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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Villard; 3.7.2010 edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345523180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345523181
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“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

About 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.

More About the Author

According to Los Angeles Magazine, April Winchell is the 21st funniest person in L.A. (which is apparently funnier than Eddie Izzard, but not quite as hilarious as Johnny Knoxville). She has enjoyed a multi faceted career in the entertainment business, owing in large part to her extremely limited attention span. She has hosted her own popular talk radio show, written for the classic sitcom, "Roseanne," voiced hundreds of animated movies and television programs (her father, the late Paul Winchell, was the original voice of Tigger), and as a copywriter and producer, has won every major advertising award in the world. In October of 2009, she created the hit website, which led to the publication of "Regretsy: Where DIY meets WTF" in April of 2010. Even though she has been writing professionally since 1989, she still finds talking about herself in the third person really uncomfortable.

Customer Reviews

Very rarely can a book be laugh out loud funny.
He had never looked at the website or etsy before reading this book and now is a fan of both.
Jason Cook
Leaves me hoping the next book will be coming out very soon.
Diana Crites

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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Coy R. Powers on April 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
First let me say that I've paid some serious attention to this book. The reason is that I'm a 'contributor.' I'm featured in it, so the book suddenly has some real impact on me. If this part will make you think I am more biased for the book, then you can stop reading here.

April chose the item of mine she wanted to rip on, and I sent her some high resolution pictures and my consent. That's all the input I got as to what would be said about my stuff. I'm happy to say that she didn't make me cry! I also got to 'defend' my piece, but I honestly felt like I didn't need to defend it, so I spent that part in promoting my store. Hehe.

This isn't some bit of Etsy bashing propaganda, and it's not just to make fun of the stuff on Etsy, either. It's a sort of a window into some of the more eccentric things you can find on Etsy. Sure, you can search Etsy for stuff yourself, and you'll find some weird things...but there's no way one person could find all of the 'treasures' in this book all by one's self.

If you like shopping on line, and you like weird stuff, give it a look! It's good for a laugh at the very least.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on August 8, 2010
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"Regretsy" is a truly brilliant concept and book. April Winchell manages to mix amusing personal anecdotes with truly flabbergasting Etsy items that you can actually buy to absolutely wonderful effect. This is a great book for those who love hand-crafted things and DIY projects. The only thing that kept me from giving it a perfect five star rating is the omnipresent profanity in the book. I would have otherwise loved to have bought several more copies for people I know that like crafts, but the language flatly ruled that out. Don't misunderstand me, it's still plenty funny, but the expletives do not enhance the book and limit the target audience needlessly.

Having made that disclaimer, the book samples a perfect assortment of disturbing kitsch for sale on the Internet. I loved it immediately when she described this collection as "self-expression that misses the mark in some way." I'll say. There's not a single bad choice in the book, but some really do rise above the rest, starting with p. 12 which is a disgusting-looking "Brooch with Vintage Buttons" that inspired Winchell to comment "Tell her you'd marry her all over again with a prolapsed anus." What's scary is that that's the perfect comment. The "Charming Pond Scum and Amoeba Pendant" on p. 18 would go well with the brooch, while p. 30 features a "Chicken Poncho" ("modeled by Bantam Chick Lil Danya"), and in possibly my favorite thing in the entire book a "Pink Leopard Goat Coat" (p. 35; it is exactly what it sounds like and inspires a comparison with Kim Cattrall) is modeled by one extremely unhappy looking goat. Maybe she just looks sad on second thought.

The book gets stranger as it goes along, particularly in the "Toys and Dolls" section. on p.
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42 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Diana Crites on April 12, 2010
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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.
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46 of 63 people found the following review helpful By geognerd on May 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
A while back, a friend shared a link to a post on Regretsy. I checked out the site and got a few laughs. I noticed that a Regretsy book was coming out and asked my local library to purchase a copy. Thought it would be an entertaining read. After reading the book, I give it three stars.

The positives - The author tells some good stories, such as those found at the beginning of the chapters. The style of humor found on the Regretsy website is intact in the book. In fact, the book mirrors the website. An Etsy item is shown with its photograph and seller's description, followed by the author's commentary. A quick read.

The negatives - Found the writing too snarky at times. Some of the Etsy items were funny, others only made me shake my head because they were weird (though that fits the book's subtitle). There was more profanity than I expected, but it seems in-line with what you see on the website.

Summary - If you are a big fan of the website, you'll like the book. If you're just a casual visitor to Regretsy, peruse the book at the library before deciding to buy.
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