Do you know about Etsy? For those of you who are new to it, it is an online store where all the goods are handmade. The site was launched in 2005 and has quickly grown to have approximately 10,000 sellers and five times that many buyers. At least 90% of the sellers are women. They set up virtual shops. These give small entrepreneurs a chance to market their goods to a varied clientele.
I received my most recent Etsy purchase last weekend and I thought you might like to see it. Geninne lives in Mexico, so I never would have had the opportunity to see her work if it wasn't for Etsy. I plan on hanging this lovely print in my daughter's former room which I have set up for my granddaughters when they sleep over.
Her beautiful business card was tucked into the packaging. It's a piece of art by itself, don't you agree?
A couple of months ago I purchased this fabric brooch from Dog Daisy who lives in the UK. Once again, work I would know nothing about excepting for the internet and Etsy.
Isn't the stitching lovely? It was made to wear but don't you think it makes a nice framed piece of art?
Here is a photo of a print, bought from an Etsy shop of course, that adorns the wall above the granddaughters' bed. Underneath you can see the clay sun made by one of my little girls. LillyMoon is the artist who made this whimsical print. She lives in Corsica.
Art isn't the only thing for sale at Etsy. You can find almost any handmade thing your heart desires there. Some of our fellow bloggers have opened their own Etsy shops, like Alex from My Quill and Pen, Pamela from The House of Edward and Susan from 29 Black Street.
So this year during the season of gift giving, remember to check them out if you don't already Etsy.