last week i got an email from etsy. however, it wasn’t one updating me with the latest features nor was it a payment invoice – but rather a warm and welcome ‘hello’ from a new addition to the etsy family. australia a small country (in pop.) that embraces a HUGE amount of handmade has been representative-less on the etsy staffer front – until now… enter kirsteene phelen, etsy’s 1st aussie employee! kirsteene has taken on the task of curating a community of etsy sellers and shoppers around the land of oz. just a couple months into the job – she’s hit the road and is doing a bit of a whistlestop tour meeting australia’s etsians.
last night – in town for adelaide’s own bowerbird bazaar, kirsteene got a group of etsy sellers (+ some) from around town together for a meet & greet and some drinks. as still somewhat of a newbie here, this was a great opportunity to meet other like-minded peeps + discover a few gems out there.
the attendees included the likes of the below…
collect magazine (a perfect pint-sized print mag that spotlights interesting products, people, places & things around adelaide + the globe – i’ve been a reader for a few months now – love it)
presence (a unique shop in adelaide stocking an assortment of products ranging from handmade pieces to vintage polaroid cameras + you can even rent a vintage typewriter for the week…. curation to the peak)
fede textiles & designs (handcrafted toys including soft cushion hammers, utensils and more… the stuff is seriously too cute)
…and a few others which i hope to share with you in the future. i’ve raised my hand to being down for a more regular meet-up.