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Want to Shop From Home and Support Coastside Businesses?

Etsy is the easy way for holiday shoppers to avoid the crush of shoppers while still supporting Half Moon Bay business.

There are seven shopping days left before Christmas 2012. Seven days to figure out the perfect gift for that special someone and your in-laws. For shoppers who like to shop local there is a website that allows you to support local artisans while shopping in the comfort of your home office.

Etsy is a great resource for finding handmade and vintage and craft items. You can find a list of items made in Half Moon Bay and support your local artist while shopping in your pajamas. There are currently 353 handmade items by Half Moon Bay shop owners — from bath salts, jewelry and fine art photography to clothing, accessories, sculptures, and children's toys — to chose from on Etsy.

Have you bought something off of Etsy that's made on the Coast? Tell us about it!

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Laura McHugh December 18, 2012 at 04:14 PM
I just joined etsy myself! http://www.etsy.com/shop/LauraMcHugh
Charles Nelson December 18, 2012 at 04:35 PM
To say that these are local Coastside businesses is like saying "it must be 5 o'clock somewhere." The Etsy tagline: Buy unique handmade and vintage items directly from independent sellers around the world. If you want to support local businesses from home, go to the Chamber website and see the links to all of the local businesses that sell online. Better yet, shop in person--there's no "crush of shoppers" on Main Street! (Full disclosure: I'm a Main St. business owner.)
Christa Bigue December 18, 2012 at 04:57 PM
That's great Laura! Thanks for sharing. @Charles: You're right. A lot of what's on Etsy is from sellers around the world but if you search for Half Moon Bay (or any town) on the site, lots of local small-small businesses pop up, many of which are artists working out of their homes. It's so great that Main Street businesses offer the opportunity to shop online as well. And of course there's nothing better than shopping Main Street in person. I am continually amazed at the selection of unique and useful merchandise that our local merchants carry. When I was looking for a donut cookie cutter recently, the first place I came to was Toque Blanche and viola, it was there! I picked up some wonderful dish towels as well. Thanks to you and our Chamber.
Laura McHugh December 19, 2012 at 07:55 AM
I shop on Main St. whenever I can. That's one of the things I love most about living in HMB - the sweet downtown area - restaurants and merchants.

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