Shopping Local Made Etsy, I mean Easy

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Did anyone make a New Year’s Resolution revolving around eco-friendly gifts? For those of you who are time or talent ‘lacking’ there are several ways to locate local shops that support your economy and local entrepreneurs. My favorite site to shop local is Etsy. Etsy’s vision is to create a platform for inventive individuals to sell their work and connect them with potential buyers, thus creating a new economy where people support people in place of global supply chains.

Etsy Baby Hat
Photo by Karenisa.

We all know that shopping local feeds dollars into our region’s economies, bolstering their viability during tough economic times. So Etsy’s addition of a ‘Shop Local’ feature allows you to enter your location and viola! local artists in your City pop-up. Since there are no brick and mortar stores to support, the costs of production and exhibition are greatly minimized, including their environmental impacts. This is an easy way to better manage your own supply chain of goods that flow out of your house, so your gifts can match your ideals.

Instead of braving markets in the cold winter months, you can support local artists from your own home. And for those of you with crafting genius waiting to be discovered, you can create your own webpage and start sharing your work today. Who knows, you may find the perfect gift!

Click here to see what local artists are up to in your neighborhood on Etsy.

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Comments

  1. Wow- this is pretty cool! I’m definitely going to check it out. I always really enjoy supporting our local businesses because it’s a great way to help our local economy grow and also kind of meet the people who are living in your community as well.

  2. Great idea..I must try.thanks.

  3. I’ve been on Etsy, and had no idea they now had a shop local feature. Living in a small town of 3000 people, I was shocked to find 3 local listing….pretty cool!!

      • Tiffany
      • January 23rd, 2010

      Great to hear! I believe the “Shop Local” feature is relatively new, I just happened to stumble upon it and was happily surprised. What better way to know you are shopping local, very local :)

    • Dawn
    • January 26th, 2010

    I love Etsy….I shop there mostly during the holidays. I recommend it to all my friends.

  4. I tried Etsy few months ago!! Its cool . its great to shop their during holidays

    • ARo
    • February 9th, 2010

    Love the title, very cute! I love Etsy too!

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