I wanted to end the blog week with a favorite activity of mine… perusing Etsy. It has been awhile since I’ve had the time to scroll and explore over there, so July’s Best of Etsy post looks a little bit different. Rather than rounding up a specific item, I thought it would be fun to highlight some of my favorite shops- plus it was a great excuse for me to browse! Etsy continues to be an awesome resource for vintage, furniture, decor, and home accessories… the following shops are definitely ones to know and save. Click through to scroll through a handful of my current favorites, some new-to-me finds, and to check out some top picks from each.
I’ll kick off the post with my five best Etsy tips for you…
- Use keywords // Etsy is a giant e-commerce platform, so keywords are your friend when searching. Be specific, always use the filters, and sort by color, price, handmade, vintage, etc.
- Take the time to dig // I’ve found to find the good stuff, I have to spend quite a bit of time perusing (much like thrifting). Devote some time to browse and deep dive into exploring different shops and their offerings.
- Check the reviews // Surprisingly, I get a lot of comments from people who say they avoid the international shops because they aren’t sure if they’re totally secure. First and foremost, you should check the reviews of any shop you’re making a purchase from- no matter where they are located. If the reviews are excellent, I have zero worries. Etsy handles payment and to obtain good reviews, the sellers are typically very good at shipping in a timely manner. That brings me to my next point…
- Message the seller // Communication is key! If you have a question, message the seller prior to purchasing. If you’re ordering something custom- message the seller to ensure everything is accurate. If you’re experiencing delays, a quick message for an update is an easy way to keep tabs. Etsy is made up of small businesses, and the people behind those small businesses are usually always willing to help.
- Use the favorites tab // Keep track of your favorite shops and products by using the favorites tab. I randomly scroll through Etsy (among other decor & vintage apps) in the evenings when we are unwinding for the night. I’m not going to make a purchase late at night, but I always hit the heart button so I can revisit something later. It’s a great way to organize resources for future projects.
For some very special, antique French pieces- including kitchenware, serveware, and ceramics, be sure to save Chateau of Chic. The items in this shop usually sell out quickly. I’ve missed a few things I had on my wishlist.
This shop has lots of affordable vintage furniture. If you’re looking for a project piece, this is a great place to start! Our old dining chairs came from here.
This shop is based in Houston and is packed with traditional vintage decor that will withstand the test of time. I’ve made a few purchases from this one!
Small furniture, vintage decor, and lots of beautiful wood pieces fill this shop, and they’re all sourced from Normandy, France. Another tip… it’s fun to browse vintage from shops in other countries- the European ones are my favorite!
This shop has lots of beautiful kantha quilts, hand blocked blankets, bedspreads, and table cloths. They have some gorgeous colors and patterns! I really want to get one for our primary bedroom.
For custom upholstery, drapery, cushions, designer fabric & trim, table covers, and banquette cushions this shop is a must save. If you need anything custom or have dreamed up your own project, it seems like Anna can sew just about anything.
I’ll admit, the karate chopped cushions in the thumbnail photos are a bit much… but once you look past the styling, these pillows are made with designer fabrics, are of great quality, and the shop has almost 30k excellent reviews. All of their pillows can be ordered in multiple sizes.
I’ve purchased towels from this shop in the past, and they have the best quality and variety. Choose from cotton, terry, and even stonewashed linen.
This is a newly discovered shop for me. Jute rugs, specifically with a scalloped edge, have felt really trendy lately. Natural materials never go out of style, so if you’re looking for a jute rug… this shop has some beautiful options.
These days I’ source my own vintage rugs for our Tuesday Made shop, but Etsy remains a great resource as well! If you’re in the market for a vintage rug and are trying to find some good Etsy options, this shop has some incredible finds… and extra large sizes, too.
This shop offers classic lighting that is truly a work of art… the glass components are all hand blown!
If you’re itching to try out the pleated, pattern, or woven lampshade trend… this shop has lots of designer options that are all customizable.
I could share Etsy shops and my finds all day long, but for the sake of time- I’ll wrap this one up! I spend way too many hours on Etsy. Would a post with a summarized list, featuring all of my favorite shops, be helpful? I’d skip the finds and just share a bunch of favorite storefronts from each category. Let me know if you like that idea, otherwise- next month I’ll pick back up our regular Best of Etsy format. What should I hunt for next? I was thinking hardware of some sort? If you missed any of those posts, I’ll link them below…
- Fruit Still Life Paintings
- Vintage Table Lamps
- Charcoal Line Drawings
- Side Tables
- Equestrian Art
- Coffee Mugs
- Light Fixtures
- Burl Wood Furniture & Decor
- Designer Throw Pillows
- Vintage Dog Portraits
- Dining Chairs
- Round Wall Mirrors
- Vintage Plates
- Cabinetry Hardware
- Turkish Towels
- Cutting & Serving Boards
- Live Plants
- Woven Baskets
- Lumbar Pillows
- Door Knockers
- Unique & Colored Candles
The best thing about Etsy is supporting small businesses, makers, artists, designers, and creatives. It’s fun to dig up the unique finds. I hope you’re all having a good week and have a fun weekend ahead. I’m still catching up on work after vacation and Emmett is planning to tackle drywall in the office this weekend- exciting (finally)! That’s really when a room starts to take shape, in my opinion. I’ll be sure to share a blog post update as things evolve. While we’re working this weekend, I’m ok with being stuck inside because it has been so hot here. Hopefully you’re keeping cool! Is anyone else ready for fall? I know it’s early to be wishing for it. We have one last summer getaway planned and after that, I’m going to be ready to bust out my boots and sweaters. Hah! Sadly, I think we have a long while before that happens. See you on Monday.