Et·som·ni·a (/etˈsämnēə/), noun, 1. a sleep disorder caused by obsessive Etsy browsing. 2. the surprising arrival of weird handmade merchandise ordered when one is only half conscious. (True story.)
During my late-night Etsy wanderings, I noticed that the site has a surprising number of so-called souvenirs for sale. Not your run-of-the-mill tourist-trap gold-painted plastic Eiffel Towers and Brooklyn Bridges. No sir! These items are a little more, let’s just call them unique.
For the record, as a native New Yorker, I generally look down my nose at souvenirs. However, I found a surprising number (and by surprising number, I mean more than none) of beautiful items which I would absolutely consider if they were actually from the places they purport to commemorate. And it is hard to consider something a legit souvenir when you’ve ordered it off the internet, but let’s just set that aside for now.
As usual, links to the items for sale appear below each picture. For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts.