I am always on the lookout for nice vectors that I can edit to make sure they are exactly what I want and need but not spend all my profit on. iStock was always one of my favourites because you can buy credits as you need them and don't need to pay up front for 5 downloads. But I've found that their vector illustrations have become more and more expensive (especially with the Dollar - Rand exchange rate) and they sometime still look very computer generated and lack that special hand-drawn touch.
You can imagine my excitement when I found the most beautiful vector shops on Etsy. I am probably a few years behind everyone else in making this discovery but it still feels like I discovered a new breed of fluffy, long eared puppies. The vector sets are a lot cheaper and the variety of items per download makes it worth it for me.
I highly recommend playing around on Etsy if you only have a few dollars in your pocket. It saved me hours and I was able to find a lovely vector illustration set that I was able to quickly edit to incorporate into a wedding invite design. And I am 100% sure that I will be able to use every element in the set that I bought. Etsy I love you forever and ever.