How about Etsy? Do you know what Etsy is?
Etsy is the perfect place to window shop.
It is an easy-to-navigate labryrinth of shops owned by individual, autonomous artists or vintage collectors on the internet (or as an elderly friend still calls it with emphasis “THE WORLD WIDE WEB”). I can easily get lost as I walk down an alley, turn left and wander into a store and then out the back door and onto an even smaller street, and on and on. But I’m not really lost: I’m sitting on my couch in my pajamas drinking a cup of coffee, half-heartedly watching the Today show on NBC, and wondering with the rest of the world, “which designer will Kate Middleton choose to design her wedding gown?”
I easily hop from one boutique to another: one shop sells quirky handmade necklaces and that shop’s owner likes another vendor who is selling her own original Project Runway designs, so I stop at that shop for a visit when I notice that this shop favors another shop that sells vintage buttons. At the vintage button shop, I am directed to visit a vintage eyeglass store and after stopping at the vintage eyeglass shop, I head over to peruse a gallery of work by a painter who paints only underwater scenes of people swimming in the ocean. It’s like going to a craft show but without the pressure of having to look into the hopeful eyes of a vendor as you approach their display and then their disappointment when you turn away without buying anything.
And the best part about buying at Etsy is that you are supporting a genuine artist or small business owner who is trying to make a living outside the mainstream. You know that each item that you buy was lovingly made, selected and packaged and sent to you by a real, live person.
Kate Middleton – I have an idea – why not shop on Etsy for your wedding gown?
Here is some wedding-inspired shopping. Stop in for a visit and get lost!