June is Pride Month 2021, and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than by supporting queer small businesses. By purchasing products from one of these Etsy shops, you are not only giving your hard-earned dollars to a marginalized community but also shopping small. In a year in which many local businesses faced more challenges than ever, you can put it directly into the hands of an individual. Even better, many of these home products are handcrafted, and one-of-a-kind and all of them have one thing in common—their customers can’t say enough good things about them.
This shop strives to bring together products that are gender and eco-friendly. For home, they offer colorful prints, mugs, and wall hangings. Many of their pieces include reaffirming sayings and quotes with eye-catching botanicals. The New England-based owner, Callie Garp, combines her passion for feminism and gender studies with her love of art in her figurative-based paintings and prints.
If you love the look and smell of candles, check out The Sisters Stoned. Owned by two best friends who turned their candle obsession into a business, this store has a scent for everyone. We especially love their sets like this aromatherapy one (Aromatherapy Soy Candle Set of 5 | Etsy) which comes with five candles and gets rave reviews.
Fill your bathroom with luxurious small-batch soaps and skincare from roraapothic. Their all-natural soaps include unusual selections such as lemon poppyseed, cedarwood, and charcoal tea tree. Customers also love their relaxing meditation mist (Relaxing Grounding Meditation Mist 2 oz Linen Spray | Etsy), which can be used as a personal fragrance or linen spray.
We love the simple white mugs with black lettering from That’s So Andrew. Owner Andrew Taylor strives to create moments of happiness throughout the day, and his mugs do just that. They include simple affirmations that promote pride as well as quotes that will may you smile.
This shop offers boho-chic crafts for cozy spaces. They have a large selection of macrame plant holders and wall hangings. Their beautiful resin dishes would add a unique element to any room. These geode coasters (Set of 4 Resin Geode Coasters Aqua Crystal and Gold | Etsy) would make the perfect gift or a great accent in a living room space.
They Them Art offers paintings by Baltimore artist AJ Stoeltzing. Each one features bold colors and has a meaning behind it. The pieces like this abstract (HP: Fluid | Etsy) are meant to fill whatever room it hangs in with peace and pride.
The soaps from this shop are so pretty you may never want to use them. Handmade works of art, they are layered to create unique patterns and interesting designs. Display them in your bathroom or give them as a gift.
This store’s motto is: Sometimes the world is black and white, so we try to bring a splash of color. They sell a variety of LGBTQIA and Pride merchandise, including flags, pillows, and even bath mats.
From coasters to pillows and ornaments to wall art, the Rainbow Sheep Shop makes LGBTQ items all made by LGBTQ people. We especially love that they offer coasters for couples with the proper pronouns for everyone.
This North Carolina-based shop sells clothes, bags, home decor, mugs, and other goods. The owner teaches feminist and gender studies, and her goal was to offer progressive products for marginalized groups.
No matter which Etsy shop you visit, showing your support to local, small businesses is something we should all do not just during Pride Month but all year long.