Monday, February 16, 2009

Shopping Etsy for handmade toys

My bank account is a little lighter (but not by much) this morning after making some Etsy toy purchases.  I think it's often wonderful to purchase handmade items instead of manufactured items -- I delight in supporting talented people who are operating smaller crafts businesses. 

So today I found two items I'm very excited about for the kids.

1.  A taggie blanket for baby M.   He's getting to the age where he will love it.

2.  An I Spy pillow.  I had been thinking of making one of these myself, and was collecting little bits and scraps for it, but then I thought to check Etsy, after buying the taggie blanket.  Big score -- of course there are talented sewers who make these.  Now I don't have to!   We are going on a family trip in May which will includes a 4 hour airplane ride followed by a 2 hour bus ride, and... there will be 5 young children and one baby along... we're going to need some things to do -- I think these will be great!

Have you discovered great kids' items on Etsy?   Please share your favorite finds and tips for searching -- thanks!

7 comments:

Amy @ Literacy Launchpad said...

How funny. I was just thinking about posting about Etsy. Love it! I have pretty much resolved to buy all future gifts and toys here.

I don't have a particular favorite to recommend off the top of my head here, but I know there are a lot of great places on there that sell awesome wood toys (teethers, peg boards, etc.) that I love.

Leah said...

I sooooo love KnitStyle by MMC! : )))

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5110542

Such a fabulous find for handmade goodies that your sweet'ums will adore! : )))

leahita[at]gmail[dot]com

Infant Bibliophile said...

Love your blog! I'm going to subscribe to it now. Our son loves the i-spy quilt I made him. I should pull it out and use it more. I haven't looked around on Etsy all that much because I know it will be so dangerous for me. I'll want everything!

Infant Bibliophile said...

Adding you to my blogroll too. :)

Infant Bibliophile said...

I look like a stalker with three posts in a row! I left you an "award" on my site. :)

SAS said...

OMG... so much great stuff. If you go to my shop you should be able to view my favorites (http://shubey.etsy.com).
Also, here's a Treasury I created:
http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list.php?room_id=42450.

Cloudscome said...

I went to look at that I Spy pillow and I'd loved it so I bought two. My boys always need something to occupy them in the car or we have trouble. These will be a big hit! Thanks.