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The Etsy Labs

Jan 8, 2007

by matt handmade and vintage goods

Hello friends,

Let me start of by apologizing for all the confusion flying around in the forums. It can get totally wacky in there and sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe.

Let’s set the record straight.

Etsy Labs

A couple of months ago, Etsy leased its first ever commercial space in Brooklyn, NY. Being the creative folks that we are, you know we would never be satisfied with some depressing, cubicle-strewn, scheisse box of an office in Midtown. Instead, we decided to find a space that will not only serve as Etsy HQ, but that will also be a communal creative space where we could offer resources, support, and classes to our users and the DIY community at large.

It will be home to parties, trunk shows, seminars, workshops, a lending library, and all other sorts of fantastic things. It will have a silkscreen press, a letterpress, film, music, and video production facilities, jewelry making stations, sewing machines, sergers, and so, so much more. We will call it the Etsy Labs, and beginning with a small opening party on February 1st, its doors will be open to you.

That said, organizing, equipping, managing, scheduling, and overseeing the day to day running of the space is a tremendous amount of work, and while we long ago gave up the idea of having a life outside of Etsy, we decided we needed some additional help. Seeing as Etsy is rife with talent, we plucked directly from its ranks and formally charged Anda Lewis, aka Stopsandstarts, with the many tasks connected with this new offline endeavor of ours. I truly hope you will work with her to make the Etsy Labs the best place they can be.

Anda Lewis

Why Brooklyn, I live so far away?

Well, we’re here, and we have to start somewhere. We intend to use the Brooklyn Etsy Labs as, well, a laboratory, to see if we can build it into a self sustaining entity. If so, we one day hope to recreate the Labs in cities across the world and give all makers of things a place to gather, learn, share, and create.


Got extra fabric sitting around? Just upgraded your sewing machine? Have too many cans of paint cluttering up your workspace? Send them to us, and let others put them to good use. Certainly this is better than having them end up in a landfill. Furthermore, we will document all donations that come on and thank you (and your Etsy Shop) on our soon to be launched Etsy Labs website.

Please send or drop off your goods:

Attn. Anda Lewis
325 Gold Street, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you have any questions or have something to say us about the Labs (As I’m sure you do), please feel free to write to Anda at

I hope this clears things up.

So Much Love,


Note: This was originally posted in the Etsy Garden.


  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 12 years ago

    i definately like the neighborhood. especially planet thai and galapagos

  • starbuyer0524

    starbuyer0524 said 11 years ago

    Etsy is a wonderful place for marketing your treasures. Moonbeam0999 seems to have quite the example. Visit her site for your own opinion.

  • seeminahmed

    Seemin Perveen from Valebeadsartwork said 7 years ago

    What wonderful place "etsy" to promote artist and their creations,.to the world,a heaven for buyer and seller.

  • gingersimmons1

    Ginger Simmons from GingerLeeSnaps said 4 years ago

    I love love love to work with yarn. I made a lot of hats and scarfs last year but can't seem to get noticed. I also weave and make jewelry. I guess I lack the marketing skills necessary. Don't want to give up. Any suggestions would be appreciated. My shop is I am so excited to be a part of Etsy. I just need to figure out how to do it.

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