“HOW ETSY IS CHANGING AMERICAN CRAFTS” SYMPOSIUM (and other highlights of our DC visit)

By |2014-05-15T21:34:29-04:00January 4, 2014|Travel|


The title of this post doesn’t begin to describe the information learned and the ideas uncovered during this evening at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

In mid-December the Smithsonian Associates (an educational unit of the  Smithsonian Institution) hosted an evening of Etsy. Present to speak at this symposium were Vanessa Bertozzi, Senior Program Manager at Etsy, Nicholas Bell, a Curator at the Renwick Gallery, Allison Fomich of TigerLillyShop, a local Etsy vendor, and Sarah Kathryn of Creatiate, also a local Etsy vendor.

Best of all, this entire program was created and managed by my daughter who works for the Smithsonian Associates!

ELW_wm Sorry, it’s a little blurry, but that’s my girl!

 Do you want to know some facts about Etsy? 

The conversation amongst the panelists was fascinating and went in many different interesting directions, but I thought some of the plain and simple facts about Etsy as a company were perhaps the most amazing, so here we go:

They have 450 employees
There are one million, yes, that’s one million, shops on Etsy
There are thirty million members/purchasers
There are (average) sixty million unique monthly visitors
They are active in 200 countries

Some information about sellers in the United […]