We love design here at TMS. In fact, it's an obsession. And although we've carved our own niche in terms of what makes The Mitten State unique in our minds, we always love finding new, creative inspiration from other areas. Here are three websites that we love, and always deliver when we're in search of some cool new products:
This is a website that pools together products that people find on the Internet. In their own words, "Svpply is a growing collection of 550,000 products, hand selected by our community". The way it works is you join their community (free) and then any time you happen upon a great product anywhere online, you click on a link in your browser toolbar that automatically adds it to your Svpply account.
Why We Love It: Ever find something online by accident that you just have to have? We do all the time. We're also quick to forget where we found it. This site lets you save those products, share them on the site with a photo, and access it any time down the road by just logging in to your free account. You can find price ranges from $1 to over $5,000, but what really sets this site apart is the quality of stylish and trendy products being shared. You can follow other members' growing lists (as well as The Editor's Picks and Gift Guides), which makes finding great stuff even easier. You can even spot a couple TMS products being shared here. :)
Similar to Svpply, but less commercial. On this site, the premise is the same: share cool stuff you've found with others. But the main difference here is that you can share things that you might not find online-- some of the coolest things are simply photos someone took while passing by in the street. In their own words, "Pinterest is a place to catalog the things you love".
Why We Love It: We're big fans of the grass roots, urban feel of this site. Whereas Svpply is centered on brands and niche products, this site lets your imagination run wild. Where else can you find quick words of wisdom like this one? Probably a bit more female-centric than Svpply as well. And what do you know? A few TMS shirts have snuck their way in. :)
This site shares products with you in a blog format: every day, they post 2-5 awesome products. They call themselves a "web magazine for guys", and they do a phenomal job digging up cool finds, ranging from books to supercars. The site is clearly guy-centric, but we also realized it makes for a great gift guide for anyone looking for shopping ideas.
Why We Love It: It makes for an incredibly easy 5 minute break from the monotony of a work day. Since there is no community involvement, it's all layed out for you in an editorial style. And while we definitely appreciate the social aspect of the other two sites, there is something to be said for being served (and served well).
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