Yesterday’s Etsy Made Local market was all about connecting local buyers with local sellers. As this was the first Esty Made Local event here in Brisbane, the stall-holders didn’t really know what to expect. But most of us were BLOWN AWAY. When we started hearing that there was a line outside Brisbane City Hall, we were a bit shocked. Then, when we heard that customers were waiting 45-70mins in line, we’re couldn’t believe it!!
For me, I loved the opportunity this event provided to put faces to names as I connected with buyers who had previously purchased items through my Etsy store. It was great to foster new relationships and continue existing ones – seeing return customer pop back in to check out the new items is always incredibly encouraging!
The range of stall holders was fantastic – such talent and craftsmanship! I didn’t get a chance to check out many stalls as my own setup took long-than expected (despite having a plan written down from a mock-set up at home. Sigh… I’m a bit of a turtle when it comes to setting up).
I didn’t even get much of a chance to take stall photos before the doors opened at 9am but here’s a few…
I debuted quite a lot of new pieces yesterday – altered platters, cut-out bowls, Dr Who mugs and of course, the new Anne of Green Gables range of mugs. This series was a collaboration with Chrissy of Letters by Chrissy who so beautifully hand-lettered and created such delicate watercolour decorative motifs for the decals.
There’s been a few photos coming through on FB and IG showing new Servant Ceramics items in use…
I can’t wait to see more!!!
On a side note, the preparations to get ready for the market was intense and I want to acknowledge all the emotional and physical support Andrew, Steph, Tony and Holly give every time a market rolls around. And a super special thank you to one of my oldest and dearest friends who came around on Friday afternoon to help me sand bases, ribbon ornaments and sticker bags. She was an absolute machine – Dee literally did the work of three people (I had asked two others to join us but together with Super-Dee, we powered through it all before the others were due to arrive 😛 )
All in all, EtsyMadeLocal was one of my best markets and I found the whole day to be just excellent! I was thrilled with my stall position and found the markets helpers to be really supportive and attentive (big cheers to Kelly-Anne, Bel and Kelly)! Even during bump-in, it was great to catch up with Diana (from UniqueLuLu Designs) and Michelle (from Little Concrete Jungle)…
Finally, a huge thank you to all my stall vistors – customers or admirers, your comments and smiles made my day that much brighter and I was so happy to share about the making process when you asked! A special thanks to those customers who waited patiently in line for me to wrap your items. I really appreciated your time and hope that you love using -or giving to your loved ones – your purchased Servant Ceramics items!!
With a extra big smile to you, Rachel ❤