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.

ceramic handpainted house ornament
Beautiful handpainted custom ceramic ornament from For Pete’s Sake Pottery

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.

Handmade Awesomeness

  • 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.
Batik Rag Rug Hawai'ian print
Rag quilt in batik prints from Blue Sheep Boutique

Soaps & Such

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!

10 thoughts on “10 of My Favorite Etsy Shops – Real People Making & Curating”

  1. My friend Marirose from EraAntiquesandFinds has wonderful items in her ETSY shop as well. You must check out her finds! Her being an antique dealer for many years can sometimes be a great help to me when I find something old and interesting that I just cannot pass up and something I may not know too much about. I also lend her a hand when it comes to antique textiles, where I’m more knowledgeable in. Remember all ETSY sellers can not possibly know everything about what they find, so it is always best to run a search on each item. If you are still not having no luck don’t be ashamed to ask for someone else’s help. We are all in this together. She has also become a great friend of mine on this wonderful site. We share many laughs, some sorrows & shoot the breeze about our love of our families, friends and antiques…… after all isn’t that what life is about????? Thank you Marirose for all the positive joy you bring to so many other’s!! I am very blessed to have your friendship! Thanks for following me on Andria’s new road to her next chapter. Her blog is simply incredible!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you, I’ll have to check out her shop! I absolutely love antique textiles, my favorite thing to shop for. 🙂

    2. Thank you so much Donna for your kind words! Yes, we help each other in many ways and I greatly value your friendship and all the help and inspiration you’ve given me over the years. And thank you so much Andria for your wonderful blog and this article about Etsy shops. All of us work hard everyday to offer interesting, unique, and useful items and give our customers that special and personal attention that you just don’t find on other sites. I hope all of your followers who haven’t yet discovered Etsy will take the time to explore our many wonderful independently owned shops!

  2. Dee from Donna’s Finishing Touch and I have been good friends since we both opened our etsy shops years ago. Her shop is amazing and she has an eye for finding the most unusual and fabulous things. Her customer service is superior, she always goes that extra mile for all of her customers. I know this first hand since I’ve been her customer more than once and have never been anything but super happy with her service and what I bought. She knows her stuff too, and is one of the sweetest people I know!

  3. Kindness is free and should be shared by all!

    I had the pleasure of meeting Andria while working on her new blog. Her articles are very interesting reads and should be shared by all. Such a beautiful person too!

    Susan and I met as well on the “etsy site” and have grown to know each other quite well, as we both found out that we do have many of the same interests in kind. Antiques are just one of them! She is such an “amazing lady and inspiration to all”and I am truly blessed to have had the opportunity to meet her and become friends!!

    Looking forward to meeting more kindness in this world to spread through Andria’s blog!! Thank you for your kindness ladies! Let’s get this blog rolling!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much, you are all sweet to stop by and to spread the word about our blog. It is truly appreciated and what makes the work we do here totally worth it.

  4. I totally enjoyed every word. Dee at Donna’s FinishingTouch is my fav and know that her expertise with the findings is going to present me with a true treasure. She also is so easy to work with, delivery is untouched, and no damages. She is a true professional and truly sincere and lovely lady. I do frequent a couple shops, but historical date will show that Dee is the go to.

    1. I loved meeting Dee while I was working on this project, she’s such a kind person and so easy to work with. Thanks for stopping by to check out the article, have a great weekend! 🙂

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