Like every other design blogger, I'm a huge fan of Etsy. Almost all of the original art in my apartment, virtually every one of my pillows, and a huge percentage of my tchotchkes (especially those of the vintage brass variety) are from this incredible 24hr flea market and craft sale.
If there's one thing I know, though, it's that I'm just scratching the surface of the amazing artists and shops there are to discover, and the bigger the site gets, the harder it becomes to find them. So when I found out yesterday that Etsy had launched Etsy Pages - Pinterest like collections of items curated by top brands and blogs - I was seriously intrigued!
Essentially, the curators selected by Etsy can create categorized "boards" just like on Pinterest, and save the items they love to them. You can then follow the pages of whichever brands you choose. The main landing page shows you the peeps that are playing:
And the pages themselves are laid out almost exactly like on Pinterest:
Here's the thing: I'm loving the fact that Etsy is looking for new ways to help us weed through all the crap, but I'm gonna have to wait to pass judgement on this one. Why? Well, first because you can't follow individual boards, meaning you kind of have to want to hear about everything a brand likes. Second, because you can't search all the items within the "Pages" for a specific type of item, and third, because that means it can't get too big, so they're going to have to keep this to a select few stylemakers. That'll leave out a whole bunch whose picks/shop discoveries I'd love to see/know!
Essentially, they've taken cues from Pinterest, but maybe not enough of them, and given all of this I'm wondering how often I'll really turn here vs sticking to the original.
What do you think? Do you think this is something you'll be all over or will it make a splash and then fizzle out? Do you think it could be only be success if they just made a couple of adjustments, or not at all? Like I said, I'm really not sure and I'd love to hear your thoughts!