Etsy Made Local 2017

The countdown to Etsy Made Local, one of the biggest craft fair events, is officially on. Etsy Made Local will return to Manchester on the first weekend of December 2017.

Yes, we’re back…

Returning to the People’s History Museum, Etsy Made Local, one of the UK’s biggest craft fair events, will be held on the first weekend of , brought to you by the Etsy Manchester team.

We’re excited!

We’re currently in the planning stage and are super excited to return to such an amazing venue, so stay tuned to this post for updates as we try to bring you one of the best craft fairs that the fair city of Manchester has ever seen.

Etsy: Made Local – Christmas 2016

The table cloths are now stored away, the festive music has fallen silent for now and the Etsy Made Local extravaganza has, for 2016 at least, become a treasured memory. But we’ll be back in 2017 for more…bigger, better and shinier than ever!

And that’s a wrap, people!

In December 2016, the Etsy Manchester Team hosted our first ever Etsy Made Local Christmas market. After months of planning, numerous team meetings and hundreds of social media posts, we opened the doors to People’s History Museum’s beautiful Engine Hall on the morning of Thursday 1st December and held our breath as we hoped for lots of visitors and sales for all our lovely stall holders.

We didn’t have to wait very long! Straight away there were visitors popping in to take a look around, stopping to look at each stall, having a chat and buying gifts, before heading off to explore the museum exhibitions.

On Thursday evening, People’s History Museum held their annual Winter Warmer event. Manchester’s SHE Choir entertained shoppers, museum visitors and the Etsy Manchester team with their heavenly singing.

Over the course of the four days, there were some sellers who were with us for two days, and some stayed for all four. On Saturday morning, we were joined by several new faces who set up their stalls for the weekend. We had a very busy Saturday and Sunday, as many determined shoppers arrived looking for those perfect gifts. Emily Dean from Etsy’s UK team came to visit us on Saturday and chatted to everyone, as well as picking out her favourite items.

Over the weekend there were also workshops run by members of the team. Visitors popped upstairs to make their own enamelled keyrings and felt Christmas tree decorations with Ruth and Laima.

After four days of hard work, our sellers packed down and headed home for a well-deserved rest! Thanks to everyone who took part, helped out, visited, and supported us in the weeks and months leading up to our first ever Christmas market.

Peace out, y’all!

Our heartfelt thanks to all who participates and helped arrange this fantastic event, from the incredibly accommodating and helpful People’s History museum staff, the SHE Choir, the energetic and highly creative sellers and, finally, all the wonderful shoppers, who let their festive curiosity get the better of them and came along to see us.

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.