Do you like window shopping? Peering through windows to get a sense of what sort of goods a shop offers? Browsing for inspiration and ideas, always finding something you can’t live without...?
I just discovered a fun way to window shop online: pouncing on Etsy. You click the “Pounce” link on the front page and images of three items appear – all from recently updated shops that have not yet had a sale (“Undiscovered”). Click “Pounce Again” and you get three more. Or, you can click “Just Sold” and view images of three items from stores that have made recent sales.
There’s a good reason(s) why many Undiscovered shops are undiscovered: the photographs of their items are terrible. (Well, a lot of the items are ugly and/or useless and/or way overpriced as well, but...) Since the internet relies only on the sense of sight, your photos must be good or people will look elsewhere. And I’m not going to feature a terrible photo on my blog because it reflects as much on me as it does the seller.
So here are some of my favorite finds (with photos that do their items justice) from recently pouncing Undiscovered stores:
I love this bright and colorful quilt block from Down South Treasures. If you can sew better than me, you could incorporate it into a quilt – maybe with blocks from several different people. But I think I would just frame it and hang it on the wall!
Wooden Horse of Texas' charming alligator push toy is made from wood and left unpainted – instead of worrying about lead-laden paint, just skip the paint altogether!
I love the fabric in this tissue cozy by A Rude Girl – what a great little gift!
A cute flower headband for young girls by A Bug, A Bub, and a Bean – the crocheted band is actually stretchy making it more comfortable to wear:
Two cool photos from KatenLow (the small size below doesn't do them justice):
These brilliant colors created by Wilson Design are printed on note cards, but four framed then hung at different angles would be a cool wall display.
This elephant onesie by Urban Hen is adorable! One thing (and maybe the only thing!) I’ll miss about baby-hood are the cute onesies!
So go and pounce away - just know you have to wade through the muck a bit to find a treasure!