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About Us: Anda handmade and vintage goods

Etsy has had quite a growth spurt in the past year, and we have the awkward pictures to prove it. We are posting a series of About Us pieces to help you get to know the Etsy admin (and since many of us work remotely, for the admin to get to know each other!). You’ve seen the admin badge, and maybe you’re a bit curious about the person behind it! For more on Etsy’s mission and about the company, please see our About page (the link is in the little blue footer of every Etsy page).

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Anda, Anda, Anda…where to start? Anda is an old skool member of Etsy, where she began selling her wares as stopsandstarts back when she lived in Richmond, VA and attended art school in 2005. Ah, the Richmond days, when life was much more affordable than Brooklyn, where she now lives and works as an Etsy admin.  Anda often waxes poetical on the various stages of thrifty living. One such period renders many an entertaining tale: freegan-ish, crashing at Shakespeare & Co. stint in Paris, when she and her friends figured out how to live on nothing in one of the most expensive cities in the world. She still loves a good thrift shop and always has her eye out for dollar-stores.

Back in the early days of Etsy Labs, Anda coordinated all of the events and goings-on.  Now, she works on the Marketing Team, doing merchandising and design. Yes, Anda is our go-to person for amazing illustrations and we’ve even made her handwriting into a font for our Etsy video series and other design-y visual elements. Sometimes bursting into hysterical laughter and sometimes a prickly pear, Anda is truly unique Etsy admin with great taste, a talent for making just about anything, and a disarming knack for telling it like it is.

Here is early proof of her sense of style. (Check the Reebok hightop with the yellow laces in the background.)

Anda is someone who shoots for what she wants with incredible focus. When her then-soon-to-be-husband Pete was in grad school in Scotland, Anda decided she wanted to have a baby. And despite being an ocean away and working like crazy at Etsy Labs, she made it happen. And such was the beginning of the cutest baby in the world, Sidonie.  Sidonie is also officially the first admin baby (except for Charles’ babies, who are cute too but weren’t born on our watch).

Whilst hugely pregnant, she made her own wedding dress with Burdastyle‘s help. She had a really fun, last minute DIY wedding.

Anda’s mom Appalachia, who is also a seller, should feel very special this Mother’s Day because Anda is always talking about how awesome her mom is (and her dad, too)! She passed on the crafty gene to Anda and she will surely pass on the crafty gene to little Sidonie.

Anda Fun Facts:

  • Anda’s real name is Amanda.
  • Anda used to be a substitute teacher.
  • She can recite the entire script of Goonies, according to Matt (who is a known pathological liar).
  • She hated living in Scotland because it was dreary.
  • She has mad Scrabble skills.
  • Like some kind of Rainman, she can remember sequences of numbers from years past. And she loves math.
  • She and Pete have two kitties.
  • She claims to have synesthesia.
  • Julie notes that Anda can make dumplings out of random dregs found in the back of the kitchen cabinets (she has boasted of this multiple times).

She’s picked some favorites below. See all posts in this About Us series.

  • thebirdsandbees

    thebirdsandbees says:

    Happy Mom's Day Amanda..

    5 years ago

  • smashgirl

    smashgirl says:

    Happy Mother's Day!

    5 years ago

  • SteppingStones

    SteppingStones says:

    Happy Mother's day Anda! Good to meet you!

    5 years ago

  • appalachia

    appalachia says:

    Ha ha, I just noticed the girl beside you in the ballerina doll picture is making rabbit ears behind you:)

    5 years ago

  • RightAsRainCreations

    RightAsRainCreations says:

    Happy Mother's Day, Anda! It was lovely getting to "know" you a little bit! :) All the best to you and yours.

    5 years ago

  • RightAsRainCreations

    RightAsRainCreations says:

    Oh, yeah, and I like the "somebody just puked all over herself" song. I'm going to sing that to my daughter next time!

    5 years ago

  • futurowoman

    futurowoman says:

    Anda is so sweet! I came to Etsy HQ last summer unannounced, just to say hi, and she was a great hostess! Sidonie is so adorable; Anda wasn't really showing at the time I met her, but she had a sonogram image of her daughter on her computer and was already a super-proud mother. :)

    5 years ago

  • Jetsah

    Jetsah says:

    Happy Mothers Day! What a nice profile. I love the family photos.

    5 years ago

  • FiberContent

    FiberContent says:

    Happy Mother's Day, Anda! I love seeing Sidonie grow up whenever you put up her sweet pictures!

    5 years ago

  • adubois Admin

    adubois says:

    Happy Mother's Day Anda! x

    5 years ago

  • panoptica

    panoptica says:

    I love Sidonie, she is seriously the most beautiful baby I've ever seen...

    5 years ago

  • 1AEON

    1AEON says:

    Happy mother's day Anda!! Happy mother's day Pete!!

    5 years ago

  • weirdwolf Admin

    weirdwolf says:

    Sidonie is such a little cutie pie!! Happy Mothers Day Anda!

    5 years ago

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn says:

    Happy Mother's Day! You have such a cute baby!

    5 years ago

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun says:

    Happy Mother's day and yeah for new Sidonie footage, is so stinking cute...I have to say the "she CLAIMS to have synesthesia" is pretty funny; claims eh, who's putting it into questions?

    5 years ago

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle says:

    Awesome video & story! I can vouch for the storytelling skills referenced in the questionnaire. And very exciting that after our months of boasting about our Scrabble skills, we're about to face off (ahem, off to review "q"s without "u"s now) ya dude!

    5 years ago

  • FrucciDesign

    FrucciDesign says:

    Sidonie is the super cutest "handmade" etsy product!! happy mother's day Anda!!!

    5 years ago

  • BlackStarBeads

    BlackStarBeads says:

    Happy Mother's Day Stops. Your daughter is a doll! (and Appalachia).

    5 years ago

  • broadwayartsalvage

    broadwayartsalvage says:

    i have a confession...i pretend that baby sidonie is my granddaughter..she is outstanding, there i feel better now..

    5 years ago

  • DearDodo

    DearDodo says:

    You rock Anda! And you rock too, Sidonie!! :)

    5 years ago

  • HarmonyWear

    HarmonyWear says:

    Oh my goodness, Sidonie is such a cutie! I love the maryjanes at Anda's shop...and I can also quote The Goonies and like to pepper my speech with random Goonies quotes (even went to Astoria and visited all the Goonies landmarks).

    5 years ago

  • meeabee

    meeabee says:

    I LOVE Anda's etsy finds. It pops into my mailbox just before I head off to bed most days (being in Japan, with the time difference). Anda knows my favorite thing, apart from the cool stuff she finds, and the great captions, is the peeks of little Sydonie. Absolutely the cutest baby ever, those eyes! that hair! Great article about one of my favorite etsy admins. Happy Mother's Day Anda.

    5 years ago

  • anda Admin

    anda says:

    What's Goonies? Thanks y'all!!

    5 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    oh my goodness... Sidonie is beaUtiful!! (and I agree with meeabee, I love the little peeks of the cutie pie in Anda's "etsy finds" emails. And FrucciDesign: Sidonie is the super cutest "handmade" etsy product!! true!) I love the "About Us" features. Thanks for sharing!!

    5 years ago

  • Venbead

    Venbead says:

    happy mother's day. that baby is gorgeous

    5 years ago

  • Artistikdiva

    Artistikdiva says:

    I so look forward to my finds everyday! It's good to get to know you better. You Rock!

    5 years ago

  • kjoosupplies

    kjoosupplies says:

    I am happy to know a little more about you! great article congrats*

    5 years ago

  • AuntieBagel

    AuntieBagel says:

    Just hanging around, admiring the view!

    5 years ago

  • colleenbang

    colleenbang says:

    what a sweet, sweet baby

    5 years ago

  • susyjewelry

    susyjewelry says:

    It's nice to know more about the Etsy folks. I'm impressed that the Marketing department has only three employees. You guys do a bang up job!

    4 years ago

  • noahcooper

    noahcooper says:

    I bet your two kitties would like it if Etsy got rid of dead animals' fur

    4 years ago

  • cocoapod

    cocoapod says:

    Anda, nice to learn more about you! And your baby girl is adorable, most likely the cutest girl I have ever seen! Are you sure she is not a Lati doll? :)

    4 years ago

  • ItsMadeAtHome

    ItsMadeAtHome says:

    Anda, It was great meeting you in Seattle! Come back soon. Your little munchkin is beautiful! ~Meghan

    4 years ago