Before I get to today's intended post, I have to share this with you:
That, dear friends, is a leftover bit of wallpaper that my husband found behind the vanity in the aforementioned bathroom while tearing things out last night (supposedly there prior to the solid dark blue). It is yellow and orange with a silver metallic backing. Yeah.
So anyway, after that bit of loveliness, I have a question to pose to you: Is there a good way to approach someone about doing a trade on Etsy if you don't already "know" them or they aren't already purchasing one of your items? I have done two successful trades: one offset a purchase being made and the other was the return of an offer to try something out. But is there a good way to approach someone if you just like their item and may want to buy it, but maybe they'd like to trade for it instead? I have been thinking about this for some time and haven't really come up with a good solution because while I'm sure there are people who would be totally receptive and/or not offended by the offer, I'm also sure that there are people who would see that to be quite tacky. Thoughts?