The Secret Designers of


For those of you who have been living under a rock (or without an internet connection or penchant for online purchasing), here’s some quick Etsy 411:

“Etsy is a website that provides the general public with a way to buy and sell handmade items as well as vintage items and craft supplies.” (Thanks, Wikipedia!) Basically, the site is chock full of handmade/eccentric goodies – from vintage handbags to hand sewn dresses, created by regular people like you (or the craftier version of you). A lot of the designers on Etsy keep it eco-friendly, too, which def gets a thumbs up from me.

But, if you’re a first time Etsy-peruser, it can be a little intimidating. So I’m here to break it down for you & showcase five of my favorite E-fashionistas. I found five sites that not only offer swoon-worthy threads, but are safe for your wallet (or Mom’s Visa bill).

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1) Every Little Counts . Okay, okay. Screen-printed tees are a dime a dozen. But I’m a sucker for romance, and I lurrve the creative sayings that adorn these breezy tees & tanks, like “Feel Like Making Love,” “A Violent, Sensual, Sensitive Girl” and “I can’t fight this feeling.” Adorbs.

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2) Sandmaiden. Sandmaiden is a little pricey, but the designs are unique and are made from all-natural fibers. Plus the clothes are SO. UNBELIEVABLY.COMFORTABLE. Not kidding. Just check out these little beauties and imagine how wonderful that organic cotton jersey blend would feel draped over your achy bod the morning after a night of heavy drinking. Even better? You’ll be the only girl on campus with one, since most pieces on the site are one -of-a-kind designs.

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3) Maiden Rapture Vintage Okay, the goods in this shop aren’t all handmade, but who doesn’t love vintage cardigans, dresses, blazers and accessories? This site makes it easy peezy to find the perfect unique piece from the 50’s, 60’s or 70’s to add to your wardrobe. I’m obsessed with blazers and plaid lately, and I found plenty in this shop. And the prices are totes affordable.

4) Sarah Seven Made from recycled vintage and natural fabrics, Sarah Seven concocts clothes worth coveting (and saving beer money for). The shop offers dresses, skirts and shirts in “vintage-inspired” designs with a modern spin. Each piece is custom designed (you provide your measurements and bra size), so you know you’re getting a perfectly unique, tailored fit every time. Even if you don’t snag yourself a darling dress, the site is totally worth checking out just for the awesome photography. I want to believe that Miss Sarah Seven herself is the girl in the nerdy (yet somehow chic) green glasses, but I think that’s just because I’m sitting here wearing my coke-bottle glasses & feeling lonely. Oh — and 5% of each purchase is donated to charities. Cool.

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5) 75Rabbit For the patchouli-applying hippie that exists in every college student, enter 75Rabbit. With “far out” designs & duds made from recycled pre-used fabrics, what’s not to adore? The only catch: The shop lists only one page of items at the moment. But the prices are reasonable & where the hell else are you going to find a flattering and totally unique dress with John Lennon’s face on it?! Nowhere.

I’ve shared some of my faves – now it’s your turn! Where do you shop on Etsy?

This post courtesy of our chic friends at

  • DVD

    Exactly! I have been hooked on to etsy for a while now and have been wondering about how there are so many talented people on there and the world is still buying mass produced stuff!
    I am glad stylebakery has done a feature on etsy so this talent gets more recognition.

  • kloseknit

    I am sooooo tempted to get an item from sandmaiden. I have had my eye on her boutique ever since I found Etsy.

  • idilvice

    Love Esty too, but I have a comment to 75Rabbit… Their dresses are badly made… mine fell apart the first time I wore it. They’re also NOT the original designers who feature The Beatles on their clothes… FashionRocks, also an Etsy shop, are the originators and they offer so much more design skills and quality… Check it out!

  • Tracy Sain

    I love your blog! It is so great to find support for Etsy Shop Owners! Me and my daughter love the styles of Sarah Seven! Completely trendy for all ages (I am 34 and my girl is 14yrs.)!!! If you ever want to include my titanium hypo-allergenic jewelry shop in your blog….I would totally love ya!!!

    Thanks again for taking the time to publish information that comes in handy around the holidays!!! One stop Fashion guide!!! :-) I truly support buying handmade as much as possible, and not just because I have my own shop. Etsy is a great way for designers and artists to support each other and help expand their talents…really great stuff! Thanks!

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