Sunday, April 20, 2008

Handmade in MN -Finding Handmade in Your Area - or how to shop local on Etsy

Lots of us like to look for great handmade items online but at the same time want to spend our hard earned dollars within our home towns, region or state.

"Shrouded" a MN-centric photographic print is available from ELBfoto

Some days you want to avoid the streets, or to shop at 1 a.m., or stay in your pajamas? Or maybe you have waited until the last minute and need to find a unique gift that will get to you fast.

What ever your reason, you can find great items near you through Etsy's "shop local" search feature. When you get to the Etsy home page, there are buttons on the left of the screen -

click on the one like this

When when the search box comes up, type in the name of the town, area ; or MN or Minnesota. Need more info or have questions this article from Etsy online news may help TechUpdates: Shop Local .

Another way to find items just from MN Etsy Street Team members is to type in TeamMN in the tags and titles search box in the Etsy Front Page Banner

If you are looking for a particular item made in Minnesota, hunt for the item and TeamMN at the same time. For instance, here is what come up using the search terms-red candle TeamMN

More ways to find MN Etsy Street Team members exist right here in our blog.

First off in the side column you see the "Handmade in Minnesota" Gallery which features items from different team members, each picture is an active link so clicking it will take you to the item on Etsy.

Below the Gallery is a Links list, organized by the types of items you will find in each store.

Want to see handcrafted items from Minnesotans, live, up close, and personal - below the shop links is a Show and Meeting Calendar. Find Craft Shows, Arts Events, Fests and Fetes listed there. Calendar postings will help you find the way.

"Lake Mille Lacs Pendant" a Soldered Map Pendant available from
XO Handworks

Last, but not least, tucked away at the very end of the blog page is the Etsy Minnesota Flickr Group link. Our team has many members also active on flickr , you will find fabulous new items showcased there. So scroll on down, check it out, enjoy the show.

Share Minnesota love with Minnesota Flatcards available from

Chances are if it is handmade, there is a crafter or artist in Minnesota who makes it.