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Etsy Wuvs Babies

Aug 30, 2007

by ficklefaerie

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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

Natural and lemon grass spot baby Blanket
Natural and lemon grass spot baby Blanket
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Haiti earthquake relief - felted knit toddler booties - dove grey, size 9-24 months
Haiti earthquake relief - felted knit toddler booties - dove grey, size 9-24 months
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Noemi \/ 0-24 months maryjanes
Noemi \/ 0-24 months maryjanes
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Soft Play Block-Flower Power
Soft Play Block-Flower Power
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Moon and Stars
Moon and Stars
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Sky - Natural Plush Bunny Toy - Baby safe - Waldorf inspired -  Valentine's Day, Easter Basket
Sky - Natural Plush Bunny Toy - Baby safe - Waldorf inspired - Valentine's Day, Easter Basket
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SALE Modern Nursery Quilt Set
SALE Modern Nursery Quilt Set
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31 comments

  • SimplySusan

    SimplySusan said 10 years ago

    That is such a sweet idea! I hadn't heard about it.

  • Bumblebeebaby

    Bumblebeebaby said 10 years ago

    Thank you ficklefaeire for everything, and for writing this article! I have been on the giving AND receiving end of the Etsy baby showers, and it has been so wonderful sending out baby gifts to new mommies, and I have gotten so many great gifts as well! Etsy really is a community that cares about each other, I love it!

  • WarmandFuzzyBaby

    WarmandFuzzyBaby said 10 years ago

    Great to see such talent.

  • tracileann

    tracileann said 10 years ago

    I am a new Mom all alone in sunny southern Cali. I left behind my friends and family to follow husband and his career. I am not special you would do it too ;) I just read this and I totally understand not having people who are dear to you to help out... if there is any way I can join and pass on my talents to make others feel special and loved let me know! TraciLeann

  • mLee

    mLee said 10 years ago

    Yay on your feature here, it looks great! The two of you are wonderful women and totally deserve the attention for coming up with such a wonderful and thoughtful idea! Expect plenty of pictures of little blee with her Etsy Shower gifts now that she is out and about. Thank you so much and keep up the great work.

  • aPassionForFashion

    aPassionForFashion said 10 years ago

    Makes me want to have another baby!

  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie said 10 years ago

    Yeah for blee!!!! Everyone feel free to send me a convo to be added to the next shower beginning the end of September! And special thank you to all the shops donating gifts!!

  • sewspun

    sewspun said 10 years ago

    This is awesome!

  • traceystreasures

    traceystreasures said 10 years ago

    Awwww, what a nice idea! And your baby is just too cute! Do grandbabies get to participate also? I'm 43 and just had my 3rd grandchild added to my family :) He's such a cutie! Cole is 17 days old today! He's my last entry in my blog: http://acraftersreality.blogspot.com He joins two beautiful granddaughters!

  • DaraArt

    DaraArt said 10 years ago

    what a wonderful ritual you have instigated. such generousity and thought. made me a bit clucky again.

  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie said 10 years ago

    That's not my baby,lol. I am too old to have anymore....

  • nicolettababy

    nicolettababy said 10 years ago

    That's so neat! I'd love to donate at the next shower!

  • ocbaby

    ocbaby said 10 years ago

    Wonderful idea! I was totally unaware of it until now but would ove to participate! Please convo me for the next shower. I would love to help welcome a baby to it's special family!!

  • thepurplewhale

    thepurplewhale said 10 years ago

    What a wonderful idea for moms who do not have family close to them! I would love to be included for the next shower! Thank you!

  • misskitty1983

    misskitty1983 said 10 years ago

    That's such an awesome idea!! I would love to donate something for the next shower!!! Please let me know how to get involved!! :)

  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie said 10 years ago

    Thanks ladies! I have convo'd you all :)

  • julieann

    julieann said 10 years ago

    What a great idea! Add me to those who donate goodies. I don't have much in my shop right now but I have a whole site of baby stuff! http://bittybraille.com. I could put some of those goodies in my etsy shop if necessary :)

  • LunasaDesigns

    LunasaDesigns said 10 years ago

    I was in the first baby shower (as an expectant mama) and was absolutely blown away by the generosity of the etsy community! It was my only shower for my little bambino and I will be forever touched and grateful for the beautiful gifts I received. Thank you to: http://heavenhelpus.etsy.com http://lollipopart.etsy.com http://slingsandsacks.etsy.com http://thedancingneedle.etsy.com And a BIG thank you to you, ficklefaerie!! ♥

  • TutuCuteandMoore

    TutuCuteandMoore said 10 years ago

    I'm a new team member and just read about the baby shower. I would love to send something I make to a new mommy and baby. Please let me know when and where and I'm ready to share!

  • fategoddess

    fategoddess said 10 years ago

    I would love to be part of the Etsy Baby Shower! Please convo me and let me know the info! Thank you!!

  • MarchThirdDesigns

    MarchThirdDesigns said 9 years ago

    Yay!!!! I am so excited!

  • sneakapeek

    sneakapeek said 8 years ago

    I would love to be a part of the shower! Please let me know the details!

  • doohikeyBaby

    doohikeyBaby said 8 years ago

    I would love to be a part of the shower. I am a seller on Etsy specializing in baby and kid items. I'm also going to tell my niece since she is having her first baby and needs much needed baby items they can't afford! :) Hugs! doohikeyBaby

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 8 years ago

    This is such a cute idea. I want an etsy baby shower too!

  • alexandriamom

    alexandriamom said 8 years ago

    That is an awesome idea! I am having a baby in Late July/early August so I may have missed my window, but if not, let me know about the next one as it sounds like so much fun!

  • JAfactory

    JAfactory said 8 years ago

    hi... i have a new shop and would love to send something ! Can you send me info?

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 8 years ago

    I think etsy is the best baby gift site!

  • ILoveYoYo

    ILoveYoYo said 8 years ago

    2009 Fall Baby Shower Informations: http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6306773 http://buggalove.blogspot.com/ http://decorativelabels.blogspot.com/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/etsybabyshower

  • FrancescaBaby

    FrancescaBaby said 7 years ago

    I just signed up to donate to the baby shower. I love making things and giving them away. And what could be more exciting than a new baby!

  • sewsosweetboutique

    sewsosweetboutique said 7 years ago

    I donated last baby shower to two great moms and would love to participate again!

  • heathermueller

    Heather Mueller said 5 years ago

    What a wonderful idea. How do you pick the moms? I am expecting in February of 2013. I was actually looking to register for my baby shower on etsy, but it looks like they only have a wedding registry option so far...

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