Thursday, November 3, 2011

Savvy Entrepreneur: Craft Swap Recap

One of the essential ingredients for success in running your own small business is a support group. As you're probably well aware the SF Esty Street Team is a great resource for just that reason. We have over 400 members in the Bay Area will all levels of experience and all sorts of backgrounds. There is almost sure to be someone who's "been there, done that" when you find yourself with a problem to solve. But beyond just being a resource for knowledge, having a group of like minded entrepreneurs to turn to when you're feeling overwhelmed, frustrated or simply beat down is invaluable.

All of this is why I was so pleased to hear that three of our team members have taken it upon themselves to form a meetup committee with the mission of having more in-person events for all of us to really get to know each other and make some deeper connections.

Lisa of Tickle and Smash, Rochelle of Haute Mélange, and Géraldine of Géraldine Adams Illustrations are the trio behind the most recent and biggest of these events so far, The First Annual Craft Swap. Held at TechShop, the afternoon was filled with all sorts of crafty goodness.

There was a plentiful swap table filled with all sorts of treasures.

GoGo Craft was in the house to to help us all make a banner with plenty of tools and supplies at the ready.

And one generous crafter donated boxes, upon boxes of inspiring materials.  

This is just the beginning of many more events to come, from smaller monthly meetups at cafes and wine bars to bigger events with hands on demos and networking. So watch for updates on Facebook, Twitter and here on the blog.

Thanks again, Lisa, Rochelle and Geraldine!

Rochelle and Lisa (Geraldine was unable to be at the event)

I encourage comments directly to this post, but also feel free to email me directly with questions, reactions, struggles, etc. genevieve [at] lightboxsf [dot] com

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, contact Jen from Mama's Magic Studio about joining SFEtsy!


ash said...

amazing event, you guys!! :)

creativebeadz said...

looks like it was a lot of fun!!

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