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Featured Buyers: EtsyPatrons, Etsy’s Team of Buyers

Sep 17, 2008

by EtsyTeams handmade and vintage goods

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, 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
Etsy Patron’s Teams Page

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

Zebras in the Room
Zebras in the Room
RESERVED FOR LYSE - Matted Open Edition Print
RESERVED FOR LYSE - Matted Open Edition Print
Chairs -Charming, Hand Painted   RESERVED
Chairs -Charming, Hand Painted RESERVED
Metal Picnic Basket
Metal Picnic Basket


  • rikrak

    rikrak said 8 years ago

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

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 8 years ago

    Such a cool team!!!!

  • kittytrishia

    kittytrishia said 8 years ago

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

  • VintageEmbellishment

    VintageEmbellishment said 8 years ago

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

  • TheBroochBoutique

    TheBroochBoutique said 8 years ago

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

  • hadleygetscrafty

    hadleygetscrafty said 8 years ago

    The kindness! The beautiful things!

  • Bellabeaddesigns

    Bellabeaddesigns said 8 years ago

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

  • wiremeup2

    wiremeup2 said 8 years ago

    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

  • SusannahOJewelry

    SusannahOJewelry said 8 years ago

    Lovely choices! Thanks for the article.

  • chainsnmore

    chainsnmore said 8 years ago

    Great looking team!

  • peppercorns2

    peppercorns2 said 8 years ago

    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.

  • missyarpington

    missyarpington said 8 years ago

    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!

  • sparksart

    sparksart said 8 years ago

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

  • longfellow

    longfellow said 8 years ago

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

  • dvinedesigns

    dvinedesigns said 8 years ago

    Awesome! The light is shinning bright!!

  • modernquilts

    modernquilts said 8 years ago

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

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 8 years ago

    This is such an honor - thank you for your article and the wonderful interpretation of my piece "It's not About You" 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.

  • Ksar

    Ksar said 8 years ago

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

  • cuddlycozy

    cuddlycozy said 8 years ago

    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.

  • HeyMichelle

    HeyMichelle said 8 years ago

    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!

  • DoSiDough

    DoSiDough said 8 years ago

    Beautiful! Thank you.

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 8 years ago

    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!

  • valeriellen

    valeriellen said 8 years ago

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

  • Enthral

    Enthral said 8 years ago

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

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 8 years ago

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

  • acyrillka

    acyrillka said 8 years ago

    I loved your selections - and what a great group!

  • timberdoodledesigns

    timberdoodledesigns said 8 years ago

    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!

  • dogties

    dogties said 8 years ago

    Amazing items. Go Teams

  • maisyh

    maisyh said 8 years ago

    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) :)

  • wartpiggydesigns

    wartpiggydesigns said 8 years ago

    What a wonderful idea. A hearty thanks!

  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie said 8 years ago

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

  • SnuggleHerd

    SnuggleHerd said 8 years ago

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

  • mixdclay

    mixdclay said 8 years ago

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

  • imperfectalia

    imperfectalia said 8 years ago

    Excellent finds! Thanks for introducing them to me!

  • beachyrustica

    beachyrustica said 8 years ago

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

  • unicorngem1994

    unicorngem1994 said 8 years ago

    Every item here is beautiful! Great job! Best, D

  • santiamnaturals

    santiamnaturals said 8 years ago

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

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 8 years ago

    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! :-)

  • wiremeup2

    wiremeup2 said 8 years ago

    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

  • ezrascousin

    ezrascousin said 8 years ago

    Enjoyable article. Great idea too.

  • audreyart

    audreyart said 8 years ago

    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!

  • rickderwitsch

    rickderwitsch said 8 years ago

    Great article. Great Team.

  • phippsart

    phippsart said 8 years ago

    Etsy Patrons Rocks!!!

  • LightTheDarkness

    LightTheDarkness said 7 years ago

    so kind, what a great team. Many cheers!

  • HautTotes

    HautTotes said 7 years ago



    BGMCREATIONS said 7 years ago

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

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