Within a month of joining Etsy and spending a lot of time in the forums, it became evident that Etsy was not just an online selling venue: it is a wonderful community made up of people from all over the world sharing their lives as well as their products.
While using the forums, I soon began to connect with fellow Etsians through posts sharing our everyday lives. Many Etsy members were posting about babies they were expecting. Some were sad because they did not have family that could throw them a shower, and I thought it would be a great idea if we could throw a shower for these moms. Since everyone is from all over the globe it would be nearly impossible to get everyone together in person, so the “virtual shower” idea was born.
I started posting about the shower in December of 2006, asking if any shops would be interested in donating a gift to expectant mothers. I received a great response. For the first shower we had five moms and twenty-five shops donate gifts to the expectant mothers. We now hold a shower every three months for the newly arriving babies.
The baby shower concept works as such: sellers donate a free gift, including the shipping, of their choice from their shop. We do our best to help promote these wonderful, generous shops by posting information in the forums and linking everyone on Etsy to a huge flickr pool of the gifts that SoCaliGirl compiles as they are received.
The shower has now become so huge that we have started to include any mom who has had a baby, but was missed on the previous shower. We have also included babies that are being adopted by our Etsy members.
The shower we held for June had eighteen moms and over ninety gifts, and I am sure we missed a shop or two. As Etsy grows so will our baby shower!
– June from ficklefaerie.etsy.com