Neat indie things to buy from the US?
October 22, 2019 1:03 AM   Subscribe

I occasionally buy things from the US and use a forwarding service to avoid extortionate international shipping. The service I use consolidates packages, so there's basically no extra cost to add small items that I wouldn't buy otherwise. What else can I buy in the US that I can't get in Europe?

I'm looking for small indulgences, not big purchases. Thus far I've bought e.g. Aromaleighcosmetics and BPAL perfume oils that I'd seen recommended by people for years. Any other quality stuff I should look into?

My relevant interests include:
- cosmetics and perfume
- knitting and crochet
- journals and fountain pen ink
- SFF geekery
posted by I claim sanctuary to Shopping (7 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Small-run enamel pins from your favourite US-based artists/designers (or your favourite podcast, youtube channel, musician, fandom... everyone is doing pins these days).
posted by Glier's Goetta at 1:59 AM on October 22, 2019 [2 favorites]

I've really wanted to try Olive and June nail varnish but they don't ship to Europe, also this serum by Maelove that also don't ship here.
posted by ellieBOA at 2:31 AM on October 22, 2019

Best answer: Colourpop cosmetics (the new tinted moisturizer is great) and basics from ShopMissA (people love the PawPaw Wonder Blender) -- you save so much on international shipping from both of these brands.
posted by DarlingBri at 3:37 AM on October 22, 2019

Stratia skincare? I love the liquid gold moisturizer enough to pay shipping to Canada but bundling with other purchases would be good. It’s the perfect lightweight moisturizer/serum layer. Two teens and two adults use it at my house.
posted by five_cents at 5:03 AM on October 22, 2019

Best answer: Birmingham Pens make their own fountain pen ink, in tons of great colors.
posted by gnomeloaf at 7:23 AM on October 22, 2019

Indie yarn! For example, the people on this page. (I am friends with some of these people.)
posted by The corpse in the library at 3:12 PM on October 24, 2019

Response by poster: Thank you to everyone - I marked as best the ones I ended up ordering from. I now have a shiny parcel to look forward to!
posted by I claim sanctuary at 3:57 AM on October 25, 2019

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