Etsy. I just can't get enough of it. I opened my own shop about a year and half ago. I tried to sell these beaded buckets that I made with my step mother.
I think it's cute (in a kitschy sort of way) and these have made a fun gifts for family & friends. Eh, it didn't do so well. I didn't sell a single one. And a total of 5 people stopped by the shop. But, I'm not bitter...I'm still hooked on the Etsy goodness.
In fact, with Etsy's help, I have already purchased 90% of this year's Christmas presents. We can all use a little help shopping for gifts this time of year. So, here are some of my favorite Esty shops this season. Go check them out!
Bedhead is a local artist who makes awesome jewelry! I can't get enough of these nest necklaces. Plus, a portion of the shops proceeds are given to non-profit organizations at the end of every fiscal year. Cute & caring!
Modernbird makes beautiful silver jewelry. My favorites are her African Animals (like little baby Ellie above) and pretty much all of the Bird collection.
Gemini Studio Art by Stephen Fowler is a shop with tons of great art to choose from. My favorite are his typography collages like the one above.
Boxnmor creates really interesting items out of wood. I wanted to get this wine bottle holder but I couldn't decide on who to give it to so I bought a few little stocking stuffer things instead.
There were no less than 10 signs I wanted to purchase from Nese's Decor. I won't mention which one I went with since too many people I know read this, but it's awesome...
Julie Boyles creates fabulous handmade journals. Looking at the beauties in her shop makes me want to pick up journaling again.
This list is by no mean exhaustive of all my favorite shops, but I couldn't help but share some of my new favorites.
I'm sure you're way more tech savvy than me & you're already on top of the Etsy goodness. But just in case you're not, if you want even more options Etsy has some AMAZING shopping tools. My favorites are Gift Guides, Pounce, & Shop Local.
Go shop handmade! It's fun!