I am now at my summer job in California and my Etsy store is on vacation. I am still spending most evenings making treasuries.
Most? How about every?
I can stop anytime I want.
Really? When was the last time you went a night without making one or two.
Was it last week? I think I only made one on the 4th.
Because you were socializing that day. Remember? With other people? Coversation, food, conviviality? You need an intervention.
Hi, my name is Tangletale and I am an Etsy addict.
But they’re sooo much fun…
I have had a realization as to why I am so mesmerized by this. It’s virtual hoarding. I can select from all the beautiful, wacky, brilliant, clever things on Etsy, group them together in a way that pleases me and it feels a lot like the high I used to get from binge shopping but it doesn’t burden me with any more stuff. These things don’t need me to find them a place on the mantel. I don’t have to worry that however much I love an item it won’t look right with anything else in my house. I won’t have a panic attack when I get my credit card bill. It doesn’t produce any clutter and I don’t have to figure out where to store it or how to get rid of it when I’m tired of it.
I make these treasuries to please myself. I usually have 20-50 viewers and some positive comments, mostly from people whose items I have picked. I would normally expect to lose my obsession with this sometime soon- after all I don’t spend hours every day on Facebook or Ravelry any more.
Eventually, I am sure, the positive reinforcement I get from being noticed on Etsy will fade and the honeymoon will end.
Or so I thought last night as I was, yet again, putting items together, ignoring the clock and pretending it wasn’t going to take anytime at all.
I did a fun assortment of bright colored unusual things, entitled it “The Wild Bunch” and then saw that I had several items in my favorites that could anchor a storm theme and went to work on that. When I posted that one I just happened to notice that the colorful unusual treasury had had 500+ visitors in under 2 hours. When that happens Esty puts it in the beginning of the treasuries- under hottest- so even more people will see it.
I have a hot treasury!
By this morning there were 1033 hits. That’s rare even for a hot treasury.
Then someone posted it on her blog. Here.
This has upped the stakes. Like winning at Blackjack or having my house included in a decorating magazine spread. I can’t quit now.
Really? Your House? You’re kidding.