Capital Region Etsy: other stuff

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Random. In a good way.

By Crystal Powell

All this week Crystal has been sharing local finds on Etsy.

None of these things are just like the others.

Except to say that they're really neat.

And they were made in the Capital Region.

And they can be found on Etsy.

So I guess they're a little bit like the others.

Anyway, to wrap up the Capital Region Etsy round-up, here are a few things from Capital Region Etsy shops that were fun and cool, but defied categorization.


I can't tell how they smell through my laptop, but I love the way the soap from ADK Aromatherapy look. Each soap is crafted to have the rich look of a rare gemstone, and they really are quite beautiful.

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In addition to the soaps you can also find a wide variety of essential oils, floral waters, and perfumes.

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ADK Aromatherapy on Etsy


I really love the texture and patterns local artist, Amanda Michael Harris, uses in her vintage fabric inspired drawings and paintings. And if photography is more your style, she also has a few photographic prints taken at the New York State Museum available too.

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Amanda Michael Harris on Etsy


The thought has never even crossed my mind to get an organic reusable wine bag, but now that I've seen Chef Republic's I don't think I can go on without one. I love the clean design of the silhouette of a wine bottle made of words that describe the notes and flavors of the wine.

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If you don't find yourself toting around bottles of wine on the reg, you can also get the design on an organic t-shirt.

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Chef Republic on Etsy


I'll admit it. When I first brought home my dog Milo, I was "one of THOSE" people who made him wear clothes. Pupperware makes really cute Jammies for small dogs, but I really like the little sweatshirts they have too. I picture a chihuahua wearing one and looking like she stepped off the set of Flashdance. And if Milo were still small enough to fit into these, he would totally be getting some new outfits.

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Pupperware on Etsy


Thanks to Paul Frank, sock monkeys are one of the most recognizable handmade toys around, but Sock the Monkey Girl has some pretty original and hilarious variations in her Etsy shop. My favorite is the Hipster Sock The Monkey who comes complete with skinny jeans, cons, a leather belt with oversized buckle, ironic nerd glasses and a can of PBR. Spot on!

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SocktheMonkeyGirl on Etsy

Other gift ideas from this year:
+ Hudson Valley Seed Packets
+ Capital Region Etsy: jewelry
+ Adirondack carbon reduction certificates
+ Capital Region Etsy: clothing
+ Capital Region Etsy: kid stuff
+ The gift of garlic


Hey all! I will actually be at the Troy Farmers Market this weekend and next weekend with my monkeys (and monkey friends!) in tow! I share a table with awesome knitastic jody ( So come and get a monkey or an owl or an alien and some yummy gloves or scarf or hat! One stop shopping for all your sock friend and warmth needs!

I want to put in a shameless plug for my own Capital Region-local Etsy shop!

I'm still technically under construction, but I make all natural, green home and bath products from wholly recyclable/compostable ingredients, from bath salts to laundry detergent.

Thank you for featuring ADKaromatherapy what a nice treat! Yes our soaps do smell as fabulous as they look !

Shame you missed Victoria van der Laan's Etsy shop Exlibrishandmade in this article. Not only is she one of the finest local artisans, but she helped to raise more than $20,000 for the recovery efforts in Haiti through her Etsy shop fund-drive. Amazing handmade children books and artistic household items make up her storefront and she specializes in custom orders. Check her store out!

@Caroline: Exlibris Handmade was featured in the "kids stuff" Etsy post on Wednesday.

I want the wine bottle shirt in red and white! Really great shop & suggestion.

Can I haggle with people on Etsy or would that be bad form?

@ Jackers - I don't think there is any harm in haggling on Etsy, especially with start-up shops who aren't sure how to price their items yet. You just have to catch the seller in the right mood, I think. :-)

Here's my shameless plug as well!

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