EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2976 - January 10, 2013     2 of 3

Kitsy Lane More Like Tupperware than Etsy, Raises $3.5 Million

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While Kitsy Lane is being compared to Etsy, its model and psyche couldn't be more different than the online marketplace for crafters and vintage sellers. Kitsy Lane launched in July and has raised $3.5 million in funding this week. Despite comparisons in the media, the site, which sells stock jewelry, is more like Amway or Tupperware than Etsy.

Kitsy Lane is a "social commerce platform" that lets anyone set up a store to sell jewelry and accessories boutique quickly, with no fees. It launched in July, and has attracted over 22,000 businesses with "thousands of new Boutique Owners" added each month.

But boutique owners don't sell their own jewelry - they stock their boutiques from the Kitsy Lane catalog.

Rather than inviting friends to parties to sell them Pampered Chef or Tupperware items, Kitsy Lane sellers market to their friends through Facebook. They earn up to 25% in commissions.

Data Point Capital and Longworth Venture Partners led the round and existing investor Point Judith Capital participated.

Visit Kitsy Lane.


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