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Etsy in Action: Bay Area Maker Faire in San Mateo

May 29, 2009

by adam handmade and vintage goods

For anyone who’s ever been to an Austin or Bay Area Maker Faire, I’m sure you’ll echo my sentiments that it is a respectable spectacle filled with spectacular spectacles. With an emphasis on the experiments of tinkerers from around the globe, it’s a great way to get inspiration for new projects as we head into summer. This weekend’s event in San Mateo, California, May 30 – 31, 2009, will not disappoint! 

Steam carriage, photo by staxnet on flickr.

While this g33k gala is pretty out there, it isn’t just for geeks. Maker Faire is a family-friendly event and attracts all walks of makers and explorers. In my previous jaunts to these events, I‘ve met an architect who builds portable, modular, panoramic towers the size of a four story building. I’ve met people who build Tesla coils, just so they can have sword fights with lightning. I’ve met children who have built functioning robots, and bicycle enthusiasts who have built pedal-powered carnival rides out of recycled cycles. I’ve met people who use walnuts for gasoline, and a man who built a full size Babbage difference engine #2. As you might imagine, the list goes on and on, but certainly this is the hub where computer programmers, Steampunks, the Burning Man crowd, and the typical family of four can come together and rejoice in the marvels of mankind’s imagination.

Naturally, you should expect to see some Etsy folks there too, so if you’re coming to the Maker Faire, stop into the Bazaar Bizarre craft area and see the faces behind some of the glorious Etsy shops you know and love.

RedSheep battles AbsolutelySmall‘s chickenpants.

Etsy Admin Adam and I, Eric a.k.a. objecked, will also be on hand, with goodies and crafts. Make sure to stop in and say “hi” to us at the Expo Hall, where you can enter to win one of many Etsy tote bags stuffed with an Etsy t-shirt, Diana Eng’s new book Fashion Geek* from My Craftivity Store*Eco-Cotton yarn and sewing supplies, fashion embellishing goodness from ilovetocreate, cool markers from Marvy Uchida, coupons, and more! 

Free stuff not enough…? We will also have a station set up for you to get creative and make your own comic strips!

Give a shout in the comments below if you’ll be attending (or vending at) this year’s Maker Faire. We hope to see you! Not in the area? Find inspiration in the Geek Chic gift guide right now! 

*Psst… yes, you! These links include a 10% discount code for Etsy Storque readers. 


  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 8 years ago

    oh how fun!

  • siennaorlando

    siennaorlando said 8 years ago

    Oh so close!! What and awesome event! Love the infectious stomatitis!

  • evihan

    evihan said 8 years ago

    great mixture:-)

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 8 years ago

    I want in!!

  • fieldday

    fieldday said 8 years ago

    field day will be there with Bazaar Bizarre. cant wait!

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 8 years ago

    How fun, wish I was going to be in the area!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 8 years ago

    I want to go! Thanks for the discount links. :-)

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 8 years ago

    buttercupbloom will be there, toooooo! So! Much! Fun!!!!!!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 8 years ago

    That looks really cool, would love to go... unfortunately I'm on the East coast :( Anybody knows of a similar fair on this side of the country?

  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 8 years ago

    I think I will make the trip from Santa Cruz to San Mateo for, what sounds to be a fabulous event. I will be sure to stop by and say hi.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 8 years ago

    Wish I was there! Have fun everybody! Nice picks here!

  • ToxicInk

    ToxicInk said 8 years ago

    Looks like a blast!

  • travellingcircus

    travellingcircus said 8 years ago

    Jeepers...I wish I could be there. Looks like an absolute riot!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    yeahhh! Hopefully I'll make it out!

  • fromlucywithlove

    fromlucywithlove said 8 years ago

    I wish I could be there too... I'm sure it's going to be a lot of fun! Also, looooooved the picks!

  • SugarMohawk

    SugarMohawk said 8 years ago

    Looks like sooooooo much fun! Where is my SUITCASE!!

  • FabulousPants

    FabulousPants said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to see everyone there! Maker is one of my favorite Bay Area events!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 8 years ago

    Oh, this looks like so much fun! I wish I could be there...

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 8 years ago

    Redsheep too funny

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    I wanna go!!!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 8 years ago

    Maker fair is very neat. I was at the first Maker fair-i was the one in the's gotten a lot more popular since then-which is pretty cool. DIY baby!!!!!!!!!!

  • tanisalexis

    tanisalexis said 8 years ago

    GREAT to see madebymoxie up there!! she is the ultimate in needle felting artists!! you'll see what I mean when you see her work in person. be sure to give her a high five for me. :) XO!

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 8 years ago

    Yet another reason I wish I lived on the west coast! This looks so fun! :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 8 years ago

    Have fun guys~! Wish I could come too~!

  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    I LOVE that T shirt....the girl is so preeeeetyy! :o)

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 8 years ago

    This event sounds awesome! Have fun!

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 8 years ago

    oh la la

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 8 years ago

    That looks so cool! Too bad I can't get away -- it might be worth a 9 hour drive.

  • SundraSandrusi

    SundraSandrusi said 8 years ago

    Nice picks here!

  • phydeaux

    phydeaux said 8 years ago

    I'm looking forward to meeting so many of my Etsy colleagues - will be so much fun! :)

  • SpunSugarKnits

    SpunSugarKnits said 8 years ago

    I'll be there all day Saturday as an attendee! I am so excited!

  • franticfiberfun

    franticfiberfun said 8 years ago

    I have never been, but am thinking I must go check it out. Saturday or sunday, that's the question!

  • kwaraw

    kwaraw said 8 years ago

    I'm going today! I'll be looking out for all the esty people.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago

    Love the steam carriage pic

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 8 years ago

    im going sunday!!! woohoo!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 8 years ago

    How cool. Have fun if you go!

  • TianaCHE

    TianaCHE said 8 years ago

    Have fun for all! Awesome picks!

  • TheNightjar

    TheNightjar said 8 years ago

    ooooh! I missed it this time! i have an actual infectious stomatitis right now so I wish i could go today! erhh! next year....!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago

    Cute stuffs!

  • FleursRockAffair

    FleursRockAffair said 8 years ago

    It was so much fun!!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 8 years ago

    it was so great!

  • TotusMel

    TotusMel said 8 years ago

    It was so great...though I didn't get so see anything but my steamteam busy!

  • Luna66

    Luna66 said 8 years ago

    oh how fun!

  • AlliesAdornments

    AlliesAdornments said 8 years ago

    Overheard by someone looking at my table "Wow, this gives me so many ideas to make all kinds of CRAP!" Ummm, thanks? It was wicked busy & fun! See you next year!


    NEVERWAS said 8 years ago

    The steam car shown is by our group! We brought a Calliope we made this year.

  • mruxndesign

    mruxndesign said 8 years ago

    %) hmmm, i missed it. was it fun? who participated the event? cheers kris

  • 57thirtythree

    57thirtythree said 8 years ago

    I was there selling our tees and hoodies. I got dizzy from hearing my own voice and packing tees. Man what an exhilarating experience! A great DIY festival. Thanks to everyone who supported us. Cheers, Lo & J

  • BirdAndMoonStudio

    BirdAndMoonStudio said 8 years ago

    sure looks like fun!!!!

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 8 years ago

    I want to go!


    NEVERWAS said 7 years ago

    We built the steam cart in the picture. Brought the Victorian House and the Calliope we built this year. This is largely funded by the sale of our steampunk goggles and accessories.

  • pasin

    pasin said 7 years ago

    How cool.

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