As someone who dreams of one day owning their own business, I think it’s very important to support other entrepreneurs and small businesses. Thanks to Etsy, “shopping small” is easier than ever. However, it can be very overwhelming to browse through the endless selection of handmade and vintage items available on the site. For that reason, I want to begin highlighting some of my favorite shops on a regular basis. Keep on reading to check out some of the products and stores that have caught my eye!
I was drawn to Depeapa
because of the fun illustrations on all the products available in the shop. Owner Veronica describes the shop as a way to give her “illustrations a second life,” and you can find her work printed on tea towels, canvas tote bags, and even cushion covers. There are also a few illustrations available as prints if you’d rather display them as wall art.
My friend Monica gave me the cutest soap shaped like toast for Christmas last year, and I loved it so much that I had to know where to buy more, which is how I discovered Soapopotamus
. The shop has a very nice selection of handmade soaps modeled after treats such as sushi
, cinammon rolls
I first discovered Xtabay Vintage
when I found the most beautiful hand painted skirt and top from Mexico on Pinterest
. Although I found out that the dress was sold out once I clicked through to Xtabay Vintage’s store, I did find many other very beautiful vintage dresses to swoon over. I have to say that most of the dresses are out of my price range, but they are all very beautiful and well worth the price.
I was very excited to find out that Xtabay has a brick and mortar shop in Portland, so I’ll have the opportunity to check out their selection in person in the near future. I’m pretty sure that I can find an excuse to save up for a 50s vintage wedding dress even though I’m not getting married any time soon.
I was devastated when I first found out that one of my favorite indie brands, Fleet Collection, decided to close shop because I was in love with their gorgeous retro-inspired designs. Thankfully, cofounder Eileen Chai decided to open her own shop, Apricity, which has a nice selection of dresses in a similar style. My favorite design is the Sunday Dress, and I’m excited for it to be available in more colors very soon.
My friend Shantal has a shop called Miss Shenannies, which has the cutest accessories made out of polymer clay. I just ordered a custom strawberry ring and can’t wait to show it off on the blog! If you’re in love with Shantal’s shop, you should also visit her awesome blog Miss Shenanigans.
I hope you enjoyed these finds and that this post has inspired you to support small businesses. Have a great rest of the week!