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Etsy in the Press: Creative Ventures

Jun 26, 2008

by EtsyinthePress handmade and vintage goods

June has been buzzing with talk of crafty entrepreneurship. Where to begin? How about Sydney Stoyan’s heart warming tale of her Etsy experience in the National Post? It is our favorite kind of story: buyer needs necklace, buyer finds Etsy, buyer meets seller, they start a friendship. Buyer goes on to form relationships with other sellers, and discovers the pleasure of the relationships and meaning that come from buying handmade. Describing her new found joy, she concludes by saying, "You simply cannot buy this kind of thing from Louis Vuitton." 

The Wall Street Journal published a piece recently describing how online selling has opened new doors for artists who want to make a living from their passions.  In a similar vein, Etsy features prominently in a cover story in the May issue of Entrepreneur’s StartUps magazine. The article gives some good advice on pricing and marketing your creations online, as well as tips for real-world displays. It also provides insight on the relationship between art and commerce. The Boston Business Journal just ran a thoughtful story about the rise of Upcycling, a favorite practice of mine. The current issue of Crochet Today magazine has a great introductory piece about Etsy as well, featuring interviews with Matt and a few Etsy sellers. Express, an offshoot of the Washington Post, also ran a story detailing the challenges facing upstart handmade businesses. Steve Berger, CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, was on ABC’s Money Matters, talking about the recent boom in crafting (Americans spend $32 billion on craft supplies annually!). He spoke about what crafts are popular these days, and how the internet (and Etsy in particular) has influenced the recent growth and changed the crafting culture.

On the buyers’ side of things, Etsy fan, Rob Walker, was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle, talking about his new book, Buying In (in which Etsy is mentioned). In the interview, he tells a short but amusing tale about a tie that he recently purchased on Etsy. Finally, the cultural media site recommends Etsy as a great place to begin collecting affordable art.

That’s all for now, friends. Happy reading!

RESERVED -  She Came Upon A Field Of Cornflowers - Vintage Enamel Flower Assemblage
RESERVED - She Came Upon A Field Of Cornflowers - Vintage Enamel Flower Assemblage
SALE cotton shawl in turquoise and greens
SALE cotton shawl in turquoise and greens
RESERVED for lophorman, Sharp Dressed, kitchen knife pattern silkscreened necktie, standard or narrow width
RESERVED for lophorman, Sharp Dressed, kitchen knife pattern silkscreened necktie, standard or narrow width


  • littlepurls

    littlepurls said 9 years ago

    Thanks for the media update Adam! Go Etsy Go!

  • Ameera

    Ameera said 9 years ago

    What a gorgeous collection of stuff!!!! I get such a kick out of Etsy being in the news!!!

  • sparrowsfood

    sparrowsfood said 9 years ago


  • craftyNvintage

    craftyNvintage said 8 years ago

    Great to see etsy is getting so much publicity.

  • OctahedronJewelry

    OctahedronJewelry said 8 years ago

    Etsy seems to be on the tip of most tongues now-a-days. If it is not, it is after meeting me! Love the publicity for Etsy. From my shop this week, I sold my largest sale/first beadwoven necklace. It was a huge rush! Pleased to be here and participating, Lily

  • silentlanguages

    silentlanguages said 8 years ago

    It's great -- when I first signed up people were like "et-see what?" but now everyone knows what Etsy is and the quality and variety of the products offered here. I'm proud to be an etsy seller! Thanks for the media update!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    I want to say thank you very much etsy - for being here! I am so grateful I found this place. I also get very excited when I read about etsy in the press - as I know I am here too! ...and 1 year ago I thought I was alone in the world doing my own 'crafting' stuff.....

  • WooHooCrossStitch

    WooHooCrossStitch said 8 years ago

    I am also proud to be an Etsy shop owner and love any good press we get!! Thanks for the update Adam!

  • MagicIsland

    MagicIsland said 8 years ago

    Never heard of the National post. Etsy, getting free press is great, but honestly, it's time you have a plan to advertise for buyers.

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