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Etsomnia™ 103: Charity Case


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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’ve decided to be nice this week. Don’t worry. I’m still a jerk. I just keep coming across Etsy items whose proceeds (part or all) go to charity, and even I can’t make fun of that. Therefore, here are the most awesome charity items I could find. Not all the items I found was great, but I absolutely love everything included below.

Buyer beware! I had bookmarked a number of items to include in this post, but when I read the fine print looking for the name of the actual charity to which the proceeds were allegedly going, I realized that although “charity” was the tag, in a few cases, no money was being donated. I even wrote to a few of the sellers who include either charity or donation in their tags to inquire which charity would be receiving their donations, but, surprisingly, none of them wrote back and two of them took down their listings. There was even a seller who I will not name whose breast cancer merchandise was featured on The Tonight Show and in the Huffington Post who stopped donating to charity once her product took off. Her items still turn up in charity searches, too. I call foul.

Anyway, the items below are all making contributions to legitimate charities, so go do some shopping!

For more Etsy fun, check out all my weekly Etsomnia™ posts.

Seller: QuilliVanilli Charity: World Vision

Seller: QuilliVanilli
Charity: World Vision

Seller: BUproducts Charity: HoneyLove

Seller: BUproducts
Charity: HoneyLove

Seller: Ectogasm Charity: The Trevor Project

Seller: Ectogasm
Charity: The Trevor Project

Seller: LivingWaterPrints Charity: "sustainable water projects in developing nations"

Seller: LivingWaterPrints
Charity: Water

Seller: AltruisticFlair 50% to the charity of your choice

Seller: AltruisticFlair
Charity: 50% of sale to the charity of your choice

Seller: RobFoote Charity: World WildlIfe Fund

Seller: RobFoote
Charity: World WildlIfe Fund

Seller: GretelsCurtainCall Charity: waiting for comfirmation

Seller: GretelsCurtainCall
Charity: ASPCA

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

15 thoughts on “Etsomnia™ 103: Charity Case

  1. There’s so much here to like: the strawberry moo, the three puppies, the two elephants (trunks entwined); also, the almost pointillistic whale … lovely!

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  2. Love some of the items here. That honeycomb clock is the bees knees! On the flip side of the “charity issue” as an Etsy seller I was approached by a woman who wanted to know if I would be willing to lower the price on an item so it could be used in a silent auction charity fundraiser. There was no mention of the charity or what they were raising money for! I declined and she later bought the item anyway. I’m pretty sure there was no fundraiser as she has contacted me about other items in my store always asking for a discount. – Karen

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    • Some people are like that. They feel like they’re entitled to whatever they can get away with. Jerks. It didn’t occur to me that buyers would try to take advantage, too. Some people just suck. Thank you for the sellers’ perspective!


  3. Donna! I have been meaning to ask you this. Every time I read your posts and focus on the Estonia definition, I see that it is a true story. What did you buy? I keep meaning to ask.

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    • Two things. First, I bought the worst felted animal I’d ever seen. It was supposed to be a sheep, but without the description, I never would have known that. When it arrived, I thought it was hate mail from the felting community. I had to go back to my purchased items in Etsy to figure out I’d actually bought it. The poor seller pestered me for weeks for a review, but the only thing I could think of to say was either “I laugh every time I look at it” or “super fast shipping,” and I didn’t have the heart to give her faint praise. She finally stopped asking. I eventually did give it away as a joke gift to someone who laughed hard and immediately re-joke gifted it to someone else. I like to think of it circling the globe, making people laugh. Weird purchase, but I chalked it up to a tipsy whim and forgot about it.

      Then one day, out of a clear blue sky, I came home from work to find that I had ordered custom-made neon pink holographic pants. This means that not only did I purchase them late one night, I actually got up and measured myself and included the measurements in my message to the seller. Since they were custom-made, I couldn’t send them back, and they were not cheap. The pants, which can be seen from space, were eventually worn in a parade (not by me), but this was the purchase that made me realize I had a problem.


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      • Oh wow! That is not just I bought a shirt, didn’t quite fit right or I thought the color looked different on the computer screen. That is like full on night eating!!!!! What the heck?

        I do love the idea of passing that sheep around. That actually ended up being a worthy purchase. I used to do that with gnome figurines only I would hide them in various places at people’s homes and work…the freezer, under a pillow…the shower, toilet…whatever. Gnomes are creepy in a funny sort of way IMO.

        The pink pants….wt???? You even measured yourself. Maybe you were roofied?

        Thank you for telling your story. I have a whole new respect for the term and I think you should open a go fund me page to raise awareness of Etsomnia.

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      • That’s absolutely the best thing I’ve heard all week. Raising awareness of Etsomnia! Brilliant.


      • You are doing a great job!!!!

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  4. You know, while I support several charities and my last paid job was indeed managing a charity, it never crossed my mind to use charity as a keyword when searching on Etsy. You’ve educated me. I love that honeycomb clock, the shark earrings (but I can’t wear silver – boo!) and the strawberry cow. I actually clicked on that last link and favourited a number of his prints. They were all such fun.

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  5. Thank you for holding Etsy sellers accountable for using “charity” as a keyword.

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  6. Thank you for including my mermaids. I love the cowberry and actually ordered a couple prints!


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