Our latest obsession is Etsy, a website that features hand-crafted art, jewelry, clothes, home goods, vintage items, and much much more. Not since we discovered eBay have we been so enamoured with an online market that seems to have a little bit of everything on it! We love Etsy because it's easy to find unique items from up and coming artists and designers that are wallet friendly. There's much less "clutter" to sort through on Etsy than on eBay so searching for that special something is a little bit easier.
We're always looking for artwork that is not only affordable, but unique. Why be the millionth person with an ubiquitous Ikea poster on the wall when for basically the same price you could have a lovely print from an up and coming artist? There are hundreds of talented sellers on Etsy, but here are a few of our favorites.
Janet Hill of Janet Hill Studio is a Canadian artists whose prints are striking and feminine. For $17 each, these would be a perfect for prettying up a dressing room or bedroom.
The Yellow Chintz Chair
We'd love to inhabit the chic, striking rooms that Anne Harwell of Annechovie paints. In the meantime, we'll have to settle for a print! All are $22. And we love the notecards Anne offers that also feature her work.
Courney's Favorite Things
We are drawn to David Hinchen's architectural images. Through David Hinchen Design, you can order a number of prints or even commission your own work.
Lobster Pot, Provincetown $38
David does custom portraits of doorways for $185; above is a sample. Wouldn't this make a fabulous gift for that friend/parent/spouse who has everything?
He also does custom house portraits for $350, such as the one above.
We love Richmond artist Laura L. Trevey's watercolors. Just looking at them is relaxing.
Three of a kind watercolor painting, $30. One can never have too many bromiliads!
Red Crab print, $15.
Pepe's Key West print, $12
Finally, Robert Joyner of Suffolk, Virginia creates fascinating original paintings. What a fabulous focal point these would make in a room.
Bay Days, $325
Fifth Avenue, $425
Think about it- for less than the price of a new lipstick you can purchase a fabulous, unique print that will brighten your day for years to come. And if you are looking for original or commissioned artwork, Etsy presents a variety of affordable options. We think Etsy is an amazing opportunity for artists to showcase their work, and we'd rather send our money their way than to a chain store that sells the same mass produced art in every mall in America.
Take a browse around Etsy and tell us what you think. Do you have any favorite sellers on Etsy we should check out? Tell us by leaving a comment below.