Thursday, April 23, 2015

South Bay SF Etsy Meet Up at Empire Vintage

Last weekend, some of our South Bay members got together at Empire Vintage in Mountain View to meet with owner Tiffany about Pop-Up Shop possibilities. I was impressed by Tiffany's passion for supporting local makers and artists. It's even painted in bold on the front windows of her space!

At the meet up, Tiffany shared some of her tips for selling retail. She has had a retail shop for 9 years, and she's clearly savvy about the psychology and nitty gritty of selling. She encouraged those of us who are new to in-person sales to "fake it 'til you make it," and her positive attitude was contagious. Tiffany spoke at length with us about how opening her own shop was the realization of her dream, and she wants to help support other local indie folks with following their own dreams. Having a pop-up shop for a few days can be a first step on that path for many people. By the end of our meeting, we were talking excitedly about what sorts of events we might host in her cozy space right off the main street in Mountain View.

Big thanks to Trish of Poppy Peach for introducing the group to Tiffany! Her persistence made this meet up possible. 

Trish and Tiffany posing next to fabulous vintage lights in the event space!

It was so great to meet some new folks and to reconnect with old friends. We had a great turn out, with the following members represented: Trish from Poppy Peach, Rossella from Ross Lab, Jen from Stylish Canine, Kathryn from Splendid Colors, Mary from Cornelia Paper Co, Cristina from Pebble and Fire, Betsy from Wanderlust Designer, Kate from Enlightened Pieces, Pearl from Bella and Spike Skincare, Heidi from Picture Me Smiling, Nennie from Mia View Design, and yours truly, Jen from Mama's Magic Studio
SF Etsians in the South Bay got together to chat about hosting a pop-up shop at Empire Vintage
We are still exploring possibilities for SF Etsy connections to this space. If you would like to be part of that conversation, you can contact me to be put on the targeted email list for those discussions. We will definitely keep the group posted as plans progress. In the meantime, if anybody is interested in chatting further with owner Tiffany, you can also feel free to contact her and let her know that you heard about her through SF Etsy. She's very friendly and welcoming, excited about seeing her space used by local indie makers, and would love to hear from you!

If you're an Etsy seller in the San Francisco Bay Area, visit Our Team Page about joining SFEtsy!

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