It's great to support makers all year long, and it's always refreshing to receive a special slow-made something in our fast-paced world of retail, but it's especially nice to give or receive something handmade for the holidays. If you don't make it to one of the many amazing popup handmade markets in person, there are plenty of online options. The obvious choice is Etsy, which we love, but it's nice to widen your search to find even more interesting pieces. Here are four great online handmade marketplaces that you should know about.
Although the online shopping world is technically borderless, we tend to stick to what we know. Of course, you have to take exchange rates and international shipping into consideration, but it can still be worth it to look further afield to find something totally unique and handmade from across the world.
Brika is based in Canada and is full of makers from across North America. Its objective is to really elevate the world of craft with an exceptionally beautiful, curated collection of handmade goods. There's a lot of focus and info on the makers to really give you the story behind each piece.
SHOP BRIKA: 1. Phone Dock by Stak Ceramics, $50 / 2. Necklace by Bizu, $105 / 3. Pink Shoe Pot for Brika, $50 / 4. Birthday Candle by Campy Candles, $16 / 5. Celebrate Gift Set by Boutique Textiles, $48 / 6. Trees of Lake Tahoe Print by Honey & Bloom, $35
The One of a Kind Show is a massive 5-10 day craft show that takes place in Toronto and Chicago a few times a year and brings thousands of artisans and shoppers together under one roof. Now you can shop year-round, thanks to the fairly recent launch of their online shop.
SHOP ONE OF A KIND: 1. Feeding Bib by Hey Pomelo, $28 / 2. Screen Print Tea Towel by Claire Manning, $18 / 3. Handbag by Veinage, $268 / 4. Sandwich Board by Pacific Design Lab, $49 / 5. Champagne Glass by Isabelle Hout Ceramix, $30 / 6. Porcelain Soy Candle by Sue McLeod Ceramics, $22
DaWanda is the second biggest online handmade marketplace, next to Etsy. It's based out of Germany and features artisans from all over the world, so it really has a large range of products. Prices are in Euros, so make sure you do the math first before ordering that one-of-a-kind cat print you've been eyeing.
SHOP DaWANDA: 1. Whale Watch Print by Emugallery, €15 / 2. Geometric Planters by Industry Republic, €34 / 3. Children's Lamp by Withoutrecipe, €59 / 4. Porcelain Breakfast Set by Imkadesign, €28 / 5. Fingerless Gloves by Mareshop, €25 / 6. Geometric Earrings by Unikke Design, €110
Supermarket, which started in Brooklyn, has been around since 2007 and prides itself on being the "designers marketplace" with very discerning customers and a high level of customer service. They have a wide range of high-quality American-made pieces. You're sure to find something unique.
SHOP SUPERMARKET: 1. Air Table by Micklish, $550 / 2. Printed Napkins by Kathy Mellor, $64 / 3. Poster by Book of Everyone, $30 / 4. Claylight by Lightexture, $1,440 / 5. 2016 Year in Stitches Calendar Kit by Heather Lins Home, $25 / 6. USA Screen Print Map by Chop Shop, $75
There you have four great new online resources for handmade goods! It's most definitely not the whole list, but these are some of our favorites, known for really great products and lots of selection. So make yourself a hot chocolate, get comfortable, and start shopping!