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Buy Local: Finding Holiday Gifts Online

Although we encourage you to frequent local brick-and-mortar merchants in the Woodbridge area, some local artists and crafters sell their work online on sites like Etsy.

The tug-of-war between small business and big business is often thought of in terms of tiny neighborhood shops versus big box stores, or, in more recent years, tiny shops versus behemoth online companies such as Amazon.

But not all local shops are brick-and-mortar. When buying local this holiday season, don't forget to support the many independent artists and crafters who find a home on sites like Etsy. Maybe their craft is a hobby that they pick up when they get home from work, or maybe they don't have the resources to rent business space. Maybe they also have a brick-and-mortar shop but choose to extend their customer base by offering their wares online.

Whatever the case, they offer items that are, in many cases, unique, hand-crafted individual expressions.

So in the spirit of giving these sellers more visibility, here are ten items from local sellers on Etsy:

Harvest Spice Soy Candle in Votive Glass Jar. $3.50. Shop PurePalette.

Virginia Tech Etched Glass Large Beer Mug. $15. Shop RobinsMonogramNest.

Crocheted Mary Jane Baby Booties. $10. Shop Crochetlovebug.

Silver Poppy Cupcake Topper. $20. Shop SweetLittleMorsels.

California Roll Sushi Hair Clip. $15. Shop PreciousParagons.

Antique Gold Tone Dangle Owl Earrings. $5. Shop robotsnappingturtle.

Metal Chinese Character Stamp. $8.50. Shop TheBeadBox.

Reisling Wine Bottle Sweater. $15. Shop FaisDodos.

Textured Draped Candle Holder. $35. Shop SundanceReflections.

Rustic Burlap Wreath With Red Flower Accents. $30. Shop RusticCoffee.

kathy strauss November 27, 2012 at 01:03 PM
How about my original photography! http://www.etsy.com/shop/imagewerks
Karin Arnold November 27, 2012 at 02:31 PM
What about a Verve Candle - woodbridge based business?
Rachel Leon (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Thanks for adding your link, Kathy! :)
Rachel Leon (Editor) November 27, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Go ahead and add a link here in the comments!
Jennifer Broadway November 29, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I have an etsy store : ) Www.etsy.com/shop/SharedJoy
Rachel Leon (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Thank you, Jennifer!
Michelle D November 29, 2012 at 02:53 AM
What a wonderful article featuring talented local artists and crafters. I will add my Etsy store as well :) http://www.etsy.com/shop/TailaCustomDesigns
Rachel Leon (Editor) November 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Thank you, Michelle!
Nancy S Kyme November 29, 2012 at 03:41 AM
Thank you, Rachel, for writing this article. I'd like to draw attention to local authors! "Write by the Rails" has published an anthology and copies are available on Amazon. Contributing authors also have independent works available on Amazon and in local book stores. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=write+by+the+rails+anthology+new+departures

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