Etsy Heads To Australia

The worldwide phenomenon that is Do-It-Yourself database and store Etsy is heading to Australia to spread the creative love and love of creatives with events planned in Sydney and Melbourne.

Etsy’s European director Matthew Stinchcomb is going to be in the country from June 3 – June 5 as part of the Vivid Creative Sydney festival program, followed by a brief stint in Melbourne.

Creative Sydney’s director Jess Scully told Pedestrian, “I am thrilled to be able to bring Etsy to Australia for the very first time. Australia is actually ahead of the world in independent, niche online commerce – we are Etsy’s third biggest market in the world for both buyers and sellers – which provides huge opportunities for our small creative businesses to grow and find markets internationally.”

If you’ve ever bought or sold anything from Etsy or like making and selling things you’ll want to take part in this.

The Friday session Hands On: Makers Show Their Wares will introduce five of Sydney’s most outstanding designers, makers and artisans. There’s one spot left on the line up – and the good people at Creative Sydney are saving it for an Etsy seller! If you’d like to share your work on stage at the Sydney Opera House, email with a link to your Etsy store and a one-line description of what you’d share with the Creative Sydney audience. They’ll invite one maker to present their product to the masses for 5 minutes! Entries close Friday, May 27, 2011.

Friday June 3:
1. Hands On: Makers Show Their Wares – 18:00
Sydney Opera House
2 Macquarie St
Sydney New South Wales 2000

2. Etsy Party at the Kings Cross Hotel – 21:00
Presented by Etsy, Creative Sydney and fbi Radio 94.5 FM
FBI Social at the Kings Cross Hotel
L2 248 William St,
Sydney, Australia 2011

Saturday, June 4:
1. The Affection Economy – 14:15
Sydney Opera House
2 Macquarie St
Sydney New South Wales 2000

2. Etsy Meetup and Chat with Matt – 16:00
Sydney Opera House, Western Foyer
2 Macquarie St
Sydney New South Wales 2000

Sunday, June 5: Melbourne Australia
1. Etsy Evening: Food, Drinks, and Chat With Matt – 18:00
The Social Studio
128 Smith Street
Collingwood VIC 3066,

RSVP by May 25, 2011 on Facebook, or simply send me an email to if you do not have a Facebook account.