Shopping Vintage on Etsy (Tips & Tricks Too!)

On a whim I bought this concrete bust of David on Etsy (from this shop) without any idea where it was going to go in our new studio. He now holds a place on our front console that is getting a great linen skirt made for it.

As designers, we shop on Etsy A LOT.  Not only for newly made or custom items (as detailed in this post), but for antique and vintage items too.  Etsy has become a bit of a “normal budget” 1stDibs in that there is some high end antique dealers, but mostly its small shops with decent prices for interesting goods.  You just have to dig a bit more as it is a bit less curated, but in the best way possible! You can still find amazing deals on lots of things on Etsy, where as some other online vintage shops you cannot.

A good example of this was when we were looking for a pair of vintage x-benches for a great project below (you only get a sneak peek here as we are pitching it to magazine right now).  We found the perfect set from an expensive vendor but perused Etsy to see if anyone else had a pair we could refinish.  And we found the EXACT pair we loved for about 1/4 of the price.  We had them repainted and reupholstered and they came out perfect and added that patina we were looking for in the space.

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Etsy Sources for Custom Upholstery

A bunch of you have asked me on Instagram where I got my new ottoman, which replaced our glass coffee table a.k.a. “The Baby Guillotine”. I looked high and low for a  zebra cowhide ottoman in the size I needed for my long, narrow living room and struck out.  And the designer grade custom items I was pricing out were a fortune.  So I turned to Etsy (as I do quite a lot when looking for custom goods that don’t break the bank). I had one made for me by the shop 1801FurnitureCo. and it came out perfect!
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Bookmark These! Etsy Shops I’m Loving

I try not to give away all my best sources, but sometimes you just gotta share.  It’s so hard to find exactly what you want on Etsy due to the massive amount of shops available- so here are some of my favorite shops to look at for great home decor and accessory options.  From vintage rugs to fine furniture and incredible original art- there is so much to love about Etsy! CLICK IMAGES FOR LINKS.

I’ve been doing TONS of shopping on Etsy for rugs lately- here are a few shops I’ve used!

Old Vin Shop:
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Some of my Fave Etsy Shops!

Etsy asked me to partner with them to share some of my favorite home decor shops on their site and of course I jumped at the chance because it is one of the BEST resources out there for unique, custom and vintage decor currently available to everyone and anyone!  We use it a lot as designers, especially on e-design projects, when we can’t use our normal local vendors.

So here are some of my favorite and often used shops:

Spark Modern

Amazing selection of pillows made of to-the-trade fabrics from vendors like Peter Dunham, Schumacher and the like.
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Incredible Local Artisan: Cheeky Monkey

This week I received the most INCREDIBLE gift for Henry that I had to share. People have been so overwhelmingly generous and kind in thinking of my little guy, especially people I don’t even know like Holly Johnson of Cheeky Monkey Home.  When I unwrapped this pillow I nearly fell over- especially when I turned it around and saw the incredible stitching of Henry’s name and birth information on the back!  Made of the most luxurious merino wool felt, I knew the minute I touched this pillow that it was a true work of art.  I was so touched and am going to treasure it forever.

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