Accessories have long been the icing on the cake in the world of fashion. Today, there are so many options to accessorize and so many accessories to choose from. However, everyone seems to be wearing the same Burberry scarf and carrying the same Coach handbag. Save your money and get credit for being an original by finding a handmade accessory. Check out any of these fabulous shops to find the perfect unique touch to your new outfit.
2309 W. 50th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
A quaint store that can be mistaken for an art gallery, Paper Hat supports local artists by allowing locals to purchase their masterpieces. Paper Hat carries handmade jewelry, socks, handbags, aprons and almost any other accessory you may need. The items are all handmade and unique and allow the wearer to assert his or her individuality through wearing a one-of-a-kind piece. The merchandise changes on a daily basis so this may be a weekly shopping trip for those who like to keep up on what’s new. The staff at Paper Hat is fantastic and friendly as well; be ready to make some new friends while you browse.
A Bag Lady
2856 Johnson St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55418
Clear your schedule for an entire day if you’re heading out to A Bag Lady. This store is filled to the gills with unusual accessories, clothing and other must-haves. Displaying a large selection of handmade accessories such as jewelry, hats, sunglasses and shoes, A Bag Lady prides itself on having something for everyone. Whatever style you are seeking, A Bag Lady is sure to have an entire area of the store dedicated to your tastes. Browse second-hand and new merchandise among handmade gems and find something entirely unique. A Bag Lady has other locations throughout Minnesota as well.
I Like You!
501 1st Ave. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55413
I Like You! is the store that everyone likes. Local artists consign their works here which include wearable and decorative accessories. Step into the AstroTurf carpeting and browse a selection of unique and fun designs. Items include knitted accessories, jewelry, handbags, clothing and many other unique pieces. I Like You! is a Minnesota-owned business that supports local artists and caters to the community at large. In the summer, I Like You! sets up a booth at the state fair to broaden its fan base.
Two & Company
394 S. Lake Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
Located in downtown Duluth, Two & Company is a destination store and a must-see for any visitor to the area. Supporting local artisans, Two & Company carries crafted accessories that range from understated to loud. The jewelry is both fashionable and chic, and bound to make a perfect gift or add the perfect touch to any outfit. Find a fantastic pair of earrings to match your purse or a purse to match your earrings. The shop even carries sparkly reading glasses to touch up those required accessories, as well.
4646 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
A plethora of handcrafted accessories and wearable art can be found down on the east end of Lake Street at Corazon. Nestled by the river, Corazon carries a huge variety of gifts, accessories and clothing that any lover of handmade items will enjoy. The staff is knowledgeable about each piece and the artist that created it. Check out the home accessories and some cute paper items as well. Corazon sells unique greeting cards to go with that perfect gift.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.