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February 12, 2009

Etsy.com: Local Gifts- Anywhere!

by Sarah Janelle Miller

Still in need of a heartfelt giftie for your loved one? (It’s ok if that loved one is you!) Look no further than Etsy.com.

Maybe you’ve briefly seen the nods in such magazines as Nylon, Wired or The New York Times. There have also been worthy mentions on such shows as The Martha Stewart show. They’re hip. And they’re a cyber community of crafters worth knowing about. Etsy.com offers any gift you can imagine-and its’ all handmade.

If you aren’t the crafty type, you may have overlooked this mecca of unique, handmade treasures. You will be amazed just what can be found on this quaint, artfully designed website.

You could dress your self head to toe in Etsy goods whether it be a recycled felted wool scarf or unique, customized shoes made especially for you.

Need paper goods? Handcrafted stationery, gift wrap, tags and more are just a few clicks away.

Need atmosphere-enticing necessities for your bathroom? There is a plethora of tantalizing home-made soaps and natural soy candles to choose from.

Food items? Got it. Gifts for your animal companion? Got it.

Fellow geeks will enjoy the Geekery section as well.

Shop by Category. By Time Machine. By Editor’s Pick. By Color. OR by Location. (Hint: Location allows you to shop locally.)

Step #1:

Go to Etsy.com and scroll down to the “explore” icon at the bottom left of the page.

Step #1.5

Simply type in your location to find artisans in your community peddling their wares.

Step #2:

Fork over the moolah. Pay online with a few clicks.

Step #3:

Arrange with the seller to pick up your items at a designated location.

Step #4:

Hop on your bike, strap on your wheels, or step into your boots and go pick up yuh goods.

Step #5:

Enjoy!!

:::Happy day of love to you, your Self, and yours:::

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