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Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Five of our favourite shops on the site

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We have a confession to make: we're obsessed with Etsy. Granted, the site has been around for awhile. It's just, when the weather gets cold and we need to perk up our place with a unique or cute home accessory, it's the best web space to surf. And given our penchant for sorting the site, we like to think we have a handle on its up-and-coming designers. Here are five of our current favourites.

Plum Street Prints

If you're looking for classy and modern art prints for your home, Plum Street Prints will have them. And, if they don't, you can ask them to create you something that's one-of-a-kind. The site's customer service is exceptional, and all of the artwork displayed is bright, colourful, peppy and uplifting.

Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PlumStreetPrints

Plum Street Prints
Aheirloom cutting board


Who needs a regular cutting board when you can have one that's made, by hand, in the shape of your state, province or what-have-you? These make great gifts, are sturdy enough to be used every day and are made by Amy and Bill in Brooklyn, New York. The best news is the pair has plans to expand their product line in 2012.

Website: http://www.etsy.com/people/AHeirloom

Pretty Old Things

Vintage is in (and, really, the trend never left) — which could be why we continually visit this site to stake out some of the retro and fabulous things that are found at flea markets and antique stores across North America. Fun finds include an Ovenex muffin pan and vintage liquor bottles. Amazing!

Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ethanollie

Vintage liquor bottles
Gray Works Design cutting board

Gray Works Design

Made from sustainably harvested wood or salvaged hardwood, these cutting boards are, well, incredible. Hand-rubbed with organic olive oil, they work perfectly as serving trays. The pair behind this stylish site are even starting to expand into homemade tables, chairs and benches (seriously, check out the benches they currently have available). They're simply swoon-worthy.

Website: http://www.etsy.com/people/grayworksdesign

Claudia Pearson

There's something about illustrated home items that make us smile – perhaps it's the cute designs or the poppy colours. Whatever the reason, Claudia Pearson's designs are amongst our favourites. We love the retro typeface she uses on her chipper mugs, and the tea towels she creates are unlike anything we've seen. She even makes cute notebooks and calendars.

Website: http://www.etsy.com/shop/claudiagpearson

Claudia Pearson tea towels

More Etsy finds

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