Have you heard of Etsy? It has featured heavily on the couple of cruise ships we have sailed on and I had no idea what it was aside from jewellery sales, and that women liked perusing what was on offer and men were not at all interested.
In a round about way I have found out what it is.
I ordered online a new mouse mat featuring a map of London's Tube map from a company called Zazzle. I had no idea what that company was about either. Weeks later, it had not appeared in our mail box. The company will follow up non delivery after 18 business days and due I suppose to time differences I miscalculated and contacted them after 17 business days about non delivery. A quick reply told me to contact them again after 18 days. I waited a week longer and contacted the exotically named Gustavo again and he replied that the product would be remade and resent. Of course, the very next day a delivery arrived with the mouse mat so I informed the increasingly interesting and exotic Gustavo that the mouse mat had arrived. Ok, my imagination about Gustavo was working overtime.
So both Etsy and Zazzle offer personally produced products made to order or just bought from a display. That's not bad is it and Zazzle being located in Reno, Nevada and with the lack of international flights, I no complain.
It is a seriously good mouse mat and I hope the map doesn't fade. It doesn't show the Docklands Light Rail, DLR, and I wonder how old the map is?