Wednesday, December 10, 2008

EtsyPatrons Last Minute Gift Guide

So you want to buy some handmade goodies for the holidays but need some suggestions for reliable artists? Here's our list of gift ideas from Etsy artists that at least one member of the team has personally tried and recommends as great work and wonderful service:

Dave's Homeroast Coffee, , is roasted to order, shipped free in the US and Canada, and 100% of funds taken in benefit the Batten Disease Support and Research Association. Dave donates all of his costs, including raw materials and shipping, so not only do you get some amazing home roasted coffee but you're donating to a great charity as well. An EP favorite.

RockLove's alternative edge handmade sterling silver pendants are all hand carved and cast by RockLove® in New York City, which makes every piece a stunning gift with a great story. Excellent service and international shipping elevates the level of this shop to a "little whip-cream covered slice of Etsy pie". Find it at

JPatPurses, , makes cute little pouches for all of your favorite gal's accessories and has every one in the shop ready to ship at a moment's notice. These are very well made pieces, and international shipping is available at a reasonable cost.

Ann's Lotions and Potions offers amazing handmade soap that looks and smells good enough to eat. If you or those on your stocking stuffer list have never tried handmade soap, this will make you a convert. Shipped quickly and professionally.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

EtsyPatrons Are This Week's Featured Buyers!

We've selected a wonderful array of new artists to showcase in our role this week as Etsy's Featured Buyers. Members nominated their favorite new items, then the team voted to select the pieces that would appear in the article. The result is a feature in Etsy's blog, The Storque. You'll find find the complete article, along with some wonderful comments by the Etsy community, here:

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

EtsyPatrons Make Someone's Day BNR

Doesn't it feel good to make someone's day? EtsyPatrons has a new way to introduce new Etsy artists and offers buyers a chance to make two artists' days with the same purchase!

In EtsyPatrons new BNR (Buy & Replace), you can choose any item from any of the shops featured, all of which currently have five sales or less. Make a purchase, and you've made that person's day! Then you have the chance to make another person's day by choosing the next shop to be featured, as long as it's not your own shop (if you are an Etsy seller). The idea is to have some fun, find some great new work, and help out others at the same time. This is also a great opportunity for buyers-only to participate in the fun of BNR's. Pick up a great item and help out one your favorite shops too!

More information is available at the BNR here:
Please stop in, we'd love to see you!

Sunday, September 7, 2008

This Undiscovered Treasury Pops!

Check out this new Treasury by EtsyPatrons' Treasury Director VintageEmbellishment. These undiscovered artists will definitely add some zing to your day! See it in its entirety, while it is still active, at http://www.etsy. com/treasury_ list_west. php?room_ id=24630

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Have You Made Someone's Day?

Now you can tell us all about it here:

It's EtsyPatrons "Have You Made Someone's Day" thread in the Etsy forums, allowing those who have purchased from great new Etsians to share their finds and for new sellers to let us know how wonderful it is to make their first few sales! Come join us, it's going on now!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Some Undiscovereds Have the Blues!

And we'd like to help cheer them up with a new EtsyPatrons treasury courtesy of VintageEmbellishment! The new treasury, titled "Some Discovered Have the Blues" can be seen in its full glory for the next few days here:
So come view, click, and enjoy the work of these new Undiscovered Etsians!
In addition, our "Have You Made Someone's Day?" thread is currently in progress at the link below, so if you see something you absolutely can't live without and decide to make a purchase, you can tell us all about it there!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

EtsyPatrons Host Buyers' Discussion Thread in Etsy Forum

Several discussions have popped up lately involving the role of Etsy buyers within the Etsy community. Some were feeling they had no voice and were generally ignored when they did comment.

So by popular demand, EtsyPatrons is hosting Customer's Cafe Buyer's Discussion here:

This thread is will allow Etsy buyers to discuss issues important to them, and to be heard without being drowned out by the sellers perspective. If you'd like to discuss Etsy issues from a buyer's point of view, please stop by!

Thursday, July 31, 2008

EtsyPatrons Rock!

For a small Team, EtsyPatrons are an active bunch! Following is a recap of our current projects and activities:

Make Someone's Day! During MSD we encourage Etsians to Make Someone's Day by purchasing from a new seller and posting about it. We use a two pronged approach for this, our permanent "Five Sales or Less"thread in Promotions (here: ) where the items of shops that qualify are posted (we actually use this thread to find new shops for a number of our projects). Then we have the actual MSD thread where people are encouraged to talk about making someone's day, having their day made, what they've purchased, and general MSD experiences. Our Make Someone's Day Director is TheDaintyDragonfly.

Treasuries EtsyPatrons make awesome treasuries of new shops and help others to do the same in our ongoing Undiscovered Treasuries project. Once an EP treasury is up, we work to promote it and try to sell as many of the items as possible in an effort to gain visiblity and sales for new Etsy artists. Our Treasuries Director is VintageEmbellishment.

EP Blog If you're reading this, then you know our team blog is at . We use our blog to promote whatever's going on with the team. Members are encouraged to come up with ideas and articles, and the blog does double duty as as our Team newsletter. We promote every new blog entry in the Etsy forums, we're on the Etsy Teams Blog Ring, and StumbleUpon.

Other Blogs We also blog for others, often in exchange for some kind of promotion for the team. We're currently on where we exchange an occasional article for a spot for our EP Mini. It's great exposure for a new shop, and we encourage our members to participate by writing an article about their favorite artists.

EtsyPatrons on Etsy We have a Team account on Etsy which you can see at . It lists all of our links and members, and we use it as a reference for potential members in addition to our team page. We select favorites from new sellers, which adds them to our EtsyMini. Our EtsyMini is then seen on our blog and across the web, on the blogs of our members as well as other Etsy themed sites.

EtsyPatrons Personal Shopper We have a new project just getting started called EtsyPatrons Personal Shopper. Some EP's are planning to help new Etsy buyers over the holidays who need help finding the perfect hardmade gift. Personal Shoppers will choose items based on the buyer's parameters and present them with a short list of items that meet their request. We're hoping to attract new buyers who might otherwise be overwhelmed by Etsy search. The service will be at no charge, and there will be no obligation to buy. We've had a ball testing this concept over the past couple of weeks and have discovered just how much fun it can be to be (and have!) a Personal Shopper!

Being a Patron Most Patrons choose a project that fits their idea of how best to help promote Etsy artists. Some members focus on artists with zero sales. Others like to help artists get "over the hump' of just a few sales. At least one member focuses on artists with special needs such as health issues. We all support each others projects where we can, and encourage members to come up with a project that they'd like to focus on. So if you're an Etsy buyer in search of a team, check out EtsyPatrons!

Friday, July 25, 2008

Come Help Us Make Someone's Day!

EP's Make Someone's Day is back! Please help us make the day of a new etsy seller by making a purchase and telling everyone about it here:

We'd also love to hear from you if your day was made, or if you'd just like to participate by telling us about your first etsy sale!

If you'd like to find a new seller, check this EtsyPatrons thread of artists with five or less sales:

Vintage Embellishment's latest Undiscovered Treasury, pictured here, can be admired in its entirety at:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

New Undiscovered Treasury

EP member bonghivestiti has created a fabulous new Undiscovered treasury entitled Undiscovered 11, The Mission Continues. It features work by Etsy artists who have yet to have their first sale.
Here's a peek, but to see the full treasury follow this link before it expires:

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Our Favorites Get Great Press!

Our EtsyPatrons Mini, a small art gallery of our favorite new Etsy artists, has been popping up across the Web. We select pieces for our Mini from various sources including our Undiscovered Treasuries on Etsy and our "Five Sales or Less" thread in the Etsy Forums, here:

Our lastest bit of exposure for these artists has come from one of our favorite Etsy shopping blogs, Etsy Addicts. The EA blog features one Etsy artist in each post, giving some hard-to-come-by exposure to great Etsy artists. In exchange for a write up of one of EP's favs (this time it's LotionsandPotions, ), our Mini also gets some front page exposure on this very popular Etsy shopping site.

So stop by, find some new favorites, and please leave a comment!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Make Someone's Day!

"Remember YOUR first sale and how GREAT it felt? Chances are you did a victory dance and told your family or a close friend the great news. You were on a high the rest of the day! You have the power to help someone else feel that! The challenge is this: Find a shop where someone has had no sales or a shop that has not had a sale in awhile. Buy an item you like and you've just made their day!"

These are the words that kicked off EtsyPatrons latest Make Someone's Day event here:

Conceived by our Team Member Phippsart, and kept alive by our Make Someone's Day Director TheDaintyDragonfly, Make Someone's Day is a chance to get a great handmade work and really have an impact on someone's fledgling business at the same time. Please come join us this weekend and help us Make Someone's Day!
Check out the accompanying Undiscovered Treasury titled "A Prince in A Flower Garden" by VintageEmbellishment here:

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Treasury of New Etsians

Check out this treasury of new artists by EP's Treasury Director, VintageEmbellishment. It's another gorgeous gallery of work that showcases the talents of Etsy's new artists, this one focusing on an amazing selection of sunsets and our feathered friends. Click here to see the full treasury before it expires!
And just in, another fabulous treasury called "All These and More" by MaisyH:
See them both and feel free to comment on the work of these great new Etsians!

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Patrons New Member Treasuries

Thanks to our new Etsy Patrons member maisyh, we have two new treasuries on treasury west created from her list of shops that she feels have great work and need more exposure. The first is here: , while the second is at (created under her second shop name, mcnovelties).

And if you need a smile, take a look at a brand new Undiscovered treasury by Etsy Patrons Treasury Director VintageEmbellishment:

Please go check them out before they expire and enjoy the work of these wonderful artists!

Thursday, July 3, 2008

One Patron's Introduction to Etsy

Like many new Etsians, I had been a buyer and seller on ebay for years when I came across Etsy in a newspaper article. I loved the concept immediately; typed in the url, and was impressed by the selection on the front page. I totally didn't get any of the "ways to shop", so I went straight to the search bar and typed in whatever it was I wanted at the time. The page appeared, lots of stuff completely unrelated to my original search, which I gaped at until I realized there were actually 992 such pages. I assumed I had done something wrong. Bewildered, I didn't buy anything. I didn't even sign up.

Not one to give up easily, I eventually found the forum and formed a connection to Etsy. I made my first purchase, and thankfully the seller was very patient as I navigated actually buying something off of Etsy for the first time. The piece turned out to be wonderful, and I bought a few more odds and ends as I poked around the site. I wanted to get more involved in the community as a buyer, but there didn't seem to be many opportunities for that. It finally occurred to me that in order to become more involved I would need to open a shop.

I got pushed into it one day when I searched in vain for an item I wanted. There weren't any, so I decided to try and make it myself. It came out pretty well, and a shop was born. But here's the thing: I am actually not all that interested in selling. The thrill for me is that someone actually likes something I made enough to pay money for it. I don't renew to get more visibility, and now that I've got a page or so of stuff listed I'm happy to have it just sit there while I'm off shopping. As a seller, I think I've spent under $10 on listing fees, including commissions on the few things I've sold.

I greatly respect the "serious" sellers, and many Patrons in fact are serious sellers, but I don't really want to be one. I am a Patron. I want to pour myself a glass of wine, admire interesting creative work, help a great undiscovered artist get some exposure, buy something occasionally and talk about it with a like-minded group.

I often wonder how many other sellers there are like me, really just buyers with a few listings who wanted to be more involved. And how many buyers are there who would love to "hang with the artists" but don't have the time or inclination to open a shop. If that sounds like you, now there's an alternative. Become a Patron. Pour yourself a glass of wine and join us in our pursuit of supporting Etsy Artists. It really is fun hanging with these talented artisans!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Undiscovered Animal Artists - New Treasury

As part of EP's Undiscovered Treasury Project, VintageEmbellishment (our new EP Treasury Director) has created a wonderful new treasury entitled "The Undiscovered Animals of Etsy". Here is a preview, but see the full treasury before it expires at

All of the artists are awaiting their first Etsy sale, so go have a look and if you see something you love... "Make Someone's Day"!

Monday, June 30, 2008

Bonghivestiti Goes Live for the EPatrons!

Thanks to bonghivestiti, Etsy Patrons has a new Undiscovered Treasury! The screenshot at left is but a small sample of this wonderful treasury, so to view (and perhaps purchase?) these Undiscovered works see the full collection here:

We've also been blogged! In our first non-EP blog appearance, bonghivestiti has written about our efforts to bring fame to the Undiscovered, which can be found at her blog:
Stay tuned for more great treasuries from Etsy Patrons!

Friday, June 27, 2008

A Big Week for Etsy Patrons

It's been a big week for Etsy Patrons. We had a lot of success with our weekly "Make Someone's Day" thread, where we discovered dozens of new shops and celebrated their first sales. Phippsart, the originator of "Make Someone's Day", opened the thread up this week to shops with under five sales. So it was fun, and a little more challenging, to discover shops trying to get over the hump of their first few sales. Below are a few Undiscovered artists from "Make Someone's Day".

We started our team thread in the Teams section of Etsy, called Etsy Patrons - Let's Go Shop! It's located here: and it will be the forum home of Etsy Patrons, where we will discuss the purchases we've made, the great shops we've found, and our experiences as Patrons of Etsy.

We have a number of new members this week, as we introduce the idea of buyers as Team members... all of our new members this week are "buyers-only" and we look forward to their perspective on our mission of promoting Etsy artists.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Are You an Etsy Buyer in Search of a Team?

As an Etsy buyer, do you often feel like you're on the outside looking in? Last night in the forum, the subject of Etsy Teams came up. And I couldn't help but wonder... are there Teams that welcome buyers as well as sellers? The discussion that followed is here:

There are many different Etsy Teams (often called "Street Teams" because they were started with the idea of getting local Etsians together), the list is here:

Being on a Team can be great fun. It gives you the opportunity to connect with other Etsians who share your interests and join in common goals to promote your particular art, craft or location.

So if you're a "buyer-only", consider getting more involved and join a Team. Etsy Patrons encourages buyers to join (we are here: ), and if the discussion above is any indication, many other Teams would as well. Hopefully Etsy will soon mark the Teams on the Teams Profile page to indicate which accepts "buyers-only", but in the meantime if you see one that interests you, send a convo to the Team leader. Chances are, they'd love to have you!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Etsy Patrons has a New Banner!

Thanks to TheDaintyDragonfly, one of our members, Etsy Patrons has a new banner. The Dainty one selected the previously Undiscovered TallisTreasures to design the banner you see above, and Etsy Patrons was her very first... well, Patron! We are all thrilled and can't wait to see the new banner on our Team page soon. Thanks so much to TallisTreasures for an amazing banner and design experience!

Sunday, June 22, 2008

New Etsy Patrons Treasury is Live!

Check out Vintage Embellishment's new treasury for Etsy Patrons, "Undiscovered with a Golden Glow" at . It is truly front page material and destined for hotness!

This is just a taste of this amazing exhibit of Undiscovered Etsy talent, so click above to see the entire treasury before it expires on Wednesday at 5:53PM.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

EtsyPatrons Treasury Makes It to Hottest on Etsy!

Our "Fabulous & Undiscovered" treasury (see photo below) became the hottest treasury on etsy today! That really *is* fabulous because it means the maximum number of people were exposed to the work of these new etsians. And four of the artists had their day made by making a sale! The treasury is expiring but we're looking forward to many more successful EtsyPatrons treasuries in the future!

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Make Someone's Day, Thursday June 19th

Our effort to "Make Someone's Day" is off to a good start! The thread, started by one of our members, is here:

The idea is to find a great etsy artist that has yet to make a sale and make their day by purchasing something, so feel free to come participate... it feels great. The etsy community has embraced the idea and numerous days have been made! We've supplemented the thread with a treasury titled Fabulous & Undiscovered, which is here (but will expire Saturday at 12:47pm):

Come help us Make Someone's Day!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to the EtsyPatrons Blog

We're an Etsy Team devoted to finding and promoting etsy shops, particularly new ones, and sharing etsy finds and purchases. We'll be blogging about our activities towards that end, along with fun and interesting new etsy shops, and treasuries we've created on etsy.

We have a strict policy against self-promotion, as well as against being compensated in any way for promotion, so you can be assured if you see something here it's because we really like it.

In case you don't know, etsy ( is a website of individual artists and craftsmen who create and sell handmade pieces. There are thousands of self-representing artists, where you can find anything from fine art to handmade brownies. So bookmark us and check back often to see what we've found!