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April 1st, 2012, 02:18 PM
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So I've heard good things about Etsy. Never been on it, never used it. Well someone said to search for bedding for the nursery since I can't seem to find anything I really really like... and OH MY WOW!!! They have some super duper adorable stuff... but I just cannot get over the prices. I can't believe people pay this much, is this stuff even WORTH that much?? I know people put their time into making it and what not, but it still seems off the wall. (maybe I'm naive?) For example this super duper cute (over the top yes, but cute none the less) set is $725!! I'm in shock.



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April 1st, 2012, 02:31 PM
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Garishness is expensive I guess!
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April 1st, 2012, 02:31 PM
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I would NEVER pay that much for bedding for my child that'll get drolled on, pee'd on, poo'd on and spit up on. Heck, I am too cheap to spend $100+ on a bedding set at Babies-R-Us or Target for that reason. Hah.
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April 1st, 2012, 02:34 PM
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I do love Etsy, and since I make handmade stuff, I do my best to support other handmade sellers as well. Makes me feel better than spending money at Walmart.

But yes, there are some obnoxious prices on there. But I think that's what you come across a lot when you buy one-of-a-kind hand made products. Since I do know about making things and selling them, I'd never spend that much money on it. Unless it seems like it's worth it. I generally look at the cost of supplies (fabric, decals, thread, elastic, buttons, etc) plus the time that went into it to account for an hourly salary for the person who put it together. I dunno, I could make that same item in 5 hours for about $150-175. I generally give myself an hourly salary of $12-15/hr. Some people also add in business costs, marketing, and revenue. Still, it seems obnoxious to me to charge more than $300 for something like that.

But that's just me. There are ladies out there who sell this stuff at craft fairs and boutiques and fancy places and make a killing. So there's also the law of supply and demand. Maybe she's really popular in her area or something, so she had to jack up her prices to meet the demand and balance the weight of her orders.

You can find some really amazing stuff on Etsy though. And the cool thing is that you are usually helping to support an actual person, instead of a large corporation and you end up with really cute stuff. Not everyone on there has obnoxious prices.... just some folks do. Like that lady, lol
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April 1st, 2012, 02:45 PM
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You can find some decent prices on Etsy, and so much is one-of-a-kind. But, yes, much of it is ridiculously priced!
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April 1st, 2012, 02:45 PM
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Wow, that is expensive!
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April 1st, 2012, 02:56 PM
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I agree with Que. Some things (not so much this) are expensive and rightfully so when you consider the cost of materials and amount of labour - I think of quilts in particular; but yes, there are things on there that are just stupidly priced. There are also very fair prices, lovely custom/one of a kind pieces and quality products made by artisans rather than factories. It makes me enjoy a product on a whole other level knowing some love and attention went into making it as opposed to mass produced crap.
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April 1st, 2012, 04:10 PM
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Not to mention that bed is just screaming "WHO CARES ABOUT SIDS? My baby's bedding is super fluffy and cute!" (and totally unsafe).

Blech!

I am not one who has ever obsessed about crib bedding. You can't use a bumper, you can't use a quilt, and you can't use pillows....or at least until they are much older. So you end up using sheets and a bedskirt......so for baby #2, that's what I'm buying....some cute sheets (at least 3 for frequent changing) and a bedskirt, with a changing table cover that matches.

I'd rather spend lots of money on a great stroller or a night nurse
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April 1st, 2012, 06:33 PM
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Wow, that's outrageous! As a crafter, I understand charging for the time spent, but holy cow- that is ridiculous! You can find some cute and decently priced things on etsy, I LOVE etsy, but it's a matter of having to look through a lot of things like this first.
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April 1st, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Not to mention that bed is just screaming "WHO CARES ABOUT SIDS? My baby's bedding is super fluffy and cute!" (and totally unsafe).
lol that was about my first reaction too
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April 1st, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Its true theres some very expensive stuff out there on etsy, but if you look around I'm sure you can find a better price then that.

What it comes down to is that its essentially a designer item - one of a kind. Fabric is very expensive if you aren't a bulk manufacturing purchaser, they consider their time worth a great deal, they design the patterns themselves, etc. etc. etc.

I still wouldn't pay $750 for that and I agree with PP who said you can't use most of it anyways, so what a waste.

I'll be making my own sheets and matching changing pad covers, and then incorporating my left over fabric pieces into the baby quilt I'm making to hang on the wall.
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April 2nd, 2012, 04:46 AM
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SIDS was the first thing I thought of too when I saw this.

I think the person who would buy something like this is probably all about the "show" anyway. It's totally not practical for the normal person.
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April 2nd, 2012, 08:34 AM
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I like to browse Etsy, but don't often buy from it, for this very reason. I wish I COULD afford to support independent sellers but on our current income I'm afraid Tesco and Asda (our equivalent of your Walmart) along with Ebay are pretty much my source of everything.
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April 2nd, 2012, 08:43 AM
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definitely don't spend too much on bedding. spend your money on other decor like curtains and wall decor... or maybe sheets. you don't ever use the quilt unless you hang it on the wall. The bumpers are not recommended due to sids. (i only used mine a short time anyway due to being annoyed taking them on and off for sheet changes) The bed skirt is always askew.... so pretty much you need sheets lol.
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April 2nd, 2012, 08:48 AM
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Yeah I'm too frugal for that. We are making some of the crib things (the skirt and such) but very simple. Besides so much that comes with sets you never use anyway. LOL
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April 2nd, 2012, 10:40 AM
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I found some adorable pieces of wall art for the nursery on Etsy and they were very reasonable priced at $12-17: Nursery wall art prints Kids room decor Made in by DesignByMaya

I can't imagine spending over $700 for bedding though. That's crazy!!!!
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April 2nd, 2012, 11:11 AM
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I love Etsy! Most of the things I have bought off there are very reasonable priced for the amount of effort the maker had to put into it.

The bedding set you posted probably took a lot of effort, but it's a little over the top as far as price. It also doesn't look safe either. Honestly I wouldn't spend much on a bedding set. You will be changing the sheets often and its a huge pain with the bumper and the blanket.
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April 2nd, 2012, 01:11 PM
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Wow! I would never spend that much! I have been looking at Etsy for bedding sets if it's a girl, but nothing even close to that price!
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April 2nd, 2012, 01:12 PM
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I wouldn't even spend HALF that much...And especially not on all that fluffy junk that's absolutely useless except for decoration.
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April 2nd, 2012, 01:38 PM
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Oh my gosh! That's just too over the top for me, and like someone mentioned earlier, it's just too unsafe for me. I'm pretty sure you can find items, cute items, for less money. I rather spend that type of money on items that baby may need.
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