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Craftstravaganza an Extravagant Success

May 3, 2007

by Vanessa Bertozzi

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

I went out to St Paul, MN to attend Craftstravaganza on April 28. I had such a great time meeting sellers and enthusiastic Etsy buyers face-to-face! I also met a ton of folks at the show who didn’t know about Etsy, so I did my best to clue them in to the Etsy lifestyle. Special thanks to jojojammies and michellebrusegaard for watching my booth while I went around and videotaped.

The video posted here will give you a peek into the show. Andy and Jennah, who run Craftstravaganza said there were 5,578 attendees — ” That’s not including vendors, sponsors, families, volunteers, etc. Our 100 swag bags were gone by 8:45 AM, and there was a line of over 200 people at the door when we opened.” I was struck by the inventive indie crafts scene in St Paul and Minneapolis. For instance, parked outside of the building, a converted milk truck served as an education depot for a fiber arts collective beckarahn is involved in.

On my way to the airport, I couldn’t help but take a detour to the Mall of America, just for the mind-blowing contrast. You can check out the photos here.

A huge shout out goes out to all these Etsians:

amdowns
beckarahn
bitsandthings
boneofart
CandyEyeFactory
ericka and firstandfranklin
FantasticToys
Glitterworkshop
hezzamade
Iamnotfruit
ipodcrafts
jabarodesigns
jojojammies
Jsandquist
loosewirestudio
mamagrouch
marinaxfizzle
meredithdillman
michellebrusegaard
oddstuffbyXanthe
prrpots
rosybird
SDDesigns
Shelleyannstudio

Note: This was originally posted in the Etsy Garden.

1 comment

  • LondonParticulars

    LondonParticulars said 10 years ago

    "I was struck by the inventive indie crafts scene in St Paul and Minneapolis" Creativity is always strinking...but with the long cold winters they have there, I am not surprised!

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