Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Handmade Love Wednesdays

Before I get to the Handmade Love Feature, I wanted to wish M a Happy Anniversary (9 years). I'm so fortunate that I get to spend my life with you & I look forward to the next 9+. Love you always.

Today's post is going to be a little different. Instead of spotlighting two handmade features, I am going to give you a list of different places where you can shop & do some creative tithing.

Let's start with Etsy - the most popular & most known of the handmade marketplaces. Etsy is an online site focused on handmade or vintage items, along with art & craft supplies. The items are wide-ranging & include photography, jewelry, bath & body products, edibles, toys, stationary & other paper products, clothing & toys. It has been described as "a crafty cross between Amazon & e-bay." In June of this year alone, 390,547 new members joined. Find more statistics here. Some of the perks to buying items from here are that you can shop locally, shop by color or by most recently listed products. 

Meylah is an Artisan Marketplace much smaller in scope & size than Etsy. Their mission is focused on "building an online creative community for individuals to learn, share and support each other’s business growth online." They are unique in that their site offers a seller both a storefront & a blog together. Like Etsy, they offer a ton of free educational resources on not only on how to sell, market, & use social media, but also tutorials on various subjects like digital scrapbooking or how to make chocolate covered pretzels. 

Big Cartel sells everything from music to handmade to vintage products & more.  

Art Fire bills themselves as the Premiere Artisan Marketplace & offers craft supplies, handmade items, vintage, media & even services (.ie. tarot card reading, software programming, multi-media development). If you're looking strictly for handmade items then you will need to stick to their handmade marketplace only. 

Made It Myself let's you browse by categories, sub-categories, recently listed & artists.  

Folksy is based in the UK, and if you don't mind the conversion rate, there is a lot of great stuff to choose from. Also, it appears that some sellers have a flat international shipping rate too. Their site features Makes, which are tutorials from the sellers on how they made specific products. 

You can see some of the other handmade love posts in the "you might also like" feature I added below my posts.  In addition, I added some social media buttons too. So if you're reading this in google reader, hop on out & check out those new things. Happy shopping/creative tithing! 

*All logos taken from their respective websites.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

O>) ---M

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