When I opened an Etsy shop I found myself in an unexpected new world.
One of the things that I had no idea existed was Etsy “teams”. Etsy teams are groups of online shop owners that communicate with one another within a forum type format. A team can be based around location or a type craft or particular interest or pretty much anything.
The idea is that you band together to promote one another’s Etsy shops and items for sale on various social media platforms, as well as help one another to learn and refine the various aspects of running a quality shop.
I became an active member of two Etsy teams:
- Australian Wandarrah
As per the team blog “the Australian Wandarrah Team is Etsy’s largest Australia/New Zealand based team, with over 2000 members. The team was created in March 2011, and we are a base for sellers and shoppers to meet, share, support and encourage each other.” I observed the quality of items sold and the way that they are presented to be of a high standard in the team. Through this team, I’ve gotten to know friendly and supportive makers of many different types of crafts from around my country and across the Tasman sea.
- Rainbow Artists
A particularly vibrant and eclectic team, Rainbow artist’s hail from all corners of the globe and make all sorts of items. I never came across another team like it – there was no obvious specific thing that everyone had in common. What I think holds the group together is a sense of authenticity and genuineness. The other thing that holds it together is Debbie, the team captain and the team leaders who do a truck load of work for the team.
I was curious to know more about the people behind the shops in these Etsy teams. Where do they live? Where do they make their craft? Why do they make the things that they do?
Below are links to the interviews that I completed with fellow crafters: