The Best Websites You've (Probably) Never Heard Of

Our favorite under-the-radar resources for everything from enameled lockets and retro bikes to brass candelabras and designer sunglasses.

Luxe Paperie

The past five years have seen a boom in hip stationery, from whimsical wedding invitations to subversive greeting cards-—but there's a fine line between amusing and contrived. Luxe only carries paper goods that have both personality and broad appeal, including retro Sidepony cards scripted with witty messages, Carrot & Stick leopard-print letterpress notebooks, argyle-pattern boxed note sets, and vibrant Snow & Graham anemone-print wrapping paper.
luxepaperie.com

Magma Books

Beloved by graphic designers, illustrators, and others employed in the visual arts, this online outpost for the famed London-based bookstore Magma is an insider source for obscure, riveting volumes on everything from international street fashion to photos of Pyongyang. Recently, it has introduced jewelry and home goods, like paint-by-number wallpaper and tablecloths printed with lines that indicate where dishes and silverware go. Shipping starts at $16 for any one item, regardless of weight.
magmabooks.com

Mahar Drygoods

Everything at this imaginative, child-centric destination is carefully vetted, whether it's a strand of gingham-cloth pennants or a set of colorful, hand-crocheted doughnuts—and has an appeal that goes way beyond kids. Fittingly, the site is the creation of a former contemporary art appraiser, and a curatorial approach has been applied to the selection of the affordable, limited-edition items—many of which are Mahar-exclusive collaborations with emerging West Coast artisans.
Mahae Drygoods

Maiden

If you're in the market for earthy goods with a luxe, handcrafted feel, few spots can match Maiden. Operating out of London's posh-bohemian Primrose Hill neighborhood, the site offers pieces like sequined Moroccan wedding blankets, knit jute market bags, elegant feather dusters, and gourd-shaped mercury-glass lamps.
maiden-uk.com

Minimus

Few things are more infuriating than having your contact lens solution or just-purchased bottle of moisturizer confiscated by airport security. To prevent future frustration, navigate to enterprising Minimus, which offers hundreds of three-ounce-or-less personal-care products, from toothpaste to deodorant—and strives to find highly specific products that are elusive even on drugstore shelves, like bitsy cans of Static Guard and miniature Evian face misters.
minimus.biz

Net Granny

This ingenious site lets you choose a real-life Swiss grandmother to custom-knit you a pair of socks. Click through photos and select a crafter (we're especially fond of sweet-looking, silver-haired Annie, who says she knits to stay awake while watching TV), place your order, and then wait a few weeks for an airmail package to arrive. There are a couple of drawbacks: The site is all in German (but features a translate-to-English function), and the exchange rate is abysmal—but if you ask us, there's no more entertaining way to spend $45.
netgranny.ch

Poppytalk Handmade

Last year we wrote about how the highly regarded interiors blog Design Sponge had spawned an online boutique—the first blog we'd seen do so—and we've since watched more venture into retail. One of the most successful is much-loved craft blog Poppytalk's new e-commerce spin-off, which culls an extraordinary spectrum of wares from homespun talents across the country, like scrap-paper mobiles by Oregon's Frazier & Wing and bird-motif pewter measuring spoons by Massachusetts' Beehive Kitchenware.
poppytalkhandmade.com

P.O.S.H. Chicago

Overseas flea markets aren't the bargain-rich hunting grounds they once were, which is what makes P.O.S.H. so notable: Its owners manage to find the most incredible pieces in European and South American markets—gilded coronation dishware, elaborate brass candelabras, colorful seltzer bottles, striped linen tea towels—then return home and sell them at startlingly fair prices. Antique English hotel silver is a particular specialty; a quick glance at the domed serving platters and finely etched teapots is enough to compel you to throw a six-course dinner party.
poshchicago.com

Posh Vintage

Awash with vibrant multiple-view images of each garment and crisp, information-rich layouts—complete with detailed measurements—this Miami-based vintage clothing boutique is as devoted to great presentation as it is to sourcing high-caliber designer pieces (expect names like Jean Muir, Thea Porter, Holly Harp, and Ossie Clark).
poshvintage.com

Purl

Knitters and crocheters go nuts over this famed New York City yarn store. It offers non-synthetic, high-quality skeins from small weavers, and simplifies the search process by allowing shoppers to search by brand, fiber, or thickness. Quilters swear by Purl for its carefully curated assortment of fabrics, from Liberty florals to calicos (including prints from dozens of notable textile designers).
purlsoho.com
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