As a DIY’er, I have a huge appreciation for things that others have made with their own hands. I’m in heaven on State Street in Madison where you can find tons of handmade items in various little shops. It was at a shop in Madison that I got the inspiration for my magnetic photo frames. So when I discovered Etsy I thought I had died and gone to heaven.
The self-described place to buy and sell all things handmade is a mecca of cool stuff. From photography to jewelry, all items are created by the people who choose to sell their items there (similar to ebay but without the bidding). Many sellers even offer custom made items. When I was looking for a chic purse in black and white, I stumbled on AbbaDabbaBags. She didn’t have any bags in black and white at the time so I contacted her to tell her what I was looking for. Not only was she willing to make the bag to my specifications, she was enthusiastic and had it done and shipped within a week. I even got to choose the color of the lining (Tiffany blue, of course). And all for about $40. Seriously. That’s my purse to the left.
Then I discovered the Scrabble tile pendant rage. Seller HomeStudio makes some sweet designs for an sweeter deal — choose any four pendants for $28. This was the perfect package because I would not have been able to choose between the four I fell in love with. I have worn the bird pendant a few times since getting them and have gotten several compliments. And this seller was equally great to work with — when my package arrived postage due they not only reimbursed me the $0.34 due, they refunded the original shipping costs. It’s pretty rare to get service like that anymore.
Etsy is also a great place to satisfy my cupcake obsession. I am in love with all things cupcake — wrapping paper, cards, baby onesies and even the real thing on occasion. I saw that some sellers offer felt cupcakes that can be used as pincushions. Adorable! Determined to try this out, I bought a pattern from seller Umecrafts. I don’t sew, but her instructions were easy and she even offers additional tutorials on her blog. Again, another great buying experience. My first pincushion turned out pretty well if I do say so myself.
Etsy is my “happy place.” A place where creativity and consumerism converge for the ultimate shopping experience. Check it out and I guarantee that you too will be hooked.