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.)
“Cute? Baby ducks are cute, I HATE cute! I want to be exotic!” -Annie Savoy in Bull Durham
“Exotic” is one of those terms that pops up at the most unexpected times in random Etsy searches. When I think of exotic, I think of wood items or plants or insects or stripper wear or other crotch-related stuff. But some Etsy sellers are applying the term in surprising ways. For example, you’ll be clicking along, browsing the clothing section, when BAM! Out of nowhere up pops an Exotic Vest with Bug Design!
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