British Columbia Based Etsy Shops You Need to Follow!
If you’re looking to pinpoint the start of everything … I’d say that finding Etsy was a catalyst in my life!
My love of buying handmade goods began almost 10 years ago, when I was on the lookout for personalized items for my wedding. I’m a lifelong lover of vintage and unique items, and when I came across Etsy, it was like all my dreams came true.
The platform has grown over the years, and is now a world wide marketplace helping small businesses share their products with the entire world. Most of the local businesses we source items from have Etsy shops, and you will often find us featuring them across our social media accounts.
As you might imagine, I tend to spend quite a bit of time on Etsy looking for local businesses to feature. One issue is that because of the emphasis that we place on clearly defined local boundaries, I find a lot of items and producers that I love, but that don’t fall within the established delivery areas. In the spirit of building up businesses in neighbouring communities, I recently spent some time searching for BC based businesses that might be out of the LO delivery areas . I also included a few shops that fall within our areas but that I haven’t been able to feature yet.
The following is a list of my top 12 BC-based Etsy shops that you need to follow. I featured an item from each shop and be warned, some of these items are one of a kind - so if something strikes your fancy, don’t hesitate!
1. Vegan Police
Okay - I may not be vegan, but if any shirt could convert me, this would be it. There are a lot of people in my life who are living a plant based lifestyle, and I just had to share this amazing top!
The Original Ferocious Vegan ECO Bunny Tank from BC's beautiful Sunshine Coast is made of bamboo and organic cotton making it super soft and cozy. They have a number of equally amazing prints available in multiple styles of apparel, from infant to adult sizes.
Radical Buttons is a Victoria based business that strives to raise awareness about social justice issues and promote values such as equality, inclusivity, anti-oppression and empowerment for marginalized groups. They also highly value intersectionality, and strive to represent that in their shop. Part of the proceeds from the sale of accessories are donated to social justice organizations.
As a secret high school punk kid and button aficionado, this is a shop that really ticks all my boxes. This Hate Speech is not Free Speech Button would be amazing on a jean jacket or backpack. I encourage you to check out their shop, browse their collection, and find something that speaks to you and your beliefs!
Concrete jewelry is a totally new concept to me. I have never seen anything like this before and it is SO COOL! Check out this Geometric Bar Necklace 2.0 from Em’Say
Based in Vancouver, EM’SAY designs and create unique,handcrafted home decor and gifts using raw concrete or cement. All molds are designed and produced in house.
And did you know, wearing raw concrete is way less work than it seems - it weighs 9x lighter than gold, 5x lighter than silver, and is even lighter than aluminum. I am definitely going to have to give concrete jewelry a try!
Hand thrown using speckled clay, imprinted with a cedar bough and finished with a gorgeous glaze, this Ceramic Pottery Cedar Green Mug from Haida Gwaii is a beautiful representation of BC’s West Coast. I am in love with the rich colours, they’re so evocative of the temperate rain forest!
5. Hey Marcus
I am a sucker for local art, especially when it is depicts local communities. This East Vancouver Shield Print was originally created as a gift and has become a widely recognizable piece of art !
Anchored by the ubiquitous East Van crow and the infamous Vancouver Special, the intention was to create something as bold and colourful as the neighbourhood it depicts :)
Based in Victoria, At Heart Essentials specializes in aromatherapy + gemstone jewelry. The vision for AHE was to create a line of aromatherapy jewelry that felt inspiring, earthy, simple and chic... so you can reap the benefits of essential oils and stay fashionable at the same time.
I really love these Fancy n' Fringe Brass Earrings. These are from the line of non-essential oil jewelry that they have created. They’re so unique!
This Vancouver based small business offers urban ceramics with an organic feel. Iabsolutely love their White Round hanging O-planter.
This wheel thrown and altered minimalist air plant holder is a contemporary, rustic, fresh and sophisticated home decor object that will look amazing in any interior.
Also, as an added bonus, if you are able to pick up in Vancouver they will include an air plant in your purchase!
I am legit fascinated by these cool natural handmade honey infused Polar Bear Soaps made in Duncan, BC. They’re designed for individual everyday use, but they’re perfect for all your soapy needs! Plus, how cute would they be on display in your bathroom?
Even cooler, these soaps are a combination of Paper Soap co’s own proprietary organic bases, blends and fusions.
Cedar & Craft Co is a small business run by a Fraser Valley couple. They create handmade home decor pieces made from locally sourced reclaimed wood. Each piece is carefully handmade and has it's own unique character sure to become a focal point in your home.
I love this one of a kind Diamond shelf. This shelf is beautifully handcrafted and hand painted! Perfect for all your crystal, essential oils, and wall garden needs!
This was such a fun post to write… I’ve basically made an enormous shopping list and I am lusting after everything I’ve featured.
If you have an Etsy shop, or want to recommend your favourite, drop the link in the comments and I’ll make sure to take a look, and maybe even feature it on my next round up!
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