If you’re a gamer trying to find the perfect item featuring Mario from Mario Bros, or just on the lookout for a shop to pick up a gamer themed fragrance, Etsy is the place to go. My guide will help you find the best gamer shops on Etsy.
The first step to finding geeky items or gamer products on Etsy is to go to the front page and visit the “Geekery” category. As gamers, we tend to also be attracted to geeky items from other genres: sci-fi shows like Doctor Who or Buffy the Vampire Slayer; techie products like themed flash drives, RC cars, and modern video & camera products; and old school cartoons like Care Bears or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In Etsy’s Geekery category, you can find handmade items featuring any of these popular geek themes.
True, you might not find a GBA Emulator and ROMS on Etsy, but you’ll find the next best thing: a video games category where you can find gamer accessories, gamer jewelry, and even gamer perfume. The video games category is a subcategory of Geekery, among other interesting categories like Kitsch, Science, and my favorite, Robot. Once you click on the video games section, you’ll be browsing the best gamer shops Etsy has to offer, sorted by most recent listings.
The problem with this method is that you won’t be able to pick and choose your results very carefully. A more specific way of tracking down a great gamer etsy shop is to do a search of the specific gamer item you’re looking for. Want Princess Peach perfume? Do a search and you’re sure to find it. Looking for a Super Mario Bros keychain? You’ll find that too! It’s not just limited to the old Nintendo classics, either; you can find Left 4 Dead zombie repellent room spray or Halo 3 magnets too.
Another method is to join Gamer Teams on Etsy. There are a number of teams that include gamers’ etsy shops among their numbers, and by joining the teams, you will know the most active members of the gaming community as well as get to know the sellers personally. The sellers might even offer you special discount codes if you start up a conversation with them about their products!
Finally, if you’re looking for a very specific handmade gamer item and you can’t find the right shop, you can try posting to the Etsy forums and make a custom request. You’ll be surprised how many gamers and crafters come out of the woodwork to make custom orders for you featuring your favorite video game character or emblem.
Remember, by shopping on Etsy, you’re helping out fellow geeks and gamers. They get to do what they love, and you get a unique gamer accessory, decoration, or shirt that no one else you know will have! It’s win-win.