By: Liesl Greathouse.
(December 3, 2013) During this holiday shopping season, many of us want to support local small businesses. Here’s an idea for how to do that without even leaving the comfort of your own home: by shopping Etsy.com (a popular online marketplace for handmade and vintage items) for Montrose-based creators and their creations. From candles to jewelry, ceramics and home decor items; they are all just one click away.
For those interested in original art and photography, there are several stores offering unique pieces to decorate any home.
pamelam offers original oil and acrylic paintings by Pamela Munger, ranging from abstract landscapes to abstract flowers and other designs. Her art is available at https://www.etsy.com/shop/pamelam
JessieGoforthFineArt creates original watercolor paintings and colorful works of art, portraying the beauty of foreign countries, including France, Germany and Spain. Her creations can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JessieGoforthFineArt
MeganDPreece is Nature’s Words Photography, offering a wide variety of one of a kind images taken all around the world, with some paintings as well. You can find her work at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MeganDPreece
For furniture, sculptures and other home decor items, several places offer unusual gift ideas.
RobinAllisonRoth of Love‑n‑Art creates handmade, original and one-of-a-kind pottery, with some creations incorporating beads. Her interesting items can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/RobinAllisonRoth
Krystinas is a ceramics studio offering sculptures for decor, and useful home items such as ceramic teapots and pitchers. You can find her at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Krystinas
EcoFurnishings goal is to provide high‑quality customer service while giving a new life and purpose to discarded pallets and wood by turning them into wine racks and other useful home décor items. They can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/EcoFurnishings
notvtime offers metal sculptures, bird baths, and small wire decorations that are sure to start conversation and add an interesting twist to any home. You can browse his pieces at https://www.etsy.com/shop/notvtime
MJCreationsOnEtsy features quilts created by Marlene Jo and inspected by her cat Gus. Her quilts are cute, fun and colorful, perfect for kids or adults. Her beautiful creations can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MJCreationsOnEtsy
carlyace offers hand crafted critters by Carly, where people can design their own cake toppers, ornaments and more. To create your own custom gift for a loved one, visit her store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/carlyace
Jewelry is always a favorite for both young and old, and Etsy offers a wide selection of items in that category.
Desireesbeadboutique offers a wide selection of items, including necklaces, earrings, rings and bracelets, in fun and interesting patterns and shapes. From elegant to fun, you can find her creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Desireesbeadboutique
JaraBeads2 creates unique handcrafted wire wrapped jewelry, with several elegant, simple and playful pendants to pick from. Check out her pieces at https://www.etsy.com/shop/JaraBeads2
suncatchersforears creates beautiful earrings from Czech glass beads and Mirage Mood beads. These pieces are sure to stir interest and frame each face with quality-beaded creations. Her earrings can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/suncatchersforears
Denimpearl offers classic hand knotted jewelry, perfect for people who enjoy simple, yet elegant necklaces, chokers and bracelets. You can find her classic creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Denimpearl
Justastonethrow specializes in pieces made from unique and one-of-a-kind natural stones and sea glass. With a wide selection of earrings, pins, necklaces and bracelets, people can see them all at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Justastonethrow
GrandMesaDesigns specializes in chainmaille jewelry, with custom orders always welcome. Their necklaces, bracelets and even bookmarks are sure to make a statement. They can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/GrandMesaDesigns
bonsaiseaglassjewelr transforms genuine surf-tumbled sea glass into beautiful jewelry, using sea glass found on beaches all over the world. You can find her one-of-a-kind pieces at https://www.etsy.com/shop/bonsaiseaglassjewelr
UniquePearlsCrystal is a great source for truly affordable genuine Akoya Pearl and Swarovski Crystal jewelry, perfect for weddings and other special occasions. Her pieces can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/UniquePearlsCrystal
MsEllieGhantJewelry creates jewelry with simplicity, beauty and style, and even some items for home decor. Check out their beautiful creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/MsEllieGhantJewelry
For unique bags and accessories, Etsy stores provide a fun selection of gift ideas, perfect for all ages.
PaintedCanyonStudio specializes in handcrafted designer jewelry storage cases and clutch bags. You will find their unique jewelry rolls, for storing and organizing jewelry, and clutch bags, for an evening on the town, at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PaintedCanyonStudio
MummiesStore offers hand-crafted goods that are something new and different. To see their selection of totes, scrunchies, toys, and more, visit https://www.etsy.com/shop/MummiesStore
NaRayCreations makes a wide selection of beautiful and unique infinity scarves, hanging towels, and hair towel wraps. You can see her interesting creations by visiting https://www.etsy.com/shop/NaRayCreations
PranaWear creates a wide selection of creative creations, making bags, hats, boots, blouses, scarves, crochet slippers and so much more. Check out her unique designs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/PranaWear
CuriousFabulizations is always busy creating, fabulizing, and making magic. Offering paper flowers, scarves, craft kits, and more, you can find all her creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CuriousFabulizations
mmocko (MagSoul)makes creations for hair, weddings, gifts, children, friends and family. Just like your soul, MagSoul is unlimited. Find her at https://www.etsy.com/shop/mmocko
BeauregardKnits is based on being Barbie Chic ‑ Home Unique, offering clothing and even jewelry for Barbie dolls and more. You can see her pieces at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeauregardKnits
For people wanting to pamper a family member or friend, lotions and candles make the perfect gifts.
CimarronCrkEss (Cimarron Creek Essentials) offers all natural/organic based handcrafted soaps, lotions, body butters, tub teas, lip balms, bath salts, salt & sugar foot scrubs & body polish, massage creams, massage oils, and more. You can check them out at https://www.etsy.com/shop/CimarronCrkEss
BrilliantMooseCandle offers a great selection of beautifully scented candles, in standard colorful pillars or antique cups and even margarita glasses. Find her fun creations at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BrilliantMooseCandle
This holiday season, anyone can support local businesses easily, with a wide selection of gift ideas online. So pull up a chair, grab your mouse, and set off to shop!