just need to bring out the joy of making,” Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson told “CBS This Morning”. “So when we designed Etsy Studio… we really baked joy into it.”
If you’re looking to redecorate your home with some nifty DIY projects come Spring, you might want to keep an eye our for Etsy Studio’s launch. Or you can check back with us for some easy DIYs, like the Image Wood Transfer project we recently tried.
Sarah is a content writer and social media assistant with a BA in literature/creative writing from Wilkes University. When she’s not spending her days at work writing, reading, and drinking coffee, she’s usually at home reading, writing, and drinking coffee. She also devotes a fair amount of time to HGTV, drawing, and doting on her dog. As a creator, Sarah believes in emphasizing personality through design and DIY projects.