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Shopper Faves: Handmade Goods to Celebrate Pride

Jun 23, 2018

by Aleksa Brown

In our new Shopper Faves series, we share the stories behind the sales that power the Etsy marketplace, and let real customer reviews do the talking. 

When Gilbert Baker stitched together the first rainbow flag back in 1978—hand-dyeing eight strips of fabric alongside volunteers in a San Francisco attic—he knew, on a gut level, the power of a physical object to bond people together. There’s a similar wisdom in the hearts of Etsy sellers around the world who make goods that serve to inspire and connect. And like Gilbert, many of them create items that celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community.

But that’s only half the equation: For buyers, discovering a handmade item that helps them more fully express who they are—or whom they love—is a powerful experience that transcends mere transactions. Today, as we raise our Pride flags high, we’re spotlighting a few of the many such stories that unfold every day between shoppers and sellers on Etsy. Have a memorable Etsy purchase you’d like to share with the community? Tell us about it in the comments or send an email to myetsyfind@etsy.com. 

Inclusive paper goods from In Your Own Words

Happy customer review: “To be able to capture the hidden history of our community is a rarity. So happy we have people like you to remind us of the diverse past we come from.”

Rainbow sapphire wedding ring from Equalli

Happy customer review: “I am absolutely in love with this ring. I bought it as a wedding gift for myself after my wife and I recently got married. It’s my queer band of celebration. Thank you!”

Custom cake topper from Together Forever

Happy customer review: “The cake topper is beautiful—my fiancé and I both love it. Thank you!”

Pronouns mug from Meg Brown Ceramics

Happy customer review: “Very nice. Gave it as a gift to my wife who is an editor who advocates for gender-neutral language, particularly the universal they. Great original design to the mug as well.”

Radical indigenous queer feminist tee by Demian Dineyazhi

Happy customer review: “Amazing. Got this for my partner on her birthday and she LOVED it.”

Two dads Father’s Day card from Angela Chick

Happy customer review: “What a fab card! Always struggled to find a nice one for my dad and his husband until now. I can’t quite figure out just how it got here so quickly, but thank you so, so much!”

Swimwear for everyone from Rebirth Garments

Happy customer review: “I got this as the bottom half of swimwear. It is gorgeous and so, so comfortable—and the only time I have ever in my life had swimwear that I feel good about. Thanks!”

Two moms onesie from Hello Pride

Happy customer review: “Item arrived just in time for gender reveal. The two new mamas loved it.”

Celebrate Pride with Etsy

9 comments

  • cfgkyxln

    Leo Nuvunga from AfricanCraftsCenter said 94 days ago

    Thank you so much for your stories behind the sales that power the Etsy marketplace! I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the ETSY Marketplace. I am African seller living in Africa- Mozambique. Etsy gave me a opportunity to sell African print fabrics,Paintings,Batik,African vintage masks,African vintage combs,African wooden combs,Wooden and soapstone sculptures from Africa to all over the world. Happy 13 anniversary!

  • bedouin

    Nicole from Crackerjackarma said 93 days ago

    Love everything about these great items, featured shops and stories of the brave and paved past ~!~ Cheers ~!~

  • GTDesigns

    renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 93 days ago

    Lovely compilation...exudes the love and beauty of free lifestyle!!! TFS!!!

  • kgarrett1966

    R.M Garrett from ArtisticAcrylics said 93 days ago

    It's amazing how creating something that touches you in some way, can have a transforming presence in someone else's life: to the point where it could solidify an identity, or inspire a change of some kind. Even courage to face personal or external fears. That's beautiful, and what's so special about being on Etsy! That's what I get from reading these very personal and courageous stories. Congratulations to all shops featured, and to Etsy's 13 year anniversary!!

  • PokutniaAnna

    Anna from FairyToysWorld said 92 days ago

    Great things and stories. All hamdmade iteams are so nice)

  • serhiytyhchenko

    Serhiy Tyhchenko from WoodenTeam said 92 days ago

    Great selection!

  • bvysgqdo

    bluewine studio from bluewinestudio said 89 days ago

    Thank you for sharing. Love the creative and fun designs.

  • rachbing

    Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 84 days ago

    Great choices! :)

  • unatuna

    Oonah from unatuna said 72 days ago

    Lovely items! I especially love the rainbow ring!

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