A crazy thing happened this week. My etsy shop was busted. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Is the glass half full or empty?


As most of you probably know I started an etsy site where I sell party supplies. It actually started with the Dr Seuss party food labels and invitations. Then came my Dragon Wings. And lastly the pirate party. I’m working  on more parties now. I got pretty close to finalizing the Dinosaur party when I got sucked into my LEED certification! Anyway….

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The etsy shop has been doing well, with all three parties. But I’ve always debated if selling my Dr Seuss things was the right thing to do. And there’s really no debate. It’s not. But I kept doing it. Knowing in the back of mind that it was wrong.

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Then this week I got a notice that etsy had deleted one of my listings. Supposedly, someone from the Dr Seuss foundation has complained. I was out to lunch, but as soon as I got back to my computer, about 10 minutes later, I deactivated the rest of my Dr Seuss inspired party listings.

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I’ve been reading a lot lately about people getting mad at etsy for shutting down their sites or deleting their listings, etc. Honestly, this has been a weight off my shoulders. I had no choice but to deactivate the listings now. I can’t keep debating with myself.

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My shop is doing well, but I do no promotion. I know it could be even better if I promote it better. But I haven’t wanted to draw much attention to the shop because…. My good conscious kept telling me the truth!

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It does make me wonder though…. After this happened, I typed Dr Seuss into the etsy search engine and 12,225 items came up. I wonder why me? And what about all those other listings? It doesn’t matter. I’m not challenging etsy’s decision to contact me or delete my listing. I’m not going to report or challenge the other sellers. But I do wonder!

Luckily, they just deleted the one listing. Technically, they didn’t say to take down the others, but…. Like I mentioned, I have heard too many stories about people’s whole site being deleted! For me it was only the one listing and I did the rest!

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And now I just have to work even harder to get more parties up on the site to share! I can promote my shop without any misgivings. I’m excited to make my own p I’m planning superheros, dinosaurs and a spy party. What else would you like to see?


  1. Love your positive spin on something that could have made you defensive or why-meish. You now have the space that the Dr Seuss stuff vacated to make something amazing! Good for you and good luck for the future!

  2. I have often wondered about that issue when I see things that people have made on Etsy that use images that might be licensed, and have wondered about making things myself, so it is good to understand what action Etsy takes. I like your approach to it – and the things that you still have for sale are delightful!

  3. At least you can sell w/ a clear conscience. And your other stuff is so cute. You should promote it more…and now you can!

  4. Good for you! There are so many people out there who sell licensed images, some knowingly and some are probably blissfully ignorant. When you think of how much of your heart goes into creating something original, it’s easy to understand why some other creative person doesn’t want their ideas taken. You have so many wonderful items of your own, you’ll be a success without doctor what’s-his-name. 🙂

  5. Yeah on the cleared conscience! This has been an ongoing issue on several closed groups I belong to on Facebook. Some machine embroidery digitizers design characters from Disney, cartoon characters, and other trademarked designs. My understanding is that you can use them if you don’t sell the items. Still, some digitizers sell them “behind the curtains”. Rather than live in fear of being caught with trademarked designs, I just stay far away from them!

  6. I had once made an appliqued pillow by request of a customer that said “Bite me”. It turned out to be a pretty popular item until the lawyers from the Twilight series decided they didn’t like it, so Etsy removed the entire listing.


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