There’s so much to love about Etsy , check out their mission statement:
We are anthropologists of commerce. We’re curious about people and what they make, exchange and consume. By looking around at the stuff that matters to our lives, we believe we can understand more about what moves us as human beings.
Around the world, there’s a new clamoring to know the story behind what we buy — who made it, how, what route did it travel to our door? We’re here to tell these global stories, to introduce you to makers and collectors and the history of their goods.
William Morris famously instructed that you should “have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” Like you, we’re bored by the artificiality and ugliness of most products out there. We endeavor to inspire you with the imaginative, the durable, the forward-thinking, the lovely, the comforting, the provocative.
Etsy is a beautiful experiment in restoring community and culture to our commerce. We are witnesses, diving deep into the waters of this marketplace and returning with tales about what’s emerging.
I could spend days trawling trough the masses of stuff listed and never get bored. The thing I love most is that it’s full of great, unusual stuff much of which is hand made and sold by people for the love of their hobby. We’ve all got people in our lives that are virtually impossible to buy for. The mum who has everything, the kid that’s easily bored, your uncle Joe who’s only interested in trucks…. With Christmas coming fast (33 days and counting) have a think about doing your shopping at Etsy and you’ll be inspired I’m sure.
To keep in with the community theme I thought I’d feature the wares of some Melbourne based sellers for your Christmas shopping pleasure. Enjoy.