This may be hard to believe, but Michael’s Craft Store in Eureka, California already has some Christmas-themed items for sale. Why does it seem that Christmas is here earlier and earlier every year? If you, like many of the rest of the population, are tired of the commercialization, stress, and over-priced junk that seems to fill each holiday season, then the San Francisco Recycling Examiner has some gift-giving ideas for you. Shop online and purchase from Esty artists and craftisans living and creating in the bay area and the rest of northern California. These talented people use found objects, repurposed and recycled materials, and make some really amazing items. They would appreciate your business and your friends and family will have a gift that is unique.
These Etsy sellers of northen California are just a sampling of the unique gift shops available for one-of-a-kind purchases online. This link will lead you to the bay area shops of The Giddy Spinster, Tanith, and Reimagined Remnants and Treasures.
Looking for hand-crafted jewelry, interesting artwork, or just a little bling to add to the wardrobe? Then you will want to check out these Etsy sellers that include 265design, Jennifer Allison, and Lady Baggins.
These artists, who were spotlighted last year during American Artist Appreciation month, all use recycled items in their work. Some of their items are available for sale and one of these pieces might be just the thing for the art collector on your Christmas list. These artists are Elizabeth Symington, NestaHome, and Mitra Fabian.
The French Circus owner finds and creates jewelry she terms Vintage Assemblage Jewelry. If someone on your list enjoys classic baubles with a touch of whimsy, this is the shop to visit.
Violet’s New Vintage is another bay area Etsy shop that makes jewelry. This jewelry has the touch of nerd and geek, however. This artist uses computer bits and bytes to create her pieces.
The Etsy craftisans highlighted in this article include The Vintage Barn, Rumpelsilkskin (who uses silk ties in her creations), and Red, Yellow, and Blue Ink.
These NorCal Etsy sellers are the ulimate in repurposing artists. Using items like soda can pull tabs, bicycle gears and old maps to create all sorts of delights; these shop owners include Picklehead, All Things Tinsel, and Upcycle Your World.
Although Christmas is months away, it’s only four months; not long in the real world of work schedules, deadlines, and other family events. Plan to buy at least some of your gifts from Etsy shop owners this year and rest assured that no one else will be buying the same gift for Aunt Becky or Cousin Tyler.
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