Etsy is composed of Artisans, their shops and listings, personal shopper and shop owner profiles as well as 'newsfeeds' of your 'favorites,' the employed Etsy board of blogging, recipes, ect..., the Front Page, as well as a huge social networking database of forums called teams.
I am currently a member of 37 teams between my two stores ( Tlala Handcrafted Blessings & Lotus Pads ) . Both shoppers and sellers are active members of most teams. Some teams are for promotional purpose, others for informational and many teams are for building treasuries. Treasuries are curated collections of other Etsy artisan's listings.
The purpose behind every Etsy team is the same. It is to help each other build an audience & create sales. Everyday, I, like many Etsy devotees, are updating tags, building treasuries, and clicking away 'favorites' for each other in the hopes that the search engine will recognize our product at the top of the list and that we might make it to the Etsy Front Page and be 'discovered.'
In some ways, I have begun to think of the internet search database as a GOD force, and my tags, treasuries and other promotions as prayers for recognition.
The reason I felt a calling to tell you all of this is because there is a team in particular, The Trendsetting Treasury Team, which takes curating treasuries to a whole new level. The trendsetters don't just make treasuries, we make treasuries to tell stories.
Here are a few of my favorites so far: