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OOAK Show 2010 Call for Artists handmade and vintage goods


Etsy is very excited to be partnering with The One of a Kind Show and Sales® in Chicago and New York for the 2010 holidays. As such, we’re putting out the call for artists and crafters to apply for the The Etsy Artist Pavilion for emerging artists. This year’s Etsy Artist Pavilion (and the generous discount) is only available for the Chicago show. We encourage you to apply for the New York show as well, which will be at a smaller venue than last year’s NYC show, but centrally located in Manhattan’s Herald Square for prime holiday shopping traffic.

Have you applied? Deadline for entries is September 15, 2010!

Download the OOAK Chicago Etsy Artist Pavilion application.

What is this all about, you ask? As a highlighted feature of the Chicago One of a Kind Show, the Etsy Artist Pavilion will feature up to 30 booths for participating Etsy artists and one Etsy booth (to spread the good word). The pavilion is intended as an opportunity for up-and-coming artists to gain access to a highly sought-after and well established brand of shows. Qualified Etsy sellers of handmade items will have the opportunity to exhibit at these holiday shopping events at a discounted rate. To stay to top date and be the first to know when the application’s go live, sign up here.

Bag by Kuketa

Event dates and locations:

One of a Kind Show and Sale® Chicago, December 2-5, 2010, at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago

One of a Kind Show and Sale® NY, November 11-14 and 18-21, 2010, at  7 W New York, 34th St at 5th Ave

Details and application information here.

Questions? Contact You can also join the discussion in this forum thread. Kim, an Etsy seller who was in the Etsy Pavilion last year and who just so happens to have joined Etsy as an Admin recently, may chime in there to speak about her experience. Were you a shopper or vendor at last year’s One of a Kind Show and Sale Chicago? Please join in the conversation too!

Children’s art by Mally Designs

Vanessa Bertozzi is a Senior Manager for Etsy Wholesale, a private, juried section of the Etsy marketplace. Since starting at Etsy in 2007, she has launched the Etsy Blog and led teams focused on seller education and community.

  • bedbuggs

    bedbuggs says:

    Thanks for the Heads Up! Wish I was closer to Chicago! ;)

    5 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Great finds :)

    5 years ago

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns says:

    Sounds like it's going to be a fun time... wish I was near!

    5 years ago

  • lindab142

    lindab142 says:

    Wow! That's a huge show. I have to think about it for next year.

    5 years ago

  • buysomelove

    buysomelove says:

    OMG. Would love to come down to Chicago for this. COME TO TORONTO :)

    5 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    love love love ooak show!! get in if you can!!

    5 years ago

  • RavenWorksCa

    RavenWorksCa says:

    wow thats an awesome opportunity to get exposure, though I agree OOAK should come to toronto, But maybe applying for the New York one is do-able.

    5 years ago

  • SunnyDayVintage

    SunnyDayVintage says:

    I'll see you there - and I'm bringing my checkbook!

    5 years ago

  • manvsgeorge

    manvsgeorge says:

    What a great opportunity! Thank you for the heads-up!

    5 years ago

  • NAebersold

    NAebersold says:

    Who makes those gorgeous stacked gold and diamond rings?

    5 years ago

  • StudioZen

    StudioZen says:

    Sounds like a great show!

    5 years ago

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague says:

    sounds like a helluva time!

    5 years ago

  • TipsyTimeMachine

    TipsyTimeMachine says:

    Etsy should have a pavilion at the OOAK show in Toronto, there's lots of great handcraft in Canada.

    5 years ago

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections says:

    Oh, how I wish I can attend and see all the Etsy items in person!

    5 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    I'm excited for the New York show!

    5 years ago

  • ThatOldBlueHouse2

    ThatOldBlueHouse2 says:

    I have been waiting for this announcement! Thanks!

    5 years ago

  • auntbethys2

    auntbethys2 says:

    it's going to be just wonderful - wish I could be there.... but am thrilled for those who will be there! yeeeeeeeehaw!!!!!! beth in texas

    5 years ago

  • HellsSewingCircle

    HellsSewingCircle says:

    A wonderful opportunity :) It's so exciting when Etsy partners with other institutions and events!

    5 years ago

  • kambriel

    kambriel says:

    This sounds fantastic, thank you for posting the details!

    5 years ago

  • Arva

    Arva says:

    Really sounds like a great and beautiful show !

    5 years ago

  • indum

    indum says:

    wow...its sounds so much fun...its a great stage for th eupcoming artists...KUDOS to u !!!

    5 years ago

  • agnespdesigns

    agnespdesigns says:

    What a great opportunity. I would love to participate!

    5 years ago

  • CarlaLovato

    CarlaLovato says:

    Thank you for sharing this with us, I am off to read all the info.

    5 years ago

  • DanaCastle

    DanaCastle says:

    I actually do live near Chicago, but will be gone during that time! Oh, well. Maybe next year... :)

    5 years ago

  • myhobbyshop

    myhobbyshop says:

    would love to attend something like this!!

    5 years ago

  • ArtTales

    ArtTales says:


    5 years ago

  • candacejean

    candacejean says:

    It sounds amazing; I wish that I could try to be a vendor there. Gosh, I wish I could go and just shop around!

    5 years ago

  • mcldrygoods

    mcldrygoods says:

    that's exciting and something definitely to consider. thanks!

    5 years ago

  • jenniferdarezzo

    jenniferdarezzo says:

    I wish I lived in Chicago or New York so I could go to these!

    5 years ago

  • holdenism

    holdenism says:

    do something in dc!!!

    5 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    What a great opportunity! Good luck to those who get in!

    5 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    It's a date!

    5 years ago

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr says:

    Very cool!

    5 years ago

  • MidwestAlchemy

    MidwestAlchemy says:

    Checking the details - thank you!

    5 years ago

  • erintrees

    erintrees says:

    Wish I could be there, still a wonderful opportunity,good luck all :o)

    5 years ago

  • erintrees

    erintrees says:

    Would be great to be there, good luck to all :o)

    5 years ago

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion says:

    $700. is still a lot of dinero for space + travel & lodging. Sounds like a wonderful event even so.

    5 years ago

  • UrbArchaeology

    UrbArchaeology says:

    Oh, no - that's the same weekend as the Chicago Renegade Holiday Fair. :(

    5 years ago

  • UrbArchaeology

    UrbArchaeology says:

    Oh, no - that's the same weekend as the Renegade Holiday Fair. :( Tough choice for potential vendors.

    5 years ago

  • waukeshapottery

    waukeshapottery says:

    OOOOH, looking into it.

    5 years ago

  • svitrolica

    svitrolica says:

    Oooh how exciting but we need one of these here in France!! (;

    5 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Sound great!

    5 years ago

  • Sugarshoxcrafts

    Sugarshoxcrafts says:

    We need more outside of the box shows like this in Buffalo, NY. We do have a fair amount of art shows, but none really highlight being different from the norm...maybe Etsy should look into coming down to one of them--the Allentown Art Festival is really big and is held every June. It's a really long-standing tradition around here.

    5 years ago

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 says:

    Not sure if I can get to Chicago, but I'll check out the app :)

    5 years ago

  • needleyou

    needleyou says:

    I'd love to be a part of this. We'll see ...

    5 years ago

  • ElizabethOHara

    ElizabethOHara says:

    Thanks for all the great information on these shows! Can't wait to see how folks do at them.

    5 years ago

  • jill2day

    jill2day says:

    I participated last year - GREAT show, great traffic, and great exposure for Etsy... I am back again this year in a full booth. Hope to see lots of new Etsy artist there... Convo me if you want any insiders info!

    5 years ago

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra says:

    I think I'm going to apply! This looks so great!

    5 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    Just came back from Chicago! Wish I could be there to check this out... I love one of a kind items and probably would spend every last cent I have.

    5 years ago

  • lauraprill

    lauraprill says:


    5 years ago

  • jbeaudet

    jbeaudet says:

    Thanks for the info!

    5 years ago

  • lilipadcreations

    lilipadcreations says:

    I participated last year as well in both ooak shows! Chicago was just an incredible experience (both shows were!!) and I think it was run perfectly from start to finish. Etsy was a fantastic presence the whole time and the vibe was just amazing! Traffic was non-stop for the entire event and the etsy pavillion was in a great location. Do it if you can!! I am doing a booth as well this year! See you there Jill!!

    5 years ago

  • AndisAccessories

    AndisAccessories says:

    Wish I lived closer...British Columbia is a little too far...

    5 years ago

  • Shopelegante

    Shopelegante says:

    Vote for Toronto! It's already on the list, so please come here. You will have great support here :)

    5 years ago

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago says:

    are you coming to boston??

    5 years ago

  • modstitches

    modstitches says:


    5 years ago

  • poplovedesigns

    poplovedesigns says:

    Ack! Wish I could be there, but the travel-fare would be a little more than I could handle... bring it to Israel!!! <3 Andrea

    5 years ago

  • CreationsbyCass

    CreationsbyCass says:

    Wow, what an opportunity, wish it was closer.

    5 years ago

  • ShibaNgDesigns

    ShibaNgDesigns says:

    I was a participant in last year's Etsy Pavilion in Chicago and it was such a wonderful experience. I would recommend this fabulous opportunity to anyone ready to take the leap and put themselves out there. Meeting the Etsy staff and other Etsy sellers was so exciting. Last year was so great that I am going back this year in my own regular size booth. Thank you Etsy for this wonderful experience! I'm happy to see that it is happening again.

    5 years ago

  • ShibaNgDesigns

    ShibaNgDesigns says:

    I participated in the Etsy Pavilion last year in Chicago. This was a fabulous opportunity that I would recommend to anyone wanting to take a leap in their business. This year I will be going back to Chicago as a vendor. Thank you Etsy!

    5 years ago

  • paramijewelry

    paramijewelry says:

    Would love to participate in one closer to us!

    5 years ago

  • hazelhome

    hazelhome says:

    I'd love to participate...Chicago's a great city and just down the road!

    5 years ago

  • AntiqueAndUnique

    AntiqueAndUnique says:

    Wish I can go :(

    5 years ago

  • treeoflifestudio

    treeoflifestudio says:

    I would be interested for the future!

    5 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    I am seriously considering trying this show, for sure.

    5 years ago

  • lindageez

    lindageez says:

    Perhaps I missed something. I would be interested if the cost for the booth is not too much! Where can I find all the details?

    5 years ago

  • zmedceramics

    zmedceramics says:

    questions: does anyone have any information on when the results of the application will be announced? and to those who have done the show in the past ... how important is it to be able to accept credit cards? thanks!

    5 years ago

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios says:

    Thanks! Looking forward to more info on the NY show.

    5 years ago

  • StoneFlur

    StoneFlur says:

    Wow it sounds like an awesome gathering. Wish I could be there.

    5 years ago

  • Autumnreed

    Autumnreed says:

    The show sounds wonderful. Now quick, someone buy $700 worth of my shop lol I wanna go!!!

    5 years ago

  • emmasommerfeld

    emmasommerfeld says:

    Whenever there's something like that in the San Francisco Bay Area I'd really consider it - even from Germany ;-)

    5 years ago

  • AtabbycatArts

    AtabbycatArts says:

    Well I am too far away to even consider it.. but it's good that Etsy is finding art event and partnerships for artists and artisans.

    5 years ago

  • CamilleMarie

    CamilleMarie says:

    Wish I could too!!

    5 years ago

  • maryelizabethanne

    maryelizabethanne says:

    Wish the Etsy Pavilion was in NYC also - would do that in a heart beat!!

    5 years ago

  • KRDesigns11

    KRDesigns11 says:

    I am lacking the minimum 10 etsy sales to apply. It is THE show along with the American Craft Show held at Northwestern University last weekend. I'm pleased to learn Etsy is a sponsor with the emerging artist portion.

    5 years ago

  • jmayoriginals

    jmayoriginals says:

    Hope to apply for the Chicago show next year. I don't work that far from the Merchandise Mart, so think I'll head over this year and check it out. Thanks for posting this!

    5 years ago


    TEJIDOS says:

    Wow...gotta go check this out...but really...700$?

    5 years ago

  • mikelange3

    mikelange3 says:

    need more art shows,like chicago

    5 years ago

  • thestudio8

    thestudio8 says:

    Good info, really interesting! gotta go check this out!

    5 years ago

  • BeachGlassGems

    BeachGlassGems says:

    Wished I lived closer!

    5 years ago

  • shopkoolgifts

    shopkoolgifts says:

    It is so awesome that this opportunity is available at a discount through Etsy for first timers. I would love to just shop there! I have some ideas I still haven't put together yet for two other unique etsy shops. Now that I am unemployed for the first time in 24 years, I may have the time to work on them :) Maybe next year for me, I hope!

    5 years ago

  • HomeDeconomics

    HomeDeconomics says:

    I don't qualify as I've been doing this for more than 3 years :( Sounds like a great opportunity though!

    5 years ago

  • TinysnKnots

    TinysnKnots says:

    I would love to bring Tinys to New York!

    5 years ago

  • PookThy

    PookThy says:


    5 years ago

  • PookThy

    PookThy says:

    Yes, Toronto, Toronto, Toronto! Come on Etsy!

    5 years ago

  • TrackandFieldDesigns

    TrackandFieldDesigns says:

    Etsy - will you expand to the Canadian OOAK Shows? The Vancouver & Toronto shows would love an Etsy Artist Pavilion :) I have participated (and will again this year) in the Vancouver & TO OOAK shows and the offer amazing exposure. There's nothing like them.

    5 years ago

  • barbosaart

    barbosaart says:

    Great opportunity!

    5 years ago

  • FilissaTreasures

    FilissaTreasures says:

    So sad that I can´t take part of it. But other of you- have fun!

    5 years ago

  • StellaJade

    StellaJade says:

    Sounds like a great opportunity. Wish I was closer!

    5 years ago



    I look forward to doing this next year. Etsy provides such good opportunities.

    5 years ago



    Looking forward to next year!

    5 years ago

  • SHIKAdesign

    SHIKAdesign says:

    Nice! I wish we had one in Buenos Aires have fun

    5 years ago

  • missbatch

    missbatch says:

    Thanks everyone for your great feedback and questions! Re. the Canadian OOAK shows, we've heard great things and are considering them for future participation. I'd love to hear more about people's experience with them, whether as a shopper or vendor. If you want to chime in to this forum thread, please do so! You are also welcome to convo me directly. I will read them all- but may not have a chance to respond to everyone individually. Apologies in advance! Enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend to those celebrating! - Christina

    5 years ago

  • paintednegative

    paintednegative says:

    TORONTO! another vote for Toronto! Please, please, please come here. Not only is it one of the most multicultural places on this planet, it has ridiculously amazing talent that continues to generate ridiculously amazing creations. GO TORONTO!

    5 years ago

  • DaisyandFlorrie

    DaisyandFlorrie says:

    I've shopped the Chicago show for several years and really enjoyed seeing the Etsy pavilion last year. I think it's a great match and encourage anyone who can come to see {or participate} in the show to do so - Chicago's a great city !

    5 years ago

  • kgeeme Admin

    kgeeme says:

    Hi! Feel free to convo me with any questions! I had an incredible experience last year as a participant in the Etsy pavillion at the New York OOAK show. I am more than happy to discuss the show with you or answer any questions you may have!

    5 years ago

  • Pinderella

    Pinderella says:

    Wish I were able to about having a show in NH? :)

    5 years ago

  • LolaFalkDesigns

    LolaFalkDesigns says:

    Thanks for posting! Am thinking about the NY show...

    5 years ago

  • lemondropbay

    lemondropbay says:

    Thank you for the info!! It will be an amazing event!

    5 years ago

  • IsadoraArtJewelry

    IsadoraArtJewelry says:

    Thanks for posting. It sounds like a fab show; maybe, next year.

    5 years ago

  • newhopebeading

    newhopebeading says:

    oh i will have to read up on this... if not for this year maybe for next year

    5 years ago

  • excentrix

    excentrix says:

    Very nice, reminds me of Paradise City in Northampton, Mass I hope to start something similar, only Artist will only pay a fee for "sold" ART.

    5 years ago

  • babytorpedo

    babytorpedo says:

    Thanks for sharing. Since I am in NY, I will attend the event to support fellow Etsians.

    5 years ago

  • akcArt

    akcArt says:

    Super idea, thanks for letting us know!

    5 years ago

  • kristimcmurry

    kristimcmurry says:

    How great is this?! I wish I could get off work for it...or get the money to pay for 3 nights in Chicago. HA!

    5 years ago

  • missbatch

    missbatch says:

    We're getting close to the 9/15 application deadline for the One of a Kind Show Chicago Etsy Artist Pavilion. Don't miss this one! On the fence? Talk to me! (Via convo or in this forum thread: Thanks! Christina

    5 years ago

  • cooksie

    cooksie says:

    this is such a great opportunity!! the only thing is Im as far from Chigaco as possible right now! Have fun everyone :D

    5 years ago

  • ElainesHeartsong

    ElainesHeartsong says:

    Well, I hope this is the most successful event. What a wonderful thing to get etsy out there. Wish I could be there..... Thanks Elaine

    5 years ago

  • TiffanyJeanFineArt

    TiffanyJeanFineArt says:

    Wish I could be there!

    5 years ago

  • lovejules

    lovejules says:

    I'll be at OOAK Toronto and Vancouver, and would love to roadtrip it to NYC or Chicago, but alas, I can only spend so many sleepless nights in my studio! Maybe next year! Thanks for the info.

    5 years ago

  • AardvarkAtelier

    AardvarkAtelier says:

    This sounds like a wonderful event....I will keep it in mind for next year!!! How about coming to San Francisco??

    5 years ago

  • couve

    couve says:

    Lovelly event! I would try my participation if I wan't so far away. Good Luck! Cheers, Couve.

    5 years ago

  • sucree

    sucree says:

    Very tempting...

    5 years ago

  • jill2day

    jill2day says:

    Are you ready!!! I wish you all luck with your applications! I was there in the Etsy area last year, and love the show, meeting the Etsy admins and other sellers. I will be back there, but in a full sized booth this year... Hope to see you all there!

    5 years ago

  • Cartaimages

    Cartaimages says:

    I just opened my Etsy shop, so maybe next year!

    5 years ago

  • tatterdamelion

    tatterdamelion says:

    gosh, would love to apply but too late...perhaps next time...thanks for the heads up!

    5 years ago

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal says:

    Chicago the windy City, ~ Just wish I had the Energy to travel, Best Wishes Etsy Artists

    5 years ago

  • ahdQuiltsAndSuch

    ahdQuiltsAndSuch says:

    Oohhh....I would so love to be there! I wish Miami or Fort Lauderdale would have something like this for me.

    5 years ago

  • socksandmittens

    socksandmittens says:

    Wonderful opportunity, I'd love to be there!

    5 years ago

  • norunningwithscissor

    norunningwithscissor says:

    wow!!! heard so many great things about the ooak show - this year visiting...hopefully next year..showing!!!!

    5 years ago

  • somethingscozy

    somethingscozy says:

    yes, i agree please come to toronto. i would love to do the chicago show but am already in another show during those dates.......maybe next year though :)

    5 years ago

  • JunebugGems

    JunebugGems says:

    What a wonderful opportunity! Good luck to those who'll be exhibiting!

    5 years ago

  • rhindigo

    rhindigo says:

    anyone know of the OOAK show in Canada? Dates?

    5 years ago

  • bjlott59

    bjlott59 says:

    What a wonderful idea! Wish I could go! GOD bless everyone that has a chance to exhibit.

    5 years ago

  • kaylarobbinsart

    kaylarobbinsart says:

    I wish I could go check it out. Have to keep that one in mind for the futute.

    5 years ago

  • BagOfTags

    BagOfTags says:

    What an amazing opportunity!! We would love to go but are based in the UK. Wishing everyone the very best of luck and have a wonderful time :)

    5 years ago

  • MyCKs

    MyCKs says:

    Great opportunity. I wish I'd known this sooner :) Just missed the deadline. Besides I'm still new to the site. I can still be there and see all the amazing handmade goodness ^-^

    5 years ago

  • arribachica

    arribachica says:

    Such great exposure...maybe next year!

    5 years ago

  • amintonjewel

    amintonjewel says:

    good luck to those who go! will try to support the nyc etsy crew! maybe next year for me ;)

    5 years ago

  • sparklingtwi

    sparklingtwi says:

    Would have loved to do the one in Toronto. So expensive though :(

    5 years ago

  • TaniaB

    TaniaB says:

    Anyone know who makes the rings in the picture?

    5 years ago

  • mammamiaeme

    mammamiaeme says:

    I wish i attend this but ...

    5 years ago

  • RhiannonsRealm

    RhiannonsRealm says:

    I LOVE Chicago! Will try to make it!

    5 years ago

  • zillows

    zillows says:

    Ooh, this is such an opportunity! A lovely place to see as well. Thanks for your constant changes to keep Etsy a lovely experience. :)

    5 years ago

  • blumoonlady

    blumoonlady says:

    Enjoyed last year with a friend and she sells on Etsy. (birdiesgirls)We are going again this year with our "Hats" on. Glad she turned me onto this Awesome site.

    5 years ago

  • birdiesgirls

    birdiesgirls says:

    Another SPECTACULAR show!!! 2nd year in attendance with my good friend and biggest supporter Vicky....good times! Absolutely LOVING my little fanny pack/purse I purchased yesterday from Spirited Style - thanks Kristin, it is the bomb! Gina

    4 years ago

  • KaliButterfly

    KaliButterfly says:

    I said this at the show and I'll say it again, if I could be in the Etsy Pavillion at One of a Kind every year, I'd do it. It was an incredible show.

    4 years ago