Shop Small :: 16 Etsy Shops to Add to Your List

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As you know by now, I am a big supporter of local shops and handmade businesses. This Friday and through the weekend, millions of shoppers will be purchasing gifts and checking items off their lists. I wanted to share some great Etsy stores to check out this weekend too!

 Blush Bazaar

H. Nichols Illustration

icravejewels

 posh and prep

Pearls and Pastries

Cupcakes & Couture

Shop Holly Dolly

 Preppy Pink Shop 

 Wave of Life

Color My World Crochet

On3Designs 

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mountain girl soap

Witch City Wicks

tanneicasey

  Sunnys Gift Shop

Bucktoothed Bunny

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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10 Tips for Shopping on Etsy

Here is a beginners guide for shopping on Etsy with tips for improving your experience.

10 tips for shopping on etsy

As an Etsy seller, I often forget that not everyone is used to using Etsy. I tell people it’s like eBay for handmade and vintage sellers, but without the bidding. But really when I say that, it doesn’t do the site justice. Etsy is a wonderful platform that helps crafters and artisans connect with each other as well as give them the ability to sell to anyone in the world. You can find some of the nose amazing items with higher quality and care that you will ever find in a store.

Tip 1: Register for an account. Choose a username and password and get shopping. You will need an account to make a purchase, so might as well make one. Also with an account, you can add favorite items, shops, and “follow” other users to see what their picks are (kind of like Pinterest).

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Tip 2: Use the search bar and be specific. If you are looking for a nice pair of handmade gray gloves to go with your new coat, don’t just search “gloves”. You will have to go through so many listings. Etsy has a smart search engine so be specific like “women’s gray gloves” and then toggle the filters in your search results.

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Tip 3: Read the item description. Make sure you read what the seller is saying. This is where they will list what the item is, how big it is, what its made out of, etc. Say you are still searching for those gray gloves. Make sure it’s not a pattern to make Knit Gloves that happens to use a pair of gray gloves as a picture.

Tip 4: If it’s a made to order or custom item, make sure to communicate what you want. Also be sure if it’s a made to order item, you can see the approximate turn around time. This is also where the seller might display multiple colors of gloves with a note “choose color in note to seller” meaning you would write “gray gloves”

Tip 5: Check out the entire shop. The banner at the top of the shop page has announcements. Sometimes sellers will have a coupon code, or important shipping information.

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Tip 6: Read the shop policies. This link can be found on the left hand side of the shop screen. This is where a seller will list their payment policies, shipping, return policy, and any other important information. These are things you will want to know to be an informed buyer. As an added bonus, read the About Page and Reviews. You can really get a better feel of the shop as well as see what past customers have said.

Tip 7: Contact the seller. These shops are all ran by real people. If you want to know more information about the shop or item, just ask! Sellers are usually very friendly and informative.

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Tip 8: Use Etsy’s gift guides. Etsy curates collections of unique gift ideas based on price and recipient. I have found some great ideas this way. It helps give you some inspiration or a starting point for your search.

Tip 9: Shop early for the holidays. Etsy sellers usually have earlier cut off deadlines for holiday orders. Be sure you can see their holiday deadlines to give yourself plenty of time to order.

Tip 10: Contact etsy. If you feel uncomfortable or see anything suspicious, don’t be afraid to reach out to Etsy Support. If the seller won’t respond to you ever and you have a big concern, let Etsy know.

So there you have it! I hope these tips have made your Etsy holiday shopping easier!

all images are screenshots from http://www.etsy.com

 

Cozy Inspiration :: Grab A Cup

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Happy Friday!

It’s currently below freezing in the Boston area! I know we are fortunate not to be under massive amounts of snow like in upstate New York, but still! This weekend is a weekend for the cozy. Grab a cup of something hot and melt into your favorite spot. You deserve it.

I will be working on a lot of new scarves for the shop, and planning my Black Friday Weekend Sale.

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Enjoy your weekend and keep warm and cozy :)

2014 Holiday Shipping Information

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The holidays are fast approaching! I wanted to make sure everyone knew when to order by for Salem Style holiday purchases. These deadlines are based off of the USPS First Class mail. These dates are suggestions to order by for delivery by December 25th. I cannot guarantee delivery by this day, but using these guidelines will increase your chances of receiving the package in a timely manner.

 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me at salemstyle@yahoo.com

 

Thank you for supporting Salem Style and shopping handmade!!

10 Essentials for Air Travel

10 Essentials For Air Travel

Traveling can be incredibly stressful. You constantly check to make sure you packed everything and then the rest is usually out of your control.

(This list is inspired about a long weekend trip that is going to happen in oh a few hours from now…)

Here are some ideas for essentials to make your travel more comfortable and cozy.

1. Socks. This one might not seem obvious, but there is nothing more grimy than having to be barefoot on the airport floor.

2. External Phone Battery Charger. Because you don’t want to be plugged into a random outlet at the airport, make sure you charge your phone and if you can keep one of these handy.

3. Headphones. Whether you are a lucky duck and your plane has TVs, or if you’re using your own device. Headphones are a must. Bonus points because they cancel out the baby screaming in 14E.

4. Mints/Gum. Between the pressure and the dry air in the cabin, you will want to have mints or gum on hand.

5. An Adorable Sleep Mask. Because if you have one of those cute sleep masks you need to flaunt it.

6. Magazines/Books. Like real ones. I’m a big believer in turning pages and no flight attendant tells you to turn your (actual) book off.

7. A Cozy Sweater / Sweatshirt. It doesn’t matter if you’re flying to warmer climates, that plane is going to be cold. Just bring one. You’ll thank me.

8. Advil/ or whatever. Again with the change of pressure and just the environment of the plane, make sure your meds are on you. Especially if you get motion sickness, because you never know if the flight will be bumpy.

9. Water Bottle. Bring it empty and fill it up after security. Hydration is key.

10. And because I’m writing this list: Yarn!! Or if you’re not a yarn enthusiast, maybe a different project. But yea I’m the one with he metal crochet hooks that makes the metal detector freak out.

 

Bon Voyage :)

Getting Cozy with ModCloth

There is no turning back now. It is officially the snuggly fall season we have been craving.

Wait a minute, wasn’t it like 60 degrees out the other day? I forgot how much fall can trick you! I left my house the other morning all bundled up and I was rolling up my sleeves by noon.

The key to autumn is to layer. A good layered outfit will take you through the entire day. It will keep you warm and snug on those chilly mornings, but when you get to your boiling hot office, it will be easy to peel back the sleeves until you’re comfortable. I constantly layer and have more short sleeves and cardigans than I do regular long sleeves. Nowhere is ever the same temperature and that can get annoying.

Getting Cozy with ModCloth

I have been a fan of ModCloth for years. I constantly drool over the new arrivals page because they add tons of new stuff, every day! They’re pieces are effortless and cool and you instantly feel something when you wear them.

I chose this layered look because it is essentially my favorite vibe: “cozy chic”. I’m such a big believer at being snuggly and stylish, and I don’t think one of those things should outweigh the other. I love dark colors for fall, especially that red wine oxblood color.

I love looks where comfort meets style. It starts with a simple pair of jeans. I dressed up the jeans by adding the sleeveless top that has the bow detail. Then I added a fitted oxblood cardigan to the look that adds some color, as well as the ease of being able to add or remove it. The oxblood cardigan was my favorite, but you can check out all the different colors and fits of cardigans here: http://www.modcloth.com/shop/cardigans

The cardigan will fit nicely under the warm and comfy coat. I added a few fun accessories such as the cat tote and cell phone case. (Because cats are awesome and you know it). I also added a sparkly headband and some earrings to give the look a little more glam.

Check out out ModCloth for these items and much more!! http://www.modcloth.com/

What is your go to layering look?Getting Cozy With ModCloth

Cozy Inspiration :: Rainy Days

windowInstantly whenever I wake up to a rainy morning, all I want to do is pull the covers back over my head. There is something about a chilly rainy day that makes you instantly want to curl up in cozy socks and a hot beverage. Here are some of my favorite rainy day images that give me the “comfy cozies” (like warm fuzzies, but like in the I just want to stay in bed and watch Netflix kind of way).

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I hope you enjoyed these cozy images. Happy Friday! :)

Today I Feel Like A #GIRLBOSS

Yarn and Heels #GIRLBOSSThis past October was the best October my shop has ever seen, by far. I had a feeling that it was going well, but it wasn’t until I really started looking at the numbers that I realized this little shop is growing.

 

It also made me realize I don’t give myself enough credit. It’s so easy to compare yourself to what other people are doing and get discouraged. I stopped looking at what others were doing, and started comparing to only me. So with that being said, today I feel like a #GIRLBOSS.

 

From this point on, I am going to stop looking at the floor when people ask me about my Etsy shop and blog, and proudly say what I am achieving with confidence. I put so much love and care into every single thing that I do for this brand, and I want to show it. Never have I though of an idea and planned it out so thoroughly and have stuck with it for so long. This isn’t just a hobby or even a passion project, this is a part of who I am. Salem Style has a lot of growing to do, but I feel confident that it can grow, because I can grow.

 

This is a great feeling.

A #handmadeholiday giveaway!!

#handmadeholiday giveawayToday starts the handmade holiday giveaway at A Stylish Little Lady.

Salem Style has teamed up with A Stylish Little Lady to bring you a great giveaway, just in time for the holiday season! Get a boost on your holiday shopping this year and support handmade independent stores. A Stylish Little Lady

Enter to win a $50 store credit to Salem Style as well as a $50 credit from three other shops.

Click here to enter!!

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National Cat Day

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Happy National Cat Day!!

How could I let this day pass and not write a post about my little Holly. I adopted Holly about 3 weeks after I was out of college and living alone in my first apartment 2 hours from home. Ever since then, she has been my little buddy and best friend. Yes, she can be psychotic at times, and runs around for no reason at about 3:00 in the morning, but she is such a special little cat.

The day I adopted her, I went to a woman’s house in Swampscott because she was fostering a new litter of kittens on behalf of Friend’s of Marblehead’s Abandoned Animal Shelter. ( A no-kill non-profit animal shelter). When I reached the room there was two twin beds, where the kittens were all curled up on one of the beds. I sat down on the other one, and instantly, Holly jumped from the bed with the kittens on it, and jumped up into my lap. The woman came in and said, “She’s the friendly one of the litter, and the friendliest kitten I have seen in the 4 years I have been fostering kittens.”

I just knew this was my cat. I didn’t pick her, she chose me, and I am thankful every day for her decision.

"Hide N Seek World Champion"

“Hide N Seek World Champion”

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