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First Etsy Community Council Announced

Sep 16, 2009

by matt handmade and vintage goods

UPDATE: Friends, as I mentioned in my earlier article, this first Community Council would be something of an experiment. Over the course of these initial three months we have learned a great deal, including that three months is far too short a period for a single council to serve. Therefore, we have decided to extend the current Community Council for an additional three months to December 10, 2009.

We will reopen the application process for the next council on December 1, 2009. If you already applied for the first council and still wish to be considered, you need not do so again as we will be selecting applicants from the pool of all applications ever received. Thanks!

[The following was originally published on June 9, 2009.]

More than 1000 people applied to be a part of the artists’ group of the First Etsy Community Council. To select the first 25 artists, we hid usernames and selected a diverse group of sellers who cover a wide range of success, history, and geographic area. Once selected, we contacted each member to confirm that they were still interested. The last did so today, and without further ado, I am happy to announce the artist members of the Etsy Community Council.

Please put your hands together for:

AardvarkSilver, AchAchLiebling, alibli, betsyryland, CupcakesandMace, dollcloset, electricbluebird, ficklefaerie, hissyfitoly, itsabee, LeahPellegrini, lpdesigns, moonmothpress, organikx, patspottery, pinkracoon, polishedtwo, QuiltElegance, ilusoria, sasjewelrycreations, savor, sherrytruitt, StellarRelics, vital, and waysideviolet.

I want to thank all who applied. If you were not selected for this round, you will be included in the pool for the second selection in three months. Furthermore, those who did not apply this time will have another chance in three months, if they so wish.

We will be opening the application for the buyers’ group soon.

Seller Handbook | A Handmade Moment | Buy Handmade Pledge

RED \/ POLKA DOTS handmade cotton skirt - Any size
RED \/ POLKA DOTS handmade cotton skirt - Any size
Copper Organic Hoops - M
Copper Organic Hoops - M
Lucy in polka dot--Custom-Made
Lucy in polka dot--Custom-Made
moss terrarium No. 161
moss terrarium No. 161
Sterling Tears
Sterling Tears
pleat pillow slip
pleat pillow slip


  • Morado

    Morado said 8 years ago

    Sounds like so much fun!

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the update!

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 8 years ago


  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 8 years ago

    Yay! A buyers' group? That would be awesome! I'd apply for that.

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 8 years ago

    grats hope this works out well!

  • kutz

    kutz said 8 years ago

    This is great I will love to be part of it

  • abitabite

    abitabite said 8 years ago

    I'm glad electricbluebird, ficklefaerie, lpdesigns, moonmothpress, savor & sherrytruitt are in the bunch. Happy to see a few names i don't know too, since they represent a different section of etsy.

  • helenaemmans

    helenaemmans said 8 years ago

    sounds great

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 8 years ago

    Looks like a great group! Woo Hoo!

  • mykonos

    mykonos said 8 years ago


  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 8 years ago

    congrats to the selected group and the continued success of etsy and the etsians!

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 8 years ago

    Thanks to all who volunteered to serve on Etsy's First Community Council.

  • mksupplies

    mksupplies said 8 years ago

    This is really neat! I know at least a handful of those Etsy shop users are always very helpful in the forums, so this sounds like a great bunch! I think this is a fabulous idea.

  • BlueNostalgia

    BlueNostalgia said 8 years ago

    Wishing it was me! Congrats everyone!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 8 years ago

    So exciting!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 8 years ago

    Congratulations everyone, how exciting!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 8 years ago

    what abitabite said. :)

  • babook

    babook said 8 years ago

    Mmmmmmmmmm , lovely items with those amaze handmade they making smile of me :D

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 8 years ago

    Fantastic, congrats to all those selected for the "charter" run of the Etsy Council; we're all expecting good things. :o)

  • sleepymoondesign

    sleepymoondesign said 8 years ago


  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    good luck to all who were selected. i appreciate your willingness to give your time towards the goal of making etsy better!

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 8 years ago

    "clap, clap, clap"

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 8 years ago

    What Blackstar and abitabite said....

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 8 years ago

    congrats! looking forward to what happens! :D

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 8 years ago

    Congrats everyone! (-:

  • Mymothersgarden

    Mymothersgarden said 8 years ago

    Looking forward to hearing what the council has to share with us!

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 8 years ago

    Great team!

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 8 years ago

    Congrats to the people selected! this is great :)

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 8 years ago


  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to the first 25 selected!

  • Fishstikks

    Fishstikks said 8 years ago

    Oooh what a fantastic group you've selected!! Can't wait to see what comes of this great new adventure! Congrats all!

  • MeadowbelleMarket

    MeadowbelleMarket said 8 years ago

    Hmmm, I'm not sure yet what the council is supposed to do (this is the first I've heard of it), but it sounds very prestigious. I can't wait for more updates.

  • MyGrandmasAttic

    MyGrandmasAttic said 8 years ago

    Very cool Congrats to you all!

  • lpdesigns

    lpdesigns said 8 years ago

    i'm so honored to be chosen as part of this first group! thanks so much! and thanks abitabite for the vote of confidence. :)

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    great idea etsy!

  • CollectionObsession

    CollectionObsession said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 8 years ago

    This really is a great community!!

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  • mannequinreject

    mannequinreject said 8 years ago

    This is awesome, I'm happy with the selected users I already know and I look forward to getting to getting to know the ones I don't know! Sounds good.


    ITSABEE said 8 years ago

    I think this is a wonderful idea, im so excited,Thankyou etsy for selecting me and my little store.

  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba said 8 years ago

    I'll be watching with great interest. Can't wait to see what the initial fruits of this combined effort will be. And I second gwynwyn's suggestion: a buyer council - even a temporary one - would be a great way to pick the minds of those without whom Etsy would just be a great idea . . . (no buyers, no success story) Thanks, Matt!

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 8 years ago

    Congrats to those selected!!

  • lavalleygirly

    lavalleygirly said 8 years ago

    Oh , like the idea of a buyers council! Preferably peeps with no we can try to see what it's like to be a buyer and not have any Etsy knowledge...right?

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all who have been selected. And a buyers council would be an excellent idea as well!

  • AustinModern

    AustinModern said 8 years ago

    Great Idea! Congrats to everyone selected!

  • SecretLentil

    SecretLentil said 8 years ago

    oooh can't wait to see how this turns out. thanks for trying this etsy, and thanks to everyone who's working on the council. i appreciate it.

  • linkeldesigns

    linkeldesigns said 8 years ago

    How exciting! Congrats!

  • waysideviolet

    waysideviolet said 8 years ago

    hi everyone! thanks for all the congrats! i'm looking forwards to working with these fab people!!


    KAPARA said 8 years ago


  • ficklefaerie

    ficklefaerie said 8 years ago

    Thanks everyone :) I am so excited to be part of this first group. I am very happy to see some names I know and some that I don't. Now I can't wait to see what is going to happen!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats to everyone!

  • copperlilly

    copperlilly said 8 years ago

    Very cool, hoping this turns out to be a great thing!

  • couturedesignsbym

    couturedesignsbym said 8 years ago

    Congrats to the chosen few:) Let your art be seen, heard and bought!

  • JensJewellery

    JensJewellery said 8 years ago

    Congratulations on being selected...

  • niftyknits

    niftyknits said 8 years ago

    well done people! we look forward to hearing all about it!

  • KLynnae

    KLynnae said 8 years ago

    Congrats to the first coucil!!

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams said 8 years ago

    Congrats to the first council. Hopefully they'll include more fine art on the front pages!! xo

  • onedaysgrace

    onedaysgrace said 8 years ago

    Great that so many want to contribute to Etsy success. Thanks to those giving their time.

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 8 years ago

    Congrats, Good luck and Have fun!! xo

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 8 years ago

    Cool! Congratulations!

  • girlscantell

    girlscantell said 8 years ago

    so nice to see a mix of familiar and new-to-me names on the list! this sounds like such a useful initiative, i can't wait to see the great things that come out of it.

  • thepuddingstorevint

    thepuddingstorevint said 8 years ago

    Congrat!.....Love "The Amazing Beard Hat"!!!

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 8 years ago

    Congrats!!!!! Hope for amazing things to come out of this group:)

  • esoneofone

    esoneofone said 8 years ago

    thumbs up! so glad to be part of Etsy, such a healthy community of friends and free minded thinkers that appreciate one another's work!

  • FashionFrills

    FashionFrills said 8 years ago

    Great idea! Let's hope it leads to building our small shops and increasing traffic.

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 8 years ago

    i like this!

  • savor

    savor said 8 years ago

    This'll be fun, I hope to do a good job! Thanks!

  • compassionmalas

    compassionmalas said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all those on the artist's group. This should be good.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 8 years ago

    Congratulations everyone!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 8 years ago

    Thanks to the Seller volunteers. I hope it is an excellent experience for you.

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to see what is to come............

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all who were chosen! Best of luck with this new endeavor...

  • maclancy

    maclancy said 8 years ago

    congrats to those chosen and exciting that input from sellers and buyers have another great way to help Etsy move onward and upward!

  • GemJunkie

    GemJunkie said 8 years ago

    This is VERY exciting news! Congrats to my sister, Tracy, of polishedtwo for being on the inaugural council!

  • StellarRelics

    StellarRelics said 8 years ago

    Thanks for the congrats everyone!!! I'm a super-newbie, and after a huge bad luck streak in the 9-5 world, I am soo thrilled to get to be a part of something so amazing!! I cannot wait to meet some veterans and other newbies:)

  • christinamaedesigns

    christinamaedesigns said 8 years ago

    How exciting! Congrats to those picked. Can't wait to see what you do to help make etsy great.

  • 10PMJewelry

    10PMJewelry said 8 years ago

    Congrats to those selected and ev1 else who will benefit! Patty

  • happymaxdesigns

    happymaxdesigns said 8 years ago

    Buyers' Group... Sounds interesting! Congrats All and thanks for your time!

  • lazydoll

    lazydoll said 8 years ago

    awesome job!

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe said 8 years ago

    Congrats to all that were selected.

  • 4Jess

    4Jess said 8 years ago

    I just read the Etsy News and saw all the shops that were selected. Congratulations to all of you. :)

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 8 years ago

    Thanks for all your warm wishes, I'm looking forward to this.

  • fairchilddesigns

    fairchilddesigns said 8 years ago

    awesome! congrats to all those who were selected. I love Etsy's community!!!

  • TheEclecticDiva

    TheEclecticDiva said 8 years ago

    Very Nice! So Now were any of these positions for the council offered to VINTAGE peoople? Do our opinions and success count? Just thinking out loud.

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 8 years ago


  • banfflines

    banfflines said 8 years ago

    Congratulations to all of the winners of the Etsy community council!

  • kidacollective

    kidacollective said 8 years ago

    Fantastic. Congratulations to everyone selected.

  • MNHPhotography

    MNHPhotography said 8 years ago

    congrats everyone who was selected. I can't wait to see what you all come up with. ;)

  • LeelaRocks

    LeelaRocks said 8 years ago

    Sounds like a great idea! but why is one of the selected shops been closed since Jan 2009? 'Ilusoria'

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 8 years ago


  • Enuwbe

    Enuwbe said 8 years ago

    What great fun! I can't wait for a chance to jump on this band wagon! Hooray for the fist ever ETSY COMMUNITY COUNCIL!

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 8 years ago

    excited to see the changes this will bring. Congrats to the 1st ever council members. What a great idea, etsy :} <3

  • KBShimmer

    KBShimmer said 8 years ago


  • AchAchLiebling

    AchAchLiebling said 8 years ago

    Thanks so much for all the kind wishes and congratulations! I'm grateful for this opportunity to serve the handmade community to which I am indebted. I hope my contributions and perspective will be useful and helpful to others.

  • lindabutterfly

    lindabutterfly said 8 years ago

    Marvelous. Hoping to be selected eventually but more than happy for these 25 to start the process. Watching with interest. Excellent too about the Buyers' council. It is good to be listened to and heard.

  • CreativeConceptsDS

    CreativeConceptsDS said 8 years ago

    This is great! It'd be interesting to find out what the policies of the new Council are....:)

  • VintageBookStore

    VintageBookStore said 8 years ago

    Etsy is so Brilliant.

  • VintageBookStore

    VintageBookStore said 8 years ago

    I'm not quite sure what they're doing, but it sounds good.

  • TheFetchingHound

    TheFetchingHound said 8 years ago


  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns said 8 years ago

    I'm interested to see what they're up to - how exciting!

  • LuckyLadybugJewelry

    LuckyLadybugJewelry said 8 years ago

    I think this is an exciting addition to the Etsy cummunity. Good luck to all who are participating - it's a commitment and also a responsibility to represent the rest of us. Thanks for volunteering! (I did, too, but didn't make the cut - maybe next time.

  • electricbluebird

    electricbluebird said 8 years ago

    I am so excited about this. Thanks so much for the lovely comments.

  • bazketmakr

    bazketmakr said 8 years ago

    thanks for the opportunity to participate, i am sure alot of good will come of this!

  • AmyMichaelStudios

    AmyMichaelStudios said 8 years ago

    Ths is a great idea! Cant wait

  • PoppysVintageGarden

    PoppysVintageGarden said 7 years ago

    WoW This is great!!!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    A belated hooray for our community council!

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 7 years ago

    This is the first I've heard of it, so I look forward to seeing what happens going forward. Sounds like fun, congratulations to the first group!

  • lilworkerb

    lilworkerb said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to all who applied! Sounds like a lot of fun.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Have fun everyone and congratulations!

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

    Very cool! Great shops!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Great idea to extend the time~ the shops named above were all excellent choices as well~ Congrats to them for being selected~!

  • SurrenderDorothy

    SurrenderDorothy said 7 years ago

    I'm excited to see what happens next!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    I am so grateful to be a part of this community, thanks! Congrats to all involved.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    yeah! nice! congrats!!

  • DeBonisOrquera

    DeBonisOrquera said 7 years ago


  • cowgirljewels

    cowgirljewels said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to all of the new council members - what an honor!

  • happysexycool

    happysexycool said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to all the new council members! Make us proud!

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to all selected!!

  • BlueGremlin

    BlueGremlin said 7 years ago

    thats awesome!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 7 years ago

    Congratulations all!

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 7 years ago

    A great idea, Congradulations to you all!

  • That70sShoppe

    That70sShoppe said 7 years ago

    Great idea on the extension of time to serve and congrats to all selected this round. :-)

  • warpedLaurie

    warpedLaurie said 7 years ago

    Hip Hip give yourselves a Hurray!!!!!!!

  • rollerscait

    rollerscait said 7 years ago

    Interesting! Sounds like it will be successful

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago


  • TheShabbyPinkCottage

    TheShabbyPinkCottage said 7 years ago

    way cool

  • SlimHands

    SlimHands said 7 years ago

    Sounds interesting!

  • eclipse

    eclipse said 7 years ago

    Is there any kind of update on what the council has been doing, like what progress they have made or what changes are being made as a result of their work?

  • sarayard

    sarayard said 7 years ago

    Very nice ^.^

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Congrats to those chosen!

  • bytheway

    bytheway said 7 years ago

    Thanks and congrats to the current council!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 7 years ago


  • poppyfox

    poppyfox said 7 years ago

    Congrats everyone!

  • SeptemberStars

    SeptemberStars said 7 years ago

    Exciting! Thanks for the update!

  • cassidycay

    cassidycay said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the update.

  • chocolatecreative

    chocolatecreative said 7 years ago

    I am to check the list of members, Etsy is an unique source of inspiration!! Thanks and regard from London Marga

  • CavemanPottery

    CavemanPottery said 7 years ago

    Congratulations to those who were picked and thank you for your commitment of your time to represent the rest of us! Can't wait to hear about the good things you will be doing for us.

  • magickalrealism

    magickalrealism said 7 years ago

    This is very much needed, and I'm glad that there will be a more direct and clarified voice from sellers to Etsy than what happens in the forums. Good move!

  • UglyBaby

    UglyBaby said 7 years ago

    This is such a great idea -- I wish I had been paying attention when the applications went around the first time -- good to know that I'll be able to have a chance in a few months!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    Super cool! Thanks 4 the update!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    Thanks for extending the time Matt, it's really been great so far.

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    yesyesyes!!! I am glad to see all these names, and especially glad to see many of these names!!

  • KasaCollection

    KasaCollection said 7 years ago

    good to know

  • valerieinva

    valerieinva said 7 years ago


  • mannequinreject

    mannequinreject said 7 years ago

    So....what did you learn from the first council? I'm so curious!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Great to see the results of the First council were so good that another is being launched! Kudos everyone!

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