So, yesterday I posted about a shopping experience that left me feeling a little glum. The recap: I bought fabric from an Etsy store and found out that more than half of my items were 25% cheaper on their stand alone website.
Many of you provided insightful comments. Though it wasn’t left on my blog, I found this comment particularly helpful:
“They can do whatever they want within the parameters of Etsy and of their own online shop. It can suck and you can feel silly, but really, it’s their call what to charge, and your call if you want to pay whatever price is being asked.”
That person was exactly right. I felt silly. And I don’t want to feel that way when I shop.
Each exchange since I first contacted the retailer has included a tiny lecture on how I should have known that fabrics would be marked down on their website and not in their Etsy shop. Maybe so. But I didn’t. The bummer of it all is that I keep toying with the idea of switching entirely to organic. I really want to like this organic-only retailer.*
BUT! There are plenty of places to shop, and there are other happier things I want to think about!!
In the past, I bought a few lines in bundles, and I’ve realized that the leftovers don’t fit easily into my stash. I’ve got a couple of fat quarters from Kate Spain’s Fandango, Bonnie and Camile’s Bliss, and Liberty of London’s Stile lines. Do these interest anyone? Maybe a trade? Maybe a giveaway? I’m leaning toward a giveaway. I really like you all. You don’t make me feel silly.
And does anyone want a paper piecing template for a log cabin block? I had such trouble with these before, and someone suggested machine paper piecing. I thought, “Great! Where’s the template?”
I couldn’t find a template I liked, so I made one. I still need to write up instructions on how to print and piece the two pages together, but that shouldn’t take long. There will be no tutorial! There are so many fantastic paper piecing tutorials out there, and I’m still quite the novice.
So enough complaining from me! Fun things ahead!
*There are, of course, more details in this shopping experience, but I really don’t want to get bogged down in them. I long for a simpler shopping experience, and I plan to write loving posts about other retailers in the future where I name names and sing praises and we all feel like the retailers and customers can live happily every after. 🙂