Monday, June 16, 2008


You may have already noticed a few references to the website Etsy scattered throughout our posts. Well, if you haven't already checked it out, you better do it now.

In a nutshell, Etsy is the ebay of handicrafts. But don't worry, these aren't your grandma's crocheted potholders. Most of the items for sale are high quality, beautifully made pieces ranging from jewelry, to furniture, to stationery, to soap. Basically, anything that anyone can make is on this site.

A few of my favorite features are the homepage - which has a handpicked selection of pieces with a unifying theme that changes a few times a day (great gift ideas!) - and the Shop Local option - which allows you to search for products by town (shop local, while online! Yeah!).

Many of our favorite East Bay companies and designers sell their wares on Etsy. A few examples (which you may remember from previous posts) are:

Etsy has saved my ass on numerous occasions, helping me to find gifts for impossible people - like my brother. Last Christmas he received a gift entirely found on Etsy, including soap made from beer and cuff links made from Star Wars action figure heads. Priceless. So, the next time you're looking for a gift, some local designers, or are just really bored and want to look at paper-mache deer heads, check out Etsy!

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