The online global marketplace Etsy can be a daunting site to shop. In 2017 alone, a reported 1.93 million people sold on Etsy, from jewelry to crafts to one-of-a-kind works of art and more. So, where do you begin in finding shops to virtually peruse? There’s Etsy editor picks and creative lists featured on their homepage, but let’s face it; we’ll take all the help we can get in finding the best Etsy shops!
After years of scouring the website, we’ve found many online stores that feature beautiful creative products and ingenious ideas. On a larger scale, they also reflect the beauty of the internet. Because sites like Etsy exist, people from around the world are able to admire and own things that they love—items they would’ve probably never known about before, because these sellers work on a small scale. Etsy helps connect makers to their next biggest fans, wherever that may be.
Check out some of our favorite Etsy shops below. And if you’re in the market for more creative goods, did you know that we have an online store, too? My Modern Met Store features makers around the world and we feature jewelry, books, art supplies, and more.
Modern Mud puts a fun twist on conventional items by adorning them with dazzling geodes and crystals. Their coffee mugs have the pieces “growing” on the outside as surface decorations and sometimes on the inside, too, as a pleasant surprise when you sip.
Barruntando makes a variety of ceramics, but some of their most popular pieces feature cute animals. Look for their adorable yarn bowls which depict sleepy sloths and foxes or their planters that take on the shape of cats, pugs, and much more.
Brazil-based Cumbuca Chic is another purveyor of cute animal planters, although their approach uses the natural color of clay combined with high-gloss accents. Ideal for planting succulents, these small-but-mighty planters add a rustic-inspired aesthetic to your home.
Ceramics by Cindy Searles are varied in their format and approaches. She creates some hanging planters as well as decorative tile and sculptures. Her most well-known pieces are charming air plant holders that will transport you under the sea.
Jewelry & Fashion
For years, the Etsy shop Shekhtwoman has created stylish jewelry that evokes memories of cities around the world. If you’re looking for a unique souvenir of a place you’ve traveled or lived, check out their ever-growing selection of rings.
Purple Fish Bowl
If you’re looking for quirky fashions, look no further than Purple Fish Bowl. This shop has a variety of clothing and accessories in different collections that represent a variety of influences—from the solar system to famous artworks to the internet’s favorite subject, cats.
Artful Resin creates swirling beauty from vibrant colors of resin that are punctuated with wood accents. Their most popular items are their pendant necklaces that take inspiration from the Northern Lights, the ocean, and more. With the addition of wood, each piece looks like a miniature landscape you can wear around your neck, on your finger, or as a cork for your favorite bottle of wine.