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17 12 2008

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To this day, I still see the word “crafts” and think of pine cone birdfeeders and macaroni necklaces… or doilies and that moth ball smell…  But craftiness has undergone a total revolution these past few years, as evidenced by this year’s Etsy Austin Holiday Bazaar (seriously, Etsy, we write about you guys so much here, can we get a discount or something?!?!). In addition to crafty goodies for the holidays (and for yourself), they are offering free beer, skate demos, bands, and more. So, yeah, this ain’t your mama’s craft fair. Unless you mom’s all cool and stuff.

Here’s the details:

What: Etsy Austin Bazaar
When: Friday December 19 – Sunday December 21
Where: The Broken Neck

We talked to Kristen with Etsy Austin to get the low-down on this weekend’s event.

EA: Is this the first year you guys have done this craft fair?

This is the first year we have done this craft fair.  Team Etsy Austin only recently came into existance in the beginning of October.

EA: What pushed you to organize it? / Why East Austin?

The ladies of Luster Creations brought the idea of doing a fair at the Broken Neck to the first Team Etsy Austin meeting.  The Broken Neck is usually home to punk and hardcore shows, so it’s already a place that supports DIY.  It’s also great for the laid-back vibe of the show – there will be bands playing throughout the weekend, a skate demo on Saturday, and beer donated by Saint Arnold.  It’s kind of like a party you can shop at!  What better way to promote our team and its members as well as Austin culture?

EA: Could you tell me more about the Etsy Austin group?

Well, there are plenty of Texas-related Etsy street teams, but, surprisingly (considering the amount of craftiness that happens in this town), no Austin team!  We have around 50 members (or businesses).  We meet once a month and also stay connected via email.  Our goals are to promote each other and encourage creativity, buying handmade and of course, shopping locally!

EA: What awesome goods can we expect to find?

We have about twenty vendors selling all different sorts of wares.  You can except one-of-a-kind jewelry, letter-pressed cards, hand-painted shoes, eco-friendly children’s toys, soy candles, custom belt buckles, handmade purses – I am not exaggerating when I say this is the place to check everyone off your list. If you want a sneak peak you can also swing by our blog, etsyaustin.blogspot.com

We are super excited to see an Austin craft bazaar setting up shop on our very own East Side! And right before payday too! Dangerous….

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~SM

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3 responses

19 12 2008
dani

yayyyy! can’t wait! dear lord i have already spent so. much. money. at cherrywood and blue genie this year!!

19 12 2008
kristen

yay thank you! it was awesome meeting you tonight as well! ❤ kristen

21 12 2008
rachel

can’t believe i didn’t know about the etsy austin team!

east austinite, you’ve been tagged in my blog!
http://rachelgoldstar.blogspot.com/2008/12/tag-im-it-six-random-things.html

http://rachelgoldstar.blogspot.com

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