“Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world
connect, both online and offline, to make,
sell and buy unique goods.” Etsy
Etsy, among other online marketplaces such as notonthehighstreet.com and folksy, provides artists, designers and makers across the world a platform to sell their works. It gives shoppers access to unique products that they may not come across elsewhere and it has seen an incredible support network form through its online community portal. Teams have formed across the world, the online community enabling groups such as Etsy Cambridge to grow into an offline community who come together to collaborate in local events. I have been to two events recently run by members of the Etsy Cambridge team and have been really impressed by the work of the local sellers.
On July 4th & 5th a pop-up shop appeared at the riverside Babylon Gallery in Ely – see photos above. The Babylon Gallery is a great space for events such as this. They hire the facilities out to artists and craftspersons to exhibit their work, the space is also versatile for other uses such as workshops and various private events, and it is well located – only a 10 minute walk along the river from the train station! To find out about future exhibitions check the website here. 23 designer-makers, local artists and vintage sellers took part in the pop-up shop – with jewellery, accessories, clothing, skincare, candles, papercrafts, framed original artwork and prints, photographic prints, decorations, homewares, ceramics, greetings cards, hand-spun and hand-dyed wool, and much more for sale. The team had also decorated the shop with origami and cutouts hanging from the ceiling. On Saturday 8th August the team took to St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church where they held a pop-up market supported by CambridgeBID as part of their ‘Loving Summer’ campaign – see photos below.
22 sellers came together each with their own stall packed with unique handmade and vintage treasures. The venue was well chosen and there was such a fun and lively atmosphere when I arrived. I met some new faces and enjoyed wandering around, the first time to make sure I had seen everything and the second to make a few purchases. I bought a few things from both these events which I will be sharing soon in a handmade haul. Here is a full list of sellers that took part in the pop-up market (I hope you take a look at their shops and discover something new!):
If you have recently purchased something from an Etsy Cambridge seller – maybe at one of these events? I would love to see what you bought – tweet your photographs to @EtsyCambridge and @thetrove_cambs with the tag #cambscreativetreasures and I will take a look. Also, make sure you are following us both on Twitter & Instagram for updates on upcoming events like these!