I'm a real Etsy fan. I find the best bargains, wonderful quality, and unique things/objects/jewelry/ whatever.
I thought it would be nice to share some of my faves with you, just in case you need ideas for, gasp, the holidays. Yep, they are all upon us in less than 3 months and we'd better get prepared. Hanukkah is December 1-9! That's 2 months from Friday. So, check these vendors out and maybe you'll find some answers to the never-ending question of "What am I going to get them?" A word of warning: these are all female oriented; the Hubbo and I are way too smart to exchange presents.
American Girl Doll clothing. You can get the prettiest stuff on Etsy, and not crazy expensive either. Of course if you have a persnickety kid, who only wants AG stuff, well then that's your problem. Miss P is the proud owner of tons of Etsy clothing for her dolls, and in fact, doesn't want the standard AG clothing; she likes the variety and different outfits that I find her. The Principessa is of the same opinion.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/juliascreations - Julia's Creations has contemporary outfits, and they are around $15 - $20.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Margarettedesigns4AG - Margarette Designs with the prettiest period costumes and in the range of $16-25.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/CindyrellasCloset - Does your doll need jammies? For a mere $16, you can get really cute ones.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sassydollcreations - Pretty little dresses and outfits from $8.75!!!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/nayasdesigns - A nice variety of outfits mostly in the $20-30 range. I've bought a lot of her clothing and everything is so well made.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sewgrandmacathy - Both AG and Barbie outfits from $3- 8.75. How can you beat this?
Bags, knitting and others. I admit that I'm a sucker for a nice cloth sock bag; I own more than anyone needs, and I still get the tug to buy them. I also love any cloth tote. The Hubbo calls me "Ruth the Schlepper"; I carry way too much junk around with me. As much as I adore Coach bags, just the leather alone is too heavy. And then, when I load up my stuff, well, it just doesn't work. But give me a nice fabric tote, and I still overload it, but at least the bag itself doesn't destroy my shoulders. OK, it does, but not nearly the way a leather satchel will do it to me. Here are some of my favorites.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/zigzagstitches - Catherine is wicked. She is the worst sock back enabler going. Ask me how I know!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Clutterbags - Charming purses, both big and little.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/56495677/drawstring-bag-pattern-the-original? - If you want to sew your own patchwork bag, here are the instructions. Too bad I'm such a crummy seamstress.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ruddawg - Wonderful sock and knitting bags, and pretty cheap, too.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/Messie - I bought my very first sock bag from her and it's still going strong.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/ibunnysavetroy - She's a college kid. Sews beautifully. Go, support her!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/affordablebagdesigns?ref=seller_info - I haven't bought from her yet, but I'm seriously thinking about it. This bag stuff is an addiction!
And, of course, you know that I'm on Etsy: http://fritzl.etsy.com
That's enough for today. I don't want to wear you out. What's coming up in a future Etsy moment? jewelry, soap, already-knitted or crocheted clothing, stitch markers, potpourri.
itsJUSTme - What I particularily love about Etsy is that most of the vendors are "little" people like you and me. I like supporting small businesses. The profits go directly to the vendor and not some big anonymous corporation.