"A BILLION dollars is a lot of hay for knicknacks. But craftsmen and vintage collectors on Etsy, a dedicated online marketplace, are on course to sell wares worth that much in 2012. That is nearly double the tally for 2011 and three times as much as in 2010. Etsy's gross merchandise sales exceeded $800m by the end of November, its first $100m month. December, with its Christmas shopping, is likely to be better yet. Etsy charges $0.20 per listing, of which there were 17m in November, and takes a 3.5% cut of the sales price.Como referem os autores em "Custom Nation" o acrónimo CIY (create it yourself) é mais apropriado que DIY (do it yourself).
To be fair, Etsy sells plenty of useful things besides bric-a-brac. But all products listed on the site must fit into one of three categories: handmade, vintage (defined as at least 20 years old) or raw supplies (like beads or ribbon and trim)."
- "Keep it in the family - Home schooling is growing ever faster" (ensino personalizado)
"Three decades ago home schooling was illegal in 30 states. It was considered a fringe phenomenon, pursued by cranks, and parents who tried it were often persecuted and sometimes jailed. Today it is legal everywhere, and is probably the fastest-growing form of education in America."