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The economy isn’t all bad news; it looks like the craft sector is taking off in spite of everything.

Online craft shop Etsy cleared $12 million in sales last month (up 18% from February), and they’re poised to become the go-to source for trinkets of all kinds. We wouldn’t want to build a wardrobe from it, but it definitely has its charms.

There’s a decent stock of roundups already online, but it can be a bit tricky for men who aren’t shopping for throw pillows. We recommend a visit the next time you’re trawling for vintage accessories like tie bars or the occasional lapel pin. What you’ll find will probably trend towards the shabby chic end of the spectrum, but if you just want an inconspicuous pair of $15 cuff links, this is definitely the place.

—R.B.

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  • Russell Brandom