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All About Etsy FAQ Series: Welcome to the Etsy Labs

Sep 17, 2009

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We here at the Etsy Labs are often asked questions about what the Labs are and how the community can get involved. We hope this is helpful! If you are just looking for upcoming labs events check out the Event Calendar.

What are the Etsy Labs?

The Etsy Labs are creative community spaces, where we host a variety of public programming from hands on events to tech talks to business development workshops and beyond. We now have two Etsy Labs: one in Brooklyn, NY and one in Berlin, Germany (pictured on the right.)

Can I come visit the Etsy Labs?
We welcome visitors at the Etsy Labs and love putting faces with names and avatars! The best time to come by the Etsy Labs Brooklyn and say hello is during community events such as our monthly Hands-On events. Stay up to date by visiting the Event Calendar and joining the Etsy Labs mailing list. We are now located at 55 Washington Street, Suite 712, Brooklyn NY, 11201. (We moved from our 325 Gold St, Brooklyn location in August 2009.) Come by for an event and be sure to take a photo in our Magnolia Photobooth!

For information about visiting the Etsy Labs Berlin, click here.

How do I keep up with what’s going on at Etsy Labs, like finding out about events and online workshops?
To find out about events at the Labs and any online workshops that are coming soon, we’d recommend joining the Etsy Labs mailing list to receive occasional updates from the Etsy Labs straight to your inbox.

You can also learn about upcoming labs events on the Etsy News Blog and Event Calendar. We’re always updating what’s going on and how you can be a part of it. If you’re looking for information about what’s happening at Etsy Labs Berlin, click here.

If you’re a fan of Flickr, you can keep track of what’s going on at Etsy on our Flickr page and our Etsy Labs Show & Tell group.

What are your Hands-On events?
Craft Night has evolved into Etsy Hands-On. The Hands-On series is held one night per month, on varying days of the week to accommodate different work and life schedules. Join us for these monthly events to engage with and learn from creative professionals and get your hands into something new using our Vandercook letterpress machine, Bernina sewing machines, Simplicity felting machines, screenprinting facilities and more. Stay up to date on these events by checking Event Calendar and subscribing to the Etsy Labs newsletter.

If you’re not in the area, visit Etsy’s Livestream feed where we fire up the webcam and share the fun. Watch live events or check out archived footage here.

If you have any questions please contact us at Share your photos with the Etsy Labs Show and Tell Flickr group and tag yourself on our Facebook photo page!

The Church of Craft meets monthly at the Labs, which also serves as an open crafting time, and you are welcome to join in. Check out the Church of Craft site to find out more.

Do you accept donations of crafting supplies?
Through your generosity we have a full house of donated craft supplies and equipment at the Etsy Labs, and we are pretty much filled to the brim. We are limiting what we can take at this time, so if you would like to send a donation, just send us an email to to work out the details.

Can we have an Etsy Labs in our city/area?
It is our hope that through the Etsy Teams and partnerships, people will be able to meet up and form their own community workspaces in their areas where they host skill shares, get donations, and generally help each other spread the Etsy love.

Soooooo…all you ever wanted to know about the Etsy Labs! Didn’t see the answer to your question in this article? Send us an email to and we will be sure to get back to you with your answer!


The Etsy Labs

Knitted Power Cord - Yellow
Knitted Power Cord - Yellow
Recipe Card Set with Martha Stewart Recipe Box
Recipe Card Set with Martha Stewart Recipe Box
Butterfly Flying Flapping Popup Card
Butterfly Flying Flapping Popup Card
BLUE VINTAGE SAMSONITE suit case - No sleep till Brooklyn
BLUE VINTAGE SAMSONITE suit case - No sleep till Brooklyn
2X SNIP V-neck Shirt ..... Women's 2X tee
2X SNIP V-neck Shirt ..... Women's 2X tee


  • projectfelt

    projectfelt said 13 years ago

    Hi guys, thanks for clearing things up with the labs. I hope to one day take a trip up there and visit. I would also love to have a shop critique!

  • ByJuliet

    ByJuliet said 13 years ago

    Hi guys, still new to Etsy and finally manage to find my way here. A friendly hug and appreciation to you all guys at Etsy admin for making this a great place and venue for making our dream coming true. Hope to visit you someday soon. xoxo from Malaysia {^:^} ".....

  • villavillakula

    villavillakula said 13 years ago

    I am so excited. I am new to etsy and have been looking for a community just like this. I cant wait to come to your classes. Do you guys have any type of flea market besides the online thing?

  • pattirussellfineart

    pattirussellfineart said 13 years ago

    I just joined your group and am excited about having a way to market my paintings on line AND learn more about what other artists are doing. IN FACT, I have already made a purchase from member Alicia Walsh! (I know I'll spend all the money I make . . . but so what!) Hope you are all having fun, Patti

  • Toriapasquinucci

    Toriapasquinucci said 13 years ago

    ...hoping I can make it this christmas to NYC, the island girl is headed to visit the etsy lab!

  • HawaiianEye

    HawaiianEye said 13 years ago

    Online classes sound great, especially since the 3,000+ miles between the Pacific NW and you is just too far to drive.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 13 years ago

    I wish I worked there! : )

  • detailinminiature

    detailinminiature said 12 years ago

    looks like tons of fun!

  • yarnlab

    yarnlab said 12 years ago

    Just attended an on-line shop critiques lab. Wow! This newbie learned alot. muchas gracias!

  • bjewels

    bjewels said 12 years ago

    I love the labs.

  • celiayan

    celiayan said 12 years ago


  • foxlor

    foxlor said 12 years ago

    I wish I was in Brooklyn!!

  • Psweeneydesigns

    Psweeneydesigns said 12 years ago

    You all at ETSY are amazing! I'm new to this but am so inspired by all you have to offer. Being a Parsons graduate, I can't wait to come and visit one day.

  • zeldababygurl

    zeldababygurl said 12 years ago

    Another member turned me on to this site and I have been seriously addicted for the last week, lol. I hope to be able launch my own handmade creations and make a little extra cash as well. My creative side has been going wild with ideas in fabric and yarn and jewelry. I wish I could make it to NYC, but that would be dream in the future. In the meantime, thank you for being here, and many thanks to the current members for the inspiration and joy that you all bring me.

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 12 years ago

    If I lived closer, I would definitely visit Etsy Labs! Thanks for explaining everything!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 12 years ago

    I would love to go to Etsy Labs! ^_^ I hope you guys have more crafting sessions in the future!

  • blueberryshoes

    blueberryshoes said 12 years ago

    pretty sure its my dream to come meet all you guys

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo said 12 years ago

    Come for a visit!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 12 years ago

    I would very much like to go to the Etsy Labs!

  • sugarraindrops

    sugarraindrops said 12 years ago

    I would love to visit and take part in a craft night!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 12 years ago

    thanks for the info!

  • magickalrealism

    magickalrealism said 12 years ago

    Having been to the old EtsyLabs, I can attest to the wealth of crafty material. I do hope you guys hit a point where you open your own retail space, too - it just seems like a natural extension of what you do!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info and great picks! I love the vintage Samsonite :)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 12 years ago

    Visiting you in Bklyn is on my short list of things to do. I have no excuse as I am in NJ only 12 miles from NYC.

  • ooty

    ooty said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info...Now I wish I was closer =D

  • itsastitch

    itsastitch said 12 years ago

    When I move up to Brooklyn in February, I'm totally going to be hitting up some craft nights :D

  • ambergoulet

    ambergoulet said 12 years ago

    Nice to have all the details spelled out. :)

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 12 years ago

    I wish there was a craft night in Michigan.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 12 years ago

    Good to know. Thank's for explaining.

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 12 years ago

    super! thank you for putting this together, i wish i were closer to nyc. :)

  • paisleybaby

    paisleybaby said 12 years ago

    If I ever visit NYC I am definitely coming for a visit.

  • rawfish

    rawfish said 12 years ago

    thanks so much for the amazing tour & endless awesome craft nights, julie! it was great to swap recipes with you, danielle! and yay for moontreepress's awesome letterpress!! and double yay for yumminess provided by sweettoothofthetiger (aka my popsicle twin!). :D

  • bytheway

    bytheway said 12 years ago

    Thanks so much for putting this all down in one place! I would love to visit Etsy labs and it is on my list of must-do next time I'm in the Big Apple!

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • ajoyfullife

    ajoyfullife said 12 years ago

    Wish I lived closer - looks like lots of fun!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 12 years ago

    I wish I lived closer too, but for now I will have to check out the virtual labs! Thanks for the info!

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony said 12 years ago

    3000 miles away, sounds like it would be fun though, you never know, maybe one day I'll make it out there...thanks for writing this article♥

  • somavenus

    somavenus said 12 years ago

    love love love the labs! even in the lab rats team :D wish i could visit etsy! way out in portland oregon :P

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 12 years ago

    I'd like to make it there one day.

  • Kimmay

    Kimmay said 12 years ago

    this is awesome! I can't wait to stop by!!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 12 years ago

    Everytime something about the labs gets posted I silently weep for the fact that I live all the way over here and can't go. Sniff.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 12 years ago

    great to know! wish i was in NYC!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 12 years ago

    Great informations! Thanks ETSY!

  • jessgonacha

    jessgonacha said 12 years ago

    I'll have to try to stop by next time I'm in NY! Sounds like a fun and inspiring place! (I'm a bit jealous of all the people that get to work there.) :)

  • Maykela

    Maykela said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 12 years ago

    Wish I could be there:) So great!

  • philosophi

    philosophi said 12 years ago

    I wish Etsy had an Australian office!

  • southstreet

    southstreet said 12 years ago

    great place to visit! I would like that you were closer to my country, Argentina! Sounds you are nice people working hard! thank you!

  • Morado

    Morado said 12 years ago

    Looks like soooooooo much fun!!

  • GladiatorGarageWorks

    GladiatorGarageWorks said 12 years ago

    Thanks for sharing the info on Etsy Labs! We have DIYers who'd love to read this, too. We'll be sure to share it with our Facebook community!

  • kaylovesvintage

    kaylovesvintage said 12 years ago

    love the tshirt


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  • rebeccasanchez

    rebeccasanchez said 12 years ago

    Next time I'm in NY...

  • fawa

    fawa said 12 years ago

    I will love my visit to NY & be there on craft night!!! surrounded by creative people!! yaay Im going!!!

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 12 years ago

    Thanks for the info!

  • coffeepurse

    coffeepurse said 12 years ago

    Cool, thanks!

  • SweetwaterGems

    SweetwaterGems said 12 years ago

    I'm so impressed with the quality and amount of knowledge you share so readily. Thank you for being so thorough and making a lovely place for artists to display their wares as well as offering such creative encounters. I wish I could pop over and visit the labs, but we are just a few thousand miles away...

  • ikoplus

    ikoplus said 12 years ago


  • designsbyLANAIE

    designsbyLANAIE said 12 years ago

    I have been an etsian since April and I am still finding out new things about Etsy everyday. I love, love everything about Etsy and I want to thank you all so much for such a unique community. I hope to get to know other Etsian's along my adventure here. Sincerely Lanaie

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 12 years ago

    I love the Etsy world and I'm so proud of being a seller (and buyer) on here! It feels like it's one big family (even though I live on the other side of the world....) lol

  • CraftStylist

    CraftStylist said 12 years ago

    One day I would love to come to New York for a craft night. Until then I will use the virtual labs. Thanks for all the help and advice you give to us as sellers!

  • pinkfelix

    pinkfelix said 11 years ago

    that sounds like a great group! I love etsy!!!

  • hippiechickchic

    hippiechickchic said 11 years ago

    If only my dream of living in NYC came true... What a great company!

  • bgstyle

    bgstyle said 11 years ago

    I wish I'm in NY!!!! ¸.·´¸.·*´¨) ¸.·*´¨) (¸.·´ (¸*´¨(♥ (¸.·´ (¸.·´♥

  • ChiarandCo

    ChiarandCo said 11 years ago

    thank you for all the wonderful info about etsy labs...i live in the finger lakes (upstate NY) and SOOOOOOOOOO would love to work with EtsyLabs!!!!!!!!!!! As "Etsy" grows, do you ever think of extending the "Labs" to other cities/towns (kind of like EtsyLab children that report back to the mothership)? If so, I would LOVE to be a part of that team! Let me know...I know you're always thinking! :) chiara

  • pieintheskyjewelry

    pieintheskyjewelry said 11 years ago

    thanks labbies..question, I would love to join you for a lab. Do I have to have a web cam to do so?

  • handmaidrosary

    handmaidrosary said 11 years ago

    My mom and I are planning our Spring Break trip around the craft night at Etsy. Does anyone know a place we can get good vegan food nearby on our way there? My online searching has not been fruitful. Thanks and see you Monday!

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 11 years ago

    Thanks for clearing things up with the labs.

  • VibrantTrains

    VibrantTrains said 11 years ago


  • ChiarandCo

    ChiarandCo said 11 years ago

    hello everyone...i have been on etsy for a short time and am not completely familiar with how things work. I also do not know where to ask the right questions since i can't find the "contact us" link to send Etsy headquarters the right questions...thank you for your patience! here i go: how does one get picked for the handpicked items? when is the best time to promote myself in a showcase spot? everytime i try, there are no spots left...never!!! How do I advertise better? i am on facebook, but that's about it...and that's only goes to the people i know! I am a mother of three, my husband is a chef and works long hours, and i work 4 days a week outside the house restoring paintings...i don't always have time to read through all of the Etsy info!!! sorry! sincerely, chiara

  • Lyla79

    Ionelia Liliana Balan from Victoar said 9 years ago

    beautiful :)

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