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Made in Canada: Etsy puts focus on local artisans

The craft community in Fredericton will get another opportunity to

Etsy: Made in Canada is an event taking place on Sept. 24 in the ballroom of the STU Conference Centre. Photo: Shubert Ciencia/Flicker

Etsy: Made in Canada is an event taking place on Sept. 24 in the ballroom of the STU Conference Centre. Photo: Shubert Ciencia/Flicker

showcase its talent at the end of September with Fredericton’s first Etsy: Made in Canada event.

The upcoming event is organized by Janie Vu, a UNB honours neuroscience student and co-founder of the Etsy online shop High on Hemp, along with UNB graduate Rebecca Ewing. The Etsy event will take place on Sept. 26 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the St. Thomas University Conference Centre.

“Etsy artisans will sell their handmade wares and vintage goods to local buyers at these markets, each of which will represent the spirit of the local community,” Vu said.

The market will welcome 40 Etsy artisans from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The event is the first of its kind to occur in New Brunswick, and will feature metal jewellery, pottery, knit goods, herbal solutions, soaps, art and photography prints, home decorations and many more handmade crafts.

“Being part of an Etsy [Made in Canada] event can be useful for Etsy businesses to make their presence known in their local communities,” said Vu.

These events help to bring Etsy artisans from across Canada together where they can exchange tips and tricks on how to run successful Etsy online shops. Furthermore, these markets provide extra exposure for local artisans, and customers will be able to bypass the extra fees associated to online shopping.

With the aid of her boyfriend, Alex Doucet, Vu’s High on Hemp business has been running since 2011. The Etsy shop has helped Vu channel her creativity while supporting herself financially through her studies.

“I chose to start my first shop on Etsy because it has its own internal search engine and millions of people across the world use it to find handmade goods,” she said.

Vu is hoping for a large crowd at the Etsy: Made in Canada market. She hopes that the event can contribute to the “buy local” movement and raise awareness of the importance of supporting local artisans.

Along with the different vendors, there will also be some fun things that are not to be missed on the Sept. 26.

“We will be handing out ‘swag bags’ to the first 40 people through the event doors. (They) are Etsy: (Made in Canada) Fredericton tote bags filled with goodies and samples from our vendors,” said Vu.

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