Category: Events

The Etsy Captains Summit

Welcome

Well, I made it to Toronto and the Etsy Canada Captains Summit. The iconic Etsy orange sign greeted us when we got to the MaRS incubator in downtown Toronto. The facility is super nice and there were lots of other interesting companies hosted there. Etsy is my jam though.

Etsy Canada Office

I admit I had a bit of a fangirl moment outside of the Etsy office. Even if it is just the mini-Canadian one. I mean… I’m at Etsy.

The Hot Seat

We got to take a look around the office. Sometimes drawing the curtain back wrecks the magic but this was more of a fun thing. It was neat to see the interview set up from some of the Etsy CA videos. The actual workspace office looks a lot like every startup office I’ve worked in that thought open concept was a good thing. The lunchroom / craft table was exactly what I expected from an Etsy location. In other words, the whole place was just what you see online: cheesy, tongue in cheek, aspirational quotes on the walls. Crafts and swag and orange everywhere. Slightly crooked but well meaning plants and succulents in unique, embellished pots all over. Canadian, indie food things*.

Etsy Saskatchewan Rocks

In the first round of talks, Etsy Saskatchewan (that’s my team!) won a happy prize for our rebrand last year. It almost makes the two days and hundreds of facebook messenger messages discussing everything worth it. Plus it comes with Etsy money to spend which is I can always use.

There was a lot of workshop stuff over the two days. Sections on how to manage teams, organize events, keep track of finances. Individually organized sections on topics nearer and dearer to us: self-care, resource sharing, regional issues, securing sponsorships, using social media effectively. All with the cheery, slightly zany Etsy touch.

An Etsy Eatsy Lunch

I traveled with my partner and my daughter this time so I used the outside of work hours to hang with them – they hit the zoo, the science centre and a work related factory tour while I did my thing – and missed a little of the Etsy socializing. If I’m fortunate enough to attend again, I’ll make sure and do the social events. Etsy did do one of their Eatsy offerings on the second day. They brought in TO locals, Jack and Lil, to cater lunch. It was a sort of South African fusion food thing and it was pretty darned tasty. I’m not a big eater but I did my best to try everything.

We got home and my head is full of ideas and inspiration again. Coming up right away – next week in fact! – is the Etsy Saskatchewan Spring Pop Up in Saskatoon. I’ll be there. It runs 10 to 5 on April 8th at Sation 20 in Saskatoon. You can get more deets on the event page and if you’re there, stop and chat!

* Maple filtered water is something that did not need inventing. The packages were adorable but it was pretty much exactly what I thought it would be: slightly sweet, mapley water. Do I lose my Canadian cred for not really liking maple flavour?

The Bead Soup is Back

A few years ago I participated (several times actually!) in Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Party and when I found there would be another one this year I signed me right up. I found out I got Sam Waghorn, of Pale Moon Creations, for my swap partner. Sam is much more on the ball than I am and regularly posts delightful things on her blog and Facebook page.

Part of the whole bead swap process is posting a really artsy teaser of what you’ve sent your partner so I took a photo of the little monsters I’d rounded up from my hoard (my horde of hoards?) before they rolled away again and photoshopped it. Sometimes the weirder filters in there come in handy.

Bead Soup Blog Party Teaser

This is to be the bead hoarder edition of the bead soup blog hop so I made sure to tuck in a couple beads I have from over the years that I love but for some reason or the other have not used. Before I really settled down and started cranking out masses of my own beads I bought many more focal or fancy other beads. I still do when I go places: buy local rocks, local artisan lampwork if I find it. Or do swaps and trades.

The Etsy 101 Thing

Orange topped cupcakes for the meetup today! #etsy #etsySK #etsy101

A photo posted by Elaine (@tooaquarius) on

I decided to join another Etsy team – the Saskatchewan one this time, since it looks like I’ll be here awhile yet (six years is coming up pretty quick, yikes!) – and we just ran one of the first team outreach events this past weekend. Our Newbie Event – Etsy 101 – was held in Regina, Saskatoon and in Swift Current right at my shop.

I got talking and forgot to snap pictures. This doesn’t surprise me. It mainly went well with a peek into my Etsy shop for folks thinking of joining up, discussion into the business realities of Etsy and the orange iced cupcakes my kiddo made for the whole deal.

I’ll run the event again, in July I’m thinking, to help folks who want to run through the fall season get going. I may structure it more as a boot camp so that we actually get people set and running in one go. I remember how long it took to get each of my shops going and it would have helped to have friends giving me a nudge swift kick.