Meet Zazzle, and current favourites
Have you heard of Zazzle before? An online marketplace for makers and content-owners, it offers a vast range of custom products from apparel to paper goods, homewares and accessories. It’s not just a shopfront though, but a sohisticated production ecosystem that makes it possible for everyone with a creative streak to design and sell their creations. Pretty cool, no? Let me explain:
Let’s say you’re handy with a camera and people usually comment on the quality of your photos or Instagram feed, well, if you were so inclined, you could set up shop on the platform and offer your work to be reproduced on prints or postcards. Talented illustrator? You could share your patterns to be printed or embroidered on anything from cushions to notebooks, earning you royalties on every sale. Sounds good? Based in California and founded over 15 years ago, Zazzle has attracted investment capital from Google and received praise from TechCrunch, so you could say it’s a veteran of the tech meets design market space.
What I particularly like about this platform is the large range of customisation opportunities that they offer: from the size of a product you order to some of the materials used and even the possibility to add your own content (text or images) or monogram your initials. There’s a myriad of shops from all over the world on the site so of course, it can feel a little bit like falling down a rabbit-hole, but that also means there is something on there for every taste and budget, and after browsing on and off for a couple days, I have already bookmarked a lot of nice things so I thought it’d be nice to share some of my favourites with you!
Specifically, I’ve been on the hunt for art for our walls (we have a private staircase leading up to the flat that needs a bit of a makeover) and some food styling props for upcoming recipe posts. I really like the below:
Nostalgic Vintage Posters by Vintage Vivian
Stylish Tea Towels by Pink Water
Original Graphic Prints by Naxart
What do you think of the above, anything catches your eye?
Aside from browsing for products designed by others, what I think is pretty great about this marketplace is that if you’re looking for personalised products such as wedding invitations, customised tee-shirts for an event, or even stationery and office staples with your own branding, you will be able to order them from Zazzle, and upload your own designs. I think that’s a pretty great tool for bloggers, freelancers, or small business owners.
Are you familiar with Zazzle already? Do you need any personalised items that you would get through the marketplace?
Disclosure: This post is a collaboration between Zazzle and Hecticophilia. If you’re interested in working with me, please head to my About page and get in touch!