If you want to support local without leaving your couch, Etsy is a good online alternative to brick and mortar stores. Your dollars stay with local creators but you enjoy all the ease of one-click shopping.
To explore local Charlotte Etsy shops yourself, just narrow your search by location. You’ll find this in the left side bar after entering a phrase in the main search bar.
Even after narrowing your search to Charlotte-only shops, navigating Etsy’s inventory can still be a bit overwhelming so I’ve curated a list of some of my favorite items from local shop owners. (See my 2016 list here.) Happy shopping.
Shop: Ash Jewelry Studio
Price: $56 – $98
Shaped, glazed and gilded by hand.
Shop: Paper & Wit
Price: $10.95 – $14.95
Great for a couple who met in Charlotte.
Choose from Uptown, NoDa, Plaza Midwood, Elizabeth, Myers Park, Dilworth, Sedgefield, South End, SouthPark, Chantilly or Eastover.
Shop: Hennel Paper Co.
A cause we can all support.
Shop: EDIA Maps
For your favorite local explorer.
Shop: Hello Ginger
For that one friend that’s from here and won’t ever let you forget it.
Shop: Southern Fragrances Candle Co.
Including scents like cinnamon chai latte, mulled red wine and mistletoe.
Shop: Top Knot Stitching
Price: $50 – $80
She can also do custom cross stitch wedding portraits.
Shop: Grateful Gadgets
Price: $76 – $80
For that friend who always has every new phone upgrade before anyone else.
Made with wood from a cherry tree downed during Hurricane Hugo that’s been drying for 28 years.
Shop: Little Sister
Duke’s Mayo for president.
Shop: Stephanie Script
A little 704 pride.
Shop: Bonnie Boardman
The finishing touch for your Panthers game day outfit.
Shop: Pens by Stephen
Made with teak from the deck of a WWII battleship. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.
Shop: Wish We Had Acres
Your choice of 5 bars in scents like milk & honey, lavender mint, tea tree mint and more.
Shop: Rose Gold Rebel
Price: $13.99 – $17.99
Shop: Marquee Market
Price: individual letters $18 – $68 each; also available in sets
Spell out a last name or just initials.
Shop: The Boho Loft
Price: $150 – $300
One-of-a-kind handmade wall art.
Shop: Beard Magic
Shampoo, conditioner and oil available in 3 different scents.
Shop: Custom Crafts by Deidra
Price: $40 – $85
Can be made with any color background or string.
Shop: Kitsch and Fancy
4 extra large 8-ounce bath bombs
Shop: Hinds Design
Includes custom lettering.