The Homespun: Modern Handmade boutique is a wonderland of cute, quirky goods that are practical and affordable. Owner Amanda Taflinger, who also runs the popular Indieana Handicraft Exchange, stocks her shop with everything from recycled leather handbags to stuffed animals (most made by Hoosier vendors).
The shop is small, but Homespun makes good use of its space. Noteworthy merchandise includes children's crayon aprons from Bobaloo ($18), gourmet marshmallows from 240Sweet ($6) and handmade soaps from Get Lathered ($6). Shoppers will also find fun stained-glass suncatchers based on vintage tattoo designs ($25 to $55), wooden cutting boards featuring video game motifs ($125 to $150) and People for Urban Progress tote bags made of recycled canvas from the roof of the former RCA Dome ($45). The shop also carries prints and posters, Indianapolis-theme T-shirts, books, toys and a wide selection of handmade jewelry.
Located in the up-and-coming Irvington neighborhood, Homespun is off the beaten path but worth seeking out. Parking on Washington Street can be tricky, the best bet is to try the lot behind the building and enter through the back door.