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Geek Out at These Houston-Based Etsy Shops

There's no chic like geek chic.

By Lucy Spicer March 16, 2015

Just because one shops online doesn’t mean one can’t shop locally. Etsy is home to thousands of items handmade in Houston—including a trio of shops that offer unique and creative solutions for all your nerdy, geeky, and quirky needs.


Shailey Ann DeBroeck says she designs for the best kind of people: nerds. For anyone in the market for posters, laptop decals, or greeting cards, DeBroeck’s shop, Shaileyann, has an impressive nerdy selection. Do you spend your weekends binge-watching shows like Doctor Who, Parks and Recreation, Game of Thrones, and The Mindy Project? Have you found yourself rereading the Harry Potter series and all of John Green’s novels multiple times instead of seeking out new books? Don’t worry: you are not alone and this shop has plenty of quirky, minimalist art to feed your obsession.


Image: Dadadreams

Looking for a one of a kind piece of collage art that encapsulates the strange and beautiful? Look no further than Michelle Lanter’s shop, Dadadreams. A fan of vintage ephemera, Lanter has been selling her original collage art on Etsy since 2007. Her work has since been featured in books, advertisements, and various venues including the suites of a European cruise ship.

Although Etsy has been a great platform for Lanter, she is currently working on creating her own website. Be sure to snatch up one of her unique creations before she gets too famous; in the past she has sold items to a well-known and influential musician—how mysterious!

All Sewn Up Customs

Amanda LaMartina has been creating art since the first time she was allowed to wield safety scissors. Now that she’s graduated from the use of such blunt instruments, she is busy showing the world her weird and wonderful work through her Etsy shop, All Sewn Up Customs. Fans of Star Wars, Batman, and zombies can find embroidery, jewelry, and even bowties (for the gentlemen brave enough to peruse Etsy) that celebrate their geeky interests.

The jewel in the shop’s crown is LaMartina’s handcrafted Cemetery Zombie Terrarium Necklace, which she has shown off not only online, but also at her studio in the Heights (by appointment), and at Houston events like the “Undead but Not Unloved” zombie exhibition. Check out more of her wares at the 4th annual Star Wars Art Festival May 2-3!


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