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The Great Etsy Office Move of 2009

Aug 19, 2009

by EtsyStore handmade and vintage goods

sarah_avatar_copy.jpgHi! I’m Etsy’s third Sarah (well, technically, only the second with an “h”), and I am Etsy’s new Office Manager. I started in June, and it has been an exciting whirlwind, absorbing as much as I can about Etsy culture and community while also trying to improve the day-to-day workings of Etsy’s offices. I feel very lucky to be part of this family of hardworking and creative people who have welcomed me with open arms!

One of the most exciting projects I’ve been helping with is the Etsy office move. After three memorable years in our wonderfully quirky — though sometimes dysfunctional — office building, Etsy headquarters is moving to new digs on August 22. We will say good-bye to our Brooklyn/Bermuda Triangle location between Fort Greene, DUMBO, and Downtown Brooklyn. We look forward to inviting visitors to meetings without fear of them getting completely lost (which was a frequent occurrence at 325 Gold!).

The new office will be in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn (which stands for “Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass” — a sensible acronym, but it still makes me laugh every time I say it). DUMBO is known as an arts-focused neighborhood filled with galleries, restaurants, new media and non-profit organizations. Many of the buildings were once factories or warehouses, but they now are home to a growing community of studios and vibrant web companies. With friendly residents and many independent businesses, DUMBO is an oasis in the midst of the big city. Commuters drinking their morning coffee will be able to spot our bright Etsy orange walls from the Manhattan Bridge.

The new office is designed for greater efficiency, as we will no longer be trying to coordinate ourselves on three separate floors of a building with a temperamental elevator. The new space is all on one floor, with most folks sitting out in an open floor plan. The internet connection will be stable, and we won’t be in the middle of a construction site — we’ve had three 40 floor buildings shoot up just next door to us! In short, it will be a vastly improved work environment.

Soon Etsy Labs will be reopening for Monday Craft Nights and other Virtual Labs events. These gatherings, both in Brooklyn and online via our multi-user chat room, are just one way for us to stay connected to you, and we’re looking forward to hosting these in our new office. Stay tuned for posts from julieincharge and daniellexo regarding those events. You can also sign up for the Etsy Labs mailing list. For now, we are co-hosting DIY Thursdays at the Museum of Arts and Design. Please join us for these events — even if you’re not in New York, you can participate online.

We are working to make sure that the office reflects our handmade and vintage spirit. We want to make sure we share it with all of you, even from afar, so after we move in, I’ll post stories about the handmade and vintage elements in the office. Our desks, conference tables, kitchen flooring and cabinetry are among the items made and installed by Etsy sellers, and I can’t wait to show them in use in our busy office.  

Ok, back to packing!

STAPLER sterling silver necklace
STAPLER sterling silver necklace
$60.00 USD
Vintage Bostonette Pencil Sharpener
Vintage Bostonette Pencil Sharpener
Small Metal Desk Organizer Tray Set - Bright Red
Small Metal Desk Organizer Tray Set - Bright Red
Jumbo paperclip bookmark very cute rabbit fabric covered one inch button jumbo paperclip bookmark
Jumbo paperclip bookmark very cute rabbit fabric covered one inch button jumbo paperclip bookmark
Orange Berries on Raspberry Large Fabric Thumbtacks - Qty. 6
Orange Berries on Raspberry Large Fabric Thumbtacks - Qty. 6
blue sky recycled bike clock
blue sky recycled bike clock
Wall Mural Hanging Birdcage Bird Canary Shabby Sheik
Wall Mural Hanging Birdcage Bird Canary Shabby Sheik


  • SeaPinks

    SeaPinks said 7 years ago

    How exciting, and what a great view!

  • PoshMommaStore

    PoshMommaStore said 7 years ago

    Sounds fun! Enjoy the move!

  • jamieribisi

    jamieribisi said 7 years ago

    If you need any original art to decorate your walls, you know where to find me ;)

  • evihan

    evihan said 7 years ago

    woww great location.....I am amazed

  • adoreneko

    adoreneko said 7 years ago

    OoOo, what a beautiful view and orange is a fun color!

  • laralewis

    laralewis said 7 years ago

    exciting! who's driving the uhaul? ;)

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair said 7 years ago

    Lots of work, but exciting too!

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 7 years ago

    Have fun!

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a much needed move! And it sounds like a really cool new location!

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    Sounds wonderful!! Can't wait to see the updates on the new office space. Lucky ducks.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 7 years ago

    What good news, I hope you are all happy in your new location!

  • AlexMetalArts

    AlexMetalArts said 7 years ago

    Good luck on the move. Don't lose the coffee supplies in the shuffle;)

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    I'm going to come visit your new digs when the move is complete!

  • buttercupbloom

    buttercupbloom said 7 years ago

    Looking forward to photos of the new offices! Sounds excellent!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the move!

  • BlueShoeStudio

    BlueShoeStudio said 7 years ago

    Excellent! Good luck in your new space Etsy Folks!! We love Etsy. :)

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    Moving! Change is always good and the only thing constant is change! enjoy it :o)

  • BlackLotusDesign

    BlackLotusDesign said 7 years ago

    Sounds great! I cant wait for the photos!

  • MPsen

    MPsen said 7 years ago

    My first studio was at 68 Jay, WAY back in the day [before the condo invasion] Lovely neighborhood. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. Good luck with the move. Marketa

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts said 7 years ago

    Nice to meet you Sarah! I wish I lived in the DUMBO neighborhood. That sounds amazing!

  • diffractionfiber

    diffractionfiber said 7 years ago

    How exciting! Well, just let me know if you need any pillows ;)

  • chinadoodle

    chinadoodle said 7 years ago

    I hate moving!

  • VKnO

    VKnO said 7 years ago

    Sounds wonderful! I'm looking forward to see the photos! Good luck with the move ;)

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 7 years ago

    How awesome that you hired etsy sellers to furnish and decorate the offices. I hope to come visit someday soon!! Congratulations.

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 7 years ago

    Growth is good!

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 7 years ago

    How exciting! I love Dumbo, and it's fantasic waterside playground/park! Have you been to Noodle Pudding or Five Front? Both oh so delicious!!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 7 years ago

    Best of luck moving; it really seems like you all will be relocating to prime real estate in a wonderfully artsy community. Congrats Etsy!

  • MagnetGames

    MagnetGames said 7 years ago

    hi Sarah!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    fantastic view. have fun!

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 7 years ago

    Hubby came home the other day and said "I saw a big sheet with "Etsy" on it in a window in downtown brooklyn!" LOL!

  • 1canoe2

    1canoe2 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! I was one that got lost going to the 325 Gold office :) I'll be in NYC on August 29th--will the new offices/labs be open for visitors then?

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 7 years ago

    Awwww Goodbye 325 Gold! I'll MISS YOU! (because, you know, I visited so often...) I still will miss the scary elevator. It's an adventure every time you step inside.

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    Wow, how exciting and congratulations on the move! I've had two separate experiences hunting for the 325 Gold Street location, and while a fun adventure (and happily successful both times) I can only imagine that it will be super cool to have an easier to find and easier to manage space. Congratulations!

  • ShySiren

    ShySiren said 7 years ago

    I used to have a studio office on that very street where the photo is taken -- Washington Street, just a block up from where the photographer was standing. Every day walking to work was a total joy, reminding my of what a gorgeous City New York is! Missing it... but will be back this weekend for a visit!

  • 1022SeaShellAve

    1022SeaShellAve said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to "see" and hear more!

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 7 years ago

    oh! I just thought of'll be closer to Maggiano's!

  • itsastitch

    itsastitch said 7 years ago

    Man, Etsy. We're moving on the same week. Cheers to new digs!

  • onecreativegirl

    onecreativegirl said 7 years ago

    exciting! congrats on the new space.

  • moonscreations

    moonscreations said 7 years ago

    Yay moving! ugh moving. I hope we'll get to see some wonderful photos of the new digs!

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    Are you going to see elephants fly in DUMBO? ;D

  • ShopClementine

    ShopClementine said 7 years ago

    Heh, I don't think I ever got to use the elevator at 325 Gold--it was out of order whenever I visited. Congrats on a great new location!!

  • notebooksetc

    notebooksetc said 7 years ago

    Counting on pictures (interior and exterior) when you have them!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    Hi Sarah ~ nice to meet you! The move sounds like it's a good thing all around. Maybe you should do a house-warming (or office-warming) party post with virtual guests bringing virtual house-warming gifts?

  • niswanderceramics

    niswanderceramics said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a great new location, I grew up in Jersey with nice views of the city, still get homesick when I see photos of the area. Enjoy your new place.

  • whichgoose

    whichgoose said 7 years ago

    The best part of moving = re-decorating!! :)

  • klacustomcreations

    klacustomcreations said 7 years ago

    how cool, new digs is always fun!

  • AmericanGirl51

    AmericanGirl51 said 7 years ago

    Have a great Move. Well come to the Etsy Staff, Hope to see great new things from you, Renee

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 7 years ago

    Looking forward to seeing pics of the new place!

  • pommesfrites

    pommesfrites said 7 years ago

    good luck with the move! wish I could be there to see the new space.

  • study

    study said 7 years ago

    good luck on the move! sounds like a great new and inspiring place to work!

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Good luck with your move! The new space sounds marvelous!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    Welcome to Etsy Sarah. I can't wait to see pictures of the new office. I love old buildings.

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 7 years ago

    I love that you used Etsy shops for your offices!!

  • prendasbyenid

    prendasbyenid said 7 years ago

    Nice location! I hope someday I can visit the new office.

  • fernfiddlehead

    fernfiddlehead said 7 years ago

    I remember looking at an apartment in what is now known as DUMBO back in '85. Scary as hell. Didn't take the apartment. Good luck with the move and I'm glad it won't be so easy for people to get lost looking for your offices now!

  • RobotsAreAwesome

    RobotsAreAwesome said 7 years ago

    Etsy your welcome to open an office in my city and state! I can run a mean office, type, use the internets and everything ;)

  • Mymothersgarden

    Mymothersgarden said 7 years ago

    Sounds like the new location is great! Happy office warming!

  • MeghanT

    MeghanT said 7 years ago

    Hey Sarah, The new building sounds great! Good luck with the move and enjoy your new space. Can't wait for the Monday night craft nights to resume! Will you be posting pics of the new building inside? It would be cool to see some visuals once everything is unpacked!

  • SandraLeighMiller

    SandraLeighMiller said 7 years ago

    * excitement * best of luck!!

  • junkyjunk

    junkyjunk said 7 years ago

    Sounds exciting! Thanks for including my typewriter!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Nice to meet ya sarah and the new place DUMBO sounds fabulous, maybe they will give us peeps at this new place somehow via webcam, welcome again to the big family.

  • moop

    moop said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the move!'s a ton of work but will be well worth the effort! (we are well versed in major relocations...we just moved Moop studios from Massachusetts to, we're sending our digital energies your way!!)

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 7 years ago

    we need pictures when you done with the move!

  • Tessyla

    Tessyla said 7 years ago

    Good luck with it all and have fun! Very nice to meet you :)

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the move, I hope it all goes smoothly.

  • virginiakraljevic

    virginiakraljevic said 7 years ago

    I love DUMBO! super news.

  • Tumus

    Tumus said 7 years ago

    Crazy Mazy! Dysfunctional elevators are wretched aren't they lol. I remember moving offices once and it was insane so bring lots of beer and pizza! and probably an ice pak or 4...

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 7 years ago

    Oh, and JUNIOR'S around the corner!

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 7 years ago

    Can't wait to see what it looks like!

  • latelierdesbijoux

    latelierdesbijoux said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the move! Sounds like the new offices will be great.

  • moonovermaize

    moonovermaize said 7 years ago

    How exciting!

  • stephaniesullivanart

    stephaniesullivanart said 7 years ago

    Love the location you picked! Can't wait to see the follow up postings...

  • EyeForBeauty

    EyeForBeauty said 7 years ago

    have fun moving! i'm sure it will be a challenge, but well worth it :) can't wait for pictures!

  • topsyturvydesign

    topsyturvydesign said 7 years ago

    congrats on the new digs! i wish i could have seen the origins, but they will have to live on in lore...

  • MyMoms

    MyMoms said 7 years ago

    Definitely different and unique.

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 7 years ago

    I love DUMBO, it has really come so far in recent years, I remember it 10 years ago (not so nice...)! Can't wait to check out the new space, very exciting.

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 7 years ago

    Ugh, I hate moving! I hope it goes smoothly for everyone!

  • freshandclean

    freshandclean said 7 years ago

    How exciting! Good luck with the move.

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 7 years ago

    Sounds like a good move. Love the picture of the DUMBO neighborhood and I'm looking forward to seeing the new offices inside!

  • Fairyfolk

    Fairyfolk said 7 years ago

    Lovely location... the view must be amazing! Hope the move goes smoothly. Blessings and magic.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 7 years ago

    Good luck!

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the big move. I hope we get to see pics of the new offices!

  • GeorginaKay

    GeorginaKay said 7 years ago

    I LOVE LOVE that shot of the bridge - so different to my work place in London, England! :)

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 said 7 years ago

    ok, don't forget to pack my gold silverware. Even though are you are on Goldstreet anymore, you still gotta eat.

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    And just when I thought I had memorized your Gold Street address! Good luck with the move. Looking forward to learning your new street address! xo

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the move!

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 7 years ago

    Kind of a fresh start to move into a better location, Etsy! I'm excited for you. Show us photographs once settled in, or before even. Best wishes!

  • strandsoflight

    strandsoflight said 7 years ago

    Sounds wonderful! Hope the move goes smoothly.

  • TopsailWinds

    TopsailWinds said 7 years ago

    How exciting! congrats and good luck with the move! I'm thrilled that you're in NYC! I would love to attend some Labs in Brooklyn!

  • CrownBindery

    CrownBindery said 7 years ago

    Moving is hard work! But so worth it! Congrats Etsy for growing up into a new space! Can't wait to see it! Need new notebook binders for your new office? See me :):):):)!

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 7 years ago

    Have fun with your move! Glad that you will have a more functional space with better connectivity!

  • SomewhatHip

    SomewhatHip said 7 years ago

    Oh man, I was just at the Manhattan Bridge on an NYC trip, and I can't believe I could have stopped by Etsy and didn't! I love the view from that bridge at night, looking at the Brooklyn Bridge and downtown at once. Gorgeous! Go eat some pizza at Grimaldi's for me, Etsy admin!

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 7 years ago


  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    I feel excited for you all ^^

  • VerteAdelie

    VerteAdelie said 7 years ago

    Love the DUMBO acronym ! Good luck for the move (and remember to bend your knees if you have to lift something heavy ;-)).

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 7 years ago

    wow. would love to hop on a plane and visit new york + esty offices!

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 7 years ago

    Hi Sarah, nice to meet you and wish you all a good start!

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 7 years ago

    I can't wait!!

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 7 years ago

    Congratulations on the new digs!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 7 years ago

    Great news and best of luck!

  • johndmc

    johndmc said 7 years ago

    Congratulations. I am sure no one will miss dodging the traffic on Flatbush Avenue or the erratic elevator.

  • BlessedRepublic

    BlessedRepublic said 7 years ago

    Congratulations! Very progressive and inspiring!

  • betsy3

    betsy3 said 7 years ago

    WOW! wonderful location!

  • Zabba

    Zabba said 7 years ago

    My husband and I were just wondering this mornign where the Etsy headquarters is. Coincidently, I just found this story. Good luck with the move. Office moves can be a pain but very exciting.

  • 1AEON

    1AEON said 7 years ago

    so york stop on the F, right? not bad..much nicer neighborhood and still pretty close!! yaaaaaaaay!!!!

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    congrats!! have fun there _)

  • dolliecs

    dolliecs said 7 years ago

    Nice to hear from you, and welcome to Etsy! I'm excited for you! Thanks for introducing yourself and good luck in your new space. Keep us posted!

  • RSSDesignsInFiber

    RSSDesignsInFiber said 7 years ago

    Great that Etsy's office will have handmade items made by Etsy Sellers in it!! Congrats on the move up!

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 7 years ago

    very exciting!!!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the move and thanks for keeping us posted!

  • centralbarkdesigns

    centralbarkdesigns said 7 years ago

    Good luck with the big move. Can't wait to check out the new digs!

  • mireillemanuel

    mireillemanuel said 7 years ago


  • MaisonBoheme

    MaisonBoheme said 7 years ago

    Happy moving!

  • claudiagriffiths

    claudiagriffiths said 7 years ago

    Congratulation on the move!

  • derinmavi

    derinmavi said 7 years ago

    Wish you the best in your new place! And what a great photo..Is it the Empire State Building looking under the bridge? Sorry, I haven't been to NY before but if so it's been a very good angle! :-)

  • themefragrance

    themefragrance said 7 years ago

    we love dumbo! good views, good company and good chocolate there! good luck!

  • VonRatten

    VonRatten said 7 years ago

    Good luck, and happy trails to you! :o)

  • MalindasBeadDesigns

    MalindasBeadDesigns said 6 years ago

    Welcome to the Etsy staff. I really appreciate the site and the chance to work from home and bead like crazy, home school my son and paint the house. Good Luck, Malinda Vogel

  • BlueCrushBeads

    BlueCrushBeads said 6 years ago

    Sarah, Good Luck with your new career at Etsy. I cant wait to hear more! Moving can be crazy at times. Make sure you have lots of fun doing it!

  • alkdesigns

    alkdesigns said 6 years ago

    Iwas just strolling around there and had no idea! Great location.

  • CrazyDaisiesDesigns

    CrazyDaisiesDesigns said 6 years ago

    Wow this is wonderful! I would LOVE to work in the Etsy office!! What a wonderful location! Can't wait to see the photos of the inside. Love the picks above so far. The stapler necklace is a hoot! Good luck and thanks for making the world of Etsy for all of us artists. Peace, Jessica

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 6 years ago

    Great news, great place. Good luck in your new job. Thanks for keeping us posted.

  • anothertimeantiques

    anothertimeantiques said 6 years ago

    Warmest heartful wishes for a smooth move! Oh my my, I shutter at the thought of moving a whole big office conglomeration!!! Will be looking for pictures someday!

  • claycass

    claycass said 6 years ago

    Nice Move. What is the new address?

  • LadyLuLus

    LadyLuLus said 6 years ago

    AWESOME! Great office items!

  • demigodstudio

    demigodstudio said 6 years ago

    I want to come check out your new up and coming 'hood this summer! I'll just look for the orange wall to guide my journey :)

  • ChiarandCo

    ChiarandCo said 6 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

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