The O-town Scene

December 6, 2012

The O-town Scene - Oneonta, NY

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Shop local without leaving your home Etsy provides online gift options from area creators By Emily F. Popek Top: Brass hoop earrings by Discomedusa on Etsy, $125. Above: Set of three nesting heart dishes by OlliePots on Etsy, $26. 12 O-Town Scene Dec. 6, 2012 Contributed "Shop local." It's the exhortation du jour for all seasons, but particularly around the holidays, when shopping transforms from an occasional pastime to a full-time job. And, let's be honest, shopping local isn't always easy. Local shops aren't always open when the shopping bug strikes, and seeking out the best locally made goods can turn a shopping trip into a road trip. Enter Etsy. The website brings together hundreds of thousands of "makers" from all over the world, selling handmade items, vintage goods and craft supplies. Etsy has long been a go-to site for finding that unique, quirky or memorable gift item. Here is a look at some local Etsy shops that we hope will help you add some local flavor to your gift-giving this holiday season. To find any of these shops on Etsy, just search for the shop name, or go to and fill in the blank with the name of the shop. SHOP NAME: Fuzzy Lumpkin Crochet MAKER: Rachael Westcott THE STORY: "All of the items I sell are hand crocheted with much love and care. You can expect the utmost in quality in all of my unique crocheted creations. I love making all kinds of things. If it can be crocheted, I want to make it! I work in many fibers from the finest cotton thread to silk, bamboo, wool and everything in between. I also make custom pieces — please feel free to contact me." THE GOODS: From simple, snuggly scarves to intricate lace doilies, Hughes' crochet work effortlessly balances traditional and modern styles. THE PRICES: $15 for a small doily; $62 for a large centerpiece doily. Many scarves, stoles and wraps for $25-$50.

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