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What is My Favorite Website?

I don’t consider myself to be very technologically advanced, although I do consider myself to be extremely Internet “savvy.” As many people do, I conduct about 90% of personal business on-line. This amount of time spent online includes financial planning, banking, trading, shopping, school, shopping, correspondences, work, research and shopping (it’s no mistake that I mentioned shopping three times.) I have to say that it is very hard to really pin down which Web sites are my favorites, because I have so many. Some Web sites are great because of their functionality, some are great because of their intention, and some are great because of their design. In deciding what my favorite Web sites are I came up with a list of Web sites that I visit with any frequency (excluded many of my financial website visits for the purpose of privacy):

  • craigslist.com
  • ebay.com
  • richmond.edu
  • timesdispatch.com
  • etsy.com
  • anthropologie.com
  • shopgoodwill.com
  • aol.com
  • cnn.com
  • shrm.org
  • ikea.com
  • jonathanlevinegallery.com
  • google.com
  • netaporter.com
  • styleweekly.com
  • richmond.com
  • indeed.com
  • careerbuilder.com
  • hotjobs.com

I looked up  my Internet browsing history for the last couple of months and I decided to really look at what each Web site has to offer. Although it was hard to make a decision, I decided that my favorite Web site is http://www.etsy.com/. This is by far a pleasure pick!

Etsy is essentially an auction site for only handmade items. It allows craftsman and artists from around the world to introduce themselves and sell their products. It allows buyers to purchase well crafted,  original, handmade, and often recycled products completely online . Buyers can even search for local artisans. Not only can you find handmade items for sale ranging from art to furniture, you can learn skills and tips through the community and blog. Etsy also has a section dedicated to buying crafting supplies from other crafters…which is a nice form of recycling. I know I have crafting supplies leftover from years ago… I could probably unload and make a few bucks! This niche Web site, which is totally run by collaborational technology is very inspiring for someone like me, a master craftsman want-to-be!

Where else on the Web can you talk one on one with spectacular (up and coming) artists, learn some skills to make money at home, and buy items with no middle man?  ETSY.COM

Items for sale on Etsy range from practically free to over $10,000. Here are a few examples of things listed for sale right now:

     shabby chic vintage lamp ($34)

   vintage style handmade bobbies ($9)

  designer handmade necklace worn by a seen cover model ($2,800)

  stuffed owl toy ($32)

  a vintage renewal chair ($600)

  glass mosaic penguin sculpture ($370)


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I had never heard of the ETSY.com site. It is pretty cool. I’m going to try to get my wife to purchase the penguin.

I really like going to the arts and crafts shows around Richmond to check out local artists and I make it a point to always purchase something. It make you feel good to have something hand made. Mass produced fungibles just have no soul or character. I particularly like hand-made furniture, which I used to make in may spare time. If I could, I’d redo my whole house in one-of-a-kind items; but, alas, my pocket book doesn’t allow it.

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