The Paper Studio partnered with the Arizona Crafty Burrito Collective (one of Etsy.com’s home grown Arizona teams) to host a successful Etsy Artists Market on Sunday, April 27. Local artists filled our parking lot with colorful tents full of handmade merchandise which can usually only be found online in their Etsy stores. Etsy.com has revolutionized online selling for artists by making it affordable, easy and fun to sell handmade items online to a worldwide audience. In just a few short years Etsy has grown to include over 60,000 storefronts and its creators do a lot to make the site artist-friendly, encouraging artists to share information in online forums and collaborate locally.
The Etsy Artists Market offered a rare chance to talk with artists and see their work in person. Shoppers saw an eclectic selection of jewelry, ceramics, cigar box purses, smocked and sewn handbags, puppets, sock zombies, handspun yarn, clothing and handmade journals. The artists freely shared advice about how to start selling and buying on Etsy.com and hopefully more Arizona artists will soon have their own Etsy stores.
One Paper Studio customer drove all the way down from Flagstaff to see the Etsy Artists Market and we’ve received enthusiastic feedback from the customers who visited. They’ve requested that we host another Etsy Artists Market, perhaps in the fall. Till then, visit the Arizona Crafty Burritos website for links to their online stores and information about local shows and events. http://team.etsy.com/profilest/az.shtml