Last week I stopped into one of my favorite shops in Austin, Vintage Fresh, and noticed that some of their wooden wall art was made by a company called Hemlock and Heather. I recognized the name because several years ago, Hemlock and Heather was just a little Etsy shop and they made my headboard after our bedroom flooded. Now their art is in West Elm. Go figure.
Etsy is the only place something like that could happen, which is one reason I love Etsy. I think buying from small businesses, supporting regular people, and finding future design geniuses before everyone else knows about them is brilliant. (And all from the comfort of my own sofa.)
I’ve been shopping on Etsy for YEARS. Once I had kids, I couldn’t go to flea markets or shops any longer, and Etsy opened up a whole marketplace full of unique handmade products that I could access in between changing diapers. When the kids were potty-trained (which really is LIBERATION, you guys), I just sort of never left the etsy world. I have bought furniture, vintage homegoods, clothing, jewelry, art, fabric, and more from various Etsy sellers over the years. I even have my own Etsy shop now, which is super fun.
Recently, a friend of mine asked for a list of my favorite Etsy sellers. I decided to make it a whole post, so you could finish all your Christmas shopping today, and enjoy the bliss of the holidays for the next five weeks instead of stressing over what you’re going to get your sister-in-law, then run out of time and hand her a Starbucks card. I’ve organized this list by categories, to make it easier for you.
If you want to see all of my favorite things and sellers on Etsy, you can check out my profile by clicking here. What sellers do you love?
Happy almost Thanksgiving, you guys. Shop small this Christmas if you can!
Laurane: I just ordered some earrings from this shop, and I adore them. There are a few more pieces I would like to buy, so don’t snatch up all the crystal earrings, mmmkay??
Constant Feathers: This shop belongs to my friend, Jaime. She named one of her earrings after me, so I am now FAMOUS. These earrings will make you feel all kinds of awesome. She also sells art, because she is incredibly talented in a million ways.
tinahdee: I have loved the stacking rings in this shop since forever. The End.
FUN LITTLE GIFTS:
the carbon crusader: Fun pencils and funny buttons. I can’t stop. If anyone wants me, I’ll be over here with my Mean Girls Pencils.
sapling press: I have an ironic, dark sense of humor. This shop’s products make that part of me feel very safe.
Jane Foster: The designs they sell in this shop are so cute. I want a million Santas and mermaids, don’t you???
Mama Bird and Co: I met the owner of this shop at the baseball fields. I love her stuff. I think all the mamas need sleep, don’t you?
Kim Kat Design: I love this poncho to the very end.
Surf and the City: I have one dress form this vintage clothing shop, and it is divine. Who needs Anthropologie when you can find clothes like this?
the house of hemp: Winter cowl neck scarves are the best ever.
Top Knot Goods: It’s true. There’s no rest for the rad. BUY THIS SHIRT, please, to remind us all that the hustle never ends.
Homeland Tees: If anyone can help me figure out if I should have a California Home hat or a Texas Home hat, that’d be supery duper. #whereismyhome
Between You & Me: These signs have my heart. Especially the Velveteen Rabbit one. I lurv it.
Clare Elsaesser: These paintings make me happy.
Gus and Lula: I used some of their prints in the classrooms at our church, and I LOVE them. I could fill my house with their pretty art. Half of all their profits are donated to charities, too. I can’t stress how much I love this.
please be still: Jen Renninger is crazy talented. I’ve seen her art in lots of places, I own one of her prints, and would love to have more. So much love!
simply chi: I want the owner of this shop to be my personal shopper. I don’t know where she finds all these amazing midcentury pieces, but I’m dead over this green rug. I live in Texas, the land of gratuitous farmhouse chic (thanks so much Joanna Gaines), and I need more modern boho in my life.
Rusty Gold: This shop has a mix of handmade and vintage items. What I really want is this planter. Right now. In my house. With a magical plant that I won’t kill, no matter how many times I forget it’s a living thing in need of care.
triple seven home: Why do these lights have to be so amazing?
Old New House: All the homegoods in this shop are amazing, but I particularly love their massive selection of pennants.
Vintage Swings: We don’t have snow in Austin, so I think my kids need one of these tire swings. (That logic may not make sense, but I don’t care.)
Bohma Handmade: My beautiful friend Keishann makes the best stuff. These burpcloths are the so stinking adorable.
Imagination Nation: This catapult looks like fun, but the Frodo sword is the one I wish I could get my boys without endangering their lives.