We all know the advantages of shopping locally: It's an investment in your community, an important way to keep money local during trying economic times, and a way to lessen your carbon footprint. But, what if you prefer to do your shopping from the sofa?
Never fear: there are still ways to shop close to home without actually leaving home.
Etsy, a website for vintage and handmade wares, is a great resource for the online shopper. The site has sellers from all over the world, but includes an Etsy Local page where you can select your location and only shop close to home.
Check out the lists below for jewelry, paintings, hats, accessories, clothing and other holiday gift ideas—all made in the Media Patch area and surrounding region.
- Babee Crafts, located in Media, offers "green" baby and toddler gifts including 'I (pretzel) Philly' onesies ($20), bibs, dino hoodie ($40), and T-shirts all made with organic cotton.
- Susan Elizabeth Jewels, located in Media, offers some stunning jewelry made with Swarovski crystals and other pretty additions, like this Moroccan mobile with blue Swarovski crystals, ($75).
- BGartman Art, a member of the Media Arts Council, offers several items including jewelry, custom pet and people portraits, and original paintings like this one of a winter sunrise at Newlin Grist Mill, ($475).
- Fiber Garden, of Media, sells bags, hats, purses and more, including this fun, print bag, ($40).
- MeerkatsManor, now of Arkansas, offers necklaces, earrings and pins but also has a 1966 Penncrest High School Prom charm, ($15).
- SharLor, located in Media, is a mother-daughter jewelry venture, and features items like this Gold Pearl Bracelet, ($40).
- Beads2Jewels, located in Media, offers supplies for jewelry makers. She has earring and necklace kits and of course plenty of beads, like these light green glass beads ($2 for 100 beads).
For gifts that are still local but not quite so close, check out some of our other favorites:
- Hoof and Antler, located in Philadelphia, offers vintage clothing and home decor items like this men's 1960s velvet suit ($125) or this 1950's General Electric interval timer clock ($35).
- Philadelphia Baby Crochet Hats, located in Ridley Park, offers adorable hats for the tiny sports fan in the family, ($22).
- PlumetotheWind, of Ardmore, offers Etsy buyers handmade cards and prints, including these vintage-style wedding invitations with a yellow hot air balloon on the front, ($3.95).
- Ameliafurman, of Ridley Park, offers alphabet letters as mixed media paintings ($45) and even magnets like these ($85).
- BreakingTile's artist Beth Warren, from Narberth, upcycles and combines interesting materials to create some avantgarde art, including this red toys mosaic collage guitar ($145).
- Superdeduper, of Bala Cynwyd, creates whimsical artwork featuring animals. This mug ($10) pictures an owl, but many of Kristy Brennan's pieces feature French bulldogs.
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