For as much as I love shopping brick-and-mortar stores, I love, love LOVE shopping online. It's like magic. I press a few keys, wait a few excruciating days and stuff--glorious stuff--shows up on my doorstep. Thanks again to Carole, the mastermind behind Ten on Tuesday: the topic this week is 10 Favorite Places for Online Shopping.
1. Etsy. Um, is there anyplace else to shop? I can't really remember what life was like before this magical marketplace. Almost everything I need/want/desire, I purchase here if I can A.) think about it ahead of time or B.) afford it. I found the shop's logo designer, my web designer, my lip balm purveyor and suppliers for all kinds of packaging here. When it's not Fiber Festival Season, I buy 98.9% of my spinning fiber here. I'm constantly trolling Etsy for the newest and best gift ideas--it's wonderful. What have I bought recently? Baker's twine, solid perfume and a set of matryoshka that is currently my most prized possession. Seriously.
2. eBay. Yeah, you're right--it is kind of the devil, but when you're looking for wooden serving utensils (I was), children's wooden hangers (I am) or gigantic lots of vintage mother-of-pearl buttons (I always will be), it's the place to go.
3. Vendors. Tons of my vendors have websites with wholesale login options, especially convenient for those of us are too busy with customers to do office work during normal hours (that's a good thing!). Also, I find it to be awfully convenient to order patterns while I'm wide awake in the middle of the night. You'd be surprised at how easily you can rationalize practically any purchase at 3:45 a.m. ("Four hundred dollars worth of patterns from this brand new vendor? Why not?")
4. Amazon. Again, I know. It's kind of sacrilege. I always try to buy my books and music first from my local bookstore. But if it's a new knitting book that's just hit the press or music that I just. Have. To. Buy. you can't go wrong with this place. (Often, wholesale prices aren't much better!) Recent purchases? The soundtrack for Friday Night Lights and Simon Sinek's amazing book.
5. USPS. If you've got to ship, you might as well buy your postage online. (Again, at 3:45 a.m.) Plus, you can place an order for, say, 200 Medium Priority Flat Rate boxes, and they'll deliver them to your local post office, free of charge. Sa-weet!
6. J. Crew. Everything they do, I love. Nobody does swimwear better. Nobody returns swimwear 6 times in a row better, either. One day, I'll wear nothing but J. Crew cashmere. One day.
7. Ravelry, stash for trade or sell. One man's trash and all that. And yes, I have begged someone to sell me theirBrideflight Studios roving. I'll admit it.
8. Vosges Chocolate. My heaven would have an everlasting supply of Naga truffles at the foot of my bed--thanks for asking! I'm planning on surprising my dad with this for Christmas. I think he'll go ape.
9. The Loopy Ewe. Sure, I sell yarn, but I can't possibly sell it all. Sheri and her elves are crazy fast, super friendly and they always include a little gift and handwritten note. I may or may not have a package currently in transit. (A Thanksgiving weekend treat to myself, naturally.)
10. Sweet Petula. The scents that Cory concocts are nothing short of olfactory art. I almost always have a bar of Olive Oil soap in the shower and a travel candle burning in the kitchen. I've given her soaps for weddings, birthdays and holidays and I don't plan to stop any time soon. Exquisite.
Between online shopping excursions, however, I knit:
More on the freakishly large Christmas stockings later. I've got shopping to do.