It’s been a crazy couple of months — back in June, I was delighted to receive an invitation to be part of the inaugural Etsy Wholesale booth at NY NOW (formerly the NY International Gift Fair). This was my first opportunity to participate in NY NOW, and I was excited but also really nervous. Planning for a show like this is an incredible task, and I hadn’t planned to tackle my first trade show until 2015… but the awesome Etsy Wholesale team offered to handle almost all the details, so I signed on!
You may have seen me mention on Twitter or Instagram that I was doing some prep work for NY NOW over the last few weeks. One of the most fun and challenging projects was putting together my first print catalog (with help from the ever-talented Laura Carignan – the designer who created my logo). I think it turned out wonderfully – if you have a retail shop and would like me to send you a copy, send me an email!
The show itself was amazing! I met so many fantastic shop owners and fellow makers, it was a whirlwind of a weekend. I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience. The Etsy Wholesale team created a beautiful showcase for us, and every aspect was thoughtful and cohesive. There were 23 other Etsy sellers in our pavilion, and it was so enjoyable to chat with many of them and learn more about their businesses.
I also had the opportunity to tour Etsy’s headquarters, and meet a bunch of Etsy admin and staff, including the CEO, Chad Dickerson. Their offices were very charming, filled with handmade details from Etsy sellers. I particularly loved the mural created by Kate Bingaman Burt of Etsy shoppers’ favorite purchases.
Now I’m back in the studio, working on new wholesale orders, and getting things ready for the fall. I’m looking forward to debuting some new pieces in the coming months, including a special collaboration with one of my favorite Made in USA brands. Sign up for email updates to make sure you don’t miss any of the excitement!