Etsy – Ebay for vintage and handmade items

Since I discovered DIY and dressmaking blogger Suzannah’s site, Adventures in Dressmaking, I’ve been religiously checking her blog for new entries. One that encouraged me to shake up my style a little was her tutorial on dying your own jeans to a colour of you choice. I wasn’t feeling confident enough to dying my own jeans, but I did like the subtle burgundy colour from the blog, so got this pair from New Look:

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New Look, £19.99

What about those of us who don’t feel confident enough in doing a lot of things ourselves? I can appreciate the beauty of simple yet elegant jewellery or items of clothing that I don’t think I can handle just yet (like lace overlay or chiffon dresses), but sometimes you want someone who’s an expert in the trade to do it for you. If you’re one of those people who like custom made items just for you, or finding that perfect vintage pair of jeans or dress, Etsy is your place to go.

It’s like Ebay (where a lot of readily available items can be bought and sold and despatched worldwide, some even hard to find or no longer available, like limited edition dresses, out of production nail polish or that sold out within the first minute concert tickets), but better. Etsy is made up of independent sellers all over the world who either source vintage items or craft supplies, or like many on the site make their own items to sell. Many of them are more than happy to customise an item for you to suit your needs, ranging from jewellery to clothing and more.

I’ve put together some of my favourite items which have either caught my eye or I’ve bought in the past and had good customer service from:

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Sterling silver twig ring US$50 (£32), Colby June Jewellery

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Vintage cream coloured mother of pearl buttons €5.50 (£4.68), minoucbrocante

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Limited edition swatches of Liberty for Hello Kitty Felicite fabric US$11 (£7), lilymeru

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In Bloom calla lily lounge trousers US$30 (£19), nicandthenewfie

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Hand painted charmeuse silk scarf US$78 (£49), DiSeta

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Hand painted blue leaf aluminium cuff £22, KilnFiredArt

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Red velvet sugar scrub US$6 (£4), LoveLeeSoaps

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Sterling silver bird’s nest necklace with gold pearls US$23 (£15), sevenstarz

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