Let's be real here: Etsy sellers are some of the most creative people out there. If you could imagine just about anything you want, you could likely find absolutely everything you imagined on Etsy. Even better, you know that you're getting something that's personally crafted, with no mass production to be found. Plus, they always seem to contain personal touches, like a handwritten letter, to make what you received all the more special.
Whether you use Etsy for everything or if you just love buying from the unique stock on holidays, you likely already have quite a few favorite sellers. Did they get the recognition they deserve as a part of this year's Etsy Global Design Awards?
How do the Etsy Design Awards work?
The Etsy Design Awards, aka The Etsies, have the goal of honoring the best of the best sellers on Etsy. The awards go to the highest-quality items found on the site, while shining a spotlight on their global community of entrepreneurs, an especially important endeavor right now.
Through July 15, sellers could submit an item for a chance be named the Etsy Design Award Grand Prize Winner, which comes with a cash prize of $15,000. Ten other sellers are named Etsy Design Award Category Winners and awarded $1,000 each. Although last year, there were only five categories to win, Etsy has upped the number to 10: Jewelry; Bags, Accessories, & Shoes; Clothing; Art; Home & Living; Weddings; Paper & Party; Kids; Pets; and Vintage.
What's more, winners of both the grand prize and the categories receive Etsy Ads and listing credits, mentorship from Etsy experts on key topics to help expand their businesses, and features on Etsy’s owned marketing channels. So not only does winning mean a cash prize, but it also means some powerful business boosts.
So, who won?
This year, Etsy Trend Expert Dayna Isom Johnson judged the winners, but she's not the only one. Actress, icon, and Etsy lover Drew Barrymore judged alongside her.
“All of these incredible independent sellers, from all over the world, create the most amazing items, and with such heart and passion," Drew said of her role as judge, according to a press release. "I’m so happy to be able to honor this incredibly talented group of entrepreneurs."
While Drew and Dayna will be doing the judging for Etsy Design Award Grand Prize Winner and Etsy Design Award Category Winners, fans also got in on the action, after Etsy added a People's Choice Award.
So, who took home the prizes?
The Grand Prize Winner: AdrianMartinus's Recycled Skateboard Credenza
This gorgeous statement piece won brothers Adrian and Martinus Pool the grand prize of $15,000. Want to get your hands on your own eco-friendly credenza? You can purchase one here!
Art Category Winner: DemiMacrameDesigns' Macrame Plant Hanger
This Houston-based shop was the winner of the Art category, taking home $1,000 and a lot of bragging rights. This macrame plant hanger can be found here.
Bags, Accessories, & Shoes Category Winner: TeslerMendelovitch's Wood Clutch
This handbag took home top prize in the Bags, Accessories, & Shoes category. The work of art was created by an Israeli-based duo and can be found online here.
Clothing Category Winner: noemiah's Celine Silk Dress
Canada-based designer Noémie Vaillancourt's Celine dress is truly dreamy, and it took home top honors in the Clothing category. You can get your hands on the stunning dress here.
Home & Living Category Winner: PaniJurek's Test Tube Chandelier
Polish artist Magda Jurek was inspired by scientist Marie Curie with the design of this chandelier, which won the Home & Living category. You can get your hands on this decor here.
Jewelry Category Winner: maisolorzano's Seed Dangle Bracelet
This stylish bracelet was designed by Mexican designer Mai Solorzano, who was inspired by the seeds from the autumn trees in Buenos Aires, Argentina. You can grab your own bracelet here.
Kids Category Winner: Myminifam's Personalized Wood Dolls
These wood dolls were created by Lithuanian designer Aleksandra Berlinsky, who made the dolls for children to learn to express feelings, fears, and experiences. You can order your own personalized set here.
Paper & Party Category Winner: KyriDesign's Custom Illustrated Place Cards
These place cards are not your standard, run-of-the-mill place cards, and they make a statement on every wedding table. This U.K.-based shop's paper gifts are made to order and fully customizable. If you're hoping to get your own for your wedding or special event, you can order here.
Pets Category Winner: CosyAndDozy's Wall Shelf Cat Bed
Polish pair Magdalena and Wojtek Zajdel created this stylish perch with their two kitties in mind. To order this bed for your furry friend, you can check it out here.
Wedding Category: WardrobeByDulcinea's Celestial Wedding Dress
This ethereal dress truly is out of this world. Lithuania-based designer Inge Staylte's wedding gown is made-to-measure, with a focus on comfort and size-inclusivity. To get one for your own wedding, order here.
Vintage: FashionforFables' Embellished Blazer
Germany-based stylist and writer Mary Brenda's blazer is an ornate stunner. To check out the blazer and Mary's stylish takes on it, you can view it here.
People's Choice Winner: DANIBARBEshop's Ombre Green Gemstone Stacking Ring
Colorado-based seller Dani Barbe was awarded Etsy's first People's Choice Award, along with $5,000, for her gemstone ring. To grab your own, order one here.