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Buy Local From Woodbridge Merchants: Finding Holiday Gifts Online

Although we encourage you to frequent local brick-and-mortar merchants in the Woodbridge area, some local artists and crafters sell their work online on sites like Etsy.

Christmas baby hat. Photo courtesy of Etsy seller LovelyKensie.
Christmas baby hat. Photo courtesy of Etsy seller LovelyKensie.

The tug-of-war between small business and big business is often thought of in terms of tiny neighborhood shops versus big box stores, or, in more recent years, tiny shops versus behemoth online companies such as Amazon.

But not all local shops are brick-and-mortar. When buying local this holiday season, don't forget to support the many independent artists and crafters who find a home on sites like Etsy. Maybe their craft is a hobby that they pick up when they get home from work, or maybe they don't have the resources to rent business space. Maybe they also have a brick-and-mortar shop but choose to extend their customer base by offering their wares online.

  • Are you a local merchant who sells online? Add a link to your shop in the comments.

Whatever the case, they offer items that are, in many cases, unique, hand-crafted individual expressions.

So in the spirit of giving these sellers more visibility, here are ten items from local sellers on Etsy:

Crocheted Christmas Baby Hat. $40. Shop LovelyKensie.

Sterling Silver Etched Wren With Pearl Earrings. $60. Shop BWBJewelry.

Vegan Soy Bean Candle. $5.75. Shop PurePalette.

Skull Pot Feet. $23.99. Shop catsinmygarden.

Dark Wooden Bead Rosary With Wooden Cross. $20. Shop PrettyPatriots.

Vintage Silver Plated Jewelry Box. $28. Shop Sylliestore.

Snowflake Gold Glitter Ornament. $5. Shop CrystalandCompany.

Mixed Media Painted Wood Block With Quote. $25. Shop heartfeltByRobin.

Steampunk Bronze Wire Teardrop Pendant. $89.98. Shop ABlueRosesCreation.

Blue Conch Bead Pendant. $38.88. Shop BlueMoonVisions.

Jill Jacobs December 02, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Hi. My online shops are not Etsy-based. I sell my art and products with my art on them on three sites: on Fine Art America, Cafe Press, and Society6. Here are some links: www.jill-jacobs.artistwebsites.com www.cafepress.com/FreeBirdStudios www.society6.com/JillJacobs_FreeBirdStudios www.facebook.com/FreeBirdStudios

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