Wednesday, June 23, 2010

the joys of buying handmade


clockwise from top right:

:: vintage spaniel swap playing cards from: OnlineVintage ::
:: mini Z Is For Zebra bunting flags from: prettylittlestudio ::
:: travel clutch from: owlsay ::
:: small initial heart sterling silver necklace from: moncadeau ::
:: Wizard of Oz everyday wallet from MishmashDesigns ::

I've formed a new habit: when I need something, like a new wallet, a gift, or something cute to bring a smile to my face, I head straight over to etsy . Today I was contemplating whether or not to buy that adorable (and very practical! see the details inside here )travel clutch with the airplanes on it. I have been eyeing it for a while, but the $25 price tag plus $5 shipping had me hesitating. Then I made a funny decision; I decided I would read the seller's profile, and if I liked what I read, I would buy it! When you read it , you will see why I chose, with a very happy heart, to support this seller.

It made me very aware of just how special etsy is. I am so grateful to this platform for stay-at-home-moms, college students, retirees, artists and artisans of all walks of life. It's such a fantastic feeling to not only find cute, handmade or vintage items, but to know your money is going directly into the hands of a talented individual who is appreciative of each and every sale. 

It has made large companies and corporations feel cold and impersonal, and I hope to buy as many of my future belongings through etsy as possible. 


I bought this stroller blanket for my sister-in-law, who gave birth to her second son last week.
:: chenille and cotton blanket Funky Monkey stroller blanket from BubblesandSqueaks ::

So next time you are looking for something, be sure to stop by etsy before heading to a chain store. You will find so many wonderful things there. Your hard-earned money will be appreciated by the sellers, and you will experience a very gratifying shopping spree.

Just a little reminder to consider handmade.

yours, xoxo country girl


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20 comments:

  1. Go Etsy girl go!
    I love the shop and cant wait to be up and running with my own things...
    Can you find me a cute small purse that goes across the shoulder and fits EVerything?

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  2. Hello Dawn,
    Love all your cute finds on Etsy. Thank you for sharing them with us! xo

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  3. I think this kind of shopping mindset goes hand in hand with shopping at local farmer's markets, thrift stores and antique fairs - you always find a hidden gem, meet interesting folk and fill your home with unique prettiness and I love it!
    Very nice purchases by the way!
    Lots of love
    Morwenna
    xoxo

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  4. Oh my golly crumpets I have just read the Owl Say shop bio and I love it! Kelley's story reminds me of my own corporate struggles and she has inspired me to follow my dream and be happy whilst earning a few pennies along the way. Am off to buy something, anything from her shop!
    Thank you for sharing this lovely shop and seller with us Love Morwenna
    xoxo

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  5. i just adore etsy and everything it stands for - i LOVE that airplane travel clutch!! so cute! and what a great find with that stroller blanket...love it

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  6. I am longing to linger over all your thoughts and etsy, but am OFF to an adventure.

    I WILL hug Sue and Joe for you and for Rachel too. I can't wait for the four of us to catch up on everything.

    Love to you,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  7. Oh yes Dawn, I love etsy and will post a photo of my latest buy. I'm like you..love the fact that something was made just for me...uniqueness and with artfulled hands.

    Have a blessed day!
    xoxo Gert

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  8. i buy a lot from etsy. i SO believe in it.
    your purchases are just lovely.
    i would love to do a post about my etsy buys, one day soon.
    xo

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  9. Etsy is so cool. I got a sleeping face mask and the seller sent me such a sweet little note to go with it I kept it, it was almost worth more than the item I purchased, some people are so sweet and deserving.

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  10. You're turning me into an etsy addict! I love that you remind us all of this wonderful place to shop.

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  11. I just love etsy. With all those lovely handmade and bohemian goodies, it reminds me of the 'Apple Market' in London's Covent Garden,where I used to love browsing with my mum. That heart necklace is gorgeous. I think I'm going to have to splurge on one for myself. Thanks, Dawn.

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  12. thanks for the reminder. I, too,love etsy. especially for jewelry. First time visiting your blog. love it! will be back.

    mjk--eyeswideopen.com

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  13. Dearest Dawn, well that's the bank account raided - ANOTHER Etsy purchase thanks to you!! You're so right, it's a wonderful place to browse & shop. the best of creative minds! xoxo Rachel

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  14. Dawn,

    Thank you for your sweet commment on my blog. Your blog is lovely...you're a really talented artist!

    I wish all the best for you and your hubby during this time of waiting. I'm so sorry for your loss...I understand. I too am comforted by others who have gone through the same thing. You were an encouragement to me. And although we are pregnant, I still feel sad on occasion because our sweet baby we lost last Fall was still it's own person...you can't replace that.

    Be blessed bloggy friend. God be with you.

    -Gail

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  15. hey you:). i love the monkey blanket- it's adorable! and i agree- buying homemade is so wonderful and it's good for everyone involved.

    i hope you're well and enjoying the beginning of summer. i'll post a nature table soon too- your previous post got me very excited to share the massachusetts summer blooms too:).

    xoxo,
    b

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  16. i love the idea behind etsy, too!
    what an adorable stoller blanket!

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  17. ...Thanks for a great blog entry!.....
    Delightful etsy shop too!

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  18. Hey Dawn! Back from holiday and getting geared up to catch up on all your news - totally agree with your sentiments...if only there were more small companies and less big corporate giants out there...

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  19. I like your blog !!Thank you. They are really great .
    do not miss my goods , they are very beautiful !!
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