| Necklaces: Etsy | Shirt: H&M | Rings: Stella & Dot | Magazine: Issue 13 The Gentlewoman |
I recently got the chance to collaborate with Etsy. In case you haven’t heard of it (have you been living under a rock?!) Etsy is an online marketplace where people worldwide can buy and sell goods. Etsy focuses a lot on hand made crafts, but you can also find some really unusual vintage pieces and craft supplies too. When I was approached by Anna at Etsy, she initially told me about how Etsy were expanding their Irish market both among buyers and sellers, and so the EtsyIRL campaign was born. This campaign, as well as standing for Etsy Ireland, also has a second meaning which is Etsy In Real Life. It was designed to bring Etsy off the screen and into, don don don… the real world. These days the digital world saturates so much of our lives, our phones are fast becoming an extension of our hands, laptops are a daily necessity for many, and television, well, how many of us find ourselves coming home from work every day and plonking ourselves on the couch in front of the TV until it’s time to go to bed? Sadly, this is the reality for many, and while the internet can be a great place for many things, there’s nothing quite like some quality REAL time. So the idea behind this simple initiative to organise an Etsy campaign that promoted this was definitely something I could get behind.
Myself and a number of other bloggers/influencers/media personnel were invited into the Etsy HQ in Dublin for an afternoon of brunching and workshops, finished off with a tour around their unbelievable offices. Etsy prides itself on its community; among Etsy staff, buyers, and sellers. And that’s what the Etsy blogger brunch was all about. There is such a vast amount of Irish sellers on Etsy and there’s also an option to search by location, allowing you to find some real treats from the many homegrown talents living on our little island.
With Etsy vouchers that I was gifted, I chose to get these gorgeous gold layering necklaces. I’ve had my eye on this type of jewellery for a while and when I came across this shop that personalised each necklace for individual buyers I knew I had to order them. They made my necklaces in specific lengths that I chose, they finished them with gold-plating, and they even stamped the disc necklace with my initial. Next on my list is something from one of the many talented Irish Etsy sellers, I’m thinking I should add to my Chupi collection? Or perhaps order myself a print from Clover Rua? There is so much to choose from, Etsy is one of those websites that you can just spend hours sifting through, and I for one have. If any of you know of nice Etsy shops please send them my way, I’d love to discover some more.
This post is in collaboration with Etsy.
Photographs by Liadh Connolly.