With that in mind, consumers have become more conscious of who they’re buying from, choosing to spend their hard-earned dollars on local makers and small businesses. Here is a list of three talented makers who sell a delightful mix of products.
Tacoma-based fashion designer and photographer Michelle Baldwin created a dope brand with Girrlscout. She designs and prints clever graphics on carefully curated t-shirts, sweatshirts, joggers, shorts, socks, and more. You may recognize Baldwin’s first hit, a makeup bag aptly adorned with the words “Face Shit.” Now, she has launched her Tomboy Butterfly line (moths), with items she has conceived and designed on her own, including overalls, a crewneck, a flannel hoodie, and more.
Surprise! Nightwork Candle is another rad company with roots in the Pacific Northwest. Poetic in nature, the indie vegan candle line is sparked by a brand story as romantic as the scents it offers. Scents like Chelsea Hotel, Pink Milk, and Juliette at Midnight hang around most of the year. Seasonal favorites and one-off delicacies include Death by Mistletoe, My Girlfriend is a Vampire, and Venus in Firs. These clean, long-burning scents are perfect for everyday indulgence.
While looking for a framed butterfly gift, I stumbled upon MiniBeast on Etsy. Their extensive catalog of sustainably-acquired specimens – and the high quality and detail of the photos provided – convinced me to purchase a very interesting Male Atlas Moth. Their customer service team is responsive, their shipping times are impeccable, and the quality of their items is top-notch. Plus, they sure know how to keep a beautifully curated Instagram feed.