Want to read on? 1000 Markets is currently in preview/beta mode (it will have a grand opening later this spring) but you can start shopping now. Like Etsy, 1000 Markets is a place where you can browse hundreds of beautiful handcrafted goods by talented artists. It’s a bit different than Etsy, though. 1000 Markets’ founder Matthew Trifiro says his goal is to have a more personalized online marketplace where “markets” are based by theme, locale, process, or medium, to make for easier browsing. Each “market” also has detailed stories about the craftspeople themselves (sometimes including their own blogs). Sellers must go through a rigorous filtering system, so there is less “junk” than you might find occasionally at Etsy. Like Etsy, you can also search by keyword (“letterpress”, anyone?) And, like at Etsy, you will find way too many things that you just must buy. Now. It’s another indie-shopping-lover’s paradise.
Here’s just a sampling of items from 1000 Markets that I thought you might enjoy:
Seersucker for Sammy overalls ($32) by Figgys. Nothing sweeter than a baby boy in seersucker!
Mahogany Bunny Room Decor ($35) by Greco Woodcrafting. Unique nursery accent.
Chocolate Marshmallows ($4.95) by Jake Bakes. An allergy-friendly bake shop at 1000 Wares…mmm.
Circle of Love Necklace ($40) by Jewelry by Natsuko. Love the rustic look of these charms.
Gift Set: 1 Clip and 1 Clip-and-Carry ($12.50) by Cutesie Clips. Pretty fabric pouches to store all of your daughter’s barrettes. This seller has some very cute clip designs.
Hooked yet? Let the browsing (and buying) begin. Visit 1000 Markets.