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Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

June 28, 2011 6:00 AM

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Photo Credit: For the Love of Joy

Photo Credit: For the Love of Joy

Handmade goods have been making their comeback, and it’s about time you got yourself some homegrown goodies.  The Dallas/Fort Worth area is brimming with artists who like to sell their wares via a little website you may have heard of: Etsy.  We savvy shoppers love to support local talent, so here is a taste of the amazing finds you can scoop up from local Etsy sellers.

Best Vintage For Your Closet

After building their vintage business for 12 years, Dallas Vintage brings instant cool to any closet with items like a Vintage Tadashi dress that is fit for a movie star and Victor Costa Fox Fur Evening Dress ($125) that exudes luxury. Their lot includes vintage housewares, linens, artwork, paintings, and antiques. From serious purchases like these to a Psychedelic Palazzo Pants Set that would make one killer costume, what’s old is new, right?

dallasvintage Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

Photo Credit: Dallas Vintage

Best For Personalized Items Quilts, pillows, boppy covers, tote bags, even coffee sleeves-Anna Pham’s For the Love of JoyEtsy shop of her handmade quilted creations will melt your heart.  Who wouldn’t love to receive a Family Name Pillow ($45) in colors customized to match your living room or bedroom? With soft linen and cotton fabrics, these personalized items will solve any birthday, wedding, or housewarming gift crisis. Hooray!

fortheloveofjoy Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

Photo Credit: For the Love of Joy

Best Adornment for You (Or Your Pet!)Hot Pink Kitty Cat Ears for Dogs….yep, that’s a real item for sale in DCimagination’s Etsy store.  Whimsical and fun, these creations are part silly and part beautiful.  The Feather Hair Clip with Peony Flower ($39.99) is the ideal addition to any bride’s romantic ensemble, and the paper parasols add a feminine touch with a message. Though this shop is small, the items pack a big punch.

dcimaginations Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

Photo Credit: DC imagination

Best Conversation Starter JewelryFeatured at the Artisans Collective in the Bishop Arts District, Maria Day Jewelrypieces feel like moving works of art. (Probably because a professional dancer is the craftswoman behind these gorgeous creations.) According to the designer, she is particularly fond of working with copper because of  “its rich history, versatility, and organic qualities.”  Her Molten Copper Cuff ($50) is unashamedly edgy and each piece is truly one of kind. Rest easy, because with this purchase you’ll never see another fashionista’s wrist looking quite as chic as yours.

mariadayjewelry Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

Photo Credit: Maria Day Jewelry

Best Way to Smell FreshThe Pig and Peacockwill get your attention with their adorable name, but they will get your dollars with their incredible bath and body products.  Delicious scents like Japanese cherry blossom and lavender olive oil are found in their broad line of body polishes, soaps, candles, and mists.  You’ll be finding excuses to shower several times a day when you take a whiff of the Raspberries and Champagne Glycerin and Shea Butter Soap ($5).

pigandpeacocl Creative and Handmade Local Gems, The Best of Dallas Etsy Shops

Photo Credit: The Pig and Peacock

Hilary Kennedy is a Style and Beauty Blogger, as well as the host of a national sports show and several local programs. She is the author of the book, “Career Diary of a TV Host: 30 Days on the Job” and her hosting credits include Access Hollywood, Hot on Homes, and The Bite Network. She can be found online at hilarykennedy.com.

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