Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF

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HANDMADE? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MADE IT WITH YOUR FEET.
 
A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. A clock made out of an old “mostly clean” cheese grater. All this and more await you in the pages of Regretsy, a veritable sideshow of handcrafts gone wrong. Based on the eponymous hit blog and arranged in categories such as Décor, Pet Humiliation, and Christmas, Regretsy showcases the best of the worst, ranging from the hilariously absurd to ...
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Overview

HANDMADE? IT LOOKS LIKE YOU MADE IT WITH YOUR FEET.
 
A chicken poncho. A painting of a corn dog. A clock made out of an old “mostly clean” cheese grater. All this and more await you in the pages of Regretsy, a veritable sideshow of handcrafts gone wrong. Based on the eponymous hit blog and arranged in categories such as Décor, Pet Humiliation, and Christmas, Regretsy showcases the best of the worst, ranging from the hilariously absurd to the purely horrifying. Each page of this jaw-dropping volume features the actual seller’s online listing with a light coat of snarky commentary to give it a good shellacking. So join us as we descend into handmade hell and gawk, gasp, and marvel at the disturbingly odd artifacts that Regretsy has collected for your viewing pleasure, proving that you can never have too much of a bad thing.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
 
“A hall of fame for artistic impulses gone oddly awry.”—Salon
 
“Uproarious.”—Entertainment Weekly

Wildy funny.- Los Angeles Times
 
So much funny, we're not sure where to begin.- Gawker
 
Brilliant . . .  unexpectedly wonderful.-Movieline
 
Ridiculous . . . completely unique and absolutely bonkers.-Time Out New York
 
Amazing!- Gizmodo
 
Absolutely wonderful and downright horrifying.- New York Magazine
 
Genius.- Yahoo
 
Wonderful sarcasm . . . Regretsy's the unofficial authority on the absurd.- Thrillist
  
Winning snark.- The Onion AV Club
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345523181
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 455,854
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

April Winchell has enjoyed a multi-faceted career in the entertainment industry, working as an advertising executive, a radio show host, a comedy writer, and a voice actress. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
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Regretsy

Where DIY Meets WTF
By April Winchell

Villard

Copyright © 2010 April Winchell
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780345523181

Chapter One



I'll admit it: I'm not as whimsical as I used to be.

And I used to be plenty whimsical, believe me. I had a messenger bag made out of a welcome mat. I had two pairs of the same pumps in different colors, and often wore one of each. I wore a hat made out of a paper bag. Really, I was one step away from clown college.

These days, I just don't have the energy for that kind of shit. Maybe it's a function of aging, but I find myself much less willing to tie birds to my head or wear giant felt pins that look like breakfast foods. So it's kind of a shame that Etsy came into existence as I was already growing out of that stuff, because it truly is the clearinghouse for whimsical fuckery.

As of this writing, a search of Etsy's handmade category brings up more than 33,000 items tagged "whimsical." That's an assload of whimsy. Parenthetically, there are more than 100 items tagged "whimsicle," but that's more sad than funny.

Whimsy, insofar as jewelry and accessories are concerned, seems to mean one of two things: either the proportions are wrong, or the object is made with unexpected materials. Proportional whimsy could mean a twelve-foot scarf or a cowl that obscures your entire head, or, conversely, it could mean an extremely tiny hat. Whimsical materials could mean a necklace of teddy bear heads or a trench coat made of attic insulation. It is important to note, however, that whimsy is not the same as upcycling, which is basically taking garbage and making something useless out of it.

It might seem like a lot now, but at one point in my life, 1,600 pages of whimsy would have been a tease. I couldn't get enough of that smirking, winking fabulousness. I loved the theatricality of it all: necklaces made from Formica samples, vintage men's pajamas as outerwear, piles of costume jewelry from obsessive thrift store scavenging. I adored my rhinestone-studded cigarette holder, my fingerless gloves, my neon socks, my Mary Janes with kitten faces on them. I basked in the wholly unwarranted confidence that anything looked great if you meant it.

And it's true that attitude does go a long way. But as with any road trip, there are markers in the road that keep you from drifting out of your lane and into oblivion. And I distinctly recall a moment in my mid-twenties when I first heard the sound of driving over them.

I was working as a receptionist in a law firm, and I had become friendly with the office manager. Beth was an older woman with a son in high school, and he had developed an interest in acting. While I wasn't pursuing it at the time, it was common knowledge that my mother and father were in the business, and that I had worked as a child actress for a number of years.

Beth came by my desk one morning and asked what I was doing that weekend. For reasons I still don't understand, I said, "Nothing," then watched in abject horror as she dropped two tickets to her son's high school production of The Crucible on my desk. I started to demur, but she quickly said, "Oh, they're free." And, leaning closer, she whispered, "Industry comps."

I quickly called my friend Debi, who, like me, heard "industry comps" first, "Crucible" second, and "high school" not at all. We arranged to meet at her house several hours before the show, so we'd have enough time to get ready.

It was late October, so this event called for a fall wardrobe. I packed up all my sweaters and leggings-despite the fact that it was in the mid-seventies in the valley-and drove to her house with the air-conditioning on full blast.

Anticipating my arrival, Debi had already laid out her entire wardrobe on the bed and stolen a pack of her mother's Parliaments. We began the arduous task of making it work, and if this had been a John Hughes movie, this is where the montage would have gone.

Debi settled on a green wraparound Danskin dress and an enormous antebellum hat, which is always a good choice for theater-going. I chose a knee-length zebra sweater with purple spandex leggings and bright orange platforms. And as we left the house, lingering in the mirrored foyer of her mother's condo, we felt every bit as fabulous as we were convinced we looked.

The first half of the play was horrible though uneventful. No one even complained about Debi's hat (though I realize now that the people behind us were probably grateful for the distraction). As the lights came up for intermission, Debi and I went outside to smoke and look important.

We were standing in the courtyard, trying to figure out how we could leave early without Beth hearing about it, when I noticed two women staring at us. They weren't even talking, really, just staring. It suddenly occurred to me that they must have heard us pick up our "industry comps" at will-call and were trying to figure out who we were! I was about to share this theory with Debi when one of the ladies suddenly turned to her friend and said, "Oh that's right, it's tomorrow."

It took a second or two before I realized that it was October 30.

Aerial Photo

Mermaid Hair Clip

$54.00

Description

I never answer.

and she always wonder if that funny knot hurts.

so she sits,

especially in the evening

when cream and ribbons smells alike.

If I had to wear a Barbie doll and two pounds of broken jewelry on my head, I wouldn't be happy, either. But for God's sake, at least try to smile. This looks like a hostage photo at the Mattel plant.

Logjam

Birch Bark Purse - very unique, one of a kind (OOAK) special occasion hand bag

$75.00











"Special occasion"? What kind of special occasion? A lumberjack wedding? I don't know about you, but I don't have the coordination to hold a log and a drink at the same time. How about we just put this in the fireplace and call it Christmas?

Party Platter

RITZY in BLACK - cocktail ring - 2.75 inch CERAMIC

$47.00

Description

Make a huge statement with this bold ceramic cocktail ring. It has a diameter of 6.5 centimetres and is adorned with feathers and tiny beads which create an elegant cuff over the hand.

Be the envy of all.

It's called a "cocktail ring" because you can balance a twelve-ounce tumbler on it. And it's ceramic, so you're all set when the hot hors d'oeuvres come out.

Perfectly Charmin

Astrid Spats

$80.00

Description

Whether it be a wedding, a summer stroll, or even (yes!) to work, wherever you choose to wear these babies, you will be noticed.







If you really want to be noticed, try crapping your pants on the bus. It might not be ironic, but it's less embarrassing than wearing yellow spats to (yes!) work.

Semi-Colon

Brooch with Vintage Buttons

$22.00

Description

Two vintage celluloid buttons were stacked and adhered with epoxy to create this spiffy brooch. Two layers of black wool felt have been hand sewn to the back along with a silver plated brooch clasp. Pin them on a jacket, coat, hat or purse for a swell look!

Tell her you'd marry her all over again with a prolapsed anus.

Cereal Killer

Golden Cheerio

$ 5.25

Description

Hand burnished with gold leaf then dipped in a bath of clear resin, strung on a gorgeous 18" sterling silver ball strand chain.

Please do not eat this cheerio.

Free first class shipping.

Stays elegant, even in milk!

Bird Brain

Crimson Bliss

$40.00

Description

black satin headband with a sheer burgundy bow, a vintage style gold and white charm and a 6" white dove

So, let's see. There's a black satin headband, and a burgundy bow, and a gold and white charm, and what else?.?.?.?what else?.?.?.?oh yeah, A GIANT FUCKING BIRD GLUED TO YOUR HEAD

Looking Sharp

Coca Cola Bottlecap Fun Earrings for women

by Justine Justine

$10.00

Description

Recycled!

Upcycled!

whatever you call it, i love it! its eco-friendly and funky!

these bottlecap-earrings are made with love and dedication in Mexico

Tetanus shots not included.

Wing It

BUTTERFLY BROOCH xxx It is whimsical xxx HANDCRAFTED xxx HANDBEADED

$14.99

Description

This little brooch wants to go have fun with you.

It also wants to look like a butterfly. But that isn't going to happen, either.

Cold Stone Fox

Ice cream headache headband

$20.00

Description

This Ice Cream Headache headband is surprisingly light on the head, as the creamy delicacies are purely paper pulp!

Hilarity ensues as people ask "what's that on your head?"

And you say, "It's a headband with a plastic dish full of fake paper ice cream glued to it!"

And they say, "Did you make that?"

And you say, "No, I bought it for twenty dollars."

And that's when everybody starts laughing.

Scum and Get It

Charming Pond Scum Amoeba Pendant

$39.95

Description

This charming pond scum green amoeba pendant features a beautiful clear contractile vacuole. This amoeba is voracious, as you can see by the six highly developed pseudopods. If you would like to purchase the matching earrings, just Convo me and I'll make a separate listing for two small amoeba, one large one and a dear little paramecium.

"Your pond scum is lovely!"

"Really? Do you think so?"

"I do! Normally I don't go in for unicellular ciliate protozoa, but that's just got Eukaryota written all over it."

"What a relief! I thought it might be clashing with my blepharisma!"

I'd Rather Have a Bottle in Front of Me

Glow in the dark zombie brain cameo

$12.00

Description

Glow in the dark brain on a brass cameo. Cameo comes on an 18 inch brass colored necklace with lobster claw clasp. Cameo measures 1 inch high and .75 inches wide.

It glows in the dark to remind you how stupid it is.

Beaded Seat Cover

Still Life Panties

$350.00

Description

These are upcycled panties painted with a still life of flowers in a vase on my kitchen table. they are intended to be displayed clothes pined to a clothing line. ill include some twine and two clothes pins and you do the rest. they are double sided so if you want to change things up simply flip them over!

I bought a pair of these once. Oh, they were pretty, but I don't recommend wearing them to spin class.

Lunatic Fringe

Tassel and Studs Chic Shades

$25.00

Description

These are lots of fun. I added tassels and studs to the frame of this cool shades. The lens measures 2 inches. The glasses have UV protection. Maximum coverage. Never been worn. Or (Give a gift from the heart)

Oh, these are useful. Glasses you can't see through. Now all I need are a pair of lace spats and a sweater with no neck hole.

Lame Chop

Lamb Chop Headband

$15.00

Description

This is a wide band covered in a red/ multi colored dot satin and adorned with a plastic lamb chop, and floral brussel sprout, mushroom, pepper, and garnish leaf.

Finish your headband! There are children in China with no bobby pins!

Sticks and Stones

Tiny tree earring ladder

$15.00

Description

This sweet little twig ladder is perfect for displaying 3 pair of earrings or any other small dangling items. The twigs are bound with leather and securely mounted on wood.

Perfect for the Eskimo woman with an earring collection, or for drying small strips of rabbit meat.

I've had dogs my whole life. I grew up with German shepherds, Chihuahuas, Dalmatians, and a rotating cast of unplanned litters that my sisters and I would bring home to Mom, leaving her to find permanent homes for them.

As the years went on, my family adopted collies, Great Danes, Irish setters, and Westies. I've fostered Samoyeds and retrievers. And in the last twenty years, I've personally owned three pit bulls, a wire fox terrier, and a Boston.

I've discovered that even with so many different breeds and disparate temperaments, all dogs can be neatly divided into two categories: dogs who will let you put clothes on them, and dogs who will not.

Dogs who allow it do so for one reason only: to make you happy. That's it. Fans of dressing animals often insist that the pet "enjoys it," but this is, in fact, a terrible lie. Dogs do not appreciate having to take a crap in harem pants. They don't have favorite football teams or political leanings. And if left to their own devices, dogs almost never wear vests, unless you're talking about cartoons, in which case they still don't wear pants.

No, this kind of thing is all about you. Your dog doesn't care about being hot. She doesn't need fragrance to feel more feminine and she doesn't want to look like Lil' Kim. It's also unnecessary to dress her in a bridal gown when you breed her. Your dog is not a whore, and she's not a bride. She's a dog, and she'd rather eat her own shit than get her nails painted.

Oh, I suppose you might have an argument when it comes to weather- related garments, but even that's somewhat suspect. If your dog is going to be so cold that he needs a Russian Cossack hat and fur-lined waders, maybe you should bring him in the damn house.

At this point, you might be wondering what gives me the right to speak with such authority on this subject. Who the hell am I, anyway? Well, I'll tell you who I am. I am someone who has looked into the face of pet humiliation and seen my own reflection in its cold, wet nose.

I have a wire fox terrier named Mac. Wires have strange, coarse coats that don't shed. Breeders recommended that you "strip" them, meaning you have to actually pluck out the dead hair with your fingers.

Everywhere.

When I first read this in a wire fox terrier book, I was horrified. I couldn't imagine pulling all of her hair out. But the book stressed that this isn't painful for the dog, and, in fact, they can grow to like it. The author related her experience of sitting in front of the TV with her dog on her lap, pulling little tufts of hair out while the dog slept comfortably. So I thought I would give it a try.

It wasn't good. It probably wasn't painful, but Mac was not enjoying it. After every little pull, she would crane her head around and stare at me with wet eyes, imploring me to take up needlepoint.

I thought about doing this to her entire body, between her little toes and around her mouth and eyes, and finally I just said, Fuck it- if shaving is good enough for me, it's good enough for her.

I soon discovered that while shaving is easier, it presents a whole new problem: the dog slowly loses its color. Stripping is the only method that allows them to keep their distinctive brown heads.

I was in denial. I checked her after every shaving, and comforted myself that the color was still there. This may happen to other dogs, but not Mac, I told myself.

Continues...

Excerpted from Regretsy by April Winchell Copyright © 2010 by April Winchell. Excerpted by permission.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    she says what you all are thinking...

    this is one of those light bulb moments you wish you thought of yourself. the wit, cleverness and sense of humor in Ms. Winchell's commentary is outstanding. really, you can't top her. so if her intention in life was to "make people laugh" then I think she is very successful and shouldn't stop.

    I will admit that I keep up with the Regretsy website, so I am familiar with most of the items featured in this book. what I was surprised by was the writing/story-telling (?) April Winchell does to preface each section in the book. honestly, these were my favorite parts and I found myself jumping over the pictures and looking for the next blurb written by her.

    all that said, I was able to get the cashier to read a few of the captions that accompanied the "art" and he was in stitches at the front counter! I think that says a lot for the book, considering he was not familiar with the site.

    all in all, if you want a funny read, or you enjoy looking at pictures of... things, or you like pointing your finger and laughing, then I think this book is for you!

    21 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

    The 21st Funniest Person's First Book

    Those who enjoy April Winchell's sharp and snarky humor will revel in her treatment of the subjects in this book. As the brilliant mind behind Regretsy.com, Winchell mines comedic jewels from the current DIY movement, bringing select listings from Etsy.com (hence the name 'Regretsy') into scintillating comedic focus.

    Introducing each section with personal narrative, Winchell reveals her inspiration for Regretsy, as well as her particular approach to the topics of creative expression and handmade crafts. As always, her stories are enlivened with the wit readers of AprilWinchell.com have appreciated for years. I would have relished this book in one sitting, if it were not necessary to take occasional breaks to weep with laughter.

    Accompanying a photograph of each crafty item is the artist's title and description of the piece, followed by Winchell's trademark bite of sarcasm or even outright indignation at the piece's existence. While her pointed critiques are delightfully bitter, it is clear from her narratives and the inclusion of the artists' bios and commentaries that Winchell has respect and perhaps even admiration for her source materials. As one who has taken her own foray into crafting, Winchell's abiding passion for the absurd and overwrought is clearly apparent.

    If you're up for a brisk trip through the underbrush of the independent crafts movement, an immersion in this entertainer's trademark intelligent wise-crackery, or simply a read like no other, I wholeheartedly recommend Regretsy. It's on the cutting edge of crafty humor.

    18 out of 31 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "Edgy" Hipster Drivel

    I bought this book for my 14 year old daughter after much nagging; when she was finished flipping through the book (giggling all the while) I decided to see what the fuss was about. I found that April Winchell's attempt at humor was painfully predictable with an air of desperation for success. This book is obviously targeted at teenagers but who wants their children reading mindless, negative drivel? If my children read trashy gossip filled with profanity I hope it will at least be original and less like a commercial for Axe cologne. I have replaced the April Winchell book with a Ralph Steadman book for my daughter which is filled with intelligent negative commentary on a flawed society.

    13 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Nothing funny here

    This book is written very adolescently in a bullying style. It's an intended mockery of Etsy.

    April Winchell uses language throughout the book that you would hear from young teens. It's overkill and really spoils what might have been an ok book. Some of the pictures are funny but Winchell seems desperate to be humerous and fails miserably.

    Most of the featured crafts are terrible but there are a couple funny ones, like the hummingbird feeder hat featured on the cover. Most though, are pathetically bad.

    Save your money. Nothing to see here.

    12 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Meh

    Flip through this book in the store while you're drinking some coffee, that's all the time you'll need to absorb anything this book has to offer. You'll have a couple of chuckles but nothing worth spending money on. If you do buy it, it will undoubtedly wind up forgotten on a dusty shelf or, more appropriately, next to the toilette.
    If you enjoy this type of thing, you can go to April Winchell's website to see tons of similar craft mishaps for FREE.

    12 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    Disgusting

    First, I want to say that I didn't buy this book. It was given to me as a gag gift (my friend labeled it "gifts to give your worst enemy"). I didn't find it too funny.

    The author, April Winchell, obviously feels the only way she can make a point is with vulgarity and profanity. It's written like it's high school gym locker room talk.

    The book is about the online shopping website Etsy.com and shows some of the junk that is sold there. I didn't check out the website because nothing in the book appealed to me.

    If you want to look at pictures of some poorly made junk that's supposed to be for sale on Etsy.com, and read some profanity that I guess is supposed to add humor, then buy this book. Otherwise, save your money.

    About the only thing you might regret is reading this. As a disclosure, I am not affiliated in any way with Etsy.com, never heard of it until I got this book, and don't care if I ever hear of it again. It certainly doesn't sell anything I'd be interested in. Better stuff can be found along the roadside.

    12 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Thank God for the other reviews

    I would have never purchased this book had the other reviews not touted its vulgarity and profanity. It's more whimsicle than I thought it would be. There wasn't nearly enough gossip, though.

    April Winchell is doing the world a favor; where once, these useless items on Etsy would be passed on to the unassuming consumer, they are now being repurposed to fill the world with laughter. Many of the sellers featured have participated in promoting the book, proving that not even all of the sellers have a problem with becoming part of the Regretsy world.

    There is only one thing that will protect Etsy sellers from being skewered on Regretsy: they need to stop producing crap. It's that simple. But as long as they are producing crap, trying to sell cheap garbage as high-end art, or buying stuff from sweatshops and passing it off as handmade, April Winchell will be there to point out their misspellings and make fun of their complete and utter lack of talent and taste. And hopefully publishing it in book format so I can buy it.

    11 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Crudely written. An accidental yet insightful follow up of Paul Winchell's 'Winch'

    Knowing my way around Etsy, having heard of Regretsy, I found myself reading this book like a spectator. Part of me wanted to see what kind of book would Follow 'Winch' in the Winchell Family saga. It was a more morbid curiosity than anything that had me pick up this book in the first place. Unfortunately the book was quite a let down. It's mostly pages and pages of flaky gossip and insult that seem to excite the author. Crude and continually mean this odd narrative is something that the author seems to mistake for wit. This book seems to be a desperate attempt at something, i just don't know what. It's not without an audience though. I believe this Winchell can connect with or entertain those who enjoy a good laugh at the expense of others. It might also serve as a good read for anyone interested in Psychology. If you read Winch by Paul Winchell and then read this compilation of his daughters'. There is a certain tone of the author. Almost like a wreck describing other wrecks. It will be interesting to see how the book is received by general readers and Etsy members alike. I wouldn't pay for it, I don't know that I would recommend it but reading it has definitely given me some Winchell insight that I didn't have before.

    11 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    Surpassed Expectations: Absolutely Hysterical!!!

    This book far surpassed my expectations, and I expected quite a lot. I believed it would be funny, and it was hysterical. I assumed it would be interesting, and in fact I could not put it down. What I had not anticipated was the extent to which this book would be moving. And -- in all actuality -- inspirational.

    What makes the Regretsy site consistently laugh-out-loud funny, the brazen humor and bold perspective of author April Winchell, is present in full force. Also delightfully represented are the mind-boggling DIY arts and crafts that serve as fodder for conversation and amusement.

    But I believe that the best part of the Regretsy book lies in the poignant, insightful and absolutely riotous personal essays that introduce each chapter. The author's unique insight and candid commentary are hysterically funny and surprisingly poignant. But they don't go on long enough! Leaves me hoping the next book will be coming out very soon.

    I also truly enjoyed the Epilogue, and reading from the featured sellers themselves. It was very interesting to get the full picture of the Regretsy experience.

    I seriously doubt anyone could read this book without guffawing. It's that funny. Whether you're familiar with or passionate about Etsy, DIY, arts and crafts, or Regretsy, this book stands on its own and keeps you laughing. And, by the time you get through the Epilogue, chances are you'll be passionate about it all.

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2010

    You won't Regret the laughter.

    Regretsy has discovered and exposed an element in the "business of art" that needs to be examined closer.

    As you flip through the pages you discover that the business of "modern art" and crafting have collided in historically startling ways.

    It will be hard to contain your laughter and shock as you examine the photos of a veritable freak show that celebrates the more iconoclastic artists thriving on the fringes of the art world.

    If you wish to see things that you NEVER thought you would ever see, this is the book for you.

    Guaranteed to fill you with wonder about the state of modern art and humanity. You will ask yourself repeatedly "what were they thinking?"

    9 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2010

    The Worst Book I ever read

    I'm not sure you could even call this a book. It's a satire of Etsy.com's craft website. The author, April Winchell, reviews stuff that all looks like it was made by a kindergarten class with insulting phrases that are supposed to be funny. The only thing funny is the price of the book. I paid $5.50 for it. It is the worst book I have ever read. The book gets to be boring because it's the same thing page after page.

    9 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Blah blah blah..

    This book is more of the same monotonous garbage Winchell posts on her Regretsy website daily, only the crappy crafts in the book are never updated (because it is a book). The website gets boring after a while and I got bored reading the book in the store after about ten minutes. This book was intended for people with extremely short attention spans; problem is, people with short attention spans will ultimately become bored with the book because it is unchanging. I recommend becoming a fan of Winchell's facebook page instead of purchasing this book, it's free and you can also read the inane comments from her fans (which also become monotonous after a while unless you want to constantly read the same hip acronyms over and over and over and over..).

    9 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 11, 2010

    A Yawner

    I read this at my local B&N. It's a quick read, and once you've read one chapter, you've read them all. This book is very monotonous.

    After hearing about this book, I came to B&N website to read the reviews and then checked it out at the store. The reviews here are worthy of attention. You might want to read this book in the store and save the money.

    This book gets more and more boring and predictable with each page. The language is immature and the humor is lackluster.

    8 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2010

    Not worth one star

    I have to agree with the other reviews that say this book is bullying and tries too hard to be funny. This might be a good book for those people who think the only way to make a point is with redundant profanity. It's filled with that vulgar, insulting street talk that most of us grew out of by oh, say... 7th grade.

    8 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 28, 2010

    Funniest Book I've seen in a LONG time!

    First, I have to say, if you don't have a sense of humor or if you are a stuffy conservative, you're probably going to dislike this book b/c you're not going to "get it". However, that will be a vast minority of people. If you like to laugh and enjoy looking at "crafts" that make you laugh, this is the book you need. I've been looking at Regretsy.com for months and April never fails to add an appropriately outrageous comment to the "artwork" in question. Bringing that genius to a book was the obvious next step. If you've got a friend who is FUN and loves to laugh, this makes a fantastic gift. I would like to add that because of Regretsy, the sellers of the off the wall items have many times seen a boost in sales (April indicates when something on etsy is SOLD that she features)so Regretsy is a win-win. Etsy items that would most likely have never sold get sold helping the etsy seller, and those etsy items that most likely would never have sold along with April's witty remarks provide comic relief to fun-loving individuals around the globe. I love Regretsy and I love this book (and yep, I'm an etsy crafter!)

    8 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2010

    Was this supposed to be funny?

    I think it jeopardizes the integrity of Barnes and Noble when two of the five-star reviewers below are featured in the book and stand to profit from their glowing synopsis.

    With that said, I grabbed this book from the return table at my local bookstore. The art work by Razberries for the author photo is really cute. While some of the art work in the book is nice, some is over the edge and some is downright grotesque.

    What ruins the book is the commentaries from the author which are demeaning, degrading and downright offensive. As other reviewers have noted, the commentaries are written in a manner that are supposed to be humerous (I think that was the intent of the author) but comes off as cruel and adolescent.

    The book might be better if there were no author commentaries. This is not a book for the faint of heart, the very young, or those looking for any type of literary enrichment or entertainment. The book fails on all counts.

    7 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

    You can use multipurpose!

    Since I'm a cheap SOB, I hadn't considered buying The Regretsy Book because I hang out on the site every day for free. But when I received it as a Father's Day gift, I left my other gifts unopened, and read it from cover to cover, (much better than a tie, wrench, or paperweight).

    The photos of offbeat/weird/quirky art punctuated by snarky comments are hysterical (as is the website), but what makes this book truly awesome are April Winchell's wonderfully written stories which introduce each chapter. She hilariously covers everything from growing up in casa de aqua to dyeing her dog's head Cheeto orange to the birth of the mutant baby named Regretsy, while calling BS on the "everyone wins a trophy" mindset.

    Buy a copy now, you'll totally dig it (unless you're a callow douche bag, merkin pitted mouth breather, or a bitter hirsute skank) and you can use multipurpose.

    7 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 29, 2010

    Someone has an agenda!

    I recently saw a thread on the Etsy forums, where people were congratulating themselves on lowering the star rating on this book. Regretsy is controversial and makes some Etsy sellers very angry, so they do things like leave bad reviews for books they haven't read. That's why you see so many "ANONYMOUS" one star reviews here that all sound the same. Only B & N has bad reviews on this book. It has 5 stars on Amazon. but here, magically, it's a complete bomb! B&N is being exploited by a handfull of people who are conspiring torpedo a book that has been on Amazon's best seller list for months. Just do yourself a favor and take this with a grain of salt. Not one news outlet has had a bad review of this book. That doesn't mean you have to like it, but don't let a bunch of haters with an agenda let you decide what's worth reading.

    7 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2010

    Blah

    First I have to say I agree with the review that said it is not right to allow reviews from people who are featured in this book. It seems unethical. A dislcosure should have been made. As for the Amazon reviews, many were written by the people featured in the book or fans of the website and I'm not sure where anyone gets the idea that this book is/was a best seller. It never made the top 100 list to be considered one. I wasn't at all impressed with the book or the website. This new term "cyber hatred" or "social hatred" as it is sometimes referred isn't needed in an already cynical world. Hopefully this new trend of putting others down to make oneself feel better will pass in short time. The book would probably only appeal to people who are familiar with, and frequent, the website. I have to agree with the reviews that say the book gets boring after the first few pages because the insults added to the photos by the author get to be the same old thing through the rest of the book. It's the same blah, blah, blah from cover to cover.

    6 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 31, 2010

    Amazing!

    I didn't know what Regretsy was until April featured me on the website. I was in shock, depressed, angry, and then I came to accept it, embrace it, and love it.

    The book is absolutely hilarious. It's a quick read which is good for those of us that have a short attention... LOOK SHINY OBJECT!

    I really hope she includes me in her next book.

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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