The first of my shopping spree items: a kanzashi hairclip from Gochemoche. I first saw her work on Modish, and I knew that I had to have one. $6 for the clip, plus $2 shipping in a nice gift box filled with paper stars and a pair of earrings:
It's so pretty! People know I make stuff and thought I made it myself, but sadly, I don't have this kind of talent. Customer service was great, too. A minor issue came up with the clip, and she responded right away offering to pay for return shipping. It was something that I easily fixed, so I didn't need to take her up on the offer. Definitely appreciated it, though. I love my clip and wear it quite a bit. Due to my sad financial state, I have to resist buying more. The affordable price makes temptation so difficult to resist. I'll continue to window-shop until a) I have more money to buy clips for myself, or b) I need a birthday gift.
The next thing I bought was a polymer clay apple charm by Jessica Jane:
I don't know why, but I wanted an apple charm. This non-traditional one was just perfect. There's glitter all over the surface, including the part that's washed out by sunlight. Also $6 and only a dollar for shipping (not some trumped-up price like on eBay).
Finally, gifts for several people I'm collaborating with them for a performance (or should I say dragged them into it). I'm not going to reveal what I got for 2 of the people just in case they might come across this post, but suffice it to say it involved custom embroidery. AuntiFranni was so quick to respond to my inquiries that I decided to stick with her for the custom order. Through almost-instantaneous back-and-forths, we hashed out exactly what I wanted. I got 2 items for $8 each plus $4.05 for priority shipping--roughly $10 per person. It's quite a deal, considering the embroidery job alone costs $8 at some places. I got my package today and I am very happy with it. I've always had such a hard time finding affordable yet suitable gifts for guys, but these are perfect. They're so much better than, say, a gift card--the only "nice" gift that I would have been able to afford.
One of the hidden treasures of Etsy orders is the free gift. I don't buy things with the expectation that I'll get a gift, since the goods are already so reasonably priced to begin with, but many sellers do throw one in (myself included). Fran sent me this one:
It's a chapstick/lipstick holder-slash-keychain. Ain't it nifty?
I still have to find one more gift for my third collaborator and I need it ASAP, so I better continue my shopping!