Earlier this year, I received an interesting invitation from Etsy, the online handmade and vintage marketplace. Etsy wanted to celebrate their Canadian vendors by organizing a multi-city pop-up marketplace in every major city across Canada. They needed help to do it, and as captain for the Calgary Artists team, I was invited to a special conference in Toronto.
Along with Hilda from Handmade Therapy, I spent three days in Toronto collaborating with fellow team captains and Etsy Canada’s staff to learn about their vision for what eventually became known as Made in Canada. There’s an interesting thing about being a vendor on Etsy – most of one’s sales come from buyers in the United States and overseas. Though there are thousands of talented Canadian Etsy sellers, Etsy remains a bit of a secret in Canada. I’ve seen this from my own shop, too. Of the sales I’ve had on Etsy, the majority have been shipped to US-based buyers.
As a way of getting Canadian sellers in touch with their local market, Etsy proposed Made in Canada, a one-day event that would occur in every major city across the country. It’s a first for Etsy – no other country has tried this out yet.
On September 27th, every major city across Canada will host their own Etsy: Made in Canada marketplace. To pull this off, Etsy needed Team Captains to organize the event in their own cities. We were each put in charge of finding a venue, choosing sellers, and putting together the little details that make these events worth attending.
Working with my side-project, Creative Culture Calgary, Hilda and I have selected 40 amazing handmade and vintage vendors, who will hopefully meet a lot of eager customers on September 27th. Everything from fine art, to jewelry, to vintage kitsch, and much more.
It’s been a long few months preparing for this event, and through it all, I’ve learned so much. I can’t wait to bring my new-found knowledge to my work with Creative Culture Calgary, but for now, I am really looking forward to watching the event unfold this weekend.
Please join Hilda, Leonie, Lindy, and myself as we present the Calgary edition of Made in Canada this weekend at Symons Valley Ranch Farmer’s Market.
If you don’t live in Calgary, check out the Etsy: Made in Canada website to find a market in your area.