[Note from Erin] Remember Michelle from the Ann Taylor Concept Store opening in Clarendon? A few days ago, I got an email from her, inviting me to accompany her to an Etsy meet-up in DC. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend (read: I wussed out at the last second because I wasn’t feeling so hot), but she graciously offered to write a little review for us!
A little background on Ms. Michelle – she works in DC for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (check out their blog!) and she has been an Etsian since 2007. (And, she doesn’t know I’m saying this, but she is also uber fashionable!) So basically, this girl knows her stuff 🙂
If you love Etsy as much as I do, then you can imagine how excited I was when I heard that Etsy was planning to hold a meet-and-greet event in D.C. The Etsy office is in New York, and many events naturally take place there, so I jumped at the opportunity to participate and represent the local Etsy community.
I’m not a seller myself, but as an enthusiastic buyer and new-found proponent of things handmade, the idea of talking to local artists and crafters about their work and finding my newest obsession was more than I could ignore.
I arrived at Clyde’s in Gallery Place about 15 minutes after the start of the event, and by the time I got to the upstairs bar where the event took place, it was already packed with bubbly, enthusiastic Etsians getting to know each other. I got a nametag from Patrick, one of the Etsy staff that came down for the event, and immediately bumped into another enthusiastic buyer from the area. I spent the next two-and-a-half hours talking to buyers and sellers alike (as well as Kimm from the Etsy Community team!) about how they got into Etsy, their creations, and what they love about the Etsy community. Everyone agreed that the connection with the artists and creators that sell their handmade products was one of the greatest payoffs of being on the site, as well as supporting small business owners.
It was an evening of affirmation of all the things I have come to love about Etsy, most notably the community that has developed around the site. I made new friends, found new shops to peruse, and re-ignited my enthusiasm for the work that Etsy does.
Look for Etsy in the D.C. area again soon! Etsy will be hosting “Hello Etsy: A Summit on Small Business and Sustainability” on the weekend of September 17-18.