As a big nature lover and someone loves handmade crafts I find Etsy to be perfect for my needs. It’s a website focused on handmade and vintage goods. These items cover nearly anything you could think of, such as: art, photos, toys, oddities, clothing and even jewelry. My niece even had a store front for a while. She sold wallets made out of duct tape. You can also view it as an online arts and craft store. They have a nice selection such of beads, wire and jewelry supplies. It reminds me of a large open craft fair.
One of the things I love so much about the company is its founder and his forward thinking, “progressive” perspective on things. There was an interview where the owner discussed human interaction and why it was important to him. He emphasized interaction and creativity. He said, “a platform that provides meaning to people, and an opportunity to validate their art, their craft… all commerce is about real human interaction…at the end of every transaction, you get something real from a real person. There is an existential satisfaction to that.”
To really drive the point home, the owner made Etsy a “B Corporation”, or a “benefit corporation”. The purpose of a benefit corporation is to create general public benefit, which is defined as a material positive impact on society and the environment, i.e. maximum positive externalities and minimum negative. A benefit corporation’s directors and officers operate the business with the same authority as in a traditional corporation but are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on society and the environment. In a traditional corporation, shareholders judge the company’s financial performance; with a benefit corporation, shareholders judge performance based on the company’s social, environmental, and financial performance.”
Here is another local company I believe in: https://www.etsy.com/shop/WyomingCreative. She is a one woman business and turns out some great products. I have happily bought from her in the past and will again in the future. The following I got from her site:
“Hi my name is Kelsey McDonnell and I am the owner and sole employee of Wyoming Creative, that’s right I am a one woman business! I love the challenges and rewards that have come along with owning and running my own business. One of the greatest gifts I have received is the freedom to create whatever I want and to test out the market for some of the millions of ideas that run through my head.
The primary focus of my Etsy shop is hand stamped jewelry and gifts. I love adding text to my creations; just a few words can be so powerful, so kind, so loving. I have found that a wonderful way to give a gift is to add your own personalization and I get to facilitate some of the most wonderfully thoughtful gifts through the custom orders I fill in my shop.”