I shudder to think how many hours I have spent browsing at Etsy and Made It. Devotees to those sites will know that often one thing leads to another and all of a sudden you have been shopping for an hour. Well, I’m about to add another major temptation to your life, 1000 Markets, the newest handmade heaven.
The founder of 1000 Markets, Matthew Trifiro, wanted to develop a more personalised place where ‘markets’ are created around themes, locales, or medium for easier browsing. Some markets are simply created because of existing friendships, bonds or common values. All the artisans at 1000 Markets share information about their interests, inspiration and their work and many have blogs, giving 1000 Markets a charming, community feel.
There are lots of ways to get happily lost at 1000 Markets. You can browse by category, such as ‘Babies & Toddlers’; you can search through the individual shops which helpfully include thumbnails of the artist and some examples of their work; or you can head straight for a market and see what it turns up. It is browsing by market that is the real fun. The range is as diverse as you would expect if you visited 1000 markets around the world. From the ‘High-Altitude Artisans’ of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and the ‘Mother’s Day’ market to ‘Child’s Play‘, expect to block out a lot of online time exploring.
The joy of any market, whether it is the online or real-live kind, is discovering some special finds for yourself, so I won’t spoil your fun by revealing too much. But know that if the wares of Puppet Pie, The Crochet Nanny, Hootie Coo Girls, Pretty Dreamer, Asher Jasper, The Naked Mushroom and Kunkle Baby are anything to go by, you’ll spend at least one Sunday morning treasure hunting.
Shipping policies and costs vary depending on the stall holder.