When I’m out window shopping or taking in the market, I tend to linger a bit longer at stores and booths that are selling local goods. Whether we’re talking produce, pottery or some other fantastical find, it’s great to uncover treasures created by fellow Kingstonians. Even if you’re not buying! As more products are seemingly made in a far off land, it’s sometimes difficult to sniff out where the locals are doing business. This is becoming increasingly true when it comes to locating Kingston-based artisans online. While I am sure many of our readers are familiar with Etsy, the online mecca for all things handmade, you may be unaware of Etsy’s search feature which allows buyers to browse shops maintained by Kingstonians.
While there are presently only a few shop owners and artisans claiming to call Kingston home, it’s my hope that by drawing attention to those who are selling their goods via sites such as Etsy, more people will be inspired to buy and sell locally. Presently, there are six Kingstonians with shops established on Etsy, as follows:
MoonlightAndFire: eclectic, handmade jewellery created from natural gemstones, pearls, silver, copper, Czech fire polished glass, etc.
taurmailyn: images of fantastical beings such as fairies and mermaids.
Cutie Patootees: adorable hats and other knits (organic cotton, pima cotton, baby bamboo, pure wool, etc.) for kids, available in customizable colours. (store presently closed due to baby #3)
Daffidolls: a variety of cloth art dolls, from simple characters and creatures to more extravagant figures.
Studio 628: handmade home decor items made from vintage linens, and luxurious fabrics with chic trims, buttons and detailing.
Mignonne: a handmade collection of jewellery enriched with color, designed to be wearable, fun, distinctive and beautiful.
Etsy is every-changing in the sense that sellers come and go just like physical, offline shops. From attending events such as the Fat Goose Craft Fair, and public market, I know that the Limestone City has a lot of talented people who, for one reason or another, aren’t selling their goods on Etsy. Where are they, or perhaps you, hiding? Please drop off a comment or two and let us know where you find, or perhaps sell, local, crafty treasures? Help us spread the word about where to find Kingston’s artisans online.