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Artisan Goods Shopping Guide

They say the best gifts are ones you make yourself, but this season it pays to support local makers.

The next best thing to making something yourself is to buy handmade goods from around your own community. Grab a gift or treat yourself to some of these regional delights.

Delightful Dishes

One household item we use most is our dishes, so handmade dinnerware is a luxurious upgrade to your daily routine. Create the perfect place setting with one-of-a-kind pieces from Bruning Pottery in Snohomish, which also sells vases, planters, pet dishes, and even bowl sinks. If you've dreamed of designing your own dishes, you can! Bruning sells paint-your-own pottery kits and will fire the pieces for you, too. 

There's a lot more to see while you're there; check out Arts of Snohomish, Lather and Salt, and The Chic Boatique. Find even more via the Historic Downtown Snohomish Association.

Bruning Pottery

Wonderful Watercolors

Everett illustrator and mapmaker Elizabeth Person brings a dreamy perspective to your surroundings. Whether it's regional architecture, scientific diagrams, or infographics about food, any room is a little more interesting with her artwork on display. You can even get stickers and packs of greeting cards to make your gift wrap pop. Shop on Etsy and get everything mailed directly, or schedule contactless pickup at Person's new North Everett studio. She also accepts commissions with adequate lead time, so plan ahead for a one-of-a-kind rendering of a car, home, or favorite place.

Locally-themed art by elizabeth person.
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Primo Plants and Pottery

If you like artisan goods, you need to follow Kristen Keenan's Everett Makers Market, the best way to find what's being made in and around Snohomish County. When she's not planning market events and promoting the artists via social media, Keenan's hard at work in her own studio raising plants and throwing pots for her own business, Vertical Gardens Northwest. Plants are a great way to freshen up your space, and if space is limited, Keenan's hanging planters and wall garden units help you make the most of it. Follow the VGN Facebook or Instagram so you're first to know about new pieces. If you'd like to see more in person, the retail shop in Lake Stevens is open by appointment only. 

Can't get enough plants? Check out Houseplants GalorePlant EnvyPlanted, and Sunnyside Nursery.

Vertical Gardens sells houseplants and handcrafted pottery.
Christopher Bragg

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