The internet is like the world’s largest junk drawer. There are all sorts of vital things in there, but they’re surrounded by plenty of, you guessed it, junk.
In the world of online shopping, not all sites are created equal. Sure, there are the big, reliable behemoths of online sales like Amazon and eBay, which, don’t get us wrong, are incredible resources for snagging great deals on whatever your heart desires. But there are plenty of other, lesser known digital destinations that offer unique, quality items shipped right to your door.
We’ve scoured the backroads of the internet for the shopping destinations that often go unnoticed, but are actually really awesome. Use these under-the-radar sites to shop from your bed, the bus or pretty much anywhere else.
14 totally underrated online shopping sites
BrikaYou know all of those whimsical things you've got saved to Pinterest? Well, Brika is basically like a shoppable board, carefully curated with handcrafted goods from artisans around the globe. We'll take one of everything, plz ($16 at Brika).Brika
NeighburrHat people tend to build loyalty to the brands they wear (if you or your guy or gal is one, you'll know what we're talking about). Consider adding the Toronto company Neighburr to your short roster of trustworthy hat brands. Their caps are minimalist and classy, and the perfect accessory for the stylish urbanite ($59 at Neighburr).Neighburr
VictoireVictoire's "About" section describes the store perfectly: "Focusing primarily on Canadian designers, mixing in a select few American designers, the store’s aesthetic point can only be described as a 'Rock ’n’ Roll tea party.'" Need we say more?Victoire
GoldeenWhat better way to wear your favourite lyrics than on a bracelet? We love this Canadian designer's quirky offerings ($45 and $20 at Goldeen). Goldeen
InkboxDon't want your kid to get a tattoo? Inkbox is the answer. Their organic tattoos look and feel like real ink, but last just two weeks. There are thousands of pre-made designs to choose from, but we're digging the options for The 6ix ($28 at Inkbox). Inkbox
Live Out ThereWhen it comes to spending on adventure gear, you want a brand you can trust. Allow us to introduce you to a great Alberta-born purveyor of adventure gear that's been treating Canadians to a great online experience for years. Great selection and quality. Live Out There
MouthDelicious, small-batch eats sent right to your door step. Just browsing the site will make your mouth water. The NY-based brand sells all sorts of delicious treats, including monthly subscriptions of items from jerky and cookies to pickles and bacon ($80 for 3 month subscription at Mouth).Mouth
SokoglamSure, we love Sephora, but no one else really does K-beauty like Sokoglam. Their curated for skin-type skincare sets are the perfect, foolproof way to introduce k-beauty into your routine.Sokoglam
ConveyFor your favourite fashionista, Convey curates the most impeccable items from emerging designers.Convey
CatbirdIf you can't make it to this Brooklyn, New York staple IRL, Catbird's online boutique, will satiate your need for sparkle. The jewellery company uses only ethically sourced materials, and they have a swoon-worthy selection of earrings.Catbird
PortfrancThis family-owned business operated out of Montreal connects Canadians with skilled artisans from La Rochelle, France and Porto Vecchio, Corsica. Their offerings include Charentaise Rondinaud slippers, the most glorious, cozy things you'll ever put your feet in ($99 at Port Franc).Portfranc
NorquayIt doesn't get much better than supporting a Canadian owned and made business, which is why we're obsessed with Norquay. Their collection of hand painted paddles (and blankets, and tin cups) will bring that lax cottage vibe we all crave into any space ($385 at Norquay).Norquay
Sneaker PoliticsIf you've got a footwear fetish, you prob already know the awesomeness that is Sneaker Politics. But if your obsession with kicks is fresh, click your way over there right now. They've got the latest and greatest, as well as some super rare finds ($130 at Sneaker Politics).Sneaker Politics
Society6“Every purchase pays an artist" is the slogan at Society6, and that's a statement we find rather refreshing. The site offers a range of unique goods, including a healthy home section with endless options to give your space an injection of personality.Society6