Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The EAST team has issued a challenge to all members to create an item that falls in the theme of Winter Wonderland. Voting will be open to all Etsy members: Pick your favorite item here and heart it! The entry with the most hearts wins! There will be four winners. Gift packs filled with promotional items from participating member shops will sent to four lucky voters, determined in a random drawing on January 7th!
Here's a few of the items crafted for the challenge, but you can see all the entries here in the favorites of the EAST team shop.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
It includes interviews with the founder of Etsy, the most well-known Etsy success story and other driving forces.
Read it here:
New York Times
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
It was a really small show with only about 20 vendors, but it was for a great cause.
The whole thing was promoted by the Chair of the Communication Department, my friend Tina.
It was so windy I had to finally give up on my upright displays and lay almost everything flat on the table. Some of my business cards are now floating somewhere on campus. I shared a table with my friend Julie, who brought candy canes which made us very popular with the kiddies!
Because of the wind and because the Gem Faire was in town, I didn't do very well in sales. I did go to the Gem Faire after the show was over and undid any gains I made at the show and then some!
If I thought of the show only in terms of income generated, I'd have to write it off as a loss. (Some vendors didn't sell anything at all, though, so I did better than most!) The thing is, there was so much more to be gained from this event.
They had two drumming bands play, which was awesome! One was a small band called Panzumo who kept us bopping with Africanesque beats.
The other band was a bunch of kids and their instructor from a local drum shop. These kids were fantastic! They played drums, trash cans and trash can lids. They had choreographed movements to match their playing. I was so impressed with these guys! Their name is Boom Chaka. The kid pictured below is about to do a backwards somersault off of that trash can!
Needless to say, they drew quite an audience.
The most impressive thing about this event, though, has to do with the Intercultural Communication students. They worked like demons to put this thing together in a short period of time. Seeing college students come together like this to make a difference in the lives of others much less fortunate than they was a real privilege. They actually had three days of events to raise money to build a home for orphans in Rwanda. It was the students themselves who came up with the ideas for all of this.
The event on Saturday may not have been lucrative for me personally, but it was fun. Between the bands and the joy of watching the students work to help those who need it, it was a much more fulfilling experience for me than just making a profit. I was so moved by their hard work and dedication that I contributed 10% of my sales (not much, but every little bit helps) to their cause.
For more information about the efforts of the Intercultural Communication students' efforts and events, go here:
3 Days of Change
For information on the situation in Rwanda, go here:
Rwanda: How the Genocide Happened