Here in the UK Etsy is still fairly unknown. There has been an increasing amount of press about the site over in the US, including a large piece in the New York Times and a recent TV appearance on CBS Morning news (see the Etsy.com Blog press page for these & more press clippings). We have therefore been completely delighted this spring to find not one but two mentions of wonderful Etsy in our weekend papers.
Firstly, Etsy was mentioned in The Guardian's "Craft" guide, 03/Feb/07. Extolling the delights of crafting and the pleasures of the handmade this was the perfect place for what we reckon is the very first mention of Etsy in the UK National Press. "Crafty Websites we love" features Etsy's currently out-of-service feature Alchemy (part of the site which allows buyers to commission bespoke items from sellers) and, marvellously, ends by mentioning "There are a number of UK craftsters, if you can't wait long for shipping."
Secondly, the Etsy experience received rave reviews in and The Sunday Times "Style" supplement, 11/Mar/07. (Hilariously dubbed "The London Times" on the Etsy press page!) "Cyber Craft: Want to find one-off pieces for your home? Danielle Proud* explains why the internet has become the place to shop for everything hip and handmade."
Etsy is described as having "an alternative village-fête vibe" and as having lots of "scope for spontaneity and serendipity" in its shopping experience. We were also very proud to see several UK Etsy sellers mentioned, and their items pictured! Swank's jewellery was mentioned and a lampshade and this cool retro cushion cover from Hunkydory also made an appearance:*For those who have not heard of Danielle Proud, she is a fairly famous British crafter and author of "House Proud: Hip Craft for the Modern Homemaker"