Etsy Made Local is an annual seller-led, Etsy-sponsored initiative celebrating crafters, collectors and artisans from across the UK. Between 30 November - 2 December, towns and cities will play host to a pop-up market featuring some of the best handmade gifts, vintage goods and craft supplies available on Etsy.com, to local customers.
At the heart of every event are our amazing sellers who organise all aspects of these events - from booking the venue, to selecting the sellers, to sticking up signs - a truly local event, organised by a team of sellers, supported by Etsy.
If you’re interested in bringing Etsy Made Local to your town or city, then simply click through to apply.
sellers taking part
visitors across the UK
Hosting an Etsy Made Local event will require time and effort from the period of applying (May), to when the event takes place (December). As a host, you can expect some of the following:
Coordinate and manage a planning team of local volunteers/Etsy Team to help you design and deliver an exciting event.
Secure a venue to host the event.
Determine how many, and what, vendors you would like at your event and create an application form/process for people to apply to sell.
Manage a project budget - determining how much you will charge for stall fees, and other sources of income.
Apply for and secure any necessary licenses to host a pop-up event.
Handle local PR and marketing to help promote your event to get people attending.
A more comprehensive guide for hosts will be issued when your application has been confirmed. Etsy will be at hand to guide hosts along the way, so you won’t be alone!
What is Etsy Made Local?
Etsy Made Local is a national, seller-led initiative celebrating the makers, collectors and artisans in local communities across the UK. From St Ives to Aberdeen, towns and cities will be participating in this weekend event connecting Christmas shoppers with local Etsy sellers.
Etsy Made Local markets hosted by teams of Etsy sellers will pop up across the country on 30 November - 2 December 2018. Artisans selling on Etsy can sell their handmade wares and vintage goods to local customers; each of which will represent the spirit of the local community. The markets will also give neighbours the opportunity to discover the wealth of creativity and craftsmanship in their own backyards.
What support will Etsy provide?
If you’re selected as an official host then someone at Etsy will confirm this with you after the application deadline date. The team at Etsy will be at hand during the whole process of you organising your Etsy Made Local event, including the help, support and knowledge of previous hosts who will also be working on their events this year.
In becoming an Etsy Made Local host, you can expect the following:
Access to our (closed) planning Facebook group along with hosts - old and new - to share tips, insights, and templates to help you with organising your event.
Access to an Etsy admin who will help guide you along the way to your event.
Support on how to publicise your local event, including toolkits and tips for generating local press and social media.
Receive Etsy branded materials (both physical and digital) to help decorate your venue and promote your event.
Receive financial sponsorship to help towards the costs of your event.
What are Etsy Teams?
To host Etsy Made Local, you will need to have or create an Etsy Team. Only sellers who sell on Etsy can sell at the Etsy Made Local markets. Don’t worry if you don’t have a Team, it’s really easy to create one and anyone can do it!
If you don’t know what Teams are, please read more here:
What happens when I apply?
When you apply, you will be asked to state your nearest location. If this happens to be near to a location where we already know an event is due to take place then you will be redirected to the relevant Etsy Team page where you can keep up to date on plans for that particular Etsy Made Local event.
If, however, you’re applying from an entirely new location that hasn’t hosted Etsy Made Local before, then you should expect to complete a slightly longer application form to gather some more details.
How do you decide locations?
If you are applying for the first time to host an Etsy Made Local event we will be asking you to share some more details with us to help us make a decision. We will confirm new locations based on the following:
Proximity to an existing event
Experience of running a similar activity
Expressions of interest to sell at a market from the area
Capacity to mobilise support from other volunteer sellers/interest to start an Etsy Team
Once we’ve received all applications to host by the deadline date of 8 June 2018, someone at Etsy will review all the applications and will follow up within two weeks to confirm whether or not you have been successful.
I don’t want to host...but I’d still like to take part
That’s absolutely fine. Continue through to our application form and simply select that you’re interested in ‘selling’ at an event and register your details.