When it comes to online shopping for homemade, vintage and offbeat goodies Etsy has the internet market cornered.
Part virtual craft fair, part uber-searchable catalogue, Etsy the internet home to artists, crafters, collectors and artisans around the globe, including Canada.
Founded in 2005 and calls Brooklyn, NY home. Etsy has over 1 million active shops, 26 million items listed and had $1.35 billion in sales in 2013. If you search for ‘Made in Canada’, Etsy says there are 17,072 items labelled such. Small batch crafts, it seems, are a big deal.
On September 27, Etsy vendors from the Vancouver area will go offline at the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up. The event takes place at Robson Square from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The pop-up marketplace is part of a cross-Canada celebration of the Canuck Etsy community. Similar markets are popping up in 23 cities from Quebec to B.C. More than 65 vendors are selling everything from honey to jewellery to kids clothes at the Robson Square ice skating rink September 27.
Vancouver event curators and organizers – Crystal Ho of Triple Studio, Emilia Lerzo of Whiskers & Lipstick and Gabrielle Strong of Shoreside Studio 1 – are Etsy sellers themselves which ensures that the event will be both grassroots and authentic.
Leah McIntyre, a Vancouverite and owner of the LoveMyLocal Etsy shop makes bamboo cutting boards in the shape of Canadian provinces and Canada itself.
The former mortgage lender grew up watching her dad in his woodworking studio so it was only natural that she start working with wood too. McIntyre and her husband design the boards in Vancouver, cut them in a workshop in Langley and then the boards are treated with a blend of natural oils, beeswax and bamboo extract. The B.C. cheese board is Love my Local’s best seller.
“Everyone has a place that’s special or unique to them in some way. A place where you created memories with loved ones….Our boards celebrate these places in a fun way and will hopefully inspire you to take the time to create more beautiful moments. Besides that, it’s super fun to serve B.C. made cheese on a B.C. shaped board,” explains McIntyre.
Shebnam Edrisi, owner of the SurondStudio Etsy shop, makes beautiful gilded belts, bracelets and super fun masks.
Edrisi has a background in Industrial design and works full time on her Etsy shop while juggling part-time graphic design work. An Etsy member since 2011, she is looking forward meeting her customers and fellow sellers at the Made in Canada pop-up.
“I’m pretty excited, mostly because I will get the chance to meet people in Vancouver. I’d love to talk to them and ask about their expectations from a local designer/artisan. I would love to experiment more and more with our art and design culture,” explains Edrisi.
To learn more about the Vancouver Etsy Made in Canada event visit their website here: http://etsyvancouver.ca