I have a confession to make – I LOVE baked goods. And I don’t mean just a little bit. I mean A LOT. Cupcakes, cookies, brownies … It doesn’t matter. I love pretty much anything made with sugar and butter (and preferably a little bit of chocolate).
The internet, and Etsy in particular, has made it easier for me to feed my sweet tooth, as there is no shortage of people willing to sell me baked goods on the internet. I admit – I was a little apprehensive the first time I ordered from an e-stranger. What if it was just some plot and the person I was ordering my cookies from just wanted to poison me?!
Well, after my first order my fears were abated and I realized they were for naught. I’ve only had pleasant experiences ordering from people online and more often than not the items I’ve ordered online taste better than items I’ve picked up at local bakeries.
Which brings me to one of my FAVORITE Etsy bakeries, Just Bakin’.
I ordered from Just Bakin’ a few months ago when it was my boyfriend’s birthday and I wanted to get him pecan pie bars. I did a search on Etsy, and while quite a few different ones came up, the ones at Just Bakin’ looked the best. Lucky for me, because pecan pie bars aren’t my favorite and I wanted a treat for myself, there were so many other options listed as well, and each one looked as delicious as the last! When all was said and done I placed an order for pecan pie bars, white chocolate lemon bars, and peanut butter chip chocolate chew brownie cups.
This is the package I received in the mail just a few days later:
How adorable, right? Well, that packaging is nothing compared to what was inside:
Mmm Mmm Mmm. In addition to the three items I ordered, there were a couple of sample items thrown into the box. And I kid you not – these were the BEST baked goods I have ever had in my Life. How is that for a recommendation? My boyfriend and I devoured about half the box and I gave half of the box away to coworkers and friends because we received so much. And everybody loved what they received.
CLICK HERE to go directly to the Just Bakin’ site on Etsy. If you ever need to send someone some baked goods, I really hope you’ll keep this shop in mind. The product is just incredible and you’ll find the baker and owner of the site is a delight to work with.
Today begins a new feature here at Fantabulously Frugal: Etsy Monday. Every Monday I am going to feature a new Etsy site and perhaps even provide you all with a discount code for that site. Consider this a call for sites: If you, or someone you know, owns an Etsy site, please have them contact me about being featured here! It doesn’t cost them anything and it’s just a free bit of publicity for sellers at a website I LOVE. (Offering a discount is not necessary, though it would be nice.) The featured seller will also receive a little bit of prime real estate in my side-bar for the week they are featured.
Without further ado, today’s Etsy Monday site is none other than Etsy
Because I haven’t yet written about Etsy
, I decided it should most definitely have its own introductory post.
In my opinion, Etsy
is one of the best new-ish websites on the internet. Etsy is composed of shops set up by individual sellers. There are a seemingly endless number of shops selling pretty much anything under the sun. (Seriously. Anything.)
The three things I love most about Etsy
- Because you are buying direct from a seller, prices are lower than they would be if you bought the same or similar items from a retail outlet. (I heart saving money!)
- As the items are homemade, the money you spend on your item is supporting the arts and artists, something I personally think isn’t taken seriously enough.
- You can develop a relationship with the seller and you know exactly where you are getting your item from. Almost all of the Etsy sellers I’ve worked with have been exceedingly kind and I normally receive my items super quick.
One of my favorite overall features on the site are the Gift Guides
, which are updated constantly. The Gift Guides help you find a gift for a man, or a woman, or maybe a new mom or a baby, or even someone that is concerned about the slow foods movement! I found the Gift Guides to be an invaluable resource this past Christmas, and almost everyone on my list received a homemade item!
And, I should add this – I haven’t done it myself but setting up an Etsy shop seems like a fairly simple process. So if you have an artistic talent to offer the world, why not sign yourself up?
If you have not yet checked out Etsy
, I implore you to do so. I
know you will love it!