California-made for Nature Lovers Everywhere

Oakland, California · 2936 Sales


California-made for Nature Lovers Everywhere

Oakland, California 2936 Sales On Etsy since 2007

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Bess Petty

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Bess Petty

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Putting a bird on it since 2007

I've always loved nature--birdwatching, hiking, camping, you name it! Bird vs. Bird was born out of a brainstorm. Every day at my design job in the wide format printing industry I lamented how much scrap print media ended up in the garbage when customers ordered odd-sized banners and graphics. I thought there must be some way to put that material to use. After some experimentation and the first few bird illustrations, I developed the signature Bird vs. Bird vinyl banner pouches and began selling them here on Etsy and at a few local shops.
Fast forward to present day: with the blessing of my employer, I still fill waste areas on our rolls of banner and decal material with chickadees, chipmunks and bluebirds, and I have expanded my product line to include many other fun birdy treats.
In my home studio, I personally cut, sew, punch, press, package and ship each pouch, magnet set, coaster or pin. You can find me manning a table at many a craft fair in the Bay Area, and I've been fortunate to connect with hundreds of fellow bird lovers here in Oakland and around the country. I'm always dreaming up new merchandise and doodling new bird designs, and I love to hear from my customers and from store owners about what they'd like to see next!

Shop members

  • Bess Petty

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Bird Fan

    Love of birds + love of drawing + love of makin' stuff = Bird vs. Bird!

Production partners

  • an offset printing service

    Point Richmond, CA

    I have partnered with a local printer to bring you beautifully printed note cards. My printing partner is a certified B-Corporation that uses 100% post-consumer recycled paper stock and vegetable based inks.

  • Spoonflower

    Durham, NC

    I work with Spoonflower to print vibrant, washable fabric yardage of my original artwork that I then cut, sew and transform into unique, handmade products.


Find birdversusbird at the following upcoming market!

  • Patchwork Show Oakland Makers Festival
    Jack London Square
    Embarcadero West & Broadway

    Jun 16

    Shop handmade and independent goods from 150+ local makers + food artisans at Patchwork Show in Oakland. FREE to attend and family + dog friendly. PLUS food artisans + trucks, DIY craft workshops and music. Vendors are selected by a jury and feature clothing for men, women & kids, handbags, accessories, jewelry, art, ceramics, garden finds, home goods, plush, crochet & knit items, pet gear, kits & patterns, bath & body goodies and more! SPRING 2018 SHOWS: Santa Ana, California May 27, 2018 – Downtown – 4th St. @ Spurgeon St. Long Beach, California June 10, 2018 – Marine Stadium – Appian Way @ Bayshore Ave. Oakland, California June 16, 2018 – Jack London Square – Broadway @ Water St. *All shows are FREE to attend and 11-5pm

Shop policies

Last updated on April 11, 2018
Welcome to Bird vs. Bird Designs! Thanks for taking a peek at my work. The lengthy paragraphs below should explain my shop policies pretty clearly, but don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions or need clarification.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
I have hundreds of happy customers, and I want you to be happy too! I endeavor to present my wares accurately via photos and descriptions. Please let me know immediately if you are not satisfied with the quality of your purchase or feel it was misrepresented. Depending on the situation, I will give you a refund or send a replacement along with a return shipping envelope for the defective item.
Orders with a California shipping address will be automatically charged CA sales tax.
Buyers outside the US are responsible for any customs fees or taxes imposed by their home countries.
Unless otherwise specified in the description for an item, normal orders ship within 3 business days. Your will receive a shipping notification when your item(s) have shipped.

As much as possible, I use shipping materials that are recycled, recyclable or, best of all, both. If you are having me send your purchase as a gift, I will be more than happy to gift wrap and include a personal message from you, just let me know!
Additional policies and FAQs
If you have any questions about my work, feel free to send me a message. I'll get back to you as soon as I can. I do have a full time job outside of Bird vs. Bird, so it may take up to 48 hours for me to respond.
At this time, I am not designing custom graphics or making custom sized/shaped products.
At this time, I do not do consignment outside of my home turf (SF-East Bay area).