Etsy is a social commerce website focused on arts, crafts, handmade and vintage. They’re on a mission to help people make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. (Many thanks to Megan Brown, State Library of Victoria)
All vintage items on the site – which include boots, dresses, ice skates, hats and scarves – have one thing in common: they’re all at least 20 years old. That’s the only rule. The site follows the tradition of open craft fairs, giving sellers personal storefronts where they list their goods for a fee of $0.20. It’s been compared to ‘your grandma’s basement’ and a ‘crafty cross between Amazon and Ebay’.