Do you love Etsy but have made a promise to shop local this year? Well, they have you covered. Etsy created their "Shop Local" feature in early 2010 to help more easily connect sellers and buyers. It's also helped connect local shop owners with artists in the area. So, if you are an Etsy shop owner, make sure you fill out that "location" section! And if you are a 'shop local' fanatic, then check out how you can quickly find local Etsians near you:
First go to www.etsy.com and click on the "Buy" button on the top navigation bar. Next, scroll down and click on the "Shop Local" category.
Next, enter in your zip code, city, or state to find local vendors near you. It truly is that easy!
So why is this important? Well, first you are supporting local artists which helps strengthen your local economy. It will also help hone your local artist radar when shopping around town. From an eco point of view, it means that the items you purchase will travel a smaller distance before reaching you, reducing their footprint and yours. Some artists even offer a pick-up service so you can skip the shipping and pick it up directly from them. Happy local shopping!