For those of you who don’t know about Etsy Treasuries, they are “collections” of objects for sale on Etsy, put together by members with lots of free time. And by that I mean almost everyone, as only about 6 people make any real money on Etsy. And by people, I mean Alibaba.
Etsy members make these treasuries for a variety of reasons, most of them deeply personal and completely uninteresting. But for most people, the object is to get your treasury so much traffic that it catches the attention of the cretins in Etsy’s Brooklyn funhouse, which as you know is located here:
OMG I LAUGHED SO HARD KOMBUCHA CAME OUT OF MY NOSE YOU OWE ME A KEYBOARD
In any case, the people who work at Esty are generally so busy wearing fingerless gloves in the office and pretending to be cold that they don’t have the time to put together treasuries of their own. So the more popular yours gets, the more likely it will wind up on the front page of Etsy, earning you absolutely nothing.
By far my favorite use of the treasury is protest. So I was delighted to see this treasury starting to get some attention this morning:
- Click image to view this treasury on Etsy
That’s a collection of 16 “hand crafters” who are all selling the same shitty, mass produced owl, and claiming it as their own creation. Prices for these fine hand crafts go to as high as $15.00, which is quite a bargain when you consider that the piece itself costs around $2.
I decided to look at the shops that are selling these pieces of crap as handmade, and see what possible defense they maybe using in their listings.
She found it in a magical thrift store, where Owls shit caviar. Seems legit.
Wow! All that, and she still found time to put extra letters in “jewelry!”
Then there’s this guy:
Nothing says “hand made” like photographing a mass-produced owl on a brochure touting the efficiency of your Chinese factory.
In any case, there’s always room for doubt. It’s hard to know who the resellers are, particularly when you don’t give a shit. That’s why Etsy routinely closes store like these. Better safe than sorry!
Because this is an important issue, I wanted to make absolutely sure these owls are handmade. So I decided to visit my very favorite mass crafter, toofashion2010. If she has an owl like this, it’s definitely handmade!
What a surprise. You could have knocked me over with an antique bronze hand hammered feather.
If Anna looks familiar, it’s because we showcased her 5 months ago, when a reader recognized one of her “handcrated pieces” on Modcloth. I showed you 19 of her pieces, and their exact counterpart on Alibaba, where she is clearly buying this shit and reselling it. You dutifully reported and complained.
Sometimes this seems like a thankless job. No matter how many resellers you bust and report, nothing ever really changes. But I’m pleased to report that things have changed quite a bit for Anna since we first reported her.