Cut Through the Crap on Etsy With Our Guide to Gifts from the Heart of Dallas

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Despite the fact that etsy has officially been infiltrated by crap, there are still a few gems out there. Some even call Dallas their home. Here's a list of the top etsy Dallas vendors that'll make you proud to share your tap water with them.

They're listed in no particular order with the exception of the first three that you've probably already heard of ... unless you've been living under a white rock or something. (A Dallas pun?!? You're welcome.)

Dowdy Studio Located over behind goodfriend, this T-shirt shop has quirky, cool designs and best of all? They're not printed on shit Anvil shirts. Pictured above is men's Mer-Jack, $26.

f is for frank At shops around Oak Cliff and the occasional craft gathering, you'll find f is for frank statement rings, necklaces and earrings. In their etsy shop, you'll find ornaments and drawer pulls and that is why you shop online. Well, that and the freedom of no pants. "Oak Cliff , That's My Hood" Ornament, $25.

bee things Bee things is an etsy OG. They've been around since forever (2007) and still make some of the finest geometric bird prints you can buy. Now with patterns!! Plus they'll keep you from having shitty walls, and for that we thank them. Houndstooth warbler, 16x20, $40.

circa1955vintage If you like an extremely well-curated vintage collection, but aren't so big on actually leaving your home, Janet Staring is your agoraphobic go-to. Everything in her shop is redic and 20 perce off with code Christmas2013. Mod Twiggy 1960s couture micro mini, $675.

>Southern Fried Paper Southern Fried Paper has a little bit of everything -- greeting cards, art prints and even a Def Lepard quote. I'll save you some excitement though: Escort cards aren't what you think they are. "You're the gun to my holster", $2.95.

KatiRamer Kati Ramer makes watercolors of all sorts of things -- Moscow mule recipes, Jesus quotes and even a map of Dallas neighborhoods, which is fortunate because who knew Kleberg was a thing? Map of Dallas, 11x14, $30.

Rayguns and Robots Rayguns and Robots is like fine art Think Geek featuring original artwork by local artist Chris Brown. Seriously, all your nerd favorites are there - Doctor Who, Star Trek, Star Wars, virginity...just kidding!! Picture at the top: "Live Long and PawsPurr," $10.80.

moose + pine Mari Forsell of moose + pine makes impeccable messenger bags, iPhone wallets and iPad sleeves out of tweed, leather and other manly man materials. They're smart, stylish and voted most likely to be picked out by a girlfriend or a gay friend. iPad case, red and white gingham wool, $75.

The Curiositeer The Curiositeer is a real circus freak of a shop featuring jewelry made with bugs in resin, human and animal teeth, bones, taxidermy and other things the Heathers would probably wear. Sweet Tooth Cameo Necklace, $34.

Mapleton Drive Mapleton Drive makes glossy lacquer boxes topped with agate or geode, hammered cuffs, necklaces, earrings and other fanciness. It's like non-commercial Z Gallerie without the hike to Henderson Avenue. White glossy lacquer box with blue agate and gold edge, $62.

Huckster Haven Huckster Haven is a weird little corner of the Internet where you can buy vintage color-coded books, animal illustrations and this little bit of "yes please" that says, "You never meet a Sealy unaccomplished in the art of sitting up and begging. That square and solid beam-end may have something to do with it." 1940s dog print, $12.

thread power Watch your screens, Dowdy. Thread Power is coming to get you. Or not because, you know, we're Dallas and there's plenty of room for multiple T-shirt shops especially one that's big time pop culture like TP. Sloth Stardust, $18.

Tumbling Tower Turn your backyard into Barcadia with a jumbo Jenga of your very own. Tumbling Tower makes them in wood or foam for a few extra bones so you can avoid that soul-crushing, heart-attack-giver -- the inevitable collapse of the blocks. Mega Giant Tumbling Tower, $189.

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