[originally posted February 7, 2009]

Recently, I discovered etsy.com through Katana, who has now set up shop on the site.  Etsy is a place for people to sell handmade items, ranging from jewelry to soaps to no-wedgie underwear and pillows!  I absolutely adore the novelty of this place and the allure that customizations can often be made by request and many of these items are original and unique.  It's a fun place to explore, but handmade items come at a price!  So, for now, I won't be purchasing anything, but when I'm ready to splurge, this adorable, simple necklace is first on my list!

I really like how this site took something that seemed outdated and brought a whole new life to it.  In the olden days, people made their own stuff because they had to.  All merchants chose to specialize in something for local customers and townspeople only had those choices.  Now, it's like having one big village!  People from all over the world can browse what each person is good at and specializes in and sellers can change items per customer's request.  It's so much cooler to have something that you know is special, whether it was because you chose the color combination or you may have even contributed to the design!

The world really is getting smaller, isn't it?  That's not necessarily a bad thing as long as a sense of community is maintained and people don't always retreat to their online havens.