5 Shops on Etsy to Find The Perfect Gift

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Let me begin by saying, this is 1,000% opinion based. There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy, it would be impossible to list them all! It’s the holiday season, wallets are shrinking and palms are itching to spend money.  If you’re like me, you struggle every year to find the best gifts at the most affordable prices. So, I wanted to bring awareness to my top five favorite shops on Etsy (in no particular order) in hopes of helping even just one person during this season of joy!

 

MischiefMadeMe

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MischiefMadeMe

Love retro, tattoo pin-up art? Then you are going to absolutely fall in love with the designs by Yuri Tagami, owner and designer of MischiefMadeMe. My favorite thing about this Etsy shop is that every time I visit, there is something new to offer. In fact, every season I find myself checking in on the shop to see what’s new! If you visit during Halloween season you may find a shirt featuring a sexy, pin-up witch. If you visit during Christmas season, you may find a cutsie Poodle holiday sweater. Not to mention the year round pin-up designs featuring hula girls, biker girls, mermaids, etc. – This shop has a little something for everyone, even the kids in your life (of course G rated!) Also,  this shop has plus sized clothing.  While I myself am not plus sized, I have plus sized family members and I know finding cute, affordable plus sized clothing can be exhausting and emotional. That’s why I love that MischiefMadeMe offers clothing from women’s Small – 3X!

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MischiefMadeMe’s Joy Ride T-Shirt in Cream

MischiefMadeMe not only carries adorable designs for all types of women, but it’s afforable with prices ranging from $12 – $120. You’re certain to find a perfect gift for anyone in your family. Don’t believe me? Feel free to read over 8,000 reviews on their shop.

Oh yeah, and their model photos are absolutely adorable.

 

 

JenZeanoDesigns

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JenZeanoDesigns

You don’t have to be Latina to love this Etsy shop. But it helps! I found JenZeanoDesigns while searching for a gifts for my family and I. As a Chicana, I wanted gifts that symbolized pride for our culture. Luckily for me, (and now us) I found this shop!

Jen Zeano, the owner and designer of JenZeanoDesigns, provides modern, adorable designs for Latinas and feminists. With sayings such as, “Cabrona pero cute”,  “Not your Mamacita”, and “Girl Power Vibes” – you’re bound to find something for the rebel woman in your life. Her designs are featured on shirts, hats, tote bags, mugs, pillows, etc. and are limited. One of my biggest regrets is not buying her “Si Se Puede” shirt, that sat in my Etsy cart for weeks. When I finally decided to treat myself, it was gone! Oh yeah, and she has plus sizes as well, with clothing ranging from XS – 4XL.

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Viva La Mujer Que Lucha shirt by JenZeanoDesigns

There’s no question why she’s made over 1,300 sales and each item has hundreds of favorites. Her designs are original, unique, and badass. Sure to make any woman who wears them feel powerful and beautiful!

Oh, and her model photos are adorable too!

 

 

 

boxofhollyhocks

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boxofhollyhocks

I wish I owned this shop. While I do not know Megan personally, I follow her on Instagram and am always in awe at the items she seems to find and the dedication to her Etsy shop, boxofhollyhocks.

Her shop’s title, “An eclectic collection of vintage decor and clothing” could not be more spot on. With over 750 items in her shop, ranging from vintage Coach purses to French Bohemian Prayer rugs, you’re bound to find the perfect gift for that special someone in your life, especially the boho lover that marches to the beat of their own drum. Every item is priced accordingly to the age and rarity – you’ll be sure to get bang for your buck.

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Mexican Taxco Large Onyx Necklace by boxofhollyhocks

One of my favorite things about boxofhollyhocks is the clarity and brightness of the photos. The lighting is perfect, the white background is classic and appealing, and the listings are uniform. Most importantly, any flaw is photographed and detailed.

Often times I find myself “window shopping” boxofhollyhocks just to see what new, unique items she has now!

 

EartherealDesign

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EartherealDesign

This is my most recent favorite Etsy shop discovery. I’m a Dolly Parton fanatic, way before Dumplin was released. I began my search for an awesome Dolly Parton ornament as a Christmas gift to myself (no luck, btw) when I stumbled upon EartherealDesign’s Dolly Parton wrapping paper. If this wrapping paper was as cool as the rest of the shop, I had to dig deeper. And I’m so happy I did because I found one of the best kitschy print shops there is! This shop has something for everyone – I could literally buy everyone I know a Christmas gift from this shop. With content ranging from Beto O’ Rourke saint candles to Game of Thrones themed Christmas cards, this shop has it all.

They also have original, vintage and nature inspired themed prints that can be found on wrapping paper, art prints, cards, etc.

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All Them Witches Art Print by EartherealDesign

Creator Cayce Matteoli began creating band posters and album art for musicians which transitioned to selling on Etsy – and aren’t we so glad that she did? Her creativity and talent makes for some perfect gifts this holiday season. And with over 4,000 sales, I know I’m not the only one who thinks this.

I urge you all to visit EartherealDesign, and if you’re anything like me, your favorites will be filled up with her items in no time.

 

 

FoxgloveMedia

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FoxgloveMedia

This shop is so aesthetically pleasing. I don’t how or when I discovered this shop I just know I always find myself coming back. A number of times, I’ve searched for a specific item or print on Etsy and found one on FoxgloveMedia’s shop. I’ll favorite the item and go to favorite the shop when I notice, oh! I’ve been here before. With 1 short of shy 600 items in this shop, no wonder I’ve been led to the favorite button so many times.

Scott, the owner of FoxgloveMedia stated back in November, “The design goal is pretty simple; to produce the highest quality print version of the original design while honoring its vintage context.” This statement couldn’t be more apparent in his items. And I’m not the only one who thinks this, because a FoxgloveMedia design was featured in HGTV magazine!

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Nice France Travel Poster Print by FoxgloveMedia

The attention to detail in each poster is stunning and the variety of content in his shop is unmatched. This shop holds high quality vintage inspired concert posters, travel posters, movie posters – the list goes on! You’re bound to find a poster design that appeals to you and your loved ones and that will look great in any home.

 

 

 

 

Oh yeah let me add a sixth shop to this list – mine! Don’t forget to also visit mujerandmoda’s Etsy shop for all of your vintage gift needs. We’re adding new items every day in preparation of the season of giving.

What did you think of my list? Did you purchase anything from one of them? What’s your go to Etsy shop for gifts. Leave a comment below ~ mujerandmoda

Where to Buy the Best Souvenirs in Oaxaca

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So you’re planning a trip to Oaxaca…

IMG-5467Great, GO. I recently returned from a 2 week vacation in Mexico where I visited Mexico City and Oaxaca – each absolutely beautiful and enriched in culture. If you haven’t been to Oaxaca than you may not know it is quite smaller than Mexico City…roughly 8 million people smaller. The town center is about a 6 x 6 block radius and filled with vibrant architecture and many artesanias (cooperative craft shops). So with six days in a small town known for its crafts…we had time to shop. As a Chicana and the first in my family to return to Mexico, I had a list of demands on what souvenirs to bring back for my Tias, Grandma, Mama, etc. Here is my suggestions on where you’ll find the best souvenirs to splurge on your family or to treat yoself.

Blouses

IMG-5875The place where I purchased 4/6 of the traditional Mexican blouses I brought home is La Casa de las Artesanías de Oaxaca The employees in this shop are not only willing to help you find whatever you are looking for, but do it with a smile. Not to mention the quality of the blouses I chose for my family were higher than most I had seen in Oaxaca – and the prices were extremely reasonable, with prices ranging all the way from $200 pesos (roughly $10) to $2,000 pesos (roughly $100). Don’t be fooled by the $100 blouses being sold on the Zocalo – while they are appealing, the quality of these are not as high as some you’ll find at a bit higher price.

 

Crafts

IMG-5873One of my favorite artesanias to shop in Oaxaca, Huizache Here you will find, in my opinion, the best priced and most unique crafts in Oaxaca. This co-op is two stories and filled to the brim with beautiful items to bring home. We came here three times and each time I discovered something different. My boyfriend bought me a beautiful red, tooled-leather wallet, I bought myself two pairs of earrings, and pottery for my in-laws, all for under $40 US dollars. While in Oaxaca, don’t forget to purchase their famous, silky smooth black clay pottery (barro negro)! Not only is it sleek and modern, bound to make any room look hip, but its one of the things the region is known for!

 

Art

IMG-5496Oaxaca is an artist’s dreamland. With picturesque streets and inspirational culture, it’s no wonder artists from all over the world flock to these colorful, cobblestone streets. My suggestion for purchasing any art in Oaxaca is support local artists. You can find local artists selling original, one of a kind pieces in Parque Labastida on any given day, each with a different style. You’ll also find artists selling in the Zocalo – that’s where I purchased two prints for my cousin and I, each for only $100 pesos (roughly $5 dollars). Additionally, when exploring the quaint town, you’ll probably come across small screen printing shops where they’ll invite you in with a smile. Go in, you wont regret it.

 

I hope you found these suggestions helpful but above all I urge you to explore for yourself! Get lost in the streets and find your own beautiful souvenirs. Have a suggestion? Please comment below ~ xoxo

Alameda Antiques Faire

Today I visited The Alameda Point Antiques Faire

As a vintage hunter I can’t lie, it can be hard for me to visit Antique and Vintage Fairs. Buying vintage goods at re-sell prices can be expensive. But every time I visit the Alameda Antique Faire I leave with at least one great score (and I never budget more than $50!) and a beautiful view of San Francisco. This fair has over 800 booths and it is daunting and difficult to hunt through every one. I’ve been twice, both times with my family. The first visit we decided to start at the very front and work our way through, as most people do. We only got through half of the fair when we began to get tired and hungry. Note: if you plan to visit the Alameda Faire…bring a hat and extra water. There are no coverings at the fair and you are walking on an old airport base – no matter the season, it gets hot.

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The back of the fair

 

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vintage patches

This time, we decided to arrive later and begin in the back. It was difficult walking through the rows of vintage goodies without stopping to look, but it was worth it. The vendors at the back of the fair get less viewers (such as ourselves the first time we came). This makes them more likely to agree to haggling or eager to make a sale by lowering prices. Arriving later, around 11 A.M. or 12 P.M. allows for enough time to complete the fair in addition to 1.) not paying a higher entrance fee 2.) less crowds and  3.) sellers lowering prices. I’ve only been to a handful of antique and vintage fairs but I have to admit, this is the most expensive of the bunch. I believe they are competing with average Bay Area prices, but it can be disheartening. Most vintage clothing sellers price average if not higher than prices on Etsy – finding a dress for $20 or less is a real score. Furniture is usually even more expensive with most items priced over $100. What I love about this antique fair is the variety and uniqueness of vendors.  Sellers range from vintage clothing to small nursery vendors, and so much in between. One seller even has a small vintage bus that functions as a changing room! And you never quite know what you will find and fall in love with…

 

Where to sell your clothes online?

So you want to sell your clothing online. Great! The world needs more people like you, wanting to give that shirt you’ve had in your closet for a year and never worn a chance at a second life rather than just throwing it away. On average, the U.S. throws away approximately 13 million tons of textiles a year. So I’m so glad you’re here! Not only is re-selling and recycling your clothing good for the environment, it is also a great way to get some side cash. I’ve sold clothing online for over 3 years, on multiple websites and have found my favorites. So, here’s my list of the best places to sell clothing and why.

#1 Poshmark

I’ve chosen Poshmark as my #1 selling platform poshmarkbecause it’s a great place to sell name brand, vintage, and new clothing. The platform is easy to use and they have great social connection services that help expand your clientele. User’s ability to share listings can expand your listing to hundreds, if not more users than other sites, and the more you share your own listings, the more visibility they will gain on search results. As the seller, you use Poshmark’s flat rate, prepaid shipping labels which minimizes the chance for mistake on shipping weight. Also, I’ve only had one customer grievance made against me and Poshmark 100% sided with me. As a freelance seller, it is great to know that you have support. Unfortunately, Poshmark takes a bigger fee than most other platforms I have sold on. Here’s what Poshmark’s website states, “When you make a sale, we deduct a fee from your listing price. For sales under $15, the fee is a single flat rate of $2.95. You keep the rest. For sales of $15 or more, the fee is 20% of the listing price and you keep 80%.” But don’t let this push you away! There are no listing fees here.

If you want to sell that Calvin Klein dress that’s been in your closet that you’ve never worn, still with tags, or that vintage blouse you’ve had for ages, Poshmark is for you.

 

#Etsy

etsyMy longest relationship with a selling platform has never disappointed. I’ve chosen Etsy as my #2 selling platform only because it’s limited to vintage clothing, which in my case is perfect, but it’s not for everyone. There are many great qualities about selling on Etsy but by far my favorite is it’s customer base. Etsy has been around for over 10 years and has many loyal customers. I’ve had less than a handful of unhappy customers, and am usually able to sort things out personally, but only once has Etsy got involved and they took favor in my shop, which is great for brand loyalty.

As of today, I’ve sold over 449 items on Etsy and have nothing but good things to say about the platform. It’s easy to list and they will make suggestions on how to make your item more viewed. Each listing costs only 20 cents and they take 5% of what you make off each sale. I know what you’re thinking, listing fee and transaction fees? Yes, but it’s totally worth it.

The only complaint, and its not really a complaint, I have about Etsy is that you have to market yourself well on the platform. Natural lighting in listings, thorough seller policies, detailed clothing descriptions – you have to make yourself stand out and look as professional as possible. If you’re ready for this commitment, then get out that vintage dress you’ve owned and get to listing!

 

#3 Ebay

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Out of all the selling platforms I’ve used, Ebay is by far the most outdated. It’s website can be difficult to navigate as both a customer and seller. But, I’ve chosen Ebay as my #3 selling platform because I absolutely love its auction feature. As a vintage seller sometimes you make mistakes by buying an item you think will absolutely sell, and then it sits on your shop for three years. I’ve even brought items home and realized they have a huge stain down the front of them. So, I put these on Ebay. I start the auction at a really low price, much lower than what I bought it for, and someone out there will always be interested. On the other hand, I’ve seen users list really rare, expensive items at very low prices via the auction feature, getting more than $400 for an item!

Another great feature about Ebay is that listing is incredibly easy and less time consuming than platforms such as Etsy. When you sell on Ebay, you get 50 free listing fees a month (I’ve never went over) and if you go over 50, it’s 35 cents a listing. However, one of my least favorite things about Ebay is that I can never understand what percentage of transaction fees they are taking from me. I do know it’s low, hardly noticeable, but as a seller I need to track my expenses perfectly and am unable to do so with Ebay.

That aside, if you have something in your closet that you’re unsure of how to price it, even after research, head on over to Ebay and auction it to the highest bidder!

 

#4 Depop

I’ve debated even putting Depop on this list, thumb_75268610902331ec436d3399336692d9b81cfd57_bof_company_logo_headerbut I ultimately decided to help my readers in any way that I can. I’ve placed Depop at #4 because it’s by far my least favorite selling platform. I’ve heard of Depop users making thousands of dollars through the platform and even gaining exposure and popularity through selling with them, but I cannot figure it out. Am I too old for the platform? 

I was on Depop for about six months and only sold one item. It was even at a time where I was unemployed, so I was marketing my shop vigilantly. Depop’s interface feels like an off-brand Instagram, only users are selling their clothing. It’s all about which hashtags you use and how many followers you have. Even though this is challenging, it is do-able (so I thought). But why I ultimately decided to delete my depop account is because it is app only. There is no website interface, which limits the consumers who purchase through the app tremendously. If you aren’t getting bites on your items, the chances of new members coming in and following you are low.

So, if your market is a little bit of a younger crowd, or you’re already Insta-famous with a large following, then I suggest selling your clothing on Depop.

 

 

Which platform is your favorite? Which one did I miss? Which one should I try out? Leave a comment below! Thanks so much for reading ~

What is my decade?

Everyone I know has different decades they are drawn to stylistically. I love the floral, feminine dresses of the 1940’s mixed with the hip hugging, high-waist Levi’s of the 1970’s. Finding the decades that spoke to me took time, and it is ever evolving! This post aims to help you differentiate the styles of each decade from 1920’s to 1990’s, so you too can find what decade you are drawn to.

The 1920’s

 

 

drop waist dresses – pants – cloche hats – fur coats

There was more to the 1920’s than the iconic flapper girl. The 1920’s were a time of freedom, independence, and movement for women. Women transformed wardrobes from a4480be0515021bb5ac7dc8d6d07a75cthe stuffy corset bodices of the 1910’s to loose-fitting, drop waist dresses, and uh-oh…pants. That’s right, for the first time in U.S. history, women began wearing pants and cutting their hair as short as men’s. Additionally, as the economy soared, fur coats became more accessible. One of the most iconic looks of the 1920’s is the cloche hat. Translating in french to bell, the cloche hat was a transformation from the extreme wide brim hats of the 1910’s.

If you think women such as Josephine Baker, Dolores Del Rio and Coco Chanel are the best dressed, then the 1920’s may be your decade.

The 1930’s

 

 

liquid satin – bias cut – lounge pant – return of the waist

Madeline_Vionett_bias_cut_gownThe 1930’s and the influence of Hollywood. The 1930’s were a time of renewal, progress, and financial improvement. The U.S. had just experienced The Great Depression and were ready for financial gain. New methods of factory produced fabrics emerged, allowing anyone the opportunity to look glamorous. Liquid satin, champagne gowns quickly began emerging as stars such as Jean Harlow effortlessly moved down the red carpet in silky material. New discoveries such as the bias cut transformed fashion as designers found a new method in which fabric hugs the body naturally. As the 1920’s rejected the femininity of waist hugging garments, the 1930’s accepted and ran with this style in both dresses and lounge pants.

If you think women such as Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, and Jean Harlow are the best dressed, then the 1930’s may be your decade.

 

The 1940’s

 

boxy shoulders – peter pan collars – midi length skirts

Sophistication emerges from difficulties of World War II.  The 1940’s were a time of 1940's 2conservation, sophistication, and advancement. It was time to move away from the glamorous styles of the 1930’s, such as bias cut gowns. World War II impacted half of the decade and designers and fashionistas alike were told not to be wasteful in their garments. While the men were away at war, the women worked industrial jobs. Boxy shoulders and collars, such as the peter pan collar, were born from this gender fluid time. Women began pushing boundaries with midi – length skirts and pants gained popularity once again. The 1940’s proved that femininity comes in many forms.

If you think women such as Rita Hayworth, Barbara Stanwyck, and Lauren Bacall are the best dressed then the 1940’s may be your decade.

 

The 1950’s

 

pencil skirt – scarves – sweaters – cigarette pants

sophia lorenIt was more than just the poodle skirt. The 1950’s were conservative and affluent times. World War II was officially over and the economy was booming. Technological advancements included speedier manufacturing of textiles and fabrics, making glamour much more accessible to the masses. Women returned to domesticated lifestyles while men were the primary breadwinners, freeing up more time for shopping in new fashion catalogs that supplied the latest trends. Conservative ideologies were the norm, making full length skirts and sweaters popular. The 1950’s were also the return of the waist. Women began wearing high waist cigarette pants, pencil skirts, and full skirts cinched in the waist to fully show their curvaceous figures.

If you think women such as Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, and Marilyn Monroe are the best dressed, then the 1950’s may be your decade.

 

The 1960’s

 

bright patterns – shapeless dresses – mini skirts

The birth of the mini skirt. The 1960’s was an interesting decade for fashion in that they seem to be two 1969 Japanese fashion magazine (2)decades in one. The early 1960’s were still under the influence of the 1950’s. Jackie Onassis was a fashion icon and women aspired to look as classy in business suits and pillbox hats as she did – and then everything changed. After the death of President Kennedy, Jackie O. fell out of the spotlight and women no longer had her to look to for fashion trends. They began to rebel against the conservative ideologies instilled in them from the 1950’s. Skirts began to inch a little higher, thus the birth of the mini skirt. Women began pushing boundaries with shorter skirts and showing more skin – in fact, this is the most skin ever before shown in fashion. Additionally, Beatlemania began spreading like wildfire and with it came the Mod style from across the pond. Women and men alike began embracing bright, unique patterns in their clothing.

If you think women such as Twiggy, Jackie Onassis, and Brigitte Bardot are the best dressed, then the 1960’s may be your decade.

 

The 1970’s

 

crop tops – denim flares – butterfly collars

a4046a10b21a8334f12453ad78cb6ff4The time of the fashion revolution. Just as its predecessor the 1960’s, the 1970’s were a time of nonconformity and freedom. With the 1970’s came the birth of many culture movements such as disco, hippies, and punks, which pushed for the rise of personal style. People began to reject fashion trends that their parents had once accepted. They felt free to try new styles and push fashion norms. Many modern day trends were born from the stylistic freedom of the 1970’s, such as the popular crop top. Women and men’s fashion began to coincide and become fluid with one another. Denim flare pants, track suits, crop tops, and butterfly collars are just some of the trends born in the 1970’s.

If you think women such as Anjelica Huston, Pam Grier, and Cher are the best dressed, then the 1970’s may be your decade.

 

The 1980’s

 

 

shoulder pads – bodysuits – leggings

To over do it, or not to over do it – that is the question. The 1980’s was the golden age of experimental 1980s-Hairstyles-for-Women_01-618x943fashion. Just as the 1970’s, the 1980’s told women and men to step out of their comfort zones and try something new, only on a much grander scale. The economy was booming, leaving designers to try all sorts of styles with no consequences. It was a time of grandiosity and flash, which is mirrored in the fashion. Large, excessive shoulder pads made their way into every blazer, large and shiny costume jewelry  became the norm, and teased hair and loud make-up were seen on all different people. Whether you were a punk or a prep, your hair was big and your make-up was loud. The 1980’s also introduced the fitness boom, making leggings and bodysuits popular in everyday wear. Love it or hate it, you have to admit some 1980’s trends are here to stay.

If you think women such as Madonna, Debbie Harry, and Mollie Ringwald are the best dressed, then the 1980’s may be your decade.

 

The 1990’s

 

 

denim – flannels – crop top – halterneck

1_cill9iDl1lBRAMSCp0wjgwDenim over everything. The 1980’s left the 1990’s with the freedom of expression and in the inspiration to try new looks. The 1990’s took many fashion trends of the 1980’s and toned them down, making them appear more sophisticated, such as the blazer. In the early 1990’s, a new cultural movement called “grunge” gained popularity. With it, came the movement of “anti-fashion”. Women began wearing oversize flannels, baggy T-Shirts and ripped boyfriend jeans.  Men and woman also wore high waist jeans, just as their parents had done in the 1970’s.

If you think women such as Lisa Bonet, Winona Ryder, and Jennifer Aniston are the best dressed, then the 1990’s may be your decade.


 

I hope you enjoyed this quick summary but most importantly I hope you found the decade that speaks to you! When I was searching for my decade I wished I had had a guide, so hopefully this was useful to you. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself dipping your likes into multiple decades or if it changes in a couple of years. That’s the fun thing about fashion, its always changing! So leave a comment telling me which decade you’re drawn to and why. Thanks for reading  ~