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.)
I was very grateful to hit 100 Etsomnia™ posts last week, and it was a real pleasure to post all those wonderful Etsy items in honor of the anniversary. But after all that beauty and sweetness, I need to swing the pendulum in the other direction and return Etsomnia™ to the parade of weird, unsettling, unexpected items for which it is famous.* Today, we return to our WTF roots and go theme-less. As you’ve no doubt observed in previous editions of Etsomnia™, Etsy is (happily) chock-full of bizarre items which no doubt make sense to someone, just not to me. Of course, some of these sellers’ weird listings are intentionally crazy, presumably meant as a joke, or manage to be completely awesome. But I’m certain not all the wacko listings are intended to be funny. The sheer volume of inexplicable items on Etsy make me wonder whether these things would ever have been created if the site didn’t exist. Hey! There’s another dissertation topic!
*A relative term.