Etsy is a treasure trove of small businesses serving as a virtual shop front for local talent that doesn’t necessarily have a physical place on the high street. We’ve tracked down our favourite independent sellers who are based in South London and sell on the website – buy from them and you’re supporting the local community. Win, win.
Crystal Palace based Sinead Taylor is a print maker and her pictures celebrate the best of London. Unlike Ray Stanbrook, whose prints cover a wide spectrum of landmarks (see below), Red Faces pinpoint one iconic illustration per print – check out the Tulse Hill Hotel in glorious technicolour, above.
Owner Catherine’s specialty is vintage and antique homeware, with some really unique finds. Budget wise it varies from a £14.99 floral tray to an antique biscuit tin listed at an eye-watering £448. These items are essentially the ones your future guests will forever be asking you about – in a good way.
Ray has a way of bringing London districts to life, illustrating symbols and landmarks to create bold, eye-catching prints (West Norwood’s version features St Luke’s Church and fellow local business Floral Hall, for starters). His range also extends to tea towels, though we’d be reluctant to use such a nice object drying the dishes. On a budget? Stock on the greetings cards and frame them yourself.
Local mum Snezana only started her business selling sustainable kids’ clothing in 2017 but in the past year has gone from strength to strength, recently being featured in the Brixton Bugle celebrating entrepreneurial mums. The detail that goes into these garments is extraordinary (let’s not think about the impending snot/yoghurt stains that will inevitably cover them). Her online shop is limited so it’s worth heading down to Herne Hill Market on a Sunday where her collection includes printed leggings for babies and toddlers, seen below.
A frequent stall holder at Herne Hill Market, the designers behind Dolly Did It specialise in sourcing second hand homeware and upcycling it with their own unique, contemporary edge. In other words, gorgeous interiors that will set you apart from everyone else (no offence, IKEA). It’s one of a kind furniture with a new lease of life in it.