Website Wednesday: Etsy.com

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This week, the spotlight is on one of my favorite places to shop: Etsy.com. I’m still surprised by the number of people who haven’t heard of Etsy, but people “in the know” speak it’s name with reverence and awe. That’s because some of the most talented artisans and crafters call Etsy home, and this site has allowed people all over the world to sell what they make with their own hands {and buy handmade as well}.


Once I found Etsy, it became hard to resist it’s lure. First of all, it’s easy to get things custom made. Want a bag in a certain shape made from a favorite fabric with a specified number of pockets? Post your request on Alchemy, and watch as people bid for the job {good luck choosing; there are so many talented shop owners!} Need an invitation tailored perfectly to your event? There are hundreds of graphic design shops on Etsy. My favorite one for baby announcements and invites is A Life Less Ordinary. When I was designing my daughter’s nursery I would search for “birds” and find amazing accessories and these adorable decals that now grace her room. Etsy also has a specific category of shops that sell vintage, and I love broswing the hand-picked vintage items.

I even have my own little corner of Etsy: I started selling vintage items from my shop, SweetPeaPaper. I haven’t added any items since June because of how busy we got this summer, but I hope once this blog is up and running smoothly to start adding items again. I was amazed by how many sales I had in such a short time frame! And I have SO much more to sell.


I could tell you about all the features Etsy offers, like gift guides by category and the ability to “heart” a favorite seller/item and using the “Connections” feature to find others who also heart your favorite items, but I think it’s best you explore the site yourself. And when you find yourself addicted, don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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I’m VERY excited to be featuring one giveaway a week for the next EIGHT WEEKS of some fabulous Etsy items. The contests begin on Friday, so be sure to become a follower so you are ready when they go “live” each week! If you’d like to be on the giving end of a giveaway, email me at makinglemonadeblog@gmail.com to see if it’s a good fit. Hope to see you back here on Friday!

Do you have an Etsy shop? If so, leave a link in the comments below along with a quick description of what you sell. Or, if you are an Etsy addict like me shout out your favorite shop or current obsessions. And have a happy Website Wednesday!

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  1. What a wonderful write-up on Etsy! The site is the perfect place for me to sell prints of my original illustrations, OOAK envelopes from children’s books, and handmade cards using a vintage children’s printing press.
    You can find my shop at http://www.studiomme.etsy.com
    I look forward to seeing you!

  2. M.M.E.:
    See, this is why Etsy is so addicting. I was a school librarian before becoming a mom, and so I LOVE the children’s book envelopes you have! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Carrie

  3. kmcgiveron:
    I love your ceramic candles! Especially since they contain organic unscented natural beeswax. I can just imagine how clean they smell! Thanks for leaving your link.
    ~Carrie

  4. Cindy, I’m going to have to keep my mom away from your shop. She loves both collage and calligraphy. Mom: do NOT visit her shop. You WILL end up buying one of her calligraphy quote books!

  5. I wish you and your little family well,and I think your little girl is adorable.
    I ‘m with you on the blackberries,I absolutely love them too.They make the greatest jam:)!
    I have a little shop on Etsy as well.Thank you for allowing us to post our links:)
    http://www.beenadolls.etsy.com

  6. thanks for doing this!! Etsy is awesome

    beberagz.etsy.com

    I make infant through adult crochet hats and baby cocoons. Too cute!!

  7. Love your blog. You have a lovely way with words. Yes, Etsy is addicting. Art is addicting. I find that even Etsians are addicting.
    Kindly,
    Franniescards.etsy.com
    Franniesheart.etsy.com

  8. Looks like I’m going to spend my afternoon browsing some AMAZING shops! Thanks for all the kinds words… Esty certainly is the BEST kind of therapy! I’m off to add more favorites to my Etsy list…

  9. I LOVE your blog! It is super cute! 🙂 And what a great All-About-Etsy blog post…great idea.

    My etsy shop can be found at:

    http://www.hooksofhope.etsy.com

    Once there, you will find a variety of handmade crocheted items available at reasonable prices with 15% of each purchase price being given to charity.

    ~Kati, Hooks of Hope

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