Dandee initiated a thread on the Etsy forums, in March 2007, looking for other Canadian Etsy sellers that might be interested in participating in a Buy-Sell promotion. When I asked dandee about her reasons for starting this thread, this is what she told me:
"I originally started the Canadian buy-sell thread for two reasons. The first being, I had just opened up a shop on Etsy and wanted to find other Canadian sellers. The second was to seek out more Canadian-made items for my bricks-and-mortar store here in Winnipeg. Etsy is an amazing place to find all things cool and unique and my bricks-and-mortar store, Sew Dandee, is now featuring a bunch of Etsy sellers. So, the thread allowed me to network with these talented folks and for a lot of them my store was the first place they were selling outside of Etsy."
Not too long after that, I joined Etsy as a seller too. I started poking around the forums and discovered this fun network of Canadian sellers. I joined the Buy-Sell thread, and coincidentally my first two purchases were from dandee!
I've been chatting with this group almost every day since I first joined. But of course, even if you never make a purchase from the list and just come in and chat every day, you are just as welcome as all the others – we are the friendliest party for sure! Another dedicated member of the thread is WillowCat.Studio. When I asked her about the thread, she had this to share:
"I love the Canadian buy sell party on Etsy for so many reasons! The thread hosts beautiful-hearted people; this can be seen in both their talents and their words. This group, unlike others I have encountered, feels like you have entered into a room full of friends. When you post everyone seems happy to see you, supportive of your new products and excited when you have made a sale. I, for one, am glad that I found this thread and the people within it!
This party has been happening every day since dandee started it and all are welcome. Dandee and WillowCat.Studio and I all seem to agree that the thread is a great networking tool, a resource for shop and product feedback, an outlet for sharing with friends and getting support, and more generally, a place to make some new friends!
There is a new thread started in the Promotions section of the forums each day – search the forums for Canada and you'll be able to find us. See you soon :-)