|VINTAGE SHELF BEING MADE INTO HANDMADE SHELF??|
Etsy Vintage vs Etsy Handmade
When I tried to list my first upcycled vintage jewerly box on Etsy I ran into the problem of classifying items correctly. I thought if something was vintage when I started repairing, sanding, painting it that it would still be vintage when I was done. I was wrong... apparently. " Vintage is vintage and handmade is handmade" or so I have been told. This still mystifies me. Many old vintage and even antique items have been repaired, painted, fixed up, given new life over the decades. We still call them antiques and vintage. If you do it on etsy you have somehow falsified the 'vintage' aspect and made something else, something new, something handmade. I might even be brave enough or foolish enough to call it OOAK... an Etsy anagram for One Of A Kind.
Now I have to come to terms with this as Etsy is inflexible on some points while it flexes wildly on others.
I don't plan to rock the boat.
I just do. I step in a new boat...this time the boat of 'upcycling vintage' and the boat tips.
My survival will depend on how I manouver in this new boat. The boat will not change it will still float. I will be the one tossed about and possibly drown. Well isn't that a little melodramatic, but that is me always with the drama.
I still call it upcycled Vintage. After all that is exactly what it is. I will list it under handmade and tag it with both. I just can't add my favorite teams tag to it as that has too much Integrity in it to go on something once vintag(still vintage) and now handmade. I was told this today. Remove the team's tag. It stung like a slap in the face. I have never been good at following rules. It is in my nature to see things from many aspects, many angles, in many lights. I am terrible at black and white, right and wrong, I always find other ways. I am tolerent of others. I am forgiving to a fault. Something my mother told me could bite me in the butt.
I probably should have been sent to a military school...gotten the rules drilled into me. Instead I grew up Unitarian with some Quaker tossed in here and there. So I give in and bend allow them to have their views of what is vintage and I will live with mine.
This is my latest finished piece of Upcycled Shabby Chic
|Upcycled Shabby Chic Vintage Jewelry Box|
lovingly rub in bees wax and polish to a rich patina.
decorate with pearls
be true to your God and your own compass it is probably pointing you in the right direction as God guides you on your way.
|all hung with pearls and jewels|