Some Etsy Sellers Are Worried Etsy Will Become Full of Factory Products

When they're not getting in trouble for allowing the sale of t-shirts that promote rape, Etsy seems like a pretty good place to work and buy from. But some of their vendors are upset because of new set of rules that allow people to use outside manufacturers to produce their products, making things totally less… » 10/29/13 12:20pm 10/29/13 12:20pm

Etsy Removes Horrible Rape T-Shirts, Other Gross Shirts Still Okay



A few days ago an Etsy user brought to our attention to 'fyourt,' a shop peddling appalling t-shirts with shockjock lines like "Autumn is perfect for date rape," and "I'm a sensitive guy, I only rape pregnant women." The vulgar tees set off a firestorm of a forum on Etsy and incited the Rape Abuse & Incest National… » 10/24/13 1:50pm 10/24/13 1:50pm

Why Are Women DIY Entrepreneurs Called 'Hobbyists'?

Much has been written about the so-called "new domesticity," the surge in interest in things like canning, pickling, cooking, bread-baking, sewing, knitting, and gardening, which — at least if one were to judge by the pages of Etsy.com, the "crafts" category on Pinterest, or the stalls of your local hipster market —… » 5/08/13 1:20pm 5/08/13 1:20pm

Etsy Tells Users They’ll Have to Find Another Marketplace for Human…

Etsy recently announced that it would soon prohibit people from peddling things like lighter fluid, drugs, and preserved human remains on its site, because apparently archaeologists have figured out that, in a down economy, they can sell the shrunken-head necklaces they acquired in New Guinea to hipsters looking to… » 8/14/12 9:15pm 8/14/12 9:15pm

This Mother's Day, Give the Gift of WTF

Mother's Day is on Sunday which means many of us are scrambling for last minute gift ideas. Have you gotten desperate enough to visit Etsy and blindly type "mother's day" into their search engine? You ought to try it, though not for your mom's sake (she'll get a phone call and she'll like it). No, you should try it… » 5/11/12 4:20pm 5/11/12 4:20pm

Finally Your Cat Can Live the Dream and Sleep Inside the Computer

Cats are always hovering around and on top of computer monitors. Now their dream of being able to actually climb inside and take a nap has become a glorious reality thanks to these cool cat beds made from old computers and vintage TVs by Etsy seller AtomicAttic. They're very cute, but will it be enough to tempt your… » 4/30/12 11:15pm 4/30/12 11:15pm

Etsy Will Send Lady Programmers to Hacker Sleepaway Camp in New York

In an effort to crack the glass ceiling hanging stubbornly over the heads of women in the tech industry, Etsy, the giant online flea market (but the charming kind, not the gross kind that's full of old Sega games and iffy produce), is offering 10 $5,000 grants for female programmers needing financial assistance to… » 4/07/12 3:30pm 4/07/12 3:30pm

Legislators Got You Down? Cheer Up With Uterus-centric Stuff from Etsy

It's pretty obvious that lawmakers are waging a war on women, and it can make you want to tear out your hair, scream, and cry. Here's another option: Celebrate your uterus! Prove you're proud of your reproductive organs, and feel a sense of ownership over your ladyparts — buying uterus-inspired stuff from Etsy. » 3/16/12 5:40pm 3/16/12 5:40pm

Indulge Your Crawley Addiction With Downton Abbey-Inspired Stuff From…

If your Downton Abbey obsession has spun out of control, like a scheme dreamed up by Thomas, or a love affair with a chauffeur, you might as well start shopping for stuff to go with your paper dolls. If a £7,900 day tour is a bit steep, here are some more reasonably priced alternatives to get you started. » 2/17/12 6:30pm 2/17/12 6:30pm

The Very Best Hat for a Breast-Feeding Baby

People love to get worked up about breastfeeding in public, but now a smart Etsy seller has the perfect solution to please both the lovers and the haters: The Boob Beanie. This clever deception will thrill people who are pro-exposed breasts, and provoke people who aren't—while also blocking your real boob so that the… » 2/06/12 11:15pm 2/06/12 11:15pm