Etsy's tagline is "the world's handmade marketplace." A hub of all things cute, quirky and kitsch, vendors from around the world set up virtual stalls to sell their handmade wares. Ranging from homewares to jewellery to clothing, if you can dream it you can probably find it on Etsy.
Etsy was conceived by painter, carpenter and photographer Rob Kalin in early 2005. He wanted to display and sell his products online but couldn't find a site that suited the creative, personal nature of his wares. He joined forces with Chris Maguire and Haim Schoppik, and in June the same year, Etsy was born.
Today, Etsy has more than 14 million members and 13 million items listed, with over 39 million unique visitors a month in 150 countries around the world. Headquartered in Brooklyn, Etsy has grown into a booming portal for all things beautiful and creative. Its key aim is to preserve super small businesses and nurture budding artists, as well as offer an easy location for buyers to find one-off and individual products.
With more than 13 million products to choose from, the chances are, you're going to find the perfect homeware item for your home. We searched through our favourite stall vendors to bring you some of the best, from the bathroom to the bedroom to the kitchen.
This young Turkish fashion designer combines new elements with old to offer buyers traditional peshtemal towels. Available in bathroom-appropriate colours like sand, light green and blue, they'd make a great addition to any powder room.
Based in the Heart of Dixie in the U.S., this store is packed with great hand-painted wooden signs and plaques. All signs are custom-made to order and feature cute sayings, making them ideal for a quaint cottage bathroom or toilet.
This husband and wife team operate out of Idaho selling super cute vinyl decals for your bedroom, living room or rumpus room wall. From the cute to the sophisticated, these are especially great for kids' bedrooms and playrooms. The vendors also custom-make orders, so if you have a pattern in mind be sure to get in touch.
Another husband and wife duo, this mechanical engineer and graphic designer create beautiful pieces that are also sold in more than 50 stores and galleries around the world. You'll find plenty of cute bedroom decor offering the perfect combination of cosy and contemporary. Think cute pastel clocks, white doily coasters and ornamental chandeliers.
Mostly made from reclaimed wood and fallen trees, this stall features beautifully made decor like shelves, chalkboards and cabinets. Their all-natural cutting boards are particularly beautiful and made from materials like black walnut trees. Each is cut and finished in Tennessee, ensuring every board is slightly different and a truly unique piece.
This vendor sells quirky kitchen plates featuring designs like intricate patterns, newspaper print and cute graphics -- think bikes, goldfish and birds. Moulded from melamine resin, they're durable, colourful and truly unique. These plates make especially imaginative house-warming presents.