I'm a big fan of etsy, the online store full of handmade and vintage items for people to buy (my forte) or sell (not so much). Everything from clothing, antiques, art and jewelry, can all be had with a little PayPal click of the button. As a fairly avid etsy shopper, I've found a number of great screen prints, jewelry and even an office wall calendar, that I love.
The problem? How do I say this nicely... it can get a little too, anything-goes-crafty-crappity-crap for my tastes. Okay, maybe that wasn't nice. But it's true. The world needs a shabby Victorian rose toilet seat cover like a hole in the head. And it's like the outlet strip mall of online stores - it's great when you find a gem, but requires some digging.
Enter: Supermarket! Just like etsy, you can buy and sell handmade artsy items online, but this site differentiates itself with a great design tagline and a screening process for sellers. Not only is it a beautiful site, they seem to handpick or approve all the sellers before allowing them to list on the site. So it's not a free for all. It's like having your friend with the best taste and design sensibilities screen out all the crap. And it has a more modern style to it too, which I love.
I haven't bought anything yet, but I'm rapidly adding up my favorites. Here's some of the stores and items that I'm loving so far... will report back after a successful purchase. Oh, my goals in life.