If you’re looking for ways to shop local but aren’t ready to venture forth OR many of the local businesses aren’t back open yet, try to shop local on Etsy!
It took me a long time to fall in love with Etsy. My sister figured it out easily. She can curate an entire party/dinner in no time – just look at this! I, on the other hand, would wander for a few pages after an apparently too vague search only to give up.
Shop Local on Etsy
While I’m still not the best, I’ve gotten better at being more specific in my searches. I also recently found out how you can shop locally on Etsy, by narrowing down the location, which is really helpful.
If you start on the general search page, or after you’ve searched for the specific product you’re looking for in the search bar, scroll down (on the left side on desktop) in the filters to “Shop location.” You can select “anywhere,” “United States,” or put in a custom location.
Enter your state or city/town. I searched Sacramento and was overwhelmed with how many places I found! I’m sharing five fun ones I discovered, but give your state or town a shot!
Besides shopping locally for myself, I’ve also been trying to shop local for gift recipients on Etsy. In other words, shopping their local restaurants/artisans if we don’t live nearby. Instead of searching Sacramento or California, I put in their city or state!
I do want to note, I did have to look over a number of ads amidst the listings, but I think the ads were from local shops as well, so that wasn’t really a problem in the end.
Also, many Etsy shops have their own websites. If they aren’t listed in their Etsy page, you can just search for them online and see if they sell anywhere else!
Interestingly Amazon has also started a local, handmade shop, but as is it’s still fairly new, there aren’t a lot of great options just yet. So I’m sticking to shopping local on Etsy for the time being.
Etsy also offsets carbon emissions for all of its deliveries. You can read more about it here, but it’s amazing that such a huge, WORLDWIDE online company is doing something so great for the globe!
Lykos Leather primarily makes leather and metal wares inspired by Norse History and Tradition. In addition to serving dishes and jewelry, they also sell these “hair beads” in a variety of sizes.
I’m not exactly sure what size would be best for my hair, but I’m thinking the large. They also have small sizes for beards and dreads!
And judging by her Instagram, I may run into her at a coffee shop one of these days – another fun quirk to shopping local on Etsy!
Delicate Industry makes a variety of jewelry pieces with cameos, gemstones, and various metals. The gemstone rings and studs look well-made and versatile, but the cameo pieces – especially the brooches – are what really caught my eye.
Brooches come in styles ranging from skeletons and flowers to an African series of women’s profiles – the details of which look exquisite!
Ginger Taylor Candles
Haley of Ginger Taylor Candles makes exquisitely beautiful taper candles. They come in a range of colors with some really unique designs.
These beeswax candles burn down the middle, leaving the spiral in place. You have to see the photo of it burning here. It’s amazing!
Vintage Dictionary Art
In my new world of upcycled art and jewelry, there are so many things I never would have thought about going to waste and then having a new life. In this case – vintage dictionary pages that have been repurposed as the perfect background for other prints by VintageDictionaryArt Shop