“Etsy” sounds as fun, quirky and creative as the products sold in its user-run stores.

Did you know the amount of sales generated through Etsy in 2012 totaled nearly $900 million?

That’s a lot of quirky fun.

If you’re ready to open a store on this online marketplace, head to MADE Art Boutique this Sunday, July 28. The boutique retailer is hosting a free panel discussion with local artists Sebastien Millon, Cassandra Uhl, and Matt Hinrichs, who will share the ins and outs of starting and running your own Etsy store.


The panelists: Sebastien Millon, Cassandra Uhl and Matt Hinrichs. Photos courtesy of MADE.

The discussion will be moderated by Christy Brown, MADE’s Program Manager. “We want to help support local artists in the community and Etsy is an amazing tool for them,” said Brown. “It is an easy and inexpensive way for artists to promote their products and already has a built in audience of customers looking to buy handmade items. We hope that this panel will help more artists be more successful in their businesses.”

Come armed with questions for these successful Etsy sellers and get ideas on how you can start a store of your own.

If you go

What:  Etsy Success Panel Discussion

When:  Sunday, July 28, 2012, 10-11am at MADE

WhereMADE Art Boutique, 922 North 5th St.

Cost:  FREE

Register:  Call 602-256-6233, Email info@madephx.com, Stop-in at MADE (Hours: Mon-Sat. 11 to 6 p.m. and Sun. 11 to 3 p.m.)

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