Yaelfran, an Etsy seller based in Buenos Aires, knows how to find the most amazing collections of handmade goods. We invited her to share her Shop Local picks from her fellow Argentinians. Consider shopping local this holiday season — you can cut down on shipping time, support independent craftspeople, all while reducing your carbon footprint!
Ok, Argentina is really special to me. Here I found my place in the world…I love so much Argentina’s landscapes, and the infinity of possibilities about them. You can find here waterfalls, mountains, rivers, glaciers, the sea… a huge range for everyone’s taste!
Argentina has also wonderful treasures, like the “dulce de leche” (have you ever tasted it? It is something similar to caramel… gorgeous!!), the “tango” (our music), the “yerba maté” (it is a special herb that you must brew with hot water and drink with friends/family, sharing it) and of course, “Maradona”, the best football player!!
I think the most important thing is that here, in my country, people love so much to spend time with friends. Personally (we are 10 very very close friends), every week we join at someone’s house and drink mate, eat something, and talk about everything…
“We are three sisters, Victoria, Soledad and Virginia, who have always loved knitting. We have worked together for many years in Argentina, South America. We learned the craft through our mother and our grandmother. Thanks to them we inherited the passion for handmade. We work with local wool following the ancient techniques of loom, knit, crochet and embroidering, and mix them together to create new original models. We produce a line of clothing and contemporary accessories, designed by all of three.”
“I’m working at my bench in my home in Buenos Aires. I love where I live because it’s a place where I can admire the landscape, the trees, I can listen the birds in the mornings, and see the sunset in the afternoons. I live surrounded by nature and friends. My country is an awesome place to visit, you’ll find so many differences between north and south….I love Argentina!!!!”
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This holiday season, we’re continuing our Shop Local series on Etsy’s blog. Buying handmade, locally produced or vintage gifts is a way to give back to your creative neighbors and shrink your carbon footprint.
Let us know about your favorite local Etsy artists. Pitch your town, state, country or region; include a screenshot of your Poster Sketched picks and a link to a pretty photo of yourself in your neighborhood. We can’t wait to hear from you!