Tuesday, 28 February 2012

What Is Etsy And Why You Should Shop There

Brooke's Little Stitches
http://www.etsy.com/shop/brookeslittlestitch?ref=seller_info

Almost every time I mention that I have an Etsy shop, I see a completely blank look on people faces and I know they have never ever heard of it. Etsy is an American run website so I know it might be a different story if I lived in the States, but since I live in Canada, I feel I need to spread the word.

Etsy is a community of sellers who have handcrafted there product or they sell vintage. I know this can bring up images of aunt Ruby's crochet dish cloths of Grandmas prize pickles and yes there is some of that but it is SO much more! Some of these artists are fashion designers, designers of wedding accessories like unique table number cards and centre pieces. There's shops that make handcrafted invitations or cupcake banners or beautiful packaging and gift giving ideas that have been discovered by Martha Stewart herself! Handcrafted jewelry has been featured in In Style magazine and children's products get highlighted in Parenting magazines. I even had one of my gift giving items featured in Stylish Home magazine. Etsy is a place for up-and-comers so to stay in the loop, you need to check it out.

Ever since I discovered Etsy 2 years ago I have been getting much more creative at gift giving and all of my family and friends have appreciated it. Here are just a few of the examples of what I have found.

Ainsley, and I don't know why, asked for a moose hat for her birthday??! But I knew where to go to find one, Etsy. This shop owner was selling the pattern but was willing to make the pattern for me and sell me a completed hat. It was SO cute I got one for Taya too!

Here's some stocking stuffers I found:
Bird memory game
http://www.etsy.com/listing/70904567/natural-wood-toy-match-me-birds-big-kid

I got the bigger kids yo-yo's. They have butterflies and robots and lots to choose from.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/77873821/spider-ant-wooden-yo-yo

I got one of each colour. One for each of my girls and one for my niece! We used them in Disney and they are the perfect overnight bag! The girls love that they have their names embroidered on them!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/monkeyseeboutique?ref=seller_info

I just love the rubber stamps from this shop! I don't even want to tell you how many I have. My best friend sends a lot of packages and so I got her one with a big gerber daisy on it to stamp on her mail as they are her favourite thing. It's become her signature flower.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/53775483/small-bird-rubber-stamp

I have a few pieces from Piss Potery. The items in her shop are all incredible and I could take one of each! I use this dish to place my jewelry when I take it off.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/93608580/ceramic-heart-for-ring-catcher-or
Although I haven't purchased this yet, I would really like to.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/65327809/aqua-short-sleeves-sweater


So, if you haven't yet looked at Etsy to see what it's all about, I hope I gave you some inspiration to take a look. Trust me, you'll be hooked in no time and so impressed with the variety of items available.

While you're there, you may want to have a look at my shop too. http://www.etsy.com/shop/2sistershandcrafted?ref=si_shop

Let me know what you think of Etsy and if you've found any new favourites!

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