A Brighter Black Friday

Your Etsy Guide to the Best Stay-at-Home Shops

I have three fears in life: the dark, small talk with strangers, and pumpkin-spice-latte-fueled holiday crowds. To preserve my health and the safety of others, I don't do Black Friday, but I do love getting a jump on the holiday gift buying rush... And as it's more important than ever to support the national economy (my excuse for every shopping binge I've ever been on), I fulfill my duty as an American online. For the vintage-loving rummager, there's no better place shop 'til one drops (comfortably, onto a couch) than on Etsy. The only problem with Etsy is where do you even begin? In honor of this season of giving, I've done the hours of clicking, scrolling and curating for you, bringing you plenty of ways to save your gas, sanity, and sales tax! 

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For Etsy Shopping Success (in no particular order), start here:

1. Saint Vintage Clothing

This shop has an adorable collection of 40s and 50s finds, plus well-curated and cleaned shoes (like the ones above that I'm about to buy, sorry)

 

2. Homestead Seattle

This Seattle-based shop has an eclectic mix of furniture from different eras, as well as unique wall coverings. I love the way the way they photograph their items in store, which is great for purchasing confidence. Wonderful customer service, as well!

 

3. IRISMINT

Handmade cashmere and natural fiber hats, scarves and mittens, purchasing directly from the hands that make the goods. Coziness from every angle.

4. littlecows

Think of this as the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalogue/Bergdorf Christmas Windows of Etsy. This shop has aspirational (expennnnsive) vintage furniture and collectibles, with a particular focus on children's gear. If you have a couple thousand dollars lying around, may I suggest this for your favorite baby or plants?

 

5. Dirty Birdies Vintage

I love this shop. Dirty Birdies corners the market on whimsy, style and wearable treasures, a mix of all that is good about vintage shopping. If any of you out there were even half the Strawberry Shortcake nut that I was, feast your eyes here.

 

6. Thought Cake Living

This store is a vintage housewares and knick knack gem. All sorts of rarities, oddities and gifts for the person who has everything... Because I'm fairly certain even that person doesn't have a wood duck barometer (on sale now!).

 

7. 1919 Vintage

Your search for the perfect party dress is over! 1919 is a great resource for frocks of all eras and a small but wonderful selection of vintage shoes (I found my favorite vintage pair here last year). Small tip: When buying vintage shoes, definitely measure your feet and check the inches listed on the item details before purchasing...Vintage sizing can be very, very different from modern numbers. If you're concerned about podiatric hygiene, I recommend picking up one of these

 

8. (Holdiay Bonus!) Daisy Petal Vintage

The shop is the answer to all of your Ugly Christmas Sweater Nightmares! This place is horrifying. Check it out.