As I work on decorating our new home, I’ve really tried to focus on bringing things in that are either repurposed from flea markets or purchased from small business owners who often handcraft their own items. That doesn’t mean I don’t make the occasional purchase from Target, TJ Maxx or World Market it’s just that the more I browse websites like Etsy, the more I realize I’d like to give back to these individuals who are building a brand on their own.
One of my favorite purchases from Etsy is by Jennifer at The Willow Farmhouse. I found her shop through Instagram and instantly fell in love with her handcrafted wood signs, especially the Farmers Market sign. I keep bouncing it around my house as I can’t decide on where it looks best!
Tyler from Wayne Works crafts the most amazing things using reclaimed wood (amongst other materials)! How I came to find his shop was actually from my Mom spotting the California reclaimed wood sign on Joss & Main. Upon it arriving and instantly falling in love with it, I started to dig into the product codes listed on the packing sheet and it ultimately led me to his Etsy shop.
We loved having the California sign, but since I’m originally from Wisconsin and Sean’s family comes from New Orleans, we thought it’d be pretty neat to showcase where we come from and where we live now. I sent Tyler a custom order request and within weeks I had our very own Wisconsin and Louisiana signs! Aren’t they just beautiful?
Another place I’ve been finding a TON of home decor at is Decor Steals. Now I know they don’t “handcraft” their own items, but they’re a small business that features vintage reproduction items in a “daily flash sale” sort of way. Let’s just say, I eagerly await the email to arrive in my inbox every morning and quickly browse the site to see if I’m interested in Today’s Steal or the Extended Steals. The prices are phenomenal and everything I’ve received thus far has been great!
Here are some of my recent purchases from decorsteals.com (though not all of them… still have to work on photographing them all!).
A vintage inspired rustic burlap stool… yes please! If you visit my Mom’s house in Wisconsin, you can see this there too. Yep, I told her about this site and we’re often competing about who’s buying what so we don’t have identical houses!
This is such an incredibly versatile piece that for the moment it’s being used to store my collection of Sharpie markers but I also have plans to use it on my dining table with fresh flowers this spring!
I posted my obsession with this galvanized metal storage box that I use to store my extra camera supplies on Instagram.
If you have some favorite small business owners, Etsy shop owners, handcrafters that you’d love to share with me, post their link in the comment section below! I’m always on the hunt for new finds.
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