Etsy is a funny game. One day, you spend hours and hours trawling its digital shopping aisles, never a gem to be found, and then the next, you land upon a shop that makes you squeal with excitement in a matter of minutes. To help you navigate the craft mecca’s ups and downs (and avoid regretsy…), we’ve rounded up a hit list of the eleven best Etsy stores that call Melbourne home. You’re a crafty lot out there, folks!
#1: Alexis Winter
Melbourne illustrator and crafter Alexis Winter makes beautiful drawings that she then transforms into an array of prints, stationery, jewellery and zines. We can’t get enough of her ‘shitty day’ cards (which come with an uplifting note) or her pizza slice brooches, complete with smiling pepperoni topping—the best way to let the world know you’re a fellow #pizzalover!
#2: Sit Stay Go
If you’re a fan of home textiles, get your credit card ready, Listers! Trish Burton’s Sit Stay Go label produces beautiful textiles like hand-made cushion covers and folding fabric camping stools that are the perfect accessory for adding a touch of hand-crafted warmth to any interior.
#3: The Curious Craftsmen
Experts in working with American oak and spotted gum timber, The Curious Craftsmen believe that good design should be approachable, balanced and ethically responsible. One of their most popular pieces – the Giselle table - has been on our home lust-list since we discovered it. It’s a simple, elegant design that will only get better with age (and the odd tea stain).
#4: Togetherness Design
Togetherness Design, the brainchild of local illustrator and textile designer Esther Sandler, is packed full of nature-inspired treasures including purses, cushions, prints and small accessories. With a collaboration with Mecca under her belt and more exciting creative collaborations on the horizon, this is one Melbourne Etsy star you’ll want to follow. Currently closed, put a note in your diary and check back when her store reopens on 5th September.
#5: Maze and Vale
If you’re feeling crafty and on the hunt for some textiles to whip up into a brand new creation, pop in to Maze and Vale’s Etsy store, which stocks hand-printed cotton, linen and hemp fabrics covered in delicate geometrics and rhythmic patterns. Not handy with a sewing machine? The Maze and Vale store offers some ready-made textile treats too. Phew.
#6: Flock Curiosity Assembly
Colour lovers, this one’s for you. Flock Curiosity Assembly makes the most colour-popping resin jewellery out there - think bold shapes, marbled patterns and metallic blends in every hue under the sun! Flock Curiosity Assembly’s jewellry is our go-to for that fashion-forward friend when it comes to gifts - works every time!
#7: Lizzie Slattery Jewellery
Not so keen on crazy colours? If you’re in the market for something more sophisticated, Melbourne jeweller Lizzie Slattery’s work is stunning. Drawing inspiration from gemstones and rock formations, her hand-cast pieces can be custom ordered to fit and their delicate styles will stand the test of time.
#8: Light My Fire Candle Co.
Coffee-scented candles in marble holders…need we say more? Light My Fire Candle Co’s elegant poured wax candles are an uber cool gift idea or just the luxurious treat you need for your next candlelit bath.
Grumpy rainclouds, startled trees and pesky crocodiles all feature in Penny Ferguson’s Etsy store, MinPin. It doesn’t matter how grown-up you think you are, Penny’s quirky necklaces, brooches, cushions and totes are guaranteed to bring a childish smile to your face.
#10: Bold B
Combining wood with transparent resins, Britta Boeckmann’s Bold B Etsy store is crammed full of jewellery that we’d happily wear every day of the week. Originally from Germany, this crafty lady relocated to Melbourne last year and already has a loyal legion of fans.
#11: Sarah McNeill & Ashley Ronning
Sarah McNeill and Ashley Ronning are two north-side doodlers with wild imaginations who run local printing studio Caldera Press. While their Etsy stores aren’t packed to the rafters with things that one might deem ‘useful’, their hilarious prints (like the ‘Encouragement Plant,’ the inspirational succulent) are definitely worth a looksy. One for you quirky zine-loving Listers.
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Image credit: MinPin Design