By Sonya Mann
Here’s an exciting prospect: shop locally without having to leave your house. With Christmas less than two weeks away, consider buying presents that can support your community at the same time.
Etsy.com is a website where local artisans can sell handmade goods, and plenty of Richmond entrepreneurs have opened online shops through it–making it easier this holiday season to consider buying gifts from your neighbors.
If you’re going to invite friends and family to a Christmas shindig, stop by All 4 Party Time and stock up on adorable crocheted ornaments, cupcake wrappers, sequined tablecloths and more. They’ve got what you need to add pizzazz to the party.
In the realm of tokens of esteem, Design Mosaic sells delicate polymer clay jewelry, feminine brooches and pendants with Victorian and nature motifs. And, Bottle Shock Boutique sells beaded jewelry, evocative of Moulin Rouge or The Red Violin.
Danielle Wood offers feminine bedroom-wear “inspired by vintage lingerie and traditional textiles.” Limey Ts features a variety of “whimsical T Shirt designs that make you smile,” including illustrations of foxes, penguins, llamas, otters and other cute critters. (Sizes are available for both children and adults.)
For the art-appreciators, Vivien Jenette creates striking pop-art portraits with colored markers, depicting such luminaries as actress Lupita Nyong’o. RodniDotCom makes “tiny artifacts,” many of which are bright postcards, some printed on aluminum.
These people aren’t the only local artists promoting their work online. Who else is out there? Let us know on Facebook and we’ll spread the word.