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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I hope this clears things up.
So Much Love,
Note: This was originally posted in the Etsy Garden.