I always loved eBay and Etsy but eBay has become harder to browse than a bad flea market. Etsy has managed to hold it’s appeal because I can still drill down to handmade or vintage and find small shops to love.
My favorite Etsy stores are ones where real people are hand-making beautiful things, vintage is still vintage (not “inspired by”), and things are priced like an antique shop, not a boutique. If that’s your jam, too, here are some Etsy stores you’ll enjoy.
Babywearing & Special Needs Sewing
- Boulevard Designs – If you’re babywearing, diapering, breastfeeding, or have special needs related to enteral feeding or other medical conditions, you need to get to know Sarah at Wallypop/Boulevard Designs (That’s her website, if you prefer; I do.) Her cloth diapers are super affordable. Not only is she a meticulous craftsperson (people rave about the quality), she’s a problem solver. If you have a need sewing can fill, she can find the answer and make it for you.
- Beth’s Market Bags has me smitten – if you don’t already know it, oilcloth will have you living your best bag life and she makes some of the prettiest oilcloth bags I’ve seen. I love that you can customize with snaps, etc. I’m already finding lots of places I need one of these.
- Blue Sheep Boutique – I love quilts but I hate quilting – enter Jenny and her super cute quilt shop. She says the Hawaiian batik is her best seller and based on the reviews, it’s easy to see why. Wondering if one of her kits might make a quilter out of me…
- Flaura is one of my new favorites shops created by one of my all-time favorite people. Laura creates jewelry and other art out of real flowers and the detail in her work is stunning.
- For Pete’s Sake Pottery – Susan’s work features a lot of blue and white which, if you’ve been with me long, you know is my favorite. She also carries this gorgeous handpainted home ornament that is now my all-time favorite gift idea.
- Renz Rags – Selling out of San Diego (which happens to be my favorite city), Miya sews beautiful handmade formals at unbelievable prices. My next formal event, I’m giving her ruched blue gown a try.
- Whipping Up Fairytales – Kasey’s wall hangings are enough to make her shop ultra-cool, but there’s so much more to see. The colors she puts together in her beautifully-crocheted goods, the dyed onesies, the super affordable necklaces – it’s all good here, and all truly handmade.
Soaps & Such
- Green Living Soap Company – I didn’t even know conditioner bars were a thing until now. Yes, please. I’m also ordering some of this stamped mechanic/laundry soap.
Vintage Clothing & Housewares
- You had me at pointe shoes. A fellow foodie and Italian cooking enthusiast, Dee at Donna’s Finishing Touch has the sweetest things, from primitive to vintage. Her shop is like wandering the halls of a beautiful antique store but with much better prices.
- Miss Hettie Custom Home Decor – I love vintage linen and the shop combines vintage goods and antiques with her handmade farmhouse and shibori dyed items – she has a real talent for dyeing and y’all, this lady can ruffle like nobody’s business.
- Honeybee Vintage Finds – Everything you didn’t know you needed is here. Estate sale expert Shawna has a great eye and her shop is priced reasonably. (If you’re tired of overpriced glassware, here’s your relief; still, my favorites are her vintage t-shirts.) Both the goods and the seller are authentic, that’s my kind of shop.
Visiting with these artists this week was exactly what I needed to put me back in touch with my mission here, which has always been to build a community of real people on the internet. Friends who make and curate pretty stuff for a living are definitely my tribe.
Whatever you’re shopping for, if you can, take the time to buy it as close to the source as possible and to support small businesses. I’d love to see your Etsy favorites, share them in the comments!