We love Etsy and we’re so excited to hear that this unique online market of small business has survived in a challenging economy for 10 years! If you haven’t shopped Etsy, Inc. , then you should. It’s an amazing a retail marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. I shop on Etsy for Vintage clothing and bought a fabulous Mr. Blackwell little black dress there a few years ago. The Etsy story is one of true entrepreneurial spirit. Founded in June 2005 in a Brooklyn apartment, Etsy was born out of the simple idea that a marketplace should exist to connect creative entrepreneurs with thoughtful consumers in search of unique goods.It’s a kind of quirky eBay with small sellers and artists often selling jewelry and goods they’ve made themselves. Today, more than 1.4 million active sellers and 20.8 million active buyers are participating in the Etsy Economy. We love how Etsy gives many small business owners the chances to sell online without paying for an expensive website.
To celebrate their 10 year anniversary , Etsy has launched a special site to share the Etsy journey with fans. Customers are invited to share their favorite Etsy story, memory or connection on social media with #etsy10. Readers have you ever bought anything on Etsy? If not, check it out. It’s even a great place to look for Father’s Day. I’m always amazed how many wonderful vintage clothes from designers like Irene Lentz and Ceil Chapman turn up on Etsy.