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Gift Ideas: Shop Local Argentina with Yaelfran

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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…

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“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.”

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“This is where I live, the middle of the Argentine Pampas. I’m wearing one of my necklace designs.”


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“In the photo I am wearing some of the owl necklaces, on my street, in Olivos, my neighborhood.”

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“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!

You can find folks in your area by using Etsy’s Shop Local site feature. Find out more about how Shop Local works. Make sure to update your geo info in your public profile!

  • NestaHome

    NestaHome says:

    This is awesome! I love all of these artists :)

    6 years ago

  • syko

    syko says:

    So fun to meet all these craftswomen so far away from where I am in the world! You put together a wonderful collection of items again Yael!

    6 years ago

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio says:

    Yay! Arriba Yael y Viva el Tango :D

    6 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Great Article, Wonderful Items, We love the houses in the background of the pictures.

    6 years ago

  • ZestyB

    ZestyB says:

    recently fell in love with MariaCavallero's work. Very cool collection Yaelfran.

    6 years ago

  • rainydayparade

    rainydayparade says:

    beautiful!

    6 years ago

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen says:

    very neat items!

    6 years ago

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton says:

    Some of my favourite sellers here that I've come to know through Etsy, so nice to see their environments too... hello peeps! :D

    6 years ago

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen says:

    very nice items from there. I love pinkflor! and the uniqueness of yaelfran ofcourse!

    6 years ago

  • Lambert

    Lambert says:

    Excellent feature and great to be able to discover all those very talented artists! Thanks for posting it :)

    6 years ago

  • lolos

    lolos says:

    This is gorgeous Yael!!! I love it!!! Muy lindo el articulo... :-)

    6 years ago

  • LazyTcrochet

    LazyTcrochet says:

    Great article yaelfran.

    6 years ago

  • Karmacrochet

    Karmacrochet says:

    Ohhh This article makes me homesick. I should go and visit my mother again which lives in Buenos Aires. I'm a porteña living in Texas. :-)

    6 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    Vanessa, this looks great!!!!! Thank you so much!!!!

    6 years ago

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    oh it's wonderful to see so many of my faves, here! yay! great finds, yaelfran! wonderful article! i'm lovin' this series!

    6 years ago

  • chARiTyelise

    chARiTyelise says:

    very nice article. i've been to chile, peru and bolivia, and now my heart longs for argentina!!

    6 years ago

  • courtneyannedesigns

    courtneyannedesigns says:

    beautiful finds!

    6 years ago

  • branda

    branda says:

    Do you like a "mate"? We are preparing it!!! The crafters featured in this post are not only talented but very nice people. An special THANK YOU to yaelfran for featured the Argentinians Etsians here! From Argentine with love!! ♥♥ :-) :-)

    6 years ago

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou says:

    I wish I lived in Argentina! Lovely Article!

    6 years ago

  • KiraFerrer

    KiraFerrer says:

    Wonderful article! Fantastic artists! The descriptions make me want to pack my bags and go!

    6 years ago

  • macraMe

    macraMe says:

    What a beautiful article!!! Is very exciting read about our Argentine fellows on Etsy, and more, to be part of it!!! Thank you dear yaelfran and Vanessa for this post! Está genial!!! Mariana and Paula :-) :-)

    6 years ago

  • laslopezlas

    laslopezlas says:

    Que lindaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Muchisimas gracias por seleccionarme! Thank you so much for featured me!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • laslopezlas

    laslopezlas says:

    Volvi a leer todo!!! yiupiiiiii Muchisimas gracias Yel y Vanessa! I'm happy!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • Arctida

    Arctida says:

    Great article and lovely picks!

    6 years ago

  • EnfinLaVoila

    EnfinLaVoila says:

    What a wonderful article! Yaelfran is from the beginning on one of my favorite Etsiers!

    6 years ago

  • KatHannah

    KatHannah says:

    Wonderful glimpse into the lives of these talented etsians

    6 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Beautiful picks! I adore macraMe, isn't she sweet in her owl necklaces! (-:

    6 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    Gorgeous Argentina, branda/macrame I want to live on your cozy street!

    6 years ago

  • fricdementol

    fricdementol says:

    :D So cool to see my talented friends from Argentina! ~ Hurray ~

    6 years ago

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands says:

    Gorgeous family Laslopezlas, I love your stone house!

    6 years ago

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry says:

    I want to run away to Argentina now! Lovely photos and work, I really enjoyed reading this.

    6 years ago

  • cynthiadelgiudice

    cynthiadelgiudice says:

    Great! I'm sipping on some mate as I read this wonderful article :)

    6 years ago

  • eRosasjewelry

    eRosasjewelry says:

    Yea Argentina....can't wait to visit

    6 years ago

  • eRosasjewelry

    eRosasjewelry says:

    Cynthia, can you get mate here in the states?

    6 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    Argentina looks lovely, but man is it hard to get to from the states! The vintage scans picture is the best!!!

    6 years ago

  • Slowshirts

    Slowshirts says:

    Can I come visit? Great article Yael!

    6 years ago

  • cynthiadelgiudice

    cynthiadelgiudice says:

    Libby: Yes, try an Argentine, Latin-American, or Italian market ;)

    6 years ago

  • cynthiadelgiudice

    cynthiadelgiudice says:

    Jessica: Go ahead! I have a guest house available ;)

    6 years ago

  • MissLissOriginals

    MissLissOriginals says:

    I love indiaylaluna's jewelry!! Especially the adorable knotted, stackable rings in her shop!! Great article - love seeing blips from beautiful & creative places around the globe!

    6 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    Thank youuuuuuu!!!!! (again and again)

    6 years ago

  • ixela

    ixela says:

    Great article... I really loved to read something more about you and your lovely Argentina and to see the photo of some of my favourite artists!!!... great work Yaelfran!!!

    6 years ago

  • knots

    knots says:

    wonderful article. love my home country argentina and miss it sometimes. yalu super well curated my dear friend!!! love it =) =)

    6 years ago

  • michvanetta

    michvanetta says:

    My husband is Bolivian so it was very nice to read an article close to his home, and of course what a fabulous piece to read by the lovely yaelfran. Your pics are gorgeous too!

    6 years ago

  • annarubyking

    annarubyking says:

    what's in the water down there? you are all so talented! great story Yael!

    6 years ago

  • uncorked

    uncorked says:

    I love this article- so many of my favorites are here!

    6 years ago

  • holli

    holli says:

    great article, thank you girls!!!! que emoción!! I just want to sing!

    6 years ago

  • indiaylaluna

    indiaylaluna says:

    Thank you all of you for your lovelies comments, It's so great to share our pieces with you!!!! Gracias Yael y Vanesa!!!! Y a las chiquis featured, son todas una masa!!!! jajajajjaja

    6 years ago

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux says:

    Great article and how wonderful to see our friends and colleagues from Argentina in "real life!"

    6 years ago

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist says:

    great article, thanks yael! so nice to see these snippets of this crafty part of the world :)

    6 years ago

  • PampaMia

    PampaMia says:

    Muchisimas gracias Yael, por incluirme en tu hermoso articulo sobre nuestra hermosa Argentina, y sus habilidosas artesanas. Siempre hago una recorrida sobre los Shops locales, y cada dia somos mas. Suerte a todas chicas y gracias nuevamente Yael!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • AdaRosman

    AdaRosman says:

    wonderful items....great article!!! :)

    6 years ago

  • littleblackrabbit

    littleblackrabbit says:

    thank you - i love what you do !

    6 years ago

  • pacificadesigns

    pacificadesigns says:

    Beautiful...I want to go to Buenos Aires someday...

    6 years ago

  • GreenEdenVintage

    GreenEdenVintage says:

    great selections! I can't wait to visit Argentina someday :)

    6 years ago

  • pinkflor

    pinkflor says:

    que hermosa sorpresa! que honor compartir mi trabajo con todas estas personas tan talentosas, muchas gracias Yael! adore tu trabajo y esa foto de tu familia! se puede ver tu trabajo en algun local de Buenos Aires? me encantaria. (todavia estoy intentando entender el funcionamiento de todo esto) cariños

    6 years ago

  • makepienotwar

    makepienotwar says:

    i love argentina! look at all these wonderful artists! keep it up!!!

    6 years ago

  • netnapa

    netnapa says:

    You looks so great!

    6 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    Thanks again, all of you, for your kindness and lovely comments!!!!

    6 years ago

  • raisinlike

    raisinlike says:

    I love Yael and her wonderful shop. Great choices!

    6 years ago

  • greensprings0

    greensprings0 says:

    Thanks for sharing, great article and beautiful pieces.

    6 years ago

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign says:

    Great new shops and two of my favorite Yael and Cynthia! And now I wish I could have some mate I read about it in many Soriano's books but I can't quite figure out how it taste!!

    6 years ago

  • lineanongrata

    lineanongrata says:

    Yael is the best ! Thanks for making me discover new shops (just what I needed: A chance to spend the rest of my earnings on Etsy...).

    6 years ago

  • b10nda

    b10nda says:

    What a great selections of artists!

    6 years ago

  • behappynow

    behappynow says:

    wow! great! Yael!!! Glad to know better about you!!

    6 years ago

  • yaelfran

    yaelfran says:

    thank youuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!! I love youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    6 years ago

  • cynthiadelgiudice

    cynthiadelgiudice says:

    Thanks Fru! Mate is an acquired taste, but once you acquire it...you're hooked for life!

    6 years ago

  • BluCille

    BluCille says:

    Donde esta el dulce de leche???

    6 years ago

  • bbel

    bbel says:

    Wow, there are some very cool designers in Argentina! Love all the items - the Baroque creamy shawl from Laslopezlas is on my christmas list!

    6 years ago

  • CustomDogBandanas

    CustomDogBandanas says:

    Incredible artist!!

    6 years ago

  • aforfebre

    aforfebre says:

    Hola Yaelfran!!!! Gracias!!!!!! por tenerme en cuenta, quedo re lindo todo, me puse muy contenta al ver mi producto entre otros tan lindos. Saludos!!!! Agustina

    6 years ago

  • littlemoandfriends

    littlemoandfriends says:

    beautiful beautiful items from argentina! Hello all! Wonderful picks yaelfran:)

    6 years ago

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist says:

    yael of course wonderfully put together and so fantastic to see all these great sellers! lovely

    6 years ago

  • Yoola

    Yoola says:

    WONDERFUL, loved reading and watching your picks:)

    6 years ago

  • essentaki

    essentaki says:

    Great artist , great country :)

    5 years ago

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear says:

    Hi! Argentina is such a creative and wonderful place...I'm also from there but I work on a neighbour country. Cheers!

    5 years ago

  • hakalah

    hakalah says:

    Me encanta amiga mia! Argentina or BUST! You are a wonderful ambassador for your country and people. What a rich cultural heritage you have. Thank you for sharing with us SIEMPRE!

    5 years ago