My new favorite place to shop-cheap and original

I am getting married soon and I need something special for my hair. I found the perfect headband online, but unfortunately it's $400. I was ready to give up on my dream headband when my fianc reminded me of a website he used for my birthday present.

www.Etsy.com is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. I searched "wedding headbands" and found an artisan who made a piece similar to the dream piece, sent her a picture and asked if she could recreate the headband. The next day she sent me a picture of what she'd created. It was perfect, and it was only $45: savings of $355! A week later it arrived in the mail. I was so tickled with how easy the process was, I ordered my wedding party gifts from the site as well.

Some of you may be intimidated by the technical process, like I was, but it was really easy. The seller walked me through the process of setting up a PayPal account and now it's even easier to shop on the site. I am planning on doing most of my Christmas shopping on etsy.com. I can find great, original and cost-effective gifts for my friends and family without leaving my house. Need more proof? Below is the picture I sent the artist and the headband she created. Well worth the $45!