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My Favorite Etsy Shops

Posted by Cecile Raley on

As you are looking for holiday gifts, I thought that instead of focusing just on my shop, I’ll tell you about some of my own favorite places to order from.

First off, I know how hard it is to shop for guys, so here's a suggestion for the man: My friend Joanne Simmons, who lives in Jersey City, has the perfect gift for him.   Her shop Silver Sculptor has a great variety of silver cufflinks, many of which can be personalized.

Joanne's Personalized Cuff Links
For the smaller gift, him or her, go to Rhea at Sweets NThings.  I have used her handmade shampoo soap for a couple of years, and I have also bought her shaving bars for my guy.

Fresh Roses Shampoo Bar
If you like to buy local, Mike from Made in Paulus Hoeck sells awesome hand made wood products.  His Etsy shop has only larger pieces, but you can contact him for cutting boards, iPhone holders and other wooden display items.

Church Pew Living Room Table
I also get baked goods on Etsy periodically, and my own favorite is Oma Gisi’s Bakery because she bakes German cookies.  Her best ones are the Stollen Confection 
They are made from an old German recipe and are covered in powdered sugar for extra sweetness.


Oma Gisi's Stollen Bites
For clothing, I go to two shops.  I have about 10 taylored dresses from HeartMy Closet.
Cynthia makes every dress to order, you can choose fabric, and you can customize each piece.  I wear only A-Line skirts for instance and so all my dresses get changed.  I also prefer longer lengths.  Cynthia’s prices are fantastic for what she offers.  Cynthia's Website, Heartmycloset.com, also features a line of Mad Men inspired clothing.


Vintage Reproduction Dress by Heart my Closet
Me in one of my Faves of Cynthia's Dresses
I also get simple cotton shirts and dresses from Giftbywish.  Nok is in Thailand, so you have to wait a bit for your shirts, but at great prices she offers a wide variety of native looking shirts and blouses, each of which is hand embroidered.  Nok is also great at customization and very accommodating.


Hand Embroidery by GiftbyWish

I even get hats on Etsy sometimes.  Or rather, I meet Holly from Artikal Handcrafted Millinery at Etsy craft shows and try out every single one of her cloches until I have the right one.  Her hats hold up extremely well.  While Holly would not want you to put them into a bag or wear them in the rain, my first hat from her has held up to both, and just yesterday I bought a second one!


Yours Truly Wearing Her New Hat
Nicknacks: Last year, I got some pottery wood animals from Studio by the Forest. Her porcelain hedgehogs and birds are now decorating my aunt’s window sill.


Porcelain Birds from Studio by the Forest



Happy shopping.

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