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Etsy Calgary Craft Party – Tickets on Sale now!

Etsy Craft Party Calgary

Join the Etsy Calgary team for some crafting fun & mingling at Rosso Coffee Roasters in Inglewood, as part of Etsy’s global Craft Party! We’ll be kicking off the evening with a knitting demonstration by Chantal of Knitatude, followed by a talk on using social media effectively by Amber of Dixie + Twine.

After that, be sure to enjoy a relaxing colouring book page drawn by Suzy of Tinged, while you mingle with fellow Etsy sellers and makers in the YYC community, all while enjoying the fabulous snacks and drinks available for purchase at Rosso!

Let’s get crafty together! Bring your current (non-messy!) projects to work on while you chat, network, and collaborate! But please remember to leave those outside food & drinks at home.

Want to come? Snag your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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“Start Selling on Etsy” Workshop Tickets on Sale Now!

June 6th Start Selling on Etsy Workshop

If you missed our first edition of this workshop, now’s your chance to snag a ticket! Led by expert Etsy seller, Lindy Turner, you will learn the top tips and tricks to becoming successful on Etsy, from properly tagging your items to taking great product photos.

To get the most of this presentation, start your shop prior to the workshop! Visit Etsy’s Promotions micro site and enter the code MakerCities and you will receive 20 free listings when your Etsy shop is opened. Your shop must be new to redeem this code. Don’t worry about making your shop perfect – you can keep your store in “Draft” mode until the workshop. All you need is your shop name picked out to redeem the promo code!

Get your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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“Product Photography for Etsy Sellers” Workshop – Tickets on Sale Now!

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The key to selling products online is great photography. When a customer doesn’t have the benefit of picking your product up in their hands to get an up-close look at an item, the photographs need to be able to answer all their questions faithfully and acurrately.

Led by photographer and local Etsy seller Jillian Logee and sponsored by The Camera Store, this two-hour course will go over guidelines for Etsy shop photographs and how to make the most of those 5 photo slots per listing. We’ll cover styling your product photos, using various forms of lighting, and tips for making sure your photos are as accurate as possible.

To get the most out of the workshop, we recommend bringing the following:

– 3 to 5 of your own products or stand-in props
– a digital camera (a smartphone, point-and-shoot, or DSLR camera)
– a notebook

Get your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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“Branding for Etsy” Workshop – Tickets on Sale Now!

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Branding your Etsy shop is one of the keys to being a successful Etsy seller. Draw shoppers into your products with beautiful design that showcases your personality and the personality of your products.

Led by expert Etsy seller Lindy Turner, this two-hour workshop will guide you through developing your own brand and how to integrate it into your Etsy store front. This is a great workshop for those who are new to Etsy or those just looking to delve deeper into how branding can impact their shop in a positive way. And don’t forget, as of April 5th, Etsy’s new shop design goes live! Lindy will show you how to update your branding for the new layout, too!

We encourage you to bring your laptop or tablet with you to follow along!

Get your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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“Start Selling on Etsy” Workshop – Tickets on sale now!

March 29 Get Started on Etsy Workshop

This “Start Selling on Etsy” workshop will walk you through the basics of the platform. Led by expert Etsy seller, Lindy Turner, you will learn the top tips and tricks to becoming successful on Etsy, from properly tagging your items to taking great product photos.

To get the most of this presentation, start your shop prior to the workshop! Visit https://www.etsy.com/promotions?promotion_code=MakerCities and enter the code MakerCities and you will receive 20 free listings when your Etsy shop is opened. Your shop must be new to redeem this code. Don’t worry about making your shop perfect – you can keep your store in “Draft” mode until the workshop. All you need is your shop name picked out to redeem the promo code!

We encourage you to bring your laptop or tablet with you to follow along!

Get your tickets over on Eventbrite!

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Etsy: Made in Canada 2015 Recap

Wow, we cannot get over what a success the 2015 show has been! Over 12,000 shoppers came out to support handmade & vintage – an incredible example of how important these small businesses have become in Calgarian culture and lifestyle.

Our vendors showcased some outstanding works, with everything from creative shirts, to spiced soaps, to hand-tooled leather, to absolutely everything in between. We owe a huge thank you to the staff at Golden Acre Garden Sentre, who took care of our every need and problem-solved when the unexpected happened.

Over the coming months, we’ll start planning for the 2016 edition. With each year, this market is a learning process and we’re going to work hard to keep making it better with every iteration. Our goal is to promote the handmade and vintage community in the best possible fashion, with happy shoppers and fabulous purchases.

If you weren’t able to make it to the market, or if you misplaced that business card from your favourite vendor, you can shop the show over at the official Etsy: Made in Canada page. Be sure to check out what some of the other cities had on offer while you’re there. Our small businesses depend on local Canadian shoppers.

A final thank you goes out to Bree Johnson of Bree Johnson Photo & Classically Quirky. Not only did Bree help us out with setup, but she stayed on hand for most of the day to document the market. Be sure to check out her website and flip through the slideshow below.

Don’t forget to tag @etsycalgary with photos of your purchases from the day. We love to see what everyone bought and how you’ve fit these unique pieces into
your home & lifestyle.

Thank you, Calgary! We can’t wait to see you again next year!

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Made In Canada Info/Craft Night Recap

We recently hosted a Info/Craft Night about the upcoming Etsy Calgary: Made In Canada event. The evening was filled with discussion about the upcoming market, food and crafting!

The event was held at the beautiful Symons Valley Ranch Farmers Market. The food was provided by some of the markets vendors – Sabores Mexican Restaurant and Organics, Blue Door Olive Oil and Rustic Sourdough.

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A feature table was set up showcasing vendors from last years Made In Canada market. Vendors: Tribe + Society, Jen Gregoire Photography, Bubblegum Sass, Harmony Grace Designs, Salt Water Tea, Medicine River Soap Co. and Maple and Oak Designs.

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After a short presentation highlighting details about this years market the attendees assembled Greeting Cards for Seniors Secret Service. SSS is an organization that provides Christmas and Birthday gifts to isolated seniors in Calgary and the surrounding area. Each month SSS gives out roughy 200 Birthday gifts. Included with each gift is a handmade greeting card personalized towards each individual senior. Lindy made up two card templates ahead of time and everyone set to work putting together the cards. In total 150 cards were made in just under an hour and a half!

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Swag Bags were given out at the end of the evening. The bags include lots of Etsy goodies as well as some swag from us! Magnets from Jillian Logee Photography, Lip Balm from Handmade Therapy and Greeting Cards from Crafted by Lindy.

Etsy Calgary Info/Craft Night

Photos by Logee Photography

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