Are you a user of Etsy.co.uk?
If you haven't come across the world of Etsy before, it's a pretty special place. Etsy is a website and app where you can find a huge variety of hand made products, from birthday cards to furniture. People from all over the world use this website to turn their hobby into a business.
I know several people who have found Etsy to be a huge success story for them, Etsy allows you to create a shop that's completely personal. It's simple to sign up and there is an option to purchase digital downloads rather than hard copies, for example if you were to purchase a poster there may be the option to purchase a digital copy and print it yourself (saving you money.) This gives the customer options and you can chat to the artist or supplier before you make a purchase.
As someone who's Mum has an Etsy shop I know how important it is to get your name out there and show your work in person, as well as online. My Mum runs the shop Horsfield Handmade which is a store selling handmade handbags and gifts, showcasing her work at markets in the past has helped with widening her audience. Social Media is also great for sharing your Etsy shop and making people aware it exists! (Particularly Instagram.)
Cat handmade bag by HorsfieldHandmade.
So, onto Etsy Made Local!
The Lancashire Etsy team have announced that they're participating in 'Etsy Made Local' which is exactly what it sounds like. Etsy stores, in person, locally.
This event will be held at The Harris Museum in Preston, a stunning building with lots of space to showcase your work. The stalls will be open for the first weekend of December 2018. There is an option to purchase one table or two, depending on how much space you require.
"We will be showcasing a handpicked collection of local artisans and bringing the Harris museum to life with unique craft stalls and artists to create a special and festive gifting experience. We are looking for quality products with high levels of creative skill and originality in each of the submissions. Variety of stalls will be a consideration. "
To purchase a stall for the weekend it will cost £95.00. Fingers crossed you will make that back in sales over the weekend.
What do you need to know?
You MUST be a member of the Lancashire Etsy team and have an open and active Etsy shop to be able to apply for this event. Your shop must remain open and active for the duration from application to event as 'Etsy Made Local' is all about Etsy bringing their sellers into their local communities.
To join the Etsy Lancashire Team apply here:
How to apply for a stall?
There are a limited number of stands available for the Christmas fair, and the competition is high. Please complete the application form below, and accept our Terms and Conditions.
The applications will close midnight 5th August 2018.
The applications will be curated by a team of event organisers.
Once we have curated all applications, you will be notified via email by Monday 13th August
- Please ensure that you provide the correct email address.
- We will reply to all the applicants whether successful or not.
- It is your responsibility to check your junk mail box for our decision email.
Successful applicants will need to make payment to secure their place by midnight 26th August 2018.
Find out more and see whats happening online for Etsy Lancashire:
Head to the below pages and start a conversation with local creatives. This is a great opportunity to meat people with the same artistic interests as you.
Hope to see you there showing off your hard work from 2018!
Let us know if you're showcasing and we'll try our best to share your work on our social media pages :)
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