Saturday, February 21, 2009

Treasury Adrenaline Rush

So now I am completely smitten with this ETSY thing--to the point where I keep a browser window open and visible at all times in hopes of scoring a Treasury. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, I urge you to check out a few links. This will give you the basic overview of what they are and how they work. This will take you to the ETSY Poster Sketch, which is the app that allows you to collect up your own gorgeous pics on whatever theme your heart desires. Once you've found your 16 beautiful things, you can save the listing numbers as a text file for later retrieval.

The real trick, of course, is to actually GET a treasury. I won't bore you with the details here, but suffice to say that 333 is the Magic Treasury Number (MTN). Treasuries expire after three days. When enough have expired and the list falls below the MTN, a little dialog box appears that allows you to claim a spot by typing in your Treasury title. This might not seem like a situation that would require the vigilance I hinted at above, but remember, about 100,000 ETSYians are are sitting around staring at their eternally opened browser window just waiting for that dialog box to appear. Are the ETSY owners crazy? Yes, crazy smart.

I actually lucked out and managed to be sitting at my computer at just the right time yesterday. (Okay, I admit it, I had counted back through the 'about to expire' list and calculated when the box was due to appear.) I even had my aqua-themed pics selected. Naturally, there was at least one gaping hole in my Treasury knowledge. This knowledge blackout lead me to title my Treasury "Aqua Greatness"-- which, I think we can all agree, is dorky at best. I was unaware that this particular feature is un-editable. So, if you decide to make a Treasury, be sure to pick a non-dorky title and have it ready for the nano-second window that opens up allowing you in to claim your prize. Featured here is my Aqua Greatness that is set to expire in a day or so.

1 comment:

Lettie said...

And I thought I was crazy obsessive - you win Christine - I concede the crazy obsessive title -- wait I think I found an archival newspaper attribution for a stucco 1923 construction with a red roof ... gotta go ..