If you’re looking for some last minute gifts for your pet, friends, family or even yourself, a visit to Etsy might be in order. If you haven’t heard of Etsy, it’s an online market place full of independent artists and indiepreneuers who sell wares from jewelry and clothing to pottery, fine art prints and furniture, among other things, along with some fantastic vintage finds.
Etsy gets even better with the team Etsy for Animals (EFA), which is made up of a group of amazingly talented independent artists and crafters who use their abilities to benefit animals. EFA members donate anywhere from 10 to 100 percent of their sales to an animal charity of their choosing, or to the team’s featured charity of the month.
This December’s charity is Farm Sanctuary. Last month it was the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In the preceding months, charities including Defenders of Wildlife, the Feral Cat Rescue Project and Winslow Farm Sanctuary were featured. As of 2009, the team has raised a whopping $19399 and some change to help animals in need.
Not only do these artists donate portions of their sales to help animals, they also donate items to fundraisers, network with eachother to promote causes and pass around petitions but they also donate their time by volunteering.
The best ways to find these artists is to search for the term ‘team efa‘ on Etsy’s homepage, or use the term ‘efa cotm‘ to see who’s donating to the charity of the month. Or, if you’re in the market for something specific, check out the member page where artists are listed by category on EFA’s website.
You can also search the terms “etsyveg team” and “veganetsy team” to find an assortment of items made by members of Etsy Veg and Vegan Etsy who are working to promote either vegetarian and vegan lifestyles, in addition to bringing cruelty free vegan items into the mainstream marketplace. Is there anything better than makeup from a seller who says their products are tested on willing human volunteers?
While gifts might not make it on time to put under the tree, it’s still a great place to shop year round with something to suit any budget.
Etsy for Animals