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Apr 4, 2014 >> BEST OF ETSY: CHICAGO FAVORITES


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While we’re focusing on Project Onward all week long to kick off our partnership this year, we celebrate all art forms on G&F. And hence—drumroll, please!—we have our first ever Best of Etsy blog post!

G&F BLOG_best of etsy

What once was a handmade haven enjoyable for casual perusing has turned into quite an overwhelming experience at times. Instead of letting you scour pages of Etsy for unique finds we narrowed down our favorites—and the great news—they’re all Chicago-based! We love discovering new shopping digs around the city and supporting the talents of fellow Chicagoans. From quirky ceramics to dino decor, we found shops home to amazing gifts for any occasion, and with wedding season, mother’s day and more around the corner, this could be the answer to avoiding a run-of-the-mill gift! And when we say for any occasion, it could also mean a happy Friday gift for yourself. *wink wink

CIRCA CERAMICS [pictured above] 
The colors and graphics of these vibrant porcelain pieces will get you excited about these everyday, functional pieces. Our favorites are the pop art tumblers (how on-trend!)

AVROCROMY
One-of-a-kind cuffs and rings embellished with druzies. These pieces add the perfect panache, especially to accompany your new spring garb. 

THE GNACKED GNOME
Long lost dinosaur? You will wonder why you never thought to incorporate these prehistoric creatures into your decor before!

ETHICALLY ENGINEERED
Did you know we absorb 60% of the substances we put on our skin? Ethically Engineered creates soaps to promote less use of plastic, toxins, and energy.

LAURA BERGER
You have not seen cute—and we know cute!—until you step into the imaginative world of Laura Berger. Working primarily with gouache, acrylic, and ink, Laura creates charming characters that will win you over in a heart beat.

JETSAM & JUNIPER
A purveyor of vintage objects, Jetsam & Juniper feels like you’re shopping a flea market from the the comfort of your couch. This shop has so many great vintage books to create perfect vignettes on your shelves.

– ALAINA AFRICANO