Art and shopping… how can you not love it.

Good morning!

Hope you had a great weekend! Mine was okay… finally got the chance to watch some of the Olympics… Some “cross country skiing with guns strapped to their backs,” some “skii down the hill really fast and not miss any of the markers,” and some other stuff… all of which I clearly don’t remember the names of.

Today’s website is actually  multiple websites… I suppose its more of a theme: art and shopping (two of my favorite things). The website that inspired this theme is

Etsy.
 



Etsy is a website where you can “buy or sell all things handmade.” You can search the website based on a lot of different cridentials including by Category, as well as by Seller, Handmade, and Vintage.

The website can be kind of overwhelming at first… and kinda an abyss of stores/products (which is awesome if you are bored and want to check out the site!) …  I definitely recommend creating your own user account. That allows you to not only “favorite” sellers & etc, but it also allows you to create your own store, if you would like.

Although I seriously have a million Sellers “favorited,” I’ll try not to bore you and only share a few of them:

I know many of you are aware of Etsy… so I’m not going to bore you with anything else about that. But… if you don’t know about Etsy, seriously go check it out. It’s a great website to get unique, personalized gifts for EVERYONE you know!

Alright… onto the rest of the websites in this theme…

You may or may not have known but… Etsy is not all that unique in what it does. It’s just a big name in the handmade-online-store world/community. There are others including:

Made It
This website is pretty much exactly the same as Etsy… although with the “.au” at the end, I’m guessing it originated in Australia? (That does not appear to affect you, as a purchaser or a seller at all, though.).

Zibbet
Again, this website is just like the previously mentioned ones… although it’s “look and feel” is less… artsy and more… traditional/down to business.  The cool thing about this website is you can narrow your search down to the usual categories & etc.. but you can also search by price range and even color!

Catbird NYC
Catbird NYC is a little different than the other two. They don’t host just any sellers… you have to basically apply to be able to sell your things on their site. This may actually be a pretty good thing… Etsy lets anybody and everybody sell stuff on their site (which has resulted in a mock site called “regretsy” (“Where DIY meets WTF” hahaha)) If you’re simply a buyer, you shouldn’t notice much of a difference – besides maybe quality of products.

Little Paper Planes
This website is similar to Catbird NYC in that you have to submit your artwork for approval to be sold on the site… if you are simply a shopper, however, it is pretty much the same as the other ones. The homepage is super clean/organized/ and artsy. Way less overwhelming than Etsy’s, for instance.

Supermarket
Finally, with the risk of sounding like a broken record, this website is another Etsy-style website… Unfortunately, as I write this, they are experiencing website difficulties soo… hopefully they’ll be up and running again soon.

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Enjoy searching through these creative websites, get some ideas for gifts, for DIYs, and for your own store, perhaps? I’m considering opening my own store- probably on Etsy- one of these days…

What do you think? Do you have a favorite Etsy-esque store? Do you know of one that I didn’t list? Would love to hear from you!

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