Life feels like it's starting to get back to normal. You can now hit the stores, in most cases, without a mask. For some though, the idea of being out in a large crowd just isn't as appealing as it was pre-covid. There are so many great local artists, shops, and businesses that need help getting things back up and running. I find the best way to support local businesses without needing to be out in the crowd is to shop their Etsy stores!
There are so many great small businesses and self-employed artists and creators in the greater Salt Lake area. Shopping their Etsy shop is an easy way to shop local, get some unique items, and often get something customized too. Here's a listing of a few great local creators to support online.
Motor Ave. SLC offers hand-made crochet items. Think slouchy beanies, soft baby blankets, eye-catching wall tapestries, and more. There is an assortment of finishes, colors, and details to each item. Some of the items are ready to ship immediately, or you can request a made-to-order item. All of them are of beautiful craftsmanship.
Signed and Numbered features picture frames made of reclaimed wood and other fun wall decor pieces. The frames come in hard-to-find sizes, and if you can't find what you need, the shop owners are really easy to work with! They can personalize what you need. There are really fun pieces in this store. Think fun colors and rustic designs.
Willow + Blush can outfit your home with gorgeous custom wall decor. Does your family have a favorite scripture? This store will customize a wooden sign for your walls with your family name on it. Do you wish you had your wedding vows on the wall? They can write it up for you in a gorgeous script. They carry signs of all sorts. Check them out for inspiration!
Baby Bear Outfitters makes adorable, chic baby accessories. They make baby bags in cute prints and designs. My personal favorite is their striped baby bag. It comes with a matching changing pad, stroller straps, shoulder strap, and has plenty of pockets to stay organized. They also carry cute hoodies and joggers for your little ones.
Le Marigny is full of fun, quirky, and eclectic home decor pieces. She makes these super fun painted globes that you can custom order. There are screen-printed t-shirts with quotes and scriptures on them. She specializes in wood wall hangings also and carries a variety of seasonal pieces for year-round fun.
Made By Mary specializes in custom jewelry pieces. These are delicate bar necklaces which she stamps with your custom date or name. These gorgeous necklaces make a great gift for Mother's Day, birthday, or just because. Opt for map coordinates if there's a location that is special to you. Or choose a date that is close to the heart.
Scatter Brain Tees features original art pieces from the creator screen printed on tee shirts. These are such unique and fun designs. There are sloths in suits, octopus drummers, and other creatures placed in interesting locations. The designs are certain to turn heads. If you find one you enjoy, the creator of this shop also sells these images on prints and neckties in their sister shops.
Fast Track Periodic doesn't have a huge range of items to offer. What they do have is a few really awesome glass periodic table of elements. It comes with the actual elements (or at least the non-lethal ones) inlaid with each element symbol. It's a really interesting and unique piece for your office or a gift for a science grad.
Kristin Douglas Art carries fun scratch-off wall decor. This interactive wall decor is a fun way to keep track of places you've traveled and things you've seen while incorporating it into your home. There is one for National Parks, the United States, and a bucket list of adventures. As you scratch off the places you've visited, the art unveils a fun design of your choice underneath.
These are just a few of the myriad of wonderful shops available on Etsy from Salt Lake City. Support local creators and artists while getting some wonderful pieces and gifts for those around you. To find more, just use the advanced search feature on the Etsy website. You can pick out where you'd like your shop to be located as a great way to find local shops.