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Handmade & Kid-Safe

Portland, Oregon · 124 Sales


Handmade & Kid-Safe

Portland, Oregon 124 Sales On Etsy since 2007

0 out of 5 stars

Announcement   Welcome to Karen's Monsters.

All products are created in a smoke-free environment. Each item is made with care and of quality materials, even the recycled ones.

Karen's Monsters ships internationally!


Last updated on Oct 26, 2015

Welcome to Karen's Monsters.

All products are created in a smoke-free environment. Each item is made with care and of quality materials, even the recycled ones.

Karen's Monsters ships internationally!

Karen Goetsch

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Karen Goetsch


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Debbi Feiner

Debbi Feiner on Aug 25, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This is a perfect addition to my all black, white and yellow gallery wall. Nobody will recognize him, but that's the fun if it! Thanks so much.


jacquesdaughter on Oct 7, 2013

5 out of 5 stars

Cute! Fast shipping, great etsyer!

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It all started in NYC

I started making monsters when I lived with a friend in Brooklyn, NY. He wanted something to do while working graveyard shift so I helped him learn how to sew by hand and start making sock creatures. But I couldn't let him have all the fun.

My first monster was inspired by my sister, who after hearing the story asked me if there is such a thing as a bunny monster.

After the first one was completed I couldn't seem to stop making them. I made them as presents for friends or just because I had an idea. While people encouraged me to sell them, I was a little shy of the idea at first. I didn't really know where to start.

The Brooklyn Indie Market ended up being the perfect place to start. The two women who ran the market were incredibly supportive and ended up becoming good friends of mine as we sold a number of places together throughout the 5 boroughs. From that first experience I learned about all kinds of markets, street fairs, the New York Etsy Street Team, and what I needed to work on to make my new monster adventure succeed.

After a few years of selling monsters almost every weekend at one place or another, mostly in NYC, I realized I needed to take a different tactic or I would become burnt out. Moving to Portland, OR (by way of San Francisco briefly) seemed like the right idea.

I only sell at markets or events a few times a year now, but you can find my monsters in a few stores, locally and in New York.


Shop members

  • Karen Goetsch

    Owner, Monster-Maker

    The thing I love the most about making monsters is the way they seem to come alive as I stuff them. By the time I'm sewing each creature shut, I'm naming them and letting whatever personality I can see develop into a story.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 21, 2013

Karen's Monsters is dedicated to creating toys that expand the imagination and inspire the child in all of us. These toys demand playtime and remind us adults of the freedom of dreaming.

The monsters are kid-safe, and many are baby-safe, I have more information regarding kid safety in my profile.

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
Both Paypal and credit cards are accepted. Monsters are shipped after payment has cleared.
All items are shipped within 3 business days via First Class/Priority Mail USPS with delivery confirmation. You will be emailed a tracking number.

Refunds and Exchanges
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact me within 15 days to return an item and I will refund your money minus shipping costs.
Additional policies and FAQs
- Custom Work -
I would be happy to create something to your specifications. Please choose a design, and color/fabric combinations. Or convo me with an idea and make me excited to try something new. Email me or convo me for more information and prices.

- Gifts -
I am happy to ship monsters wrapped and with a small gift note. Just let me know!