Etsy. I'd known about it before, but I'd never really discovered it. It's a little like someone finding God - the difference between knowing about God and really knowing God. The similarities probably end with that. There's a huge difference between the two for most people.
One thing I discovered on Etsy is that there are very many talented, creative people out there. These artisans are offering some really good art at pretty reasonable prices. On Etsy you also get to interact with the artist when making the transaction. Buying art on Etsy is like buying fresh organic produce at the Farmer's Market instead of the big box grocery store. Next time I'm tempted to buy art prints at Target or Hobby Lobby, I'll first check out Etsy right after I check out my local art gallery with art sold by local artists. "Buy Etsy" is almost as good as "Buy Local." Of course, there's a shop local option on Etsy, too.
There's not just art on Etsy, though. You can find anything there as long as it's 1.) something made by the seller, 2.) something vintage - 20 years or older, or 3.) supplies for making something. Besides the shock I got that clothes from my high school years are considered vintage, I've really enjoyed looking through the Etsy stores and seeing what people make, and what people like. It's actually very inspirational to be looking at so much creativity.
You can even take a taste test to find stuff you might like on Etsy. Here's my etsy taste test. While I wouldn't say it captures my taste exactly, I did find some really cool stuff there. I can take the taste test again if I really didn't like what it came up with for me.
There is a function where you can find friends on Etsy, and I would love to know if any of my own friends are selling stuff there. But the friends that were in my email contact list only are buyers, no sellers. If you or if someone you know has an Etsy account, I'd love to know about it and be able to "shop" there. Post a comment with the link to the Etsy page. I may just purchase something. At the very least feature it in a blog post. Who knows?