Etsy: Made Local – Christmas 2016

Join us for a weekend of cheer and crafting excellence in the magnificent Edwardian Engine Hall at Manchester’s People’s History Museum from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th December 2016 for an amazing long weekend. Manchester’s Christmas just got more amazing.

Manchester, are you ready for one hell of a creative Christmas? Forget looking in the high street stores for a unique gift; come to the Etsy: Made Local Christmas market for something truly special and show your friends and loved ones how much you really care, while supporting local small businesses.

The Etsy Manchester team are currently dialling up the festive cheer all the way to eleven, and we’re bringing the party atmosphere!

Join us for a weekend of cheer in the magnificent Edwardian Engine Hall at Manchester’s People’s History Museum on Thursday .

Seller Information

Seller applications are – as of 01 August 2016 – now CLOSED.

Some questions and answers

What is Etsy Made Local?
Etsy: Made Local is a nationwide, Etsy-supported, Christmas market happening on 2-4 December. It celebrates the crafters, collectors and artisans in local communities across the country. From coast to coast, 27 cities and towns will be participating in this weekend-long event run by local Etsy Teams and participating sellers.
Do I have to be an Etsy member to shop at an Etsy Made Local market?
Anyone can shop; however, we encourage you to join Etsy, so you can discover more unique items from UK sellers–and sellers around the world. Etsy is free to join.  To open a shop, go to and use the code “ETSYMADELOCAL2016” to get your first 20 listings free.
Is there an Etsy Made Local market in my hometown?
Etsy Made Local is a community-led initiative run by Etsy sellers and supported by Etsy. Each participating event is run by a group of dedicated Etsy Team members who volunteered to host a market in their area. If there isn’t a market in your area, consider starting or joining the Team in your area and organising one next year. Don’t worry, there is one in Manchester!
How can I share event photos and updates on social media?
We encourage you to share the event on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #EtsyMadeLocal.  You can also tag us in your updates using #EtsyMcr.
How do I become an exhibitor?
You’ll need to have an Etsy shop, and be member of the Etsy Manchester team. To find out more about Etsy Teams go to, or you can just go straight to the Etsy Manchester team.
How are exhibitors selected?
Exhibitors will be chosen by a panel of Etsy Manchester Team members.  From artists, makers, recyclers and upcyclers, we are looking for high levels of creativity, originality and skill.  From vintage sellers, we will look for a strong sense of style in addition to quality curated collections of items.
When is the deadline for exhibitor applications?
Applications close on 31st July 2016 at 23:59. We will let all applicants know the outcome by 14th August.
How much does it cost to be a exhibitor at the Manchester Etsy Made Local market?
We want to make sure our selling events are accessible to everyone and have worked to keep the cost as low as possible. Stalls are priced from £30 – £45 per day.
Can I participate in the market without being an Etsy seller or joining the team?
Unfortunately not. Everyone participating in the Etsy Made Local events must have an open Etsy shop with active listings and also be a member of the Etsy Manchester team.

Whether you’re an Etsy seller or just someone who is in the mood to shop for something amazing, we do hope you’ll come and join us.

Not local to Manchester in December? Fear ye not. Etsy Made Local events will be happening all over the UK and Ireland, from Brighton to Glasgow – everywhere there is a local Etsy team. Find out where the other Etsy: Made Local events are being held.

Etsy Social: Selling in Person

Come and join in at our Etsy Manchester social meeting – titled Selling in Person – where we’ll be sharing our advice, hints and tips on selling in the real world; at markets and craft fairs. We’ll share some knowledge to help you and your business make an impression. From adding personal touches to great in-person customer service, we can help you shine, gain and retain customers and hopefully turn a nice profit. Be there or be square! MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN, Manchester from 6.30pm.

The Etsy Manchester social is upon us again this week, starting at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 25th May 2016. This time the social is titled “Selling in Person”, and it does exactly what it says on the tin!

We’ll help you and your business shine at craft fairs and markets with our collective array of knowledge and friendly, practical and straight-forward advice.

We’ll also have both good examples for you to follow, innovate customer service technique to learn from and try out, and we may share some stories about things that went wrong along the way so you don’t make the same mistakes. We’ll discuss the latest in payment taking, from handling cash and taking electronic payments via PIN devices li If you’re looking to start trading in person then this is a must for you.

Come along to MadLab, 36-40 Edge Street, M4 1HN, Manchester, United Kingdom, starting at 6.30pm.

Creative Wedding Fair at The Whitworth Gallery

On 30th of April 2016, Etsy Manchester – in association with the Whitworth gallery – launched its inaugural creative wedding fair in Manchester! An event for people who want a wedding that is as unique as they are!

On (11am – 4pm) Etsy Manchester, in association with the Whitworth gallery, brought the Creative Wedding Fair to Manchester!

An alternative wedding show

The wedding show was for the alternative and quirky, for those that value handmade integrity and local craftsmanship. An event for people who think outside of the ‘big corporation’ box and want a wedding that is as unique as they are!

The Whitworth gallery, exterior front view
Exterior front view of The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.

Held in the stunning Whitworth Art Gallery on the , The Creative Wedding Fair showcased the best handmade, individual and personalised wedding-related products and services. Organised by Etsy Manchester, which represents more than one thousand sellers, The Creative Wedding Fair was all about human relationships and interactions which shape and enrich the big day. Entry was free and 35 individual sellers – coupled with the ambiance of a lovely live band – helped to make a magical event.

Keep your eyes open for this event in 2017!

Pictures from the day