It's always exciting to find an etsy shop I like, whether they're already a great success or not, but somehow it's more fun to find an up and coming shop that doesn't have a bazillion sales already. I'm always a little disappointed when I click on a thumbnail and find that it's one of those shops that has already made it. I want to find that unnoticed diamond in the rough and watch them, uh, blossom or get polished or something, and support them and feel like we're in it together. Somehow it's more satisfying that feeling like the shy new kid in the corner singing the praises of the popular kids.
So, today I found one such shop. It's Bags by Claire and I'm drooling over her stuff, especially this bag:
And, on a related note... of course it would be fun to get to know and talk to other etsians just starting out, compare notes, vent, etc., and I think I found the place. It's the Etsy D List. The blog looks like a great resource and there is a team and a forum, I think. I have to do some more poking around over there. A few weeks ago, I was starting to feel really frustrated and down about my shop (happy to report I can't even remember why now!) and it sure would've been nice to have some people who understood to talk to.