Shopping for a new mirror or looking for a unique gift? Black History Month is always a good reminder to support Black creatives with small businesses. And there's one place we often go to in search of unique finds: Etsy, the online marketplace where you can find goods that make friends go "wait, where did you get that?"
If you don't quite know where to start, Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy Trend Expert, tells Hunker that you can "keep an eye on Etsy's Black-owned shops Editors' Picks page to discover more one-of-a-kind finds created by Black sellers in our community."
Even if you aren't quite ready to shop, there are other ways to show your appreciation.
"Shoppers can support specific sellers by sharing their favorite shops on social media or "favoriting' them on their Etsy accounts, which makes it easy to locate the shops whenever they are ready to make a purchase and signs them up for on-sale notifications," Isom Johnson says.
Here are just a few Black-owned Etsy shops to support this month and all year long.
Self-described as an "eclectic homeware brand rooted in African expression," Bespoke Binny is all about bringing more joy into interior design and decor. The shop carries lamp shades, aprons, oven mitts, napkins, and more — all in bright prints inspired by Ghanian aesthetics.
Color and pattern expert Khristian A. Howell wants to make decor more fun and bright. Take for instance this lovely floral gift wrap that's sure to impress friends before they even open their present.
Looking for a statement wall hanging? Studio Nom creates pieces like this one made of cotton and beech wood and even takes custom orders for wall spaces that might prove a little trickier.
Osa Atoe uses patterns that "refer back to the geometric designs found on pottery and other crafts from all over the world," she shared with Etsy. Her shop features everything from utensil holders to Insta-worthy mugs. (It's also one of Isom Johnson's favorites).
Candle brand Ignite Your Peace hopes to capture "the essence of your soul in a candle." This candle, meant to clear negative energy, is made of natural soy wax and uses a lead and zinc-free cotton wick.
Created by Ugandan and American designer Nasozi, OSxN features home decor items that incorporate African-inspired textile design. The pillow featured here was a result of the brand's residency at Kokrobitey Institute in Ghana; it was created using the batik technique and was fully handprinted and dyed in Ghana.
Technically, this shop focuses primarily on jewelry, but we couldn't help swooning over the jewelry dishes The Pink Locket carries. Perfect for keeping all sorts of knick-knacks in one place.
Blade + Bloom is all about natural, high quality products. The brand carries items like a Camp White Pines room and linen spray "inspired by childhood camping trips."