My love affair with Etsy began probably about two years ago when I purchased this sweet little milk bottle.
|from Etsy seller maryscrochetnmore|
The lighting is terrible, but it's a quart sized Sealtest milk bottle that I posted a little bit about last summer. I bought it as a little reminder of my grandfather who worked as a milkman for Sealtest in New York. He was a pretty cheeky old soul and used to try to teach me the various routes and roads leading from Manhattan to Montauk. My sense of direction is still pretty awful, so apparently it fell on deaf ears.
Since then, I browse Etsy often, usually more as a window shopper than purchaser. But below is a little showcase of some of the handcrafted and unique pieces I've picked up here and there.
I ordered this adorable vinyl decal for my son's room
(which has yet to be touched) from decalhappy.
Next up for Eamon's room were these cool map drawer pulls from
DaisyMae Design Shop. I chose custom pulls with maps of both Greenwich Village and Jones Beach, Long Island, favorite local destinations with sentimental attachments.
This spring, Eamon had a thing for bowties and begged me for about a month to get him two: one blue, one green. So, to Etsy seller the Little Gentlemen's closet I went.
Last month I ordered this beautiful, hand-stamped initial necklace from mfrancesjewelry for my niece's 6th grade graduation. I wanted something both age appropriate and somewhat timeless so she could wear it for many years without it being dated. This fit the bill and Mary was amazing to deal with.
Lastly, I ordered this vintage blank note card of Jones Beach from BlueThistlePaperie just last week to frame for my bathroom. This local beach is full of nostlagia for us, so this cute promotional card is an affordable way to incorporate it as meaningful, whimsical artwork. The seller, another Mary, was super speedy and a pleasure to work with.
What I love about a place like Etsy:
- It's like shopping a "Mom and Pop" store: I like giving regular people who have great ideas or talent my money.
- It's an often affordable way to buy items that have meaning to me and inject some personality and character into my home.
- Let's face it, the first gifts we probably ever gave anyone were our childhood drawings and masterpieces. This is a way to give a handmade gift when time, means or talent are lacking.
- Every seller I've dealt with was incredibly nice, helpful and excited about selling their product, I guess because they put so much of themselves into creating or finding it.
It's safe to say my love affair with Etsy will only continue to grow. I have tons of new "favorites" added to my profile, full of artwork, pillows and well, more pillows.
Have you shopped Etsy? Do you have any favorite sites for gifts, artwork or home decor? Any gems we should know about?
Have a great Monday!