… on your radio! Not lately, anyway. The recent developments with the CPSIA have been a hot topic as of late, and there has been some great coverage on public radio in the last few weeks. Starting about two weeks ago, with Marketplace’s Mitchell Hartman aired a story about the CPSIA and mentioned Etsy. You can read and listen to it here. There was a follow up post by Scott Jagow on the Marketplace blog as well. My favorite passage, from Mitchell:
As a reporter, I’ve never been so inundated with press releases, calls for actions, claims and counterclaims, as I have covering this story. I’ve been approached for interviews by people I didn’t even know were involved. The Etsy.com crafters said they were selling everything, shutting down.
This is a great example of the power of numbers and organization, and a reminder that this fight is not over, and we all must continue to make our voices heard. Brian Lehrer of WNYC also spoke about the CPSIA on his show this week, and again, our name came up.
On an unrelated and lighter note, Etsy came up again on the Brian Lehrer show for the second time in one week (!) during an interview with Faithe Levine about her film, Handmade Nation, accompanied by Callie Janoff aka callieco, reverend at the Church of Craft. The movie has been premiering in New York City this week, and if you’re in NYC, see details here. I suggest you get your headphones out and give these all a listen.
And a lighter story came from Marketplace as well. Mitchell Hartman shared the love story of Mikey and Mona of Tinymeat and mamadelic (and now kittencamaro). Check it out here. Marketplace links to an Etsy Love Story that we posted with the couple last year.
In print, I saw two interesting pieces. The first is from the Daily Herald in Provo, Utah. It consists of a series of interviews with three Etsy sellers, meringuedesigns, bonnyfrances, and secondstorywindow. Each presents a compelling story of their Etsy experiences, and commentary on the handmade lifestyle. It concludes with a quote from a Mr. Brown, who I must say is quite eloquent as well. The second story comes from Publishers Weekly, a trade magazine, commenting on the state of craft-related publications today. I thought this was an interesting look at handmade culture from an outside perspective.
And there you have it. Go show your local public radio station some love. Happy listening!
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