Yesterday I hopped into my little car and drove up to Concord. After a few weeks of planning and coordinating, the NH Etsy Street Team was meeting up to share our talents and knowledge. I was looking forward to putting faces to each person's shop and email address. It was a bright and beautiful day, perfect for a drive with the windows down and Wilco turned up. I was a bit nervous, feeling a bit like the new kid. All of that disappeared when I walked in and was surrounded by kind crafters.
After a bit of mingling and getting-to-know-you's, we sat down and introduced ourselves. It was remarkable to see that in a group of 25 plus, there were very few repeats. Everyone seemed tohave his or her own craft and niche. How cool is that?!? From artistic apparel, to recycled plastic bags, to dog toys, to gorgeous glass beads, beaded coffee scoops, and elegant photo boxes. It was an amazingly talented crown and very hard not to audibly ooh and ahhh over each person's work.
We shared a lot of information about selling on Etsy,
but also about manning a small business, and marketing. This information was really helpful to me. I am just getting started and have very little business knowledge. I learned a bit about the difference between being a sole proprietor and an LLC, gathered some new marketing ideas, and feel ready to branch out into the Craft Fair world. But more than anything it was just really great to meet others who are on the same journey as I am.
Thank you Kim for organizing us and supplying us with so much information, it was greatly appreciated! I can't wait to meet up again!