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Etsy Business School at The Handmade Fair

Sep 8, 2014

by Becky Jones handmade and vintage goods

With just over two weeks to go util Etsy joins Kirsty Allsopp at The Handmade Fair, we’re bringing you a first sneak peek at some of the exciting things Etsy will be running over the weekend.

As part of The Handmade Fair we’re hosting an Etsy Business School which will be the go-to area for anyone interested in setting up or growing their handmade business. We’ll have a bunch of great people on hand to give you the basic tools needed to start making money from your hobby. Whether you’re an existing Etsy seller, or are new to us, we’ll have something for everyone.

Photography Skills

First up…Joining us in the Etsy tent is Lyndsey James, the founder of Photocraft, a global online photography school created especially with designers & makers in mind. Photocraft teaches makers how to master their camera and ultimately sell more online.

Lyndsey James

Lyndsey, a professional photography by trade, will be giving a super speedy photography lesson that you can apply right away as well as answering any questions you have – so if you’re in need of some top tips for photography, then don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from a master of product photography in person!

Check out Lyndsey’s Etsy UK blog posts here.

Selling on Etsy

We’re also very lucky to have two awesome Etsy sellers speaking about their experiences of selling on Etsy, their successes and the challenges they have faced along the way.

Karli & Jacques from DesignosaurYeah are two Brighton-based product design graduates who’s love of design and dinosaurs transformed into their hugely successful business selling dinosaur jewellery.

Designosaur Collage

Karli & Jacques opened their shop in 2012 and now sell to customers all over the world – from Canada to Japan to Armenia! Their products are now stocked in the London Natural History Museum and they are captains of the Brighton Etsy Seller Team.

To hear more about their story and their tips on how to create a successful business, come along to the Etsy tent at 2.30pm on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th September.

Business Skills

Eleanor Callaghan of DigForVictory has gone from practising her craft in her spare room, to running a full-time business in her very own bricks-and-mortar shop in Brighton selling vintage inspired handmade dresses – all through selling on Etsy.

Dig For Victory collage

Eleanor will be talking about the things that have worked for her, and some of the things that didn’t in her journey to expanding her business. To get some tips first-hand from the brains behind DigForVictory, come along to the Etsy Business School tent at The Handmade Fair at 2.30pm on Sunday 21st September.

Tickets for The Handmade Fair start from £29, and include a Skill Workshop, a Super Theatre Session hosted by Kirstie and a Grand Make with 250 fellow crafters – to book yours, visit See you there!

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Will you be joining us at The Handmade Fair? What are you most looking forward to? Started making those pompoms? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @EtsyUK!


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