Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Etsy Purchases

Ever since I opened up my own Etsy shop, TiernDiDesigns, I've become OBSESSED with everything Etsy; sellers, buyers, handcrafted items, natural materials and super talented people.  As a supporter of small business owners and handcrafted items made with <3, I decided it was about time that I purchase some wares of my own.

Not surprisingly, when they came in the mail (I bought 3 items, from two different sellers) I was more than pleased.  It's amazing how many talented people are out there!

The first items I bought were identical (and yet slightly different) and from DanaCastle on Etsy.  Based in Milwaukee WI, she specializes in Bohemian jewelry and accessories and she is amazing!

Some may retort that buying anything on Etsy is violent on their wallets.  However, the added benefit of Etsy sellers is that more often than not, they're willing to do custom orders for very little, if any, extra charge.  As in the case with DanaCastle, I bought two of her Crystal Point Necklaces and requested that she shorten the chain on one of them by 2 inches so that they would hang nicely with each other.  She did just that for no extra charge and they look stunning as you can see in the photo below.

Buyers have to remember that purchasing something on Etsy (unless it's vintage) means that an artisan put time, effort and skill into making a much loved product.  That's something you just can't find in chain stores today.  It means that not only is the item either unique, or produced in such small quantities that most people won't be walking around with the same thing you have, but it also means that the item is high quality.  The beautiful pieces you find on Etsy won't break down on your or wear out within a matter of weeks.
Lately, I've been pining after jewelry with a raw, organic quality to it.  Hence the crystals above.  But I also bought a very unusual, stunning ring from StoneAgeShop based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I found the most amazing raw Malachite statement ring.  Surprisingly, although the ring is large in size, it's shockingly light and easy to wear!

The green malachite ring is actually in both of the pictures.  What a wonderful addition to my collection!

I will definitely be stopping back at these shops in the future.  And, after all, the Holidays will be here before we know it!


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