With so many of us going to great lengths to eschew mass-produced products for ourselves and when buying gifts for others, we have naturally gravitated to Etsy. We're all grateful for Etsy and the exposure it has given to so many amazing artists and crafters, but sometimes we have to expand our horizons and see what else is out there. Believe it or not, there are some alternatives.
Here are 6 online marketplaces that highlight handcrafted items for you and your home:
1. Poketo: Poketo designs limited edition art products, accessories, apparel, and decor. Founded in 2003 by Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo promotes and showcases the work of top international artists through their fun and accessible wares. Poketo takes art off of gallery walls and makes them a part of your everyday life.
2. Artfire: Founded in 2008, Artfire is the new kid on the block. They appear to be positioning themselves as a competitor to Etsy. They have a lot of sellers and items, but it takes a little digging to get to the good stuff. I think they could definitely be a site to watch.
3. Cutique: A portal featuring cute, handmade goods from indie designers offering an assortment of clothing, accessories, journals, toys, paper goods, bags, stuffies, wallets and more. It's there to help you find cool things, but you don't actually purchase through Cutique. When you click to buy, you're forwarded on to the site of the product you fancy.
4. ReForm School: The founders, Billie and Tootie, opened their online shop because they realized not everyone could make it down to their brick and mortar store in Silverlake, CA. Sustainable design is a huge focus, not only in their business but in their personal lives as well. They have a very well chosen selection of housewares, craft supplies, paper goods, original are and more.
5. Renegade Handmade: Created as an extension of the Renegade Craft Fair, this is a unique one-stop shop for DIY goods, featuring the work of over 300 artists! The online store serves crafters and shoppers alike as a permanent location for unique handmade items year 'round. There is also a brick and mortar shop located in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.
6. Ten Thousand Villages: Founded in 1946,Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the trunk of the founder's car to a network of more than 150 retail outlets throughout the United States. The company encourages artisan partners to use environmentally friendly processes, sustainable natural resources and recycled materials to ensure each product offered has been crafted responsibly. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit program of Mennonite Central Committee.