When actress, producer, and superstar style icon Drew Barrymore recently took to
“I’m a huge fan of supporting independent creators, and Etsy has long been my favorite treasure trove for all things special and thoughtfully made,” says Drew, who happily accepted a place on this year’s judging panel alongside our in-house trend expert
This fall, Drew and Dayna will join together to select the distinguished Grand Prize Winner and 10 Category Winners of this year’s Etsies, and as two of the most eagle-eyed, enthusiastic Etsy fans we know, we couldn’t think of a more qualified duo. To learn more about what these two power-browsers are looking for in their search for special, we caught up with them to discuss personal style, fave purchases, and what they’d like to see in a winning design. Here’s what they said.
What makes the experience of purchasing from Etsy sellers so special?
Drew: When you support small businesses, your money is going to such an important place—it’s about a person, not a corporation. That exchange is very meaningful. It feels good to know that when I buy something on Etsy, I’m making a difference by supporting a real person who made something with love.
Dayna: I think it’s always important to support small businesses—even more so during challenging times. Now more than ever, when you shop from a small business, you’re making a difference in someone’s life and livelihood.
Any memorable recent purchases?
Dayna: I recently purchased a custom pet portrait of my dog, Mojo. Not only was the seller kind and personable, but she also made sure that the portrait was exactly what I was looking for, from the canvas size to Mojo’s positioning. The package even arrived with a personalized note!
Drew: I love when sellers send personalized notes. It gives me a sense of them and a little history about what I bought, and it’s so sweet to receive a handwritten note!
Dayna: That’s the great thing about Etsy. You can actually build relationships with the makers and find out the story behind what you’re buying. Whether it’s a personalized illustration or a vintage accessory, you know you’re going to find something truly one-of-a-kind.
What are some of your favorite things to shop for on Etsy?
Drew: I get everything from personalized school supplies for my girls, to a custom window seat cushion, and furniture,
Dayna: Since I’ve been spending so much
Which of your Etsy purchases do you get the most compliments on?
Dayna: I’m a huge fan of
What are some of the ways thoughtfully designed items help spark joy in your everyday life?
Drew: I like to create little moments in my house that tell a story. A
Dayna: I’m a big fan of bright, happy colors. Seeing vibrant tones instantly lifts my mood and brightens my day. I also keep items around my home that remind me of family. My family is the number one thing in my life, so anything that makes me think of them—whether it’s a
When it comes to the Design Awards entries, what are you going to be looking for in choosing the finalists and winners?
Dayna: I’ll be considering several criteria, including the quality, utility, and wow factor of each item. Last year, I was amazed by the caliber and breadth of the entries, particularly the craftsmanship and attention to detail in the products. Sellers never cease to amaze me with their creativity.
Drew: I hope to find sellers that go overboard with the personal touch! I also hope to truly help shine a light on the uniqueness that the world of Etsy can bring to someone’s life.
Why are you excited to be a judge for this year’s Design Awards?
Drew: I was honored that Etsy asked me! I’ve publicly raved about Etsy because I feel what they do is very important. So I really want to try to celebrate these sellers and the impact their work has on the world!
Dayna: I totally agree. Sellers pour their hearts into their products, and the Etsies give us the opportunity to really honor that hard work and spotlight the extraordinary talents of our community at a time when they need it most.
Jackie Buddie is a writer and wilderness explorer working full-time as a content producer at Etsy HQ in Brooklyn.