In May 2006, I made my first Etsy purchase; it was two pictures by the very talented working photographer, Jen Causey. I bought them because at the time, I needed the inspiration and Etsy made her art accessible to me and affordable. I hung those prints up in my houses, they were always the first to go up when I moved and they still hang today. Still inspiring me (side note: I believe in putting up inspiration. You never know how it can transform you. I ended up working with Jen on a couple of shoots when I worked with Anthropologie and we did some Liefsdottir fashion shows in NY).
In the six years since, I have continued to make a lot of purchases – for myself, for friends, things by friends, for pets, for home and on and on. Often I’ve seen products recommended on blogs I like (this happens a lot with prints) and I buy as is. Sometimes I make a discovery and ask the artist/seller if they can make a few changes (which they almost always do especially for clothing). I love Etsy for the simple reason that, despite being an online service, it feels really personal. I like the Etsy conversations between myself and buyers and I especially like it when they’re handmade. (Another side note: I actually don’t buy second hand or factory made items. To me, that’s what eBay and other services are for. I have an issue with that on Etsy, truthfully).
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been picking up quite a few things more from dog collars to prints. It’d been awhile since I’d been shopping on there and I realised it’d be even longer since I shared my Etsy Favourites.
So here is my fall edition. Most of these things I’ve bought. Some, like the ceramic dishes pictured above, are still on my wish list. Also, you can see a list of my favourite shoppes, too.