Thursday, December 8, 2011

Savvy Entrepreneur: Bazaar Bizarre 2011 Recap

This past weekend was the beginning of the Holiday Craft Fair season and many of us were at Bazaar Bizarre, including myself. I had the opportunity to be there all day Saturday in the Etsy booth representing both Etsy and SF Etsy. I have never been on that side of a craft fair for the whole day, surprising I know, but I don't sell products. I've spent time helping out friends for a few hours here and there, but have never been there from setup to break down before. I have to say the morning set up energy was my favorite part of the day. It was great to see everyone loading in boxes, structures and tables and making them into their own little storefronts.

We got set up quickly and then our morning volunteer, Claire, started heading out to find each of the SF Etsy team members that we knew of to get a sample for our booth. She made 3 or 4 trips to gather everything. Both of us were really impressed by the talent of the group.

We also had the opportunity to offer up a table for some of the team members to have a few hours of vending time. I must say I enjoyed having the company all day and the chance to get to know a few of the team members much better.

Moment of Focus
Scene, Not Heard
Jen Oaks
In addition to the selling and making friends we also got the chance to talk to a lot of people about Etsy and the SF Etsy Street Team. I remember one gentleman in particular that was asking on behalf of his wife, how to set up a shop and get involved in the local team. Our afternoon volunteer, Stephanie, also got to talk to a lot of folks about how supportive the local team is.

All in all it was an amazing day of handmade and great people. I loved being surrounded by all the talent. Thank you Etsy and Bazaar Bizarre for making it happen!

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!


foreignspell said...

cute setup guys!! good work!

Claire said...

Couldn't agree more, the artists in the SF Etsy team are all so talented and it was so nice to meet so many face-to-face and even have chance to chat to a few. It's great to be able to connect face with name, company and product.

I think the team table was a great resource to show off the local talent and spread the word about Etsy and the team. A lot of people who stopped by seemed interested to know about local artists at the fair and picked up a few business cards or the team list to go check them out.

rosekraft said...

Would be interested in knowing how sales were for the artists participating....

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for repping for Etsy! —vanessa from Etsy

Andrea said...

Wish I could have made it. :( my schedule was packed!

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