Love... that I can easily find so many handmade and potentially environmentally friendly doodads that I don't really need but WANT. You're the best site for gift ideas and supporting small artists and businesses. Yogis- google "yoga" and be amazed.
Disgusted... with how you are treating my pal Five Seed. She uses only organic and sustainable materials in her amazing face, body and skin care products and you're severe and unfair restrictions on her ability to share ingredient facts is frustrating and disappointing.
Since it's "Cyber Monday" (seriously? sigh), I figured I would share some tips on Etsy and a few of my fav wish list ideas- support a local artist eh?
Etsy Tip #1: Search for cool stuff in your country.
No, it's a legit sad moment when you find a beautiful purse that is made in Turkey. The entire POINT is to decrease pollution from shipping... local is better.
To change the search settings:
- go to 'Buy' (upper left corner)
- under "Ways to shop" (right side) click "shop local"
- type in your country
Etsy Tip #2: Browse "Handmade"
Why would you want to support a local artist if it isn't handmade? No really?
To select handmade:
- after typing in your country, click "Handmade" circle (left hand side)
Etsy Tip #3: Just because it's on Etsy, doesn't make it "environmental"
Read the ingredients (and be forgiving since Etsy is going bonkers on fabulous small businesses). If they don't post ingredients, move on. Look for things made with sustainable fabrics (organic cotton, bamboo or repurposed materials).
Etsy Tip #4: Check out the LOVE
A decent way to see what the seller is like is to check out the ratings on the side... but not just the percentage; how many people rated that seller? The more people, the more reliable that rating will be.
Ok! Tonight's current wish list:
Alright, so I already may have put in an order- how could I resist? She's having a sale! I have been using her products for years and have loved each and every one. Sadly because of the ridiculously unfair restrictions she's not allowed to post what the benefits for the ingredients are- but trust me, checking out her blog as well as her table of ingredients is worth it!
I am in love with all of the coats, sweaters and funky shirts in her shop! Made in Montreal, these items are so delicious... shu in love!
Rosebud earrings are super trendy... but these ones are even COOLER. The artist hand makes each earring out of polyclay so that you can actually see his fingerprints on each petal. They are beautiful.
Andrew ordered the bestest seven-armed octopus shirt from here AND it came with a personalized note!! Fun!
These little cards are SO CUTE. Plus they are hand painted in Halifax... neato! I love the above "eggnog" card...fun!
Specifically this bag... I love that they are made from vintage Kimono dresses!
Ok, I LOVE this shirt... it's too bad that there isn't one in my size! Plus she has fabulous arm warmers made with sustainable materials... squee!
Alright, enough browsing! Go forth and find amazingness!