Friday, November 27, 2009

Handmade Triad would like to personally invite you to the First Friday indie Market at the Festival of Lights, Downtown Greensboro, NC, on Friday December 4th on the Corner of South Elm Street and MLK, from 4 PM to 9PM.

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See you there!!!!

News and Record keen on NC Triad Etsy Team and First Friday indie Market

Several NC Triad Etsy team members and local First Friday indie Market vendors were featured today in the Greensboro News and Record.

Way to go Dale Waterson of DMW woodworking, Zeke Vantreese of Rewined Recycled Glassware, and Suzanne Rehbock of Flying Pig Pottery

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Etsy: Quit your Day Job Feature

NC Triad Etsy Team Member bodhicitta featured on the Etsy Quit your Day Job Series!!!!!!!

Zeke of bodhicitta was able to successfully cut back on the hours at his previous glass fabricating day job until he was able to give full notice and venture into a "right livelihood," running his own environmentally-friendly business selling recycled post consumer wine bottles. Zeke notes Etsy enabled him to make this leap and advises reading the business articles on The Storque. Keep reading to find out why Zeke says every Etsy seller should learn the basics of SEO and why he thinks he just may need to invest in a trust time-clock.

Read the full interview on Etsy's Blog the Storque and leave a comment!!!

Friday, October 30, 2009

First Friday Indie Market Time!!!

Come join us in Downtown Greensboro from 4-9 pm on the corner of South Elm Street and MLK for the First Friday Indie Market. Too much awesomeness to even begin to describe, you should just come!

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Greensboro Youth Orchestra Painted Violins Raffle at the indie Market

Nothing feels better than being a force for good. One of the many reasons for wanting to start the indie market was to be able to raise awareness for the many hard working, passionate organizations we have in our community. I am thrilled that this month we will have two of these organizations at the indie market. Along with Bricolage we are proud to be one of the hosts of the Greensboro Youth Orchestra Painted Violins Raffle!!!

The Greensboro Youth Orchestra is running a fundraiser from late Oct until Dec. The GSYO is one of the Greensboro Symphony's music education programs.

The Painted Violins fundraiser is to help students raise money for the GSYO Tour in March to Austria!!!

The GSYO acquired 11 instruments and paired them with a visual artist who has generously donated his/her talents to produce one of a kind art. The diverse results are brilliant. "Painted Violins" is actually a bit of a misnomer as there is also a trombone in the mix and paint is not the sole medium. We have included fiber artists, collage and sculpture as well. Some will be playable instruments. One sprays water. All are works of art. The entire collection will be on display at Greensboro Symphony Concerts on Oct 29 and 31 and Nov. 21 (Pops Concert) and at the INDIE MARKET ON NOVEMBER 6th!!!

Participating artists are:

Betsy Bevins

Amy Gates

Louise Grape

Martha Herbolich

Naomi Keltz-Jones

Beth Latture

Don Morgan

James Quinn

Janet Oliver

Jack Stratton

Beginning Oct 25, Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra will be selling raffle tickets for the instruments ($5 each, or 7 tickets for $25) Purchasers will be able to designate which instrument they hope to win. All money will go toward the GSYO Austrian Tour next spring. The drawings will be held at the Youth Orchestra's fall concert at Greensboro Day School, Dec 6. The concert is free. Raffle tickets can be purchased from any GSYO member during that period and at the concerts.

Come on down to the indie market and help these kids go on a lifechanging trip to Ausrria!!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

November Sponsor: Bricolage

We are proud to welcome Bricolage as our sponsor for Novembers indie market. Bricolage is all about creative potential. The word “bricolage” means to create a new work using materials found on hand. With low-priced re-purposed materials and classes taught by local artists, they offer an eco & people friendly environment for extending your creativity.

Bricolage holds a variety of arts workshops throughout the year for all skill levels, from beginners to arts professionals. All are accessible, short term, and taught by friendly local artists. For more info and the current list of workshops visit the Bricolage Website.

Visit Bricolage at the indie Market on Friday November 6th from 4-9pm or at their storefront location at 716 West Market St. Greensboro.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

First Friday Indie Market Time!!!

Join us on October 2nd from 4-9pm for the First Friday indie Market on the corner of South Elm Street and MLK in Downtown Greensboro!!

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

October's Sponsor: Animal Rescue and Foster Program!!

We are so proud to welcome Animal Rescue and Foster Program as our sponsor for the October
indie Market. We are also super excited about the indie market raffle to help raise funds and awareness of the great great work ARFP does. Many indie market vendors are donating handmade items to be included in a super-duper-indie-market-goodie-basket-prize-pack-extraordinaire worth over $300!!! Here is just a few of the items that will be included in the prize pack. A set of Rewined Recycled Glassware, a handmade cherry bowl by DMW Woodworking, Loose tea gift pack by Tea Hugger, a hand knit scarf (75% wool and 25% nylon and measures about 4.5" wide x 62" long) by Purplehook plus much much more!!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Our first team event, The First Friday Indie Market last Friday, September 4 was a WHOPPING SUCCESS thanks to our wonderful team leader, Zeke of Bodhicitta Glass!!! This new treasury created by Anna of ZellBell Designs showcases some of the wonderful items for sale at the market. Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 2 when we do it again!

The Banner!

Many people have inquired about the totally awesome banner for the First Friday indie Market. Well it was made by our very own Anne Schroth owner of Red Canary -Fabric Print Studio on Elm Street. Visit her website to see more of her amazing work!!
Yeah! Anne!

Gary- the big red knitting monster is artwork done by one of my favorite artists killtaupe. See more of his great work on his blog.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Where the heck am I gonna park???

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There are lots of parking options downtown! Here are several that I recommend when you come down on First Friday. Please don't expect to park right in front of the market. The idea here is that all of downtown is your playground, so come prepared to walk around. Many of the participating galleries are within a four block walk and there's no better place to stroll than South Elm Street on a warm September evening. With this in mind you will have no problems finding safe parking.
Here are some of your choices:
1-The Greene Street Parking deck-This is 'the sure thing'. Located on the corner of Greene Street and Washington it is a very convenient place to stow the car. It is about 3 blocks from the market, but you will walk right past many of the open Galleries on the way! Stop and get a coffee at the Green Bean!
2 The Elm/Greene Street Surface lot-This is the surface parking lot across the street from the Green Bean at 330 South Elm. This lot stays packed on Friday nights! You can try your luck but it will be tough. Come early to get a parking spot here, eat at McCoul's, Grey's Tavern or Natty Greene's and you'll get to keep your spot!
3-Street Parking- There is on street parking on Lewis, Elm, McGee, Arlington, Davie, Spring Garden, and MLK.
4- Kindley's Furniture is allowing parking in their lot on the corner of Arlington and MLK
5-If you're wanting to start your stroll at City Center Park (where poet Josephus III is holding open mic from 6-8) or the Cultural Art Center (where the Shape Shifters will be performing in the Atrium every half hour starting at 7) then you could use the Davie Street Parking Deck on the corner of Friendly and Davie Street right across from City Center Park and next to the Self Help Building. From here it is only a four block walk south to the market.
6-The Bus Depot Parking lot on the corner of Washington and Davie-The secret gem. This is the most convenient, under-utilized downtown lot. One block from Natty Greene's, 2 blocks from the Market. Surface lot so it's easy in, easy out. Walk to Lyndon Street Artworks only 2 blocks NE Not a lot of traffic.....ahhh! heaven!

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See tons of options!!! Don't let the parking grind you down!! It really isn't as bad as they say!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Helpful Articles from the Storque

As if you were not busy enough making stuff, here is some articles to help and inspire from the Storque, etsy's super helpful blog!!

Thinking of color schemes for fall?? Seriously??? Who plans ahead for fall color schemes?? Anyway, of you are one of those on the ball peoples, then this article might be helpful.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday, May 8, 2009

Rewined Recycled Glassware @ Salute! Wine Festival

Rewined Recycled Glassware will be at the 'Salute! Wine Festival' in downtown Winston-Salem Saturday May 9th. It's going to be a great time, come join us if you can!

This picture is from the Great Grapes wine festival we did last month in Cary, NC. The Rewined Recycled Glassware banner was done by my friend Anne at Red Canary a digital fabric printing company.

The fine ladies helping me out are Justi from witchhazelhandmades and Katie from the Green Bean. Thanks so much for your help!!!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tagging: Getting found on Etsy

One of the complaints I hear often from sellers is that it is so hard to be found on etsy. I agree that there is a TON of stuff on there and it is sometimes hard to stand out in a crowd, BUT there are some simple things you can do to maximize your chances of being found. The very first and easiest is to be a good TAGGER. You get 14 tags on each of your items and if you are not using them all then you are not being a good tagger. Check out this article on Etsy containing great tagging tips. I include things like " mom, dad, wedding, housewarming, green, eco chic, etc, etc" I try to put myself in a shoppers shoes. Check out this item of mine and the tags I put on it for ideas.

Etsy also tries to do lots of promotions. Often to participate all you have to do is tag your item with a specific tag. For instance, Etsy wanted to feature earth friendly products and asked sellers who were interested in participating to tag their item with 'earth tones'. This increases your likelyhood of your stuff getting seen by the etsy admin's and featured in an 'etsy finds' email. (By the way, I was featured in one and got over 3,500 unique visitors to my shop in one day!!!)
These promotions can often be found in the storque. Glance through it now and again to see if there is something your items fit with.

Happy Tagging!!