Otter Necessities on Etsy

Palatine, Illinois · 81 Sales


Otter Necessities on Etsy

Palatine, Illinois 81 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars

Announcement   I'm adding new pouches as they're completed.


I'm adding new pouches as they're completed.

Liana Winsauer

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Liana Winsauer


Average item review
5 out of 5 stars

Traci on May 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Absolutely love these hikes!! I received them very quickly and was able to use them in time for the Renaissance Faire. Thank you!

charisma black

charisma black on Apr 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Wow I was shocked when I received these. These really are large, perfect for thicker or multi layer skirts

charisma black

charisma black on Apr 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love them. Nice and long, perfect look.

Sarah Byrd

Sarah Byrd on Mar 24, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Great quality. Just as described and very sturdy.

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A Family Business

Otter Necessities is the result of imbibing too much stale vegamite while driving a jet-propelled snowblower at ridiculous rates of speed. Then the wombat appeared in the middle of the road. When the snow settled, we were left with one very flat wombat skin, a bill for snowblower repairs, and no cash. So we went into business . . .

We made a "kid harness" and leash for Robin, who had just learned to walk (he's in college now) It was great for places like the zoo and science fiction conventions. People kept asking us where we got it, so we made a few, made some belt pouches, and started trying to sell them. After two years we finally sold our first kid harness. Fortunately, we'd been selling plenty of other things in the meantime, refined our production techniques, and expanded our product line.

We take pride in the fact that all of our leather goods are handmade. Since we do the work ourselves, what we sell reflects directly back on us, and we pay attention to quality. Seams are sewn either by hand, with a heavy-duty sewing machine, or laced with real leather lace (no plastic!). We cut our belts out of hides ourselves, so we can cut them looooong, and avoid weak spots. When we decorate the leather items, we cut and tool the designs in so they will last, unlike mass-production stamping. Being engineers, our products are a little over-designed. We use heavy leather so things will wear well and not wear out. Also, most of our leather is water-resistant, by one method or another, so you don't have to worry about the weather.

The selection of merchandise shown is just that: a selection of our current merchandise (most of our sales are at conventions, etc.). See something you like, but want a different color, hardware, or other change? Contact us, we can probably make it (if we haven't already!).


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Shop members

  • Liana

    Owner, Design, Doing The Books, Sales, And Making Most Of The Things.

  • Ron

    Owner, Sales, Making Things, Moral & Tech Support

  • Xap

    Maker, Sales, Making Things

  • Robin

    Strong Like Ox

  • Pippin & Elrond

    Dogs Under Foot

Shop policies

Last updated on February 16, 2011
Welcome to Otter Necessities' Etsy shop. If you see something you like, but want it in a different color or hardware, please contact me.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
  • Other Method
Illinois (Cook Co.) sales tax will be collected on sales. If your billing address is in an Illinois county with lower sales tax, please contact me prior to placing your order with your billing city and county and I will update the sales tax calculator to compute your local sales tax rate.

PayPal or Google Checkout preferred, and the best if you're in a hurry. Checks and money orders will be accepted, but only for the exact amount. No merchandise will be sent out until payment has cleared, please keep this in mind when ordering.
Shipping will be via FedEx ground or the U.S. Postal Service.
Refunds and Exchanges
If our merchandise is not satisfactory, please contact me to discuss returns. I want you to be happy, and will refund the purchase price for most reasons, upon receipt of merchandise. Shipping costs are not refundable, and return shipping is the responsibility of the customer.

PLEASE NOTE: Buckled belts which have been cut to length and have had buckle punched are NOT returnable. Please contact us for instructions on how to measure for correct belt sizing (unless and until I figure out how to post it!)