Etsy.com’s coast-to-coast pop-up event is back in Whitehorse for a second year, celebrating
Over a dozen vendors will be there with wares for you to touch, smell, see and drool over, and buy.
The event takes place in 38 communities across Canada on the same day.
Etsy.com is a online forum where artisans, crafters and makers from all over the world post wares — cloaks from Ireland, kimonos from Japan, forest dolls from Australia, soap from the Yukon – and more. People around the world buy from Etsy.com.
Etsy started in Brooklyn, New York in 2005 to bring together crafters and buyers. To date, according to the Etsy website (www.etsy.com/ca/about), there are 1.7 million vendors and 26.1 million buyers using the forum.
The Etsy: Made in Canada event started three years ago, with more communities getting involved each year.
“This is our second year back at Etsy: Made in Canada and we plan on making it bigger and better,” says Judy Matechuk, team captain for the Whitehorse marketplace.
“The marketplace has given Whitehorse a successful platform for local artisans and each maker is so passionate about their craft. We can’t wait to share it with our community.”
There will be at least 15 vendors in Whitehorse. The handmade and vintage items on display have a definite northern flair and flavour. Artisan Jane Seawell will be selling recycled sweater clothing under her label Gisook, and Elena Joss, of Pretty, Neat Yukon, which sells jewelry. Cristi Frittaion sells original cheeky cards called Three Sheets Cards.
On Friday, September 23, the day before the sale, artists will leave pieces of work and gifts on the streets for people to find.
The sale takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24. at The Old Firehall, 1105 Front St. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.