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Featured Buyers: EtsyPatrons, Etsy’s Team of Buyers

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As Etsy’s quintessential shoppers, EtsyPatrons Team members are a natural choice for this week’s Featured Buyers. They are constantly roaming the virtual shops of Etsy, and this week they share their wonderful finds, selected from some of Etsy’s newest artists.

Hi, I’m Beverly of beachyrustica, Team Leader of EtsyPatrons. Our team began, as many do, with a Forum thread and an idea. One of our soon-to-be members started a discussion encouraging the Etsy community to “Make Someone’s Day” by purchasing from a new Etsian and telling everyone what they’d found. Many “days were made,” and several of us took up the cause and formed a team: except instead of aligning for the purpose of selling, we united as a team of buyers. During our work as EtsyPatrons, those of us who are also Etsy shop owners take off our seller hats and join with our buyer-only teammates to purchase from and promote the shops of others. I think it is safe to say that we are the only non-self promotional team on Etsy.
 
Our current projects include the continuation of Have You Made Someone’s Day, our weekly effort to promote new shops within the Etsy Forums; members also select their favorite new items and give them greater exposure by curating and promoting an Etsy Treasury; starting and hosting a Buyer’s thread within the Forums; blogging at EtsyPatrons.blogspot.com, as well as writing about our favorite shops for the blogs of others; maintaining an EtsyPatrons EtsyMini of our favorites that shows up across the web, and many other projects. Members are encouraged to initiate their own projects to make buying on Etsy a team effort!
 
The pieces below were submitted by individual members and then voted on by the team. We wanted to highlight some of Etsy’s newest artists, while showing off the excellent quality and creativity of handmade work that buyers come to Etsy to find, as well as some of the great vintage pieces available on the site.

 
Maru of Wiremeup found this gorgeous art quilt, created by ModernQuilts. “Both the commanding colors used and the detailed hand stitchery of the words, ‘whole, wholly, holy’ and ‘whole cloth, of the cloth and man of the cloth,’ swirling about this exceptional art quilt made of a single piece of fabric, is wholly beyond the words stitched onto the quilt itself.”


Zebras in the Room by audreyart was selected by EP’s Treasury Director, Glenna of VintageEmbellishment. She says, “I love this print. The little redheaded girl reminds me of my granddaughter, who at 5 years old is learning all about the ‘love of reading’ and the joy it brings.”

 
This Cosmos Rectangular Zip Pouch by misscakedesign was the selection of Maisy, aka maisyh. “Not only does it combine two of my favorite colors — lavender and lime — but this is a pouch that will not get lost at the bottom of your tote! I particularly love the way misscake has machine appliquéd her own design into the material to give the combination yet more individuality. This pouch has wide appeal: practical, stylish, feminine, and edgy.”

 
“The fullness and beauty of each woman in this powerfully brilliant painting is in the fact that they are faceless. Though they are faceless, they express a vibrant image, each with their own personality,” commented Maru of Wiremeup, who discovered this work by Krystyna81 entitled It’s Not About You.

 
These charming, handpainted wooden chairs by pamdesign were chosen by Jen of Jemjoop. “I really love these handpainted chairs! There is something to be said for functional art you can actually use around your home. They put a beautiful spin on recycling!”

 
Even the title of this piece is appealing. The Peek-A-Boo Fairy Art Card ACEO was created by ArtSlings1946 and discovered by Linda of Peppercorns2. She says, “I love the beautiful artistry and imagination of this mini art treasure.”


Nest was the choice of Jen, aka Jemjoop. “Larkjewelrydesigns handcrafted this wonderful silver nest necklace in tourmaline, ruby, and garnet. I like it for its originality and skillful design. A really unique piece for your jewelry box.”

 
“I love anything orange and pink, which is probably why this fabulous tangerine orange and lavender fabric bowl by sewdivine caught my eye! For me, the appeal is in the luxurious clashing colors, the genius construction, and the fact that everyone needs a good bowl to throw their keys and cell phone into when they get home,” says maisyh.

 
Our star shopper discovered Butterflies, an 8×10 photograph by katieelizabethphoto. Maru of Wiremeup summed up her selection of this piece as such: “What caught my imagination were the butterflies fluttering about from this young woman’s stomach, as if she was embarking on a passage of womanhood or perhaps the anticipation of a honeymoon. So excited of what is to come: butterflies of oh so perfect days full of excitement.”


I ran across this fun archival print, Retro Shopper with Companion by sandyklotter, and chose it as the lead in to this article because it evokes the exact feeling that makes us Etsypatrons: sharing the fun of shopping on Etsy!
 
We hope you’ve enjoyed browsing our favorite new artists and vintage pieces. If you’d like to become an EtsyPatron, we’d love to hear from you! There are no purchasing requirements (or pressure), but we do ask members to participate on a regular basis. Check out our Etsy Team profile and join at our Yahoo group.

Further Resources
Etsypatrons.etsy.com
EtsyPatrons.blogspot.com
Etsy Patron’s Teams Page

For more shopping ideas, our Featured Buyers series is quite impressive! Do some digging, my friend!

  • rikrak

    rikrak says:

    gorgeous finds! and what a fabulous team you are, etsypatrons! thanks for all of the fabulous support you give on etsy!

    5 years ago

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi says:

    Such a cool team!!!!

    5 years ago

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia says:

    I want to join this team, it is made for me!

    5 years ago

  • VintageEmbellishment

    VintageEmbellishment says:

    Oh, anyone who would love being a part of this team is welcome, please, come join us :)

    5 years ago

  • TheBroochBoutique

    TheBroochBoutique says:

    Very interesting reading your side of the Etsy story. You make a great team.

    5 years ago

  • hadleygetscrafty

    hadleygetscrafty says:

    The kindness! The beautiful things!

    5 years ago

  • Bellabeaddesigns

    Bellabeaddesigns says:

    You all have a great "eye" for the unique!

    5 years ago

  • wiremeup2

    wiremeup2 says:

    This is such an edifying group to be a part of and to work with. You continually feel that special purpose of putting a smile on someones face, perhaps in a distant land or your own back yard, when they see that sale in their email. Beverly and the rest of the team thank you for your vision and exhorting me to be a part of it~M;D

    5 years ago

  • SusannahOJewelry

    SusannahOJewelry says:

    Lovely choices! Thanks for the article.

    5 years ago

  • chainsnmore

    chainsnmore says:

    Great looking team!

    5 years ago

  • peppercorns2

    peppercorns2 says:

    It is such a pleasure to help new sellers on Etsy. That first sale is always a thrill for them and for the members of EtsyPatrons. Please join us if you would like to be a part of this team.

    5 years ago

  • missyarpington

    missyarpington says:

    This article brought a smile to my face, too! It's so important to give creative people and their projects the sort of encouragement that lets them know that their work HAS reached an appreciative audience, and that someone believes in their vision. What more could a new Etsian want? It's decided: I want to join EtsyPatrons! Great team idea, great article! Fantastic!

    5 years ago

  • sparksart

    sparksart says:

    This Team shows the very best of the Etsy spirit! Thank you so much for supporting all of us!

    5 years ago

  • longfellow

    longfellow says:

    It is a lovely idea, and it can only benefit us all to encourage new Etsians.

    5 years ago

  • dvinedesigns

    dvinedesigns says:

    Awesome! The light is shinning bright!!

    5 years ago

  • modernquilts

    modernquilts says:

    I am so honored to be featured in this article along with the other wonderful artists' works! Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    This is such an honor - thank you for your article and the wonderful interpretation of my piece "It's not About You"...it means so much to me that you not only enjoyed the piece, but developed an idea of a meaning behind it. What a great compliment. Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • Ksar

    Ksar says:

    What a wonderful idea and team, you all are the best. Sometimes one small gesture can really mean alot.

    5 years ago

  • cuddlycozy

    cuddlycozy says:

    Being a new Etsian, I can only say that I now know for sure that I made a great decision to become part of Etsy. There is so much to understand and get information on. Your Team is a true inspiration. Yes, I am always anxious when opening my emails but I love it! Hope! Thank you for this wonderful article.

    5 years ago

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle says:

    I heard about you guys a bit ago, and love that there's a buyer street team! Keep up the great work! Great picks for this article- all of these artist are new to me, and they're all wonderful! The art quilts are fabulous, I'm in love!

    5 years ago

  • DoSiDough

    DoSiDough says:

    Beautiful! Thank you.

    5 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    Wow, you have really found some treasures here! Thanks for introducing us all to these wonderful artists. Many of them are shops that I hadn't discovered. The women in white painting is just stunning!

    5 years ago

  • valeriellen

    valeriellen says:

    As a serial buyer, I cannot believe that I didn't know about this team!

    5 years ago

  • Enthral

    Enthral says:

    I had no idea there was a buyer's street team! What an awesome idea, and a great article!

    5 years ago

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin says:

    All of the finds are wonderful.....but I just love the Retro Shopper!!!

    5 years ago

  • acyrillka

    acyrillka says:

    I loved your selections - and what a great group!

    5 years ago

  • timberdoodledesigns

    timberdoodledesigns says:

    This truly is a great group; Maisyh featured some of my items on her cool blog when I was still struggling for my first sale, and it was a big moral boost. They're just so kind!

    5 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Amazing items. Go Teams

    5 years ago

  • maisyh

    maisyh says:

    Yay, timberdoodle! and double yay, Etsy Patrons! I love this team - I just wish I could snoop and shop with them full time. Look out for our EP newby sellers treasuries too everyone; we'd get such a kick out of getting more newbies onto the front page (hint, hint, lol) :)

    5 years ago

  • wartpiggydesigns

    wartpiggydesigns says:

    What a wonderful idea. A hearty thanks!

    5 years ago

  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie says:

    Great idea for a team and I just love it when other Etsians help out the new sellers!! WTG!!!

    5 years ago

  • SnuggleHerd

    SnuggleHerd says:

    Great finds, EtsyPatrons! Thanks for spreadin' the love!

    5 years ago

  • mixdclay

    mixdclay says:

    This story is great! I love the community that is here at Etsy! Great job EP!

    5 years ago

  • imperfectalia

    imperfectalia says:

    Excellent finds! Thanks for introducing them to me!

    5 years ago

  • beachyrustica

    beachyrustica says:

    Thanks so much! It is really fun to be part of this great team!

    5 years ago

  • unicorngem1994

    unicorngem1994 says:

    Every item here is beautiful! Great job! Best, D http://mygemstonebox.blogspot.com

    5 years ago

  • santiamnaturals

    santiamnaturals says:

    Thanks for featuring my oatmeal scrub. Just crossing my fingers for my 1st sale. Thanks for the help.

    5 years ago

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove says:

    A Buyers Team. What a wonderful idea -- scouring for favorites on Etsy. I do that all the time -- maybe I would qualify for this team! :-)

    5 years ago

  • wiremeup2

    wiremeup2 says:

    Ther is no qualifing for the "Etsy Patron's Team" just gotta love to shop the newbies and make their day~ that's a natural shoe in!~M;D

    5 years ago

  • ezrascousin

    ezrascousin says:

    Enjoyable article. Great idea too.

    5 years ago

  • audreyart

    audreyart says:

    Thank you! I'm honored to be among such wonderful creations. It's so fulfilling when people feel a connection to my art. Thank you very much for the article and thoughtful comment!

    5 years ago

  • rickderwitsch

    rickderwitsch says:

    Great article. Great Team.

    5 years ago

  • phippsart

    phippsart says:

    Etsy Patrons Rocks!!!

    5 years ago

  • LightTheDarkness

    LightTheDarkness says:

    so kind, what a great team. Many cheers!

    5 years ago

  • HautTotes

    HautTotes says:

    Fantastic!!

    5 years ago

  • BGMCREATIONS

    BGMCREATIONS says:

    Love your choices and want to be a part of this funky fun team!!

    4 years ago