Readers of our blog as well as our print magazine are probably well aware of our fondness for Etsy. Whether we’re sourcing goods for the pages of our Market Report or looking for artists to feature online, it’s one of our go-to sites. And for good reason! We love supporting great independent makers and helping to spread the word about their work.

So, of course, when Etsy invited us to curate a page, we jumped at the chance. The Anthology team has rounded up some of its favorite Etsy wares—all in one convenient place. And since the holidays will be here before we know it, we’re launching our Etsy Page with a trio of gift guides (for her, him, and the kiddos), as well as a handful of other lists (for example, one geared toward home decor and another focused on prints we love). Be sure to check in often because we’re constantly adding new things over there!

P.S. We’ve got a few pieces from PateWoodworks in our product picks, and wanted to share this Etsy video that provides a look at A. Pate’s process.


You’re a good kid. You’ve got your Mother’s Day gifting strategy planned to a T. The perfect gift purchased, all that’s missing is the vessel. You know, the accoutrements, the cherry on top … the packaging! With May 12th just around the corner, here are a few wrapping ideas to brighten her day and earn you a few brownie points.

Hand-folded paper flowers make for the perfect tie-on. These pastel pretties are from West Elm.

Perennial favorite Rifle Paper Co. offers the perfect amount of print to spruce up any parcel. I love their bakers twine topped gift tags, especially the pink ombre!

{top images via Mochi Things and L’art de la Curiosité}


Merchant & Mills

by Joanna on February 11, 2013

Bespoke, rugged, and so very charming, I love too many things about the England-based company Merchant & Mills. Whether you want pure functionality, vintage-inspired font-heavy packaging, or even the elevation of ordinary objects, Merchant & Mills has it going on. I don’t profess to be a seamstress or even very handy with a needle,  but I do try to mend my clothes on my own as much as possible. This sewing notions set, billed as “indispensable” would be totally helpful the next time I rip a seam or need to secure a button. So many possibilities!

{A small sampling of Merchant & Mills offering: Stunningly packaged buttons, needles in a wooden case, and the selected notions box, my personal favorite.}

{I think my love for beautiful scissors has been satiated!}

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Holiday Deals

by Alexis on November 23, 2012

Every Black Friday, I’m especially thankful for the Internet! There are so many holiday shopping deals to be had and I hate to miss out, but a cup of coffee and my computer is a lot more appealing than long lines before dawn. We invited some of our favorite retailers to participate in this year’s Anthology Gift Guide Holiday Deals section, and I’ve been combing through all of the shops and their special offers. I’ve already checked several names off my list with some of the items above. (I was especially excited to see Walnut Animal Society’s animals for 20% off at Amelia. And did you catch the feature about Lauren Bradshaw, the proprietor of Walnut Animal Society, in the guide?)

Now through December 31, 2012, all of the Holiday Deals retailers are offering a discount or special offer when you enter “Anthology2012″ at checkout. Below is a full list of participating shops:

Ink & Peat 10% off everything
Red Barn Mercantile free shipping w/ purchase of $50+
Brika free shipping
Son of a Sailor 15% off everything
Gallant & Jones 25% off all deck chairs
Amelia 20% off everything
Leah Duncan 15% off everything
Furbish $4 off Mr. & Mrs. Holiday Cocktail Glasses
Fail Jewelry 20% off everything
Oui Presse 10% off any purchase
P.O.S.H. 10% off any purchase
Figs & Ginger 15% off everything
Magpie & Rye 10% off orders of $150+
Uncommon Handmade 15% off everything
Henry Road 10% off everything
Petit Collage 20% off any purchase plus free shipping
Trohv 15% off Turkish Bath Towel and Urbanears

{ Products shown above: Ptah Staff Earrings from Fail Jewelry $98 (get 20% off); Chester the Raccoon from Amelia $98 (get 20% off); Brass Paperweight and Talon Tray from Magpie & Rye $76 / $84 (get 10% orders of $150+); Love that Burns Candle from Red Barn Mercantile $14.95 (free shipping with orders of $50+); Mr. & Mrs. Cocktail Glasses from Furbish $24 (get $4 off these glasses) }


2012 Holiday Gift Guide
We’re still having trouble believing that it’s less than a week until Thanksgiving! Before you know it, it’ll be time to brave the crowds at the stores, set up the gift-wrap assembly line in the living room, and prepare the house for dinner guests and out-of-town visitors.

And that’s where our special, digital Holiday Gift Guide can come in handy! In addition to pages and pages of gift picks from some of our favorite bloggers and shopkeepers—for everyone on your list (hopefully!)—we’ve assembled plenty of original content, including:

  • Delicious recipes that will make hosting friends and family a little easier this year
  • Exclusive downloads as well as DIYs that will add that special, personal touch to the holidays
  • Decorating and entertaining ideas for a festive home and tabletop
  • Special discounts with over a dozen fantastic shops
  • And more great features, along the lines of what you’d expect to find in our print magazine

The Holiday Gift Guide is only available online, and designed to be viewed on your screen or printed out (if you’re so inclined). It’s a project that we’ve had a lot of fun putting together, and we hope you enjoy it!

Pages from Anthology 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

{Cover illustration by Lab Partners}