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Featured Etsy Team: North Carolina Triangle handmade and vintage goods

It’s such a great feeling when you connect with new people who share the same interests. It’s even more exciting when you can meet in person. This week we noticed one of those magnetic Local Teams, North Carolina Triangle.  Looks like they really support each other both online and off. We’re excited to introduce you to this enthusiastic bunch of Etsy sellers and buyers!

Can you tell us a bit about your Etsy Team (what’s the glue that holds your Team together: location, craft, etc.)?

The NCTriangle Team is made up of members in and around the Research Triangle Park (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill).  We have Team members that joined so that they can grow their business through learning from others, and we have members who joined for the social outlet that it offers.

What does your Team do to help each other?

  • Sharing ideas/problems/solutions/craft feedback
  • Sharing past show experiences and feedback
  • Biz card/promo item swaps
  • Featuring each other on our personal blogs

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

Our Team promotes Etsy by reaching out and spreading the word about Etsy.  Recently an article was published in the Raleigh-Durham paper, The News & Observer. The article went into detail about what Etsy is, what a Team is, and specifically featured our Team. It was a great way to spread the word about Etsy and our local Team. Since the article was published, our Team has gained 10 new members. Seven members were already on Etsy but did not know about the Team, and three that were new to Etsy because of the Team!

We promote each other through card swaps, Treasuries and general support. At each meeting we hold a card swap. Then when we send out packages we include a couple of cards from fellow Team members as “shops that we recommend.” We put together a lot of Team Treasuries as a way to gain more visibility on Etsy. We also support each other by recommending Team members to friends and family, supporting each other on personal blogs and the Team blog.  Each member tags their items with the tag ‘NCTriangle Team‘.  We use this tag to pick items to feature on the Team blog, Treasuries and any other promoting.

What’s your favorite part of the Team program?

Supporting each other has been the most important part of our Team.  We have so many Team members, each with different needs and wants, that it can be overwhelming at times!  Having a Team forum has been key to keeping the Team together. It is difficult to plan events for a Team with 125 members, so we do not have as many events as we would like. Having the forum keeps us together in between meetings.

I am seeing more and more Etsians that are joining because they are looking for a social outlet. They are looking for others that share their love for crafting. We have 8 to 10 members that are buyers only, as they craft as a hobby but they are not interested in selling.

Other members (myself and the other leaders) are here to meet and socialize with others as well as promote our shops. We are looking to learn from each other and have an active support group with other small business owners.

Do you have any suggestions for new Teams or sellers who might be interested in creating their own Team?

As a leader, I suggest that they learn to delegate: As the Team grows, so will the group’s needs. Look for members that will come forward and take charge. My main job right now is an overseer. I have other tasks, but the large ones I have delegated out. AEKeith and DinnerTimeChimes are in charge of the Team blog and Team forum. MegRnc is in charge of our monthly craft events.

My other suggestion is to create a place off Etsy for the Team to formulate. Our Team forum has been great because we maintain many ‘conversations’ on many topics at once. I refer members to the forum for specific answers all the time (normally when they ask about area craft shows).

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

Our recent excitement was the article that was written about us in The News & Observer. We have a very active blog and we are looking to start blog give-aways as a way to feature and promote our members.

Thanks to KatieCarolinaDesigns for collecting this info for us and leading a great Team! To shop from North Carolina Triangle click here, and to find out more check out their blog.  Stay in the loop with the Teams program and discover ways to connect in your area by subscribing to the Teams Newsletter.

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  • LieblingDesigns

    LieblingDesigns says:

    NCTriangle is awesome, much deserved! They not only support each other, but other Etsians too. I had a lovely spot on their blog and I'm from Minnesota. Go NCTriangle! :)

    7 years ago

  • olliekate

    olliekate says:

    Go North Carolina! Yeah! We are in Asheville, just up the mountain :)

    7 years ago

  • StartToFinish

    StartToFinish says:

    Thanks for allowing us to be featured! We are all very excited!

    7 years ago

  • onceuponaspider

    onceuponaspider says:

    Yay NC! Keep up the phenominal work. You represent the Carolinas well.

    7 years ago

  • jenngee

    jenngee says:

    We are so thrilled to be featured. Thanks!

    7 years ago

  • megrnc

    megrnc says:

    Great article, and thanks for featuring us. We are also excited to announce that we are co-hosting a three month art show at The Scrap Exchange, a local re-use center. The NC Triangle Etsy Street Team and local creative reuse center the Scrap Exchange are issuing a Call for Artists for the 2008 Craftland at the Green Gallery. Craftland is the Scrap Exchange's 5th annual holiday marketplace. All items for sale at Craftland are created by local crafters and artists and are made from re-purposed materials. Craftland will be open from October 17, 2008 through January 5th, 2009. All artists and crafters who use re-used materials are invited to apply. Contact for more information or an application. Deadline to apply is September 22.

    7 years ago

  • karenssoaps

    karenssoaps says:

    What an honor to be featured. We have a great Team here!!!

    7 years ago

  • SeaSideSupply

    SeaSideSupply says:

    Love to see other very active teams!! Two of my favorite gals here...Karen and Jenn!!!

    7 years ago

  • AlloverArt

    AlloverArt says:

    Hooray for the NCTriangle Team!

    7 years ago

  • happywhosits

    happywhosits says:

    North Carolina rocks! I know we will see some members of the Triangle team at CRAFT ATTACK! in Oct. Eileen

    7 years ago

  • JoannasPhotography

    JoannasPhotography says:

    this is great!

    7 years ago

  • devadesign

    devadesign says:

    Go, Tarheels! :)

    7 years ago

  • Ottertales

    Ottertales says:

    You are too kind. Thank you all so much for your support. Hope we newbies can do the same on down the line.

    7 years ago

  • rippascustomsilver

    rippascustomsilver says:

    I'm so glad to be a part of this team! Go Team!

    7 years ago

  • smallbeans

    smallbeans says:

    This looks great!

    7 years ago

  • MagicIsland

    MagicIsland says:

    Hi friends from the triangle from the NC coast!

    7 years ago

  • craftsbyalice

    craftsbyalice says:

    Thanks for featuring the NC Triangle Team. We are all so excited!

    7 years ago

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps says:

    Excellent article!

    7 years ago

  • orangecatart

    orangecatart says:

    Thank you for featuring our team!

    7 years ago

  • amyzo

    amyzo says:

    WOO HOO!!! Go Raleigh! Thank you, etsy, for featuring our wonderful team! And ladies, I hope to see everyone at the Team Boutique next weekend!!!

    7 years ago

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika says:

    Good work!!

    7 years ago

  • lilesj

    lilesj says:

    YAY team!

    7 years ago

  • dogties

    dogties says:

    Go NC!

    7 years ago

  • angelaannas

    angelaannas says:

    HI, I am trying to negotiate the wealth of information here. I have a brand new shop with one little item. I would love to join the NC team as I am right in Chapel Hill. I am going to start by going to some of your shops and liking stuff. I would also like to invite anyone who may be interested to my art show coming up in the Cup of Joe in Timberlyne Shopping Center. My paintings will be up during the month of September. I am having a little opening, painting reception on Saturday, September 4th from 2-5 where you can pick up a small bite and check out my paintings. Chelsea Theatre is located next door to Cup A Joe, so if you catch any films there, it would be easy to walk through to see my exhibit. Thanks for reading and I hope to Heart your shop soon! Angela Annas

    5 years ago