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DaWanda Anyone?

I’ve blogged about Berlin-based indie super store DaWanda before, but a quick show of hands… Do you shop DaWanda? If not then I’ll try to entice you with a quick snapshot of a few of my favorite DaWanda shop owners. I love Etsy so I’m always talking about them, but with so many other great indie shops online I don’t want to ignore anyone. What I think sets DaWanda apart is that they’re based in Berlin so they attract more small business owners based in Europe. Plus, their site is in German, French, and English — a very attractive perk as well. And when it comes to payment, many offer Paypal but most accept bank transfers which is the most common payment method in Europe. The overall aesthetic feels slightly different, too. Here are some of my favorites, see what you think… :)

Prints and cards from Ted + Rose Design with terrific graphics and bright happy colors. Yellow, pink, and animal motifs – how can we not like ‘em?

Andrea from Pequenio Craft in Argentina simply loves paper (especially Japanese papers) and with this paper passion she creates everything from stickers to brooches and prints. The colors she uses are beautiful, they really lure me in. I love her sweet little handcrafted girls, so sweet!

These are concept bags are new and sold in Thailand by a group of independent designers and they’re now available in their Made In Spire DaWanda store. The bags are only 15- Euro, free shipping, and come with free pins to coordinate with the pattern on the bag so that the bag has some dimension to it and stands out as unique.

Falling down a rabbit hole I landed in the imaginative world of Isabella’s Art, a Dutch artist inspired by fairy tales and silhouette art. There are so many prints to choose from, all very affordable and each telling a unique story.

In addition to all sorts of crafty things, Lady Dilema from Spain makes these great shirts with ties — super cute!

Anything made by Enna in Hannover, Germany makes me happy. I met her last year and toured her retail store (so sweet, click here to view it), and she even taught me how to make my own stamps for designing fabric (our project here, don’t laugh). I can’t wait to get back over to Germany to see her again this year!

DaWanda asked me last year if I’d pull together a pinboard for their site and since I only recently had time to do that, it will go live on their homepage soon. Yay! When that occurs, I’ll be sure to post a link here on decor8. It will link you to over 50 of my favorite DaWanda sellers which just may become yours as well. :)

(images linked above to sellers)

Posted by decor8 in Arts + Crafts, small business on February 21, 2008

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  1. Anonymous commented
    February 21st, 2008 at 3:30pm

    this blog loads so slow, any plans on making any changes?

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  2. layersofmeaning commented
    February 21st, 2008 at 4:10pm

    love those bags! i might just order one!

    ps. I believe that the free shipping is only within thailand

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  3. decor8 commented
    February 21st, 2008 at 5:29pm

    anon – could just be your connection or a high volume of traffic on the blog during peak hours.

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  4. LINDSAY commented
    February 22nd, 2008 at 2:06am

    I love your selection of finds. Good variety. I’m happy to find new things here, that I would otherwise have no clue existed. Keep up the good work Holly!

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  5. Liason commented
    February 22nd, 2008 at 4:25pm

    i’ve also been wondering about how people who use both Etsy and Dawanda would compare the advantages/disadvatages… I currently use Etsy to sell, but as I’m in Ireland will most likely begin using Dawanda as well.

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