Karli, your team captain and fellow Brighton based Etsy seller here!
2015 was another jam packed year for the Brighton Etsy Team. I’d like to thank all of our team members (just over 1000 of you now!) and our awesome team leaders for all the time and effort you have dedicated to the team. It has been so much fun and we are looking forward to even more fun now in 2016.
Through out the year we ran a bunch of talks at The Old Market from LICK’s start up story and Claire Potter’s Eco background to how to make the most of online marketing with Brighton SEO. Zoe from Ladybird Likes shared how she made it big on Etsy and the Happy Start Up Company helped us to get our business priorities straight.
The UK Captains’ Summit was in March and I was able to take team leader and i Like CATs shop owner Toby along with me this time! We shared our experiences of running a pop up shop and I was presented the Team Captain of 2015 Award too.
April saw me whisked off to the Etsy IPO ceremony in New York, it was unbelievable crazy madness and I was only given two weeks warning that I was going! I was able to look around the Etsy Brooklyn office and meet lots of awesome admin and Etsy sellers.
In May we teamed up with Artist’s Open House’s to create our own unofficial trail. We had over 30 sellers involved and this lead to lots of online cross-promotion.
The Craft Party, headed up by Toby, was our third here in Brighton and it was bigger and better than ever, we had workshops from Ladybird Likes, Georgie St Clair, Fleur de Carotte and hello DODO as well as goody bags and over 120 people attended!
I was then invited to talk about the Brighton Etsy Team in Melbourne, Australia at their very first summit (and my sixth). I’ve only been captain for just over two years and I’m so proud of everything we’ve achieved, and globally, within the Etsy community, we’re famous!
In August we got involved with our first ever press/blogger event, the #EtsyBloggerSleepover. We set up mini studios in LICK and ran workshops too. The whole event was styled by Claire (inthemakingmade.etsy.com) and Lick even made a video!
Throughout the year we have welcomed on board a bunch of awesome leaders who have made it easier to do more and more awesome things. Rock Cakes (back for more 😉 ) Mooshpie, Juream Box, Oh Someday and Jasmine and Hobbes join my trusty lifers hello DODO, i Like CATS, Cat a Cake Creations and BMillinery. They all have their own skills that they bring to the party, they all know how valued and needed they are too! Thanks guys!
October saw the second Europeans Captains’ Summit, this time in Amsterdam. I went solo and bigged up the Brighton Etsy Team once again, it was a rather experimental format with no agenda but I met even more awesome captains and learnt from old friends too.
December is always manic for everyone in the team but it’s also the perfect time for a Christmas Market, this year’s market was the AWESOME, and it was definitely the best Brighton has ever seen!*
Any gaps you can see in the round up here remember that we run weekly twitter chats every Tuesday 8-9pm at #btnetsyhour, as well as monthly meet ups (next one is the 25th January) and monthly instagram hashtag projects too! We’re always busy and always up to something!
So another mad year of volunteering, collaborating, event organsing and generally having a whale of a time,
Join us in 2016 for even more,
*if I don’t say so myself
Photo Credits | Lomokev, Wish Wish Wish, Georgie St Clair, Juream Box, Yellow Bear Wears