Etsy's handmade goodies

A few weeks ago, while strolling through a farmer’s market in Amsterdam, I came upon a stall selling these purses …

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I chatted with the seller for a bit and he explained the process his partner went through making these. The idea was simple, really … recycled munitions pouches from the army surplus store were made to look pretty with ’60s and ’70s era material leftover from Scandinavian home goods stores.

I bought one, he handed me his card, and lo and behold – my unique Amsterdam find is also available online at Etsy. At first, I was sad to know that I’m probably not the only one carrying a Katrina Kaye handbag. But then I checked out the Etsy shop and discovered it’s filled with handmade goodies!

Basically, Etsy’s a creative community. Artists from 84 different countries use this platform to sell all sorts of clothing and housewares and just about anything else that can be hand made, including baby clothes, bathing goodies, journals, furniture, and Ts.

In addition to all the unique creations on sale, they’ve also got a group of sellers who call themselves Etsy for Animals and donate part of their profits to various animal rescue charities. It’s all so inspiring. I think I’ve found my ideal place for serious internet shopping.

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  1. beautiful purses.. I will definitely have to check out the site.. and I also added a link to this post on my blog. Cheers πŸ™‚

  2. I’m an Etsy for Animals seller – thanks for the shout out! It’s a great group with some very talented folks. I sometimes end up doing more buying than selling at Etsy!

  3. Thank you soooo much! great purses, and I’m the curator of Etsy for Animals. We really appreciate it! You have a great blog! I love Ozomatli too, and have seen them in ca! πŸ™‚ shop our great animal helpin sellers at
    Michele πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks πŸ™‚
    I love etsy, but hadnt fount the EtsyForAnimals!


  5. Very cool bags! I also make and sell recycled bags and purses on Etsy. See them at Thanks!

  6. Fantastic little bags! We at also create our own alternative retro gothic style bags, clothes and accessories! Thanks πŸ™‚

  7. very cute bags. i am going to check them out. i am also a seller on etsy of sustainable fashion. my etsy is… thanks for the great info…m

  8. I love these bags. The designer Katrina Kaye is very talented and inspires me to keep going with my etsy business. If you ever on the hunt for a multi compartment wallet, please come by my shop Thanks

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