These are my current favourites on Etsy.
It took me awhile to come around to Etsy though I can’t tell you exactly why. For years I have been singing the praises of independent artists and supporting them and have done my best in the offline world to pick up individual pieces here and there. I think my initial reaction to Etsy was that it was just crafty things that perhaps weren’t so great or useful. How wrong I was.
My love affair with it began last winter when I was in need of a coat rack – something small, beautiful and would fit in perfectly with the seaside cottage I was renting. All my usual stores didn’t have anything close or, if they did, were ridiculously over priced. A quick search on Etsy revealed one from Willow Oak Home Decor and that had me hooked.
One of the bits of advice I give to people who ask me how to have a successful career as an artist, freelance or entrepreneur is that you must support what you want to be. I can’t tell you how many people want to be artists but have never bought a print, how many people want to run a small business but buy stuff from big stores. After having used Etsy successfully for awhile, I really believe in it and think it’s a wonderful thing to support.