…To buy, at least.
At the risk of making this a too materialistic, too consumeristic post, I WILL say, in my defense, that most girls could use a little retail therapy, especially if they’ve just wrapped up with a very stressful finals week. Now, I know what many of you are thinking,
What’s she talking about?! I thought she was already done with all her finals and everything!!
Well, yes. That I am. BUT (key word here), many of you guys (or rather, gals) are just wrapping up finals, and I’m sure you could appreciate all the retail therapy in the world right now, am I right?!
So, in the instance of you having NOT heard, there is this lovely little store online called, “Etsy”. It’s basically a crafting, and/or fangirly version of eBay, if you will– and it has almost EVERYTHING you could hope or dream for on it. I’ll share with you guys some of my favorite items on there, then some of the specific Etsy stores that I simply ADORE.
Divergent fans, look no further. Find it from this shop: https://www.etsy.com/listing/217954598/these-three-birds-necklace-ii-divergent
How ’bout an adorable bike basket for running errands in town, or for just carrying your water bottle (and may some snacks) as you hit the trails this summer?
Find this baby here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/480024769/natural-wicker-bike-basket
Did you know you can actually buy professionally made foods from Etsy, too? (always check the reviews first, to be safe, though) I actually really like Turkish Delight, particularly rosewater-flavored. Reminds me of/gets me in the mood to read or watch the “Chronicles of Narnia”!
This shop makes all kinds of flavors too, so it doesn’t even have to be rosewater-flavored (if that’s not your thing): https://www.etsy.com/listing/103865681/rose-flavored-turkish-delight
This is probably one of my favorite things on Etsy: a semi-do-it-yourself-pearl-kit. You buy a vacuum-sealed oyster with a pearl in it, and pick which pearl cage for the necklace that you want– there’s lots of variety, from a Cinderella carriage, to a rose, to a seashell or even a skull! I loved that the pearl color was a surprise (I think mine’s cream), and plan on getting my little cousin one for her birthday, since she too is a June baby.
Find out more here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/476060633/pick-a-pearl-oyster-kit-freshwater-pearl
Love bath bombs? I’ve just the thing:
There’s much, much more where that came from (RustyTiramisu specializes in them! Even Pokemon ones!! Squeeeeee): https://www.etsy.com/listing/287750863/passionfruit-rose-with-rose-petal-bath
Who doesn’t love fairies/pixies?
Find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/240514564/fairy-necklace-fantasy-necklace-sterling
Now, this little guy is a bit pricey, but if you save up enough, I guarantee he’ll be worth your moola…
Yes, that is a plush Hobbes. Yes, he is the childhood toy you’ve always wanted. And yes, he’s waiting for you to take him home (I actually chose the slightly more expensive one to put on here, because the slightly less expensive one– still $90– is made out of felt, and looks a LOT stiffer– less cuddly. But if you’d like to look at that one, too: https://www.etsy.com/listing/159045516/stuffed-hobbes ). Find your favorite “fictional” tiger here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/58101500/hobbes-tiger-plush-doll-version
Now, for some of my all-time favorite Etsy stores!
My biggest weakness on Etsy, by far and wide, is all the crazy-awesome bookish-based stuff they have on there, based directly off stories and characters. Introducing…
These peeps actually have their own separate candle store online (surprise, surprise), but they also have an Etsy store. Bookish candles are VERY “in” right now, in the literacy world (I mean, I know of SEVERAL other stores that also do it, including Meraki Candles, FlicktheWick, BurningPagesCandles, Fictional Flames, etc, etc, etc.), but Novelly Yours is definitely considered one of the best. Just look at their “Lunar Chronicles” candles:
They also include a slew of non-series specific candles including, “Villainous,” “Currently Reading,” “Shipping It,” “Plot Twist,” “Book Boyfriend,” and so much more! Find this and more: https://www.etsy.com/listing/290928427/the-lunar-chronicles-collection-2oz-soy
Speaking of bookish candles…
Photo of Narnia candle
(BTW, can you SAY, #bookstagram?)
I know I should probably post ONLY one bookish candle shop on here, but can’t help it– I love this shop, Bookworm Candles and Crafts, so much. They do ship specialty candles, candles based on specific characters, feelings in certain books, bookish monthly boxes, and even places/events. They do both candles and wax melts, sometimes simple jewelry and bookmarks (that you could probably make yourself), and used to even do body soap/butter (which I still have my Genya one… 😥 ). https://www.etsy.com/listing/533182225/book-vs-movie-candle-range-chronicles-of?ref=listing-shop-header-2
ReadandWonder specializes in bookish, well, bookmarks. BUT these are not just any bookmarks. They can be magnetic little characters from your fave stories, or fave book quotes. Behold the adorableness that is the chibi Grisha character cast:
Photo of ReadandWonder’s magnetic chibi bookmarks; left to right: Nikolai, Mal, Alina before Merzost, the Darkling, and Alina after Merzost.
No, I am not squealing because of the adorableness of all the characters, except for Mal. Mal can go take a hike.
Next up, another personal fave, Bookish Sugar Scrubs! This 16 year old Etsier has a very good head for business, and, as you can probably guess by her title, she specializes in sugar scrubs based on bookish feels, characters, ships. The specialty and regular scrubs are actually pretty affordable, usually only $6-7.
Photo of “Dripping Moonlight”– “Caraval” inspired sugar scrub
Find ’em here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bookishsugarscrubs?ref=l2-shopheader-name
Speaking of bookish spa and cosmetic items, look no further than “Stardust Cosmetics”. Originally set up under “PagesnPolish,” she changed it to include not only book-inspired nail polish, but also (VERY soon in the future, but not currently) eyeshadows! She’s currently having a special on nail polishes, a two for $12 special, when they’re normally $6.50 each!
Photo of “Heartrender,” a Grisha and Six of Crows inspired polish
Find ’em here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/StardustCos?ref=pr_faveshops
I am also a fan of the Etsy store Bookified, which legit sells you LETTERS FROM YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTERS (no, I am not making this up! You could get a letter from, say, Edmund Pevensie, Harry Potter, or even Peeta!). She is fantastic; you won’t regret buying from her!(I’ve previously ordered a Darkling letter from her, and anxiously await my second.) Also, having recently returned from a huge Book Con, BEA, she has quite a few specialty letters left over– now on sale for only $4!!
Have your fave bookish character write to you from here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/498390481/custom-letter-from-a-book-character?ref=shop_home_active_3
Onto other shops that I absolutely love, they are mostly geekery– namely, Pokemon-based things. But still.
My first geeky shop is the Resinators. As their name implies, they can make plastic-y amulet-like jewelry– namely, Pokemon evolutionary stone jewelry. Including glow-in-the-dark thunderstone necklaces.
Did I mention the glow-in-the-dark-thunderstone necklaces??
Find these babies here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Resinators?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items
While most well-known for her Poke plushies, Renchanshop also does quality plush work on the likes of characters from “Steven Universe,” “Sword Art Online,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Ouran Host Club,” “Sailor Moon,” and much more in the anime/cosplay department. Known for quality work, Ren’s merch is a tad pricey, but the quality AND the large size of her products (which, depending on each said product, may or may not be posable and even 1-2 feet or so tall) make it worth it. Only real complaint is the sticker eyes, though got lucky with Karisse, my giant shiny plush Zoroark– hers are embroidered. Here are only a few objects of her impressive handiwork:
Did I mention… she also does SHINY Pokes? 😉
Take THAT, GameFreak and Pokemoncenter.com! Find these not-so-little beauties here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Renchanshop/items
Sew Me a River is a shop with a pretty similar concept to Ren, but slightly less expensive. The primary downside is that they limit shinies. But they often feature some Pokes that Ren doesn’t, and that the pokemoncenter.com will unlikely have in their store, such as Whimsicott:
You obviously don’t have to be a genius to know good quality work when you see it, eh? Other elusive Pokemon plushies they sell: Goodra, Omanyte, Froslass, Furrett, Kabuto, Jumpluff, etc. They ALSO sell (and they should patent this idea, seriously):
SLOWPOKE TAILS THEY’RE IN LEAGUE WITH TEAM ROCKET GUUUUYYYYSSSS….
JK, JK… But really, you can buy these things, as is or ON A KEYCHAIN (because everyone knows Slowpoke tails make driving in the rain to Slowpoke Well 100 x’s better 😉 ). Find it all here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/SewMeARiver/items
If you’re still banking on the cash, and some of these prices still make you squirm, (especially with Poke plushies nowadays), tell ya what: Fluctorissia. That way, it won’t eat you out of house and home, and if you just want a cute, floppy, cuddly lil Poke buddy, well, that’s where I bought Evelette (I had Fluctorissia make the ears slightly shorter, though). She also does the occasional Digimon, too.
Find this cutie pie and more here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/Fluctorissia?ref=pr_faveshops
Lastly, TadingCardValhalla: “Where Heroes are Reborn.” Their slogan says it all: They take trading cards of ANY kind (Pokemon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Digimon, Naruto, you name it), and make them into necklaces, bracelets, or keychains. It’s where I got my very lovely N heart necklace… ❤
Beautiful, are they not? https://www.etsy.com/shop/TradingCardValhalla/items?ref=pr_faveshops§ion_id=11656731
Honorable Etsy Mention That Is No Longer on Etsy, But has an Online Store of Their Own:
BehindthePages. Her motto is to go beyond the boundaries of keeping fictional friends (and boyfriends 😉 ) fictional. She has a range of products, bookmarks, posters, perfumes, body soaps, lotions, and lip balms. My ONLY problem with her products is that the wording advertises it to be a bit more sensual than should ACTUALLY be considered; me, I just like the idea of either smelling or smelling like my fave fictional characters (I’m a weirdo, I know), or, as in the case of the Darkling, kissing them. Her site is http://www.behindthepagesstore.com .
Do YOU have a favorite online store, either indie or on Etsy? What is it, and why do you love it?
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