When I first moved to Tucson, I completely underestimated how much talent resided in the area. I figured this was just a college town with some cactus. Through the years I've come to find there is a rich tapestry of artists, small business owners, and entrepreneurs dotting the map. With the advent of the pandemic and subsequent lock-down, it became increasingly difficult to support these small creators.
Thankfully, this pandemic happened in the 21st Century. We have the internet, and through marketplaces, such as Etsy, we can continue to support small artists and creators without having to leave home. Read on to find 9 great Etsy Shops that are based right here in Tucson, Arizona.
With Love And Coffee AZ carries sparkly drink tumblers, sassy t-shirts, and Disney-themed drink-ware. The "Posty Mom" sweater is the funniest sweatshirt I've seen. The shop owner also does custom dog portraits. These come in a wooden frame and run $27. This is a great shop for the young mom in your life.
Pinky Design makes unique metal signage for your home decor. Have a custom design of your family name made for your gallery wall. Spruce up the front of your home with a new house number sign. Peruse the many created designs or submit your own to add a layer of interest to your walls.
Honey Hearts Design is the perfect spot for custom gifts. Think travel cases, canvas bags, jewelry plates, and more. The prices are affordable and these would make the perfect gift for bridesmaids, best friends, or moms. The custom reusable tote is my personal fave. It's $14 for a chic canvas tote with custom lettering on it.
Sonoran Witch Boy has a unique selection of screen-printed t-shirts and tote bags, amid a mixture of vintage-inspired prints and stickers. The art prints are some of the most unique illustrations I've seen in a while, and they'd fit perfectly in your study or near your growing collection of house plants.
Leander Dambrosia is the place to shop for custom and handmade jewelry items. Think hammered silver cuffs, gold-plated necklaces, copper earrings, and a myriad of other metal jewelry. These are chic, understated pieces made from beautiful metals with gleaming finishes.
Classic Rock Couture is where you'll find your inner cool-girl vibes. They make insanely cool retro-styled bomber jackets, t-shirts, hats, and more. I am legitimately obsessed with their unique retro-inspired silk bomber jackets. They embroider them in-house and the designs are one of a kind. Check out this shop for truly unique designs that are sure to set you apart from the crowd.