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5-Star Buys: A Handmade Map of a Favorite Place

by Valerie Rains

Apr 5, 2019

Behold, your shortcut to an unforgettable gift.

hand-cut paper map from Studio KMO
Photo by: Ryan Liebe

In our 5-Star Buys series we spotlight popular Etsy items that recently struck a chord with shoppers—and let their rave reviews do the talking.
North Carolina-based paper artist (and former architect) Karen M. O'Leary of Studio KMO knows the power of a map to spark memories, conversations, and a hearty dose of hometown pride. And so do the 8,000-plus folks who've ordered one of her intricately hand-cut cartographic creations since she opened her Etsy shop a decade ago. Read on for one shopper's happy discovery:
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“What a beautiful gift this turned out to be! I purchased this for my favorite New Yorker who is also my closest friend. She has everything, so it's always hard to buy for her. My friend was beyond impressed with the beauty of the piece. Thank you for the easy transaction!” — JR

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Valerie Rains

Valerie Rains is a senior editor at Etsy.