The Casting Dock

etsy and anthro–yes, please.

So I know last Thursday I gave this little play-on-words spiel about wanting to “consume” qualities exemplified in others more so than the typical goods and services consumed in our great country. How very noble of me, I know. While that was actually true, I also just want the stuff. The shiny, glamorous, often wayyyy-out-of-my-price-range stuff.  Therrrrre’s the good American in me.

To be honest, though, I’m not much of a shopper. I mean, don’t get me wrong–I buy things, for sure.  But I don’t love the process and I certainly don’t use shopping as a stress relief activity or exciting endeavor. I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things and I don’t enjoy sifting through a ton of stuff that I don’t like just to find those few things that I love…and then to find out that they cost far more than I am willing to pay.  Not. Fun. I like to hunt for a good deal or walk through my favorite stores, but only when I’m really in the mood.

BUT, I do like online shopping, much to my husband’s dismay.  In some ways, I think online shopping is a genius idea. You can browse for a few minutes here and there, but it’s on your own time so it’s not as much of a time commitment and overwhelming process.   You have all of the options laid right out before you, one after the other, so you can compare and contrast quickly and accurately. And then it gets shipped right to your door. Genius! However, as my record indicates, online shopping is a dangerous and often (deceptively) expensive venture, as my husband often reminds me. You can’t really tell the quality or fit of clothes from glancing at an online picture, and then you end up paying not only for shipping, but also (sadly) for return shipping. Again–not. fun. So, all in all, I wouldn’t consider myself a shopper, at least not a good one.

So, I’m sticking to (online) window shopping for now… here are some anthro and etsy items that have caught my attention recently:

1. I love the look  and variety of different color combos of these necklaces, found here.

2. This fruit bowl, found here, is just so elegant and delicate (and crazy expensive). It’s sold now, but it was listed at over $400!

3. These paper garland strings, made out of old Shakespeare plays and old world maps, are so unique and creative. Check ‘em out here.

4. I am intent on having a nautical-themed room, along these lines, in my house at some point in the future:

And for said room, I would like this pillow:

5. Do you ever have those clothing items that you are intrigued by and like the look of, but would never buy or wear yourself because they just feel so outside of your normal fashion look? I do. And this anthro wrap thing is one of them:

6. Romantic bedding, yes please. Again, anthro.

7. Fun, color-pop of an anthro rug. I dig it.

PS. Why are rugs SO unbelievably expensive? That was one of those shocking revelations of becoming an adult, up there with the fact that you actually have to pay for benefits–they aren’t just free benefits tacked onto your salary. I still contend that “salary PLUS benefits” is a deceptive phrase when they really mean “salary plus the ability to pay into our benefits program.” Granted, it’s a discounted cost, but deceptive nonetheless. And I know some people’s benefits are actually free, but it seems to be the exception more so than the rule.


1 Jer { 11.22.10 at 6:44 pm }

1) I was not consulted in the future nautical-themed room decorating decision
2) That “anthro wrap thing” looks like something Tinkerbell donated to goodwill
3) I support all romantic bedding purchases

2 Rhonda { 11.22.10 at 10:58 pm }

Surprising blog. This is a distinguishing characteristics between you and your mom. Your mom loves to shop and I guess I always thought you did too. Amy is a lover of Etsy and has never regretted one of her purchases. I on the other hand don’t ever shop on-line. I am on computer all day for work and can’t imagine wanting to shop that way. I am the lone sheep in my family!

3 k&c's mom { 11.23.10 at 2:51 am }

On the subject of “why are rugs so expensive?” : what about throw pillows? Went to Pottery Barn Outlet in San Marcos yesterday in search of pillows for my living room. Hello! Cost as much as furniture, some of them do. And that is at the OUTLET. I gotta agree with Jerry’s #2. (No comment on #3.)

4 Krystin { 11.23.10 at 2:58 am }

Love Etsy! :) and Jerry you are too funny. Also like your blog lady!

5 Bryan { 11.23.10 at 6:23 am }

I was reading about etsy the other day. The article said that very few of the gals were making much money. I didn’t know you liked it. Maybe for xmas I will pick something for you from there?

Wait? Aren’t we doing pick-a-person gifts now? When do we draw names for Xmas? I entirely enjoyed last year when you asked for a $50 gift certificate so I asked Ashley for $50 in cash and then just handed my $50 to you as a “gift certificate”. That’s streamlining the shopping process. Twas a thing of efficient beauty.

6 Lisa { 11.23.10 at 2:10 pm }

You crack me up, Jer…something Tinkerbell donated to goodwill…oh pleaaaaassse. That’s why I love ya.

Totally agree on the throw pillows…they get ya in unexpected places…

Thanks for reading Krystin! Hope life in NE is going well!!

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