I don't recall exactly how I stumbled across Etsy.com about three years ago, but I do remember clicking from one lovely handmade item to the next, amazed at the choices and the prices. I felt a little guilty about my first purchase, two necklaces and a hairpin from foundling, because they cost me less than a tank of gas. Same is true of the earrings that I wear every single day: a pair of handmade silver hoops that cost a whopping $12. I'm a wannabe crafter,and the one time I made items to sell (button magnets), I think I figured that with materials and labor, I should charge, oh, about twenty bux a magnet. And that's not even with the surcharge for the hot glue gun damage I did to my fingers. Whoops.
Now that most of us are cutting back, waaaaaay back, even, on our spending, I'm more grateful than ever for the ability that the internet gives me to spend my dollars wisely and in ways that directly support independent artists and crafters. Not to mention the fact that the things I buy are unique and interesting. Even if we aren't buying much for ourselves at the moment, we've got people we love having milestones and birthdays all the time: it's wonderful to be able to find unique and affordable gifts to share, and buying directly from the artist is all the better. I even love getting the packages in the mail. They're always beautifully wrapped, often with a handwritten thank you note and a little something extra.
(one of my favorite necklaces from House That Crow Built)
Here are some of my favorite jewelry makers. I'd love to hear about sellers you adore, and places beyond Etsy where you shop.
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