In June Etsy celebrated its 13th Birthday and held a sale from 18th – 22nd to celebrate!
At rather short notice, the Etsy North Yorkshire Coast and Moors team decided to do a small pop up event to coincide with the celebrations as a way to promote the group and introduce ourselves to the local community.
We are brand spanking new Etsy Team who came into existence following local networking meetings at Yorkshire in Business. A few people had expressed an interest to sell online through Etsy so Jenn from Yorkshire in Business organised a small workshop in February ran by myself and Jenny from Scarborough Scribbles to give an introduction to Etsy. From that we started to make the meet ups a monthly event where local businesses and existing Etsy sellers in the area could drop in an we could work through some of the challenges they came across whilst managing their stores. We then realised that we had a ready made team! We decided to spread the team further than just Scarborough as there are many wonderful makers stretched far and wide on the North Yorkshire Coast and across over the Moors.
There are so many benefits of being part of a creative team. For many makers, their workshops are at home or they make after work or at weekends. This can be quite an isolated way of working and long term can affect confidence and self esteem. Working with like minded people as a team and being able to bounce ideas off each other helps build up that confidence in both yourself and you work. If you are in the area and want to join our Team, please do! You can find us on Etsy and on Facebook.
Team member Lindsay from Gekoglass managed to secure us a wonderful unit in the Scarborough Market Hall and with a bit of short notice planning and rustling up some stock we set up the shop!! We opened on Monday at 10am with me (Team Captain) at the helm. Lindsay was interviewed by Radio Scarborough about the pop up shop and I had the delight of speaking to Thats NorthYorkshire TV about our new venture.
Six of our team took part in the Pop Up Shop and we each had a day manning the space. It was a fantastic opportunity for those of us without our own public selling spaces to speak with customers and gain valuable (and very complimentary!) feedback on our work.
Shabby Sheep is a new Up-Cycled Furniture, Home wares and Gift Store with a twist. They are official stockists of Fusion Mineral Paint and run workshops to help you up-cycle and reinvent objects at home. Lynn has a wonderful selection of up cycled home wares in her Etsy shop and can do custom pieces to fit right in with your decor.
Pam makes bespoke handmade designs are unique to you and she will meet all your wedding stationery needs. From the first invite to the final thank you, she will be with you every step of the way and together you will design and create stationery that helps make sure your perfect day really is perfect! She created wonderful themed pieces from doves to steampunk – you can even have an actual dragon!!
Gekogalss specialise in manufacturing glass splash backs for kitchens and bathrooms and overlay led designs for glass panels. The husband and wife team also have a glass boutique where we sell decorative mirrors, decorative vases, glass hangers, glass bunting, marbles, a range of handcrafted wooden items and enchanted terrariums. We also offer a range called 4eva, for all occasions including weddings, christenings, baby showers and anniversaries.
The Curious Caboodle came to life in early 2018. Katie was on a quest to find a name for her new creative venture that summed up her, what she does and what she makes. The name was born after many brainstorming sessions and thumbing through a well-loved thesaurus. Then, appearing from the pages was ‘caboodle’. Katie instantly connected with this word, both it’s meaning and sound, and the glaringly obvious match was curious.
Definition of Curious – 1. marked by desire to investigate and learn. 2. exciting attention as strange, novel, or unexpected
Definition of Caboodle – 1. a complete group or collection of something
Katie creates stunning colourful artwork using mixed media and collected ephemera with an emphasis on text and imagery.
Scarborough Scribbles is a run by stay at home Mum Jenny with planner obsessions and fibromyalgia. Her shop is all about positivity and happy things. <3 Jenny creates fantastic business stationary, prints and all manner of stickers. She has recently added badges into her shop too!
The current Market Hall in Scarborough was built in 1853 on the site of the Old Shambles and it was to combine a number of historic markets which were spread across the small town centre. and reduce ‘congestion’. The market hall has recently undergone a significant refurbishment creating a more modern market whilst still retaining the authentic character and feel of a traditional market in an attractive, historic building. The refurbishment has seen the addition of a brand new mezzanine floor with a range of unique shops selling gifts, jewellery, art, cakes, honey, and much more. The cafes are fantastic too!!
The basement of the Market Hall was originally used as a bonded warehouse. In 1993 it was converted into stalls now known as Market Vaults and offers units to a variety of traders, such as collectables, working craftpersons, artists and jewellers. My Dad has a lovely little shop in there, check out Bowerbird Antiques.
The week in the market was a great success for the group. We gained valuable experience of planning an event (although short notice) and working well as a team. We met some lovely customers and received excellent feedback on our work. It was surprising to hear so many visitors were not aware of the creative community in and around Scarborough so a very beneficial exercise in getting our work out into the local community and spreading the word! m As a group we have also identified what we would do for future events and have lots of ideas for new and exciting group activities! Keep your eyes peeled for possible skill shares and artisan evenings!
On the last day of the Pop Up Shop we also received the fantastic news that Etsy NYCM have been approved to be an official host for this years Etsy Made Local event.
Etsy Made Local is a national, seller-led initiative celebrating the makers, collectors and artisans in local communities across the UK. From St Ives to Aberdeen, towns and cities, including Scarborough, will be participating in this weekend event connecting Christmas shoppers with local Etsy sellers. Etsy Made Local markets hosted by teams of Etsy sellers will pop up across the country on 30 November – 2 December 2018. Artisans selling on Etsy can sell their handmade wares and vintage goods to local customers; each of which will represent the spirit of the local community.
We are currently in the planning stages for this event and we will share more information with you very soon!!
And finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to Penny from Scarborough Market Hall and Lindsay from gekoglasse for organising the space for us in the Market, Jenn from Yorkshire in Business for her support, Radio Scarborough and Thats NorthYorkshire TV for featuring us. The Etsy Team members who took part in the pop up shop, those who helped set up and support during the week, and everyone else who helped, either sharing and liking through social media and generally cheering us on!
We look forward to the next adventure! Keep up to date with the group here…….