​Amazon Handmade is the Retailer's Answer to Etsy

​Amazon Handmade is the Retailer's Answer to Etsy

Colleen Murphy
Apr 29, 2018
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Amazon Prime is perfectly great for two-day shipments of everything from granola bars to hairdryers to toilet paper. But if you're looking for something a little more unique, or even handmade, you've probably turned to something like Etsy. Well last year, Amazon launched its Handmade section with more than 80,000 items—and we have to say that it's a serious challenger. If you haven't discovered it yet, it offers shoppers factory-free products crafted by independent artisans from all over the world. Under the "Shop By Department" navigation on Amazon's homepage, the Handmade link ushers Amazon users to a sprawling online craft fair that goes well beyond candles and calligraphy… though you will find plenty of those too.

The product selection ranges from clothing and jewelry to party favors and pet supplies. A plentiful Home & Kitchen section features a handful of categories including Furniture, Artwork, Bath, Bedding and more. Shoppers can browse categories by color, price, and artisan location or explore curated collections like Botanical Prints or Concrete Creations (spoiler alert: it's a lot of terrariums).

Looking for some backstory with your purchase? Artisan profile pages offer insight into the sellers' histories, production methods and inspirations, as well as access to all of their product reviews in one place.

Whether you're looking for fun finishing touches or unique statement pieces, Amazon Handmade delivers both the weird and the wonderful for home decor.

Check out some of our favorite finds!

Best Grip and Lather Shave Bowl, $25.99 on sale

The above ceramic shaving bowl is designed and handcrafted in Virginia by Jay. It's only party glazed, giving it a unique, grippable texture and quintesential artisan warmth.

Industrial Steampunk Table Pipe Lamp, $39

Handmade in San Diego by Urban Industrial Craft, this throwback table lamp is customizable, with your choice of socket and wood color. Replacement Edison bulbs are available on…Amazon.

Gold Heart Wall Decals, $14.95

Add some love to the walls of your nursery, living room or bedroom, with these sweet gold heart decals. Steady hand not included.

(Image credit: NianguaFurniture/Amazon)

Live Edge Industrial Rustic Coffee Table, $379

This live-edge rustic-chic cocktail table is one-of-a-kind, fashioned from wood slabs cut from logs harvested from the Ozark forests of Missouri, and copper pipe.

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Mason Jar Chandelier, $29.99

You can hang this sturdy candle holder/herb garden/flower pot (you name it!) inside or outside. It's made in Oregon of pine and either blue or clear glass mason jars. Long live the mason jar trend!

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This Must Be The Place Neon Sign, $184.99

We're all aglow for this sign that speaks for itself. This Talking Heads-inspired light-up version comes in a variety of colors, and has a dimmable option.

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Geometric Wall Clock, $39

Though it is pitted toward a nursery, we could easily see this made-to-order, chic timepiece in a modernist kitchen or living room.

Mid Century Modern Plant Stand, from $38.50

This wooden plant stand comes in four sizes meant to fit pots from 6 to 12 inches (though note that the pots are sold separately). More, the handmade stand comes in a variety of finishes, including black, cherry, white wash, gray and more.

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Cardboard Ruche Shelving Unit, $56.70

This geometric shelving unit, made of handpainted and plated cardboard, is the stuff of DIY daydreams. Though it may not survive a flood, this compact furniture piece requires virtually no assembly. Worth the risk?

(Image credit: Ashley_Designs/Amazon)

Pirates of The Caribbean Throw Pillow, $5.99

We promised a little weird! This cotton/flannel pillow is perfect for the Jack Sparrow lover in your life. Alas, there are no customer reviews… yet.

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