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As much as I want to learn to do everything and make everything by hand, I have to admit that I can’t do it all in the next six months. So, some of my decorations will have to be bought. While I love nearby stores like Target and Bed Bath & Beyond, sometimes their selections can be a bit limiting and well, manufactured looking.

I come from a family of crafters, who’ve created handmade Christmas items for as long as I’ve been alive. They used to do half a dozen craft shows a year, mostly at local schools, churches and convention centers. Not exactly a broad audience. But now, crafters can sell to all over the world on a site designed specifically for them. It’s called etsy.com.

About Etsy

According to the website, etsy’s mission is to create a world where people live handmade. It hopes to accomplish this by reconnecting makers with buyers. It’s reach spreads to over 150 countries and a team of bloggers help keep viewers and handmade enthusiasts engaged.

The site sells everything from clothes and accessories to furniture and art work. The awesome part is that EVERYTHING is made by hand. The price range is enormous and will run anywhere from $6 for a vase to thousands of dollars for art and furniture.

Each seller receives comments and ratings about their products and services. This is helpful so you don’t get scammed with crap items. Also, many designers will do custom work, often for free or a few extra dollars. So no more owning the same rugs and pillows as your neighbor.

The Blog

The blog is separated into different sections, such as how-to, a section specifically for sellers and “This Handmade Life.” This section spotlights different handmade items it thinks the readers would enjoy.With comments numbering in the hundreds per post, clearly they’ve found an active and interested audience.

Shopping

The coolest part: Crafters now have a new outlet to sell besides locally or their own websites. A quick scan of the pottery section revealed to me that beauty is still in the eye of the beholder with some of the wares, but I did find some beautiful pieces.

I’ve become obsessed with the pottery, ceramics and the furniture section.

Yellow Shelf that Fits Vase

Item by ACOUNTRYWAY $40

This shelf is so adorable and not badly priced. That would go great in an entryway. This is something I could probably learn to make myself, but it would require knowing how to use a saw for the mason jar hole. While I have mastered the power drill, I don’t think I’m quite ready for saws. Buy in this color or others for $40.

My Obsession

As previously confessed, I am totally in love with all things shabby chic. So this designers furniture is right up my alley. The pieces are mostly white, which is standard for shabby chic styles and they have just the right amount of distressing. (I hope to learn how to distress furniture soon.)

Shabby Chic Furniture

Piece by autmnrollick $245

The designer, who goes by autumnrollick, has many similar pieces to fill an entire shabby chic household. And the prices aren’t bad either.

Pieces from Shabby Chic pioneer Rachel Ashwell can run into the thousands of dollars, making $245 a pretty sweet deal.

Buy this piece or view autumnrollick’s other peices here.

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