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I’m a big fan of online shopping site Etsy. If you’re not familar with Etsy, it’s basically a marketplace for small scale makers, crafters and vintage sellers worldwide. It’s generally my first stop when I want to buy some unique artwork or homewares for my home; unique and thoughtful gifts for the ones I love; one of a kind or vintage clothes; and for crafting supplies. It has the feel good factor too, as I know my purchases support independent makers and sellers, rather than lining the pockets of CEO’s.
While shopping online on Etsy from the comfort of my sofa is easy, I do enjoy visiting craft fairs. There’s nothing quite like meeting the makers of the products you’re buying, to find out more about them and the process involved in the making of the particular item. So imagine my excitement when an email landed in my inbox, informing me about a series of Etsy Christmas Pop-Up Shops – Etsy Made Local – happening in 13 cities across the UK on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December.
If you’re in or near Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Sheffield, Nottingham, Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Dorset, Portsmouth or Brighton this weekend then do pop along! Entry is free, you don’t need a ticket or to RSVP, and it promises to be a fun day, and a great way to do your Christmas shopping (or pick up a treat for yourself!). Find out more about your local Etsy Made Local event here.
To give you a taste of what to expect, here are some of my favourite items from some of the makers who will be at the pop up shops this weekend:
If you’re not nearby, or not able to attend you can also purchase these items online via Etsy using the links above. You can also see more on the Etsy Made Local page.
I’m hoping to get along to the Etsy Made Local event in Glasgow on Sunday, so hopefully see you there!