Manly Finds on Etsy

by Brett on September 8, 2010 · 18 comments

in Blog

I’ve been doing some guest blogging of late, but I enjoyed a recent opporunity the most. invited me to be a guest curator, which basically involved writing up a list of some things that I thought were cool and manly that are offered for sale on the site.

If you’ve never been to, it’s a site where independent craftsmen and women can sell their wares. It’s also a place where people sell vintage treasures they find. It sort of has a girly reputation-many of the things sold are made by women, for women. But crafts are definitely not just for the ladies, and there some great manly finds on there as well. I’m a big fan of the site, as I try to support independent crafters who are making quality goods instead of mass-produced junk. Next time you’re looking for something unique for yourself or someone else, check it out.

Anyway, I had a lot of fun writing this post and thought you all might enjoy it too.

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{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Thornproof September 9, 2010 at 6:55 am

Etsy is a great place to find all types of things, especially manly things! Nice work!

2 Brandon B September 9, 2010 at 7:40 am

Great piece! That leather football is really nice!!

Does anyone know of a similar site that ppl can sell handmade furniture? My father-in-law is an unbeleivable craftman and I’m trying to find an outlet for him to sell some.


3 Steve September 9, 2010 at 7:44 am

I found a wedding ring I really liked on etsy, but not in the metal I wanted. So I found a crafter (also on etsy) who worked with titanium and had them custom make the ring for me. Here is the original ring that my ring was then based on:

4 Nemrod / Poland September 9, 2010 at 9:16 am

For me the best thing on etsy that I have found there is this bracelet:

Simple and you can make inscription inside. I bought it like a month ago and I’m really satisfied with it.

5 Loris September 9, 2010 at 9:28 am

Brandon B-
People can and do sell furniture on Etsy. I purchased a refinished antique chair from Etsy, and there are many vendors making their own designs. Tell your FiL to have a look at the site and see if it suits his requirements.

6 Aaron September 9, 2010 at 9:56 am

Ahh Etsy is an addiction.
Im going to be a steam punk when i grow up and this website just has waaaay to much awesome for me to handle.

7 Turling September 9, 2010 at 10:19 am

Well done. I’ll be visiting that Old School Tools site.

8 jj September 9, 2010 at 10:44 am

I actually bought my wedding band on Etsy. It’s nice to know it’s not just mass produced but rather hand made by an artisan to my specs.

9 josh barkey September 9, 2010 at 11:54 am

Thanks for the heads up, ManlyBrett. I’ve been selling (or at least, trying to sell) paintings on Etsy for a few months ( but haven’t really explored the site too much – probably because of the perceived unmanliness of it. That Viking battleaxe is EPIC (har-dee-har)!

10 James September 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Here’s my addition to the male presence on Etsy also a shameless plug for myself: I’ve found some other really cool stuff on there such as belt buckles, tobacco pipes, etc.

11 Scott Key September 9, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Just found this blog, and I freakin love it!

12 Mike M. September 10, 2010 at 10:05 am

Great finds!

The only one that worries me is the whiskey shaving jelly. I’m not so sure that I want to walk into work smelling like booze. ha!

13 detroitstig September 12, 2010 at 8:16 pm
14 Tommy V. September 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Probably my favorite store on Etsy:

15 John K. September 15, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Brett, thanks for the tip. Just purchased a leather journal ( handmade by Eiko J. Ozawa of Dancing Grey Studio. Certainly a manly find.

16 Carl September 24, 2010 at 1:25 am

Hey Everyone,
We sell mens vintage clothing at our shop, Pimento Cheese. Work boots, knit wool sweaters, chambray, everything. Check it out, we have some great stuff.

17 Jonathan Manor September 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm

I swear I could smell leather saddles and gun smoke. . .

What an sacred collection of items. I personally love the whiskey wet shave jelly. I’m all for hair, face, and teeth. Everything else, is marginal. How you explain the usage of a knife really sank in, for a minute there I thought you were going to talk about shanking thugs, but it’s true, a knife is handy when you need to open a box or slice up an apple.

My dad always had a pocket knife. He always cut up his apples and serve them to me off the knife. My dad did have those leathery working hands that every manly dad has. I think I’ll blog about my dad now.

Really cool post Brett. Will be checking you out.

18 ManStuff September 25, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Great collection! I’ll throw my hat in the ring also. I try to provide a well-curated collection of things that appeal mostly to men.

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