etsy is GOD!

For my first (proper) entry I wanted to talk about the absolute best place to while away hours of your life online…. drumroll please……


Heard of it? If you haven’t yet, prepared to be completely smitten, kitten.

Etsy, in its own words, is “an online marketplace for buying & selling all things handmade”.

So basically it’s like the best craft market you’ve ever been to, times ten thousand.

You can buy everything, from frocks and frou frou (of course) to amazing homewares, toys, the weird and the wonderful.

And what’s particularly great about it is that you can deal directly with the craftspeople.

Love that one shoulder dress, but can’t fit into a size 6? Most sellers will happily whip one up for you in your own measurements.

One seller that the curvy among us should keep particularly in mind is the incomparable JaneBonBon http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5315387 who custom-made this rather adorable fishtail pinafore for me earlier this year:

Other sellers to consider include:

Miss Brache for fabulous Rockabilly-styled frocks and togs http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5140247

Peta Pledger for an antipodean take on the same http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5042131

On The Inside does some really lovely lacy underthings http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5298883

Got any favourites you’d like to share?

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