Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!

One more time...hooray!

Alchemy is back! *dances*

For those of you who are not in the Etsy loop, or who joined Etsy after Nov '06; Alchemy was a neat little feature that let people request handmade items. So, say I wanted a dragon bookend. BUT, I can't find one on Etsy. And I'm not really sure what materials I want or which sellers do custom orders or anything. But I know I know what size I need and how much I want to spend. I would go to Alchemy and say what I wanted and people would put in "bids" saying what they would do and for how much. As a seller it was a great way to get buisness. As a buyer it was customization nirvana. The interface was a little clunky, but it was a golden concept.

Well, in Nov '06, Etsy transitioned to "Version 2". Essentially, they came out of Beta. And at that time, they removed Alchemy to make "a few tweaks". A year and a half later, Alchemy came back today and OH BOY is it slick!

Hip Hip Hooray!

The interface is well integrated into individual shops--each seller gets an alchemy specific "storefront"--and allows for private (directly to just one seller) and public requests. There are currently still some bugs (like with any newly released code) but the essential elements are working.

I am SO excited! In fact, just to make sure I understood how the process would work, I used Alchemy to create a custom listing for my next grouping of buttons, magnets, and mirrors with my favorite button lady ChristineRenee. I highly recommend other Etsy sellers do the same so that they can see how the process works. There are a few areas that might give buyers, especially new-to-Etsy buyers some heartache. I also recommend that those interested in doing so, start with my shop. ; )


  1. I used to sell back then :) and I remember that alchemy button and boy was it great. I am glad I have decided to open my store again soon.

  2. I posted about this, too! So exciting!

  3. Nice little bit of shameless self promotion at the end there. ;)


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