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Featured Etsy Team: Boston Handmade

Oct 8, 2008

by sarawearsskirts handmade and vintage goods

Each week we feature a Local or Global Etsy Team that catches our eye. Boston Handmade has always been a great resource: not only within the group, but also to other Teams. We’re in awe of the work they have done to promote buying handmade! They are always sharing skills, knowledge and enthusiasm… and for this, Boston Handmade, we salute you! (Insert trumpet solo)

Can you tell us a bit about your Etsy Team? What’s the glue that holds your team together – location, craft, etc.?

Boston Handmade is a locally based team with members located throughout
the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The group was founded in March 2007
by Jessica Burko (aka ReclaimedToYou). Burko’s interest in developing the
group was to gather local Boston area artists, craftspeople, and
artisans who were actively engaged in selling their handmade work on
Etsy. Gathering like minded, independent, creative people to work
together towards reaching their common professional and artistic goals
was the original driving force behind Boston Handmade and continues to
be the focus of the group.

[Boston Handmade Photography Workshop]

What does your Team do to help each other?

Our group originally came together to lend support, share information,
and promote the handmade life utilizing our wide diversity of skills
and experiences. Members of Boston Handmade lead skill-share workshops,
share supplies through swapping events, carpool to shows and team
gatherings, and no one hesitates to post art, crafting, supply,
advice or questions to our email list. The biggest help we each provide to
one another is being available and active in the group.

[Boston Handmade Knitting Workshop]

How does your Team promote Etsy and each other’s shops?

We have a blog featuring each member of the group with links to individual shops, and
a link to search for Boston Handmade Team items on Etsy.
All members of our group regularly contribute articles to the Team
, and we publish new content seven days a week, sometimes more than
once a day. We also post a list of individual blogs maintained by our
members, and our blog address is linked from Team member sites.
Additionally, we produce several Team-only shows during which we tell
everyone all about Etsy and happily distribute Etsy promo items.


[Boston Handmade’s Marketplace! Sponsored by Etsy!]

Tell us a bit about a current or past Team event or promotion.

Our biggest event to date was this summer’s Boston Handmade Marketplace held in June in Somerville, MA. We had enough space at this show site
to include all Team members who were able to attend, and we were
thrilled to have room to invite other Etsy sellers from Massachusetts.
The show had live music, twenty-eight exhibitors, and was a fantastic
day for all of us!

Does your Team have an exciting promotion, event or announcement to share?

On Sunday, October 12 (10am-4pm) we will be exhibiting as a group at the Boston’s South End Open Market.
There will be more than 25 members of Boston Handmade showing and
selling original one-of-a-kind and limited edition works in textiles,
wood, ceramics, paper, jewelry, photography, fine art, and more! We are
so thrilled to be able to present our work together like this in such a
well known and prominent venue.


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  • dogties

    dogties said 12 years ago

    Nice items Boston. Love them all.

  • SeaSideSupply

    SeaSideSupply said 12 years ago

    Waahhh... I miss my Boston! Good luck guys! Go Team!

  • dennisanderson

    dennisanderson said 12 years ago

    Congrats on the feature Boston Team! I miss Boston too! All my family lives south of Boston, in fact I went out there in August to visit! I havent seen snow in a few years :( wah!


    ARCHIVES said 12 years ago

    OOH good luck guys. Gave me a real thrill reading your story! I'm a newcomer to etsy but have been 'paddling my own canoe' all my life.

  • sarawearsskirts

    sarawearsskirts said 12 years ago

    Congratulations, Boston! This is a really strong Team - a great example for other Location based Teams!

  • spamberly

    spamberly said 12 years ago

    i ♥ fraskedesigns with a passion!!

  • juliebcreative

    juliebcreative said 12 years ago

    Arts In RI HEARTS Boston Handmade!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 12 years ago

    You crafty bosox, you :)

  • seaglassthings

    seaglassthings said 12 years ago

    LOVE MY TEAM! Fantastic group of artists to be associated with!

  • muchachak

    muchachak said 12 years ago

    One of the things I like the most about our team is that everyone participates. It's actually a requirement to join and it makes the experience of being a team great because you really have a web of artists supporting you. I also LOVE the skill sharing workshops. Betsy/stonehousestudio taught a metalsmithing workshop that I participated in and it was so cool. I'd never done anything like it...those torches and tools are so fun to work with!

  • KHawkinsPhoto

    KHawkinsPhoto said 12 years ago

    I love being on this team. I have learned so much and no take photos everyday. I think I have really grown as an artist. The experience has been great

  • fraskedesigns

    fraskedesigns said 12 years ago

    so happy to be a part of this team!

  • chrisenc

    chrisenc said 12 years ago

    We do have such a fab team. Can't wait to see everyone at the October 12 show at SoWa!

  • papermenagerie

    papermenagerie said 12 years ago

    Go Boston Handmade! I was SO lucky to be part of this team during my time in Boston, and I miss the support and community of the team! It was an amazing experience and I learned so much from you all. Good luck on future ventures!

  • BergmansBear

    BergmansBear said 12 years ago

    Being a part of the Boston Handmade Marketplace this past June was a blast. All the best to you guys out in Boston! Congrats on your spotlight!

  • nancyrosetta

    nancyrosetta said 12 years ago

    I am so proud to be a member of this most excellent team! Go Boston Handmade! I can't wait for Oct. 12th, we are going to have a blast!

  • birchleafdesigns

    birchleafdesigns said 12 years ago

    Sounds like you all have a great team!

  • sedruola

    sedruola said 12 years ago

    This is a great article. I'm very proud to be a member of the team and I look forward to being at the show on Oct. 12th! There's nothing like being connected to people who want to support, share and have fun doing handmade. Go Boston Handmade!

  • MaJentaDesigns

    MaJentaDesigns said 12 years ago

    I love being a part of this team and being amongst such great artists! its such a great support network for sharing ideas and information as well as doing shows together! :)

  • walkonthemoon

    walkonthemoon said 12 years ago

    love that dirty water..... Go Sox!

  • TactileBaby

    TactileBaby said 12 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing the team at the South End Open Market on Sunday!

  • ElizabethBrennick

    ElizabethBrennick said 12 years ago

    I love being a part of BH! Many thanks goes to our leader Jess for putting this group together. We're all wicked awesome! Boston rocks!

  • JobiPottery

    JobiPottery said 12 years ago

    So great to read about you guys and your commitment to all things handmade!

  • designsbylulubelle

    designsbylulubelle said 12 years ago

    BH is a fantastic and supportive group! Thank you Jessica for all of your hard work, it is truly appreciated.

  • lushbeads

    lushbeads said 12 years ago

    I am so thrilled to be part of BH. I can't wait for SoWa on Sunday!

  • KirstenBassion

    KirstenBassion said 12 years ago

    We are going to have great weather this weekend in Boston...So come on out at visit us!!

  • oritdotandolls

    oritdotandolls said 12 years ago

    wow-nice to see you cozy!

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