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MADE in CANADA – September 27 On the Spot at Latitude 53 + Etsy

Made-In-Canada_300x250_EN_gray-2 In April we were so lucky to be asked to visit Etsy headquarters in Toronto! Jasmin and I flew out to meet so many talented and creative team captains from across the country and learn how Etsy works from the inside out. The best part of this partnership is we are turning our September 27 On the Spot at Latitude 53 into a MADE in CANADA Etsy Pop Up! There are going to be Etsy pop ups in cities and towns across Canada on the same day which makes for a very cool handmade initiative.

In preparation for this awesome and exciting day we can offer you an awesome opportunity to start that Etsy shop you have been thinking about. Don’t wait! Go to Etsy.com/Promotions and enter our super special code EDMONTON to get 20 FREE listings to get you started.

If you’re wondering where to start or how to get a site set up, we’re going to be holding a few Etsy Startup Sessions in July & August to get you and your shop ready to sell globally. Yes, GLOBALLY.

Made in Edmonton, Enjoyed Worldwide!

If you want to join us on September 27, we ask that you have or you will have an Etsy shop so we can promote you with the sale. Apply for the sale HERE. 

You can also apply to the rest of our markets for 2014 using the same link!

Meet Your Maker – DonnaDStore

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Welcome to On the Spot Pop Ups, DonnaDStore, so what do you make? 

I make hand crafted jewelry specializing in an ancient wire weaving technique called Viking Knit or Trichinopoly.

What makes your business unique?

My jewelry pieces are all hand crafted by me. I make many items in longer lengths for plus sized folks and with clasps or in designs that are disability friendly and for folks that have mobility issues.

How long have you been in business?

This is my third year.

What do you love about Edmonton?

I don’t really know “Edmonton” well, but have many customers from the area. I believe Edmonton has a great maker’s market and many people that have a real appreciation for the unique. I think my product fits this market well.

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Edmonton Community Workshop

We have been generating a lot of interest with our idea of creating a shared workspace for Edmonton’s Made Local community – from inquiries about how to contribute, how to get a membership, and how can they help spread the word.

We are getting postcards and posters printed! Magnets and Stickers are on their way! We’re going to make this happen for Edmonton in 2014.

So you want to get involved or you just want to keep up with the latest news? Email: Marissa.Loewen@gmail.com and we’ll get you on the list!

 

Edmonton Christmas Craft Sales

Can we take on the Butterdome Craft Sale for awesome crowds?

We were so busy last weekend trying to hit Royal Bison and 3 other craft sales to show our support for our Mercer Collective vendors from the past year and to get our own Christmas shopping done.

Thankfully Edmonton is easy to get around and we had outstanding weather this past weekend. What’s next for On the Spot Pop Ups?

Well we are gearing down for two very full back to back weekends at Mercer Warehouse. We are competing with  Butterdome Craft Sale this weekend but we are sure that we can still bring a good crowd for our over 40 Edmonton area artists, artisans and designers. Plus we have live music, gift bags, treats and prizes throughout the weekend.

Make sure you come see us!

10 am to 4 pm SATURDAY AND SUNDAY!

10359 104 St Edmonton

Free admission!

 

Permanent Maker’s Space – Edmonton

With the successful launch of Mercer Collective and our other pop ups around Edmonton, we are now looking to fill a niche that Edmonton needs. We want to build a permanent retail and maker’s space. Edmontonians who have no room or budget for heavy equipment will now be able to come work on projects, make furniture, cabinets for their kitchen, learn how to use a 3D printer, screen print, laser cut designs in a central location.

In addition to having a workspace, we want to launch a permanent retail outlet for Edmonton’s makers to get into their community. Need the perfect gift and want to shop local? Come browse our shop!

We also want to offer classes to youth, emerging artists, adults and anyone looking to make something.

We are currently in the process of forming a board of directors and will be actively looking for a space that allows us to have a workshop, office space (to lease to other tenants as well as our own makers), retail storefront and possibly a cafe – hey we get hungry when we are creative!

Are you interested in getting involved? Here are a few ways:

Email me if you’re interested in being on the board, have space we could look at buying/leasing or want to contribute funds to our cause – marissa.loewen@gmail.com

We are also looking for artists, artisans, designers, teachers and builders to be a part of our collective!

Music at Mercer Collective – August 10

We’re very excited to announce the musicians for the August 10th show! We have 3 new musicians coming out to the Mercer Collective on the 10th and we’re very happy to have them,

From 10 AM to 12 PM we have Brady Simpson, a local musician, photographer, and artist playing for us. He will also be bringing along a selection of his artwork for you to peruse as well. Check him out in advance at his website here: www.bradysimpson.com

From 12 PM – 2 PM we welcome Must Be Tuesday to the stage, a talent local artist who will bring a great selection of music to the show. Must Be Tuesday can be found here: http://mustbetuesday.com

A very exciting fact: Must Be Tuesday is running an Indiegogo campaign to raise money to produce their next studio album, You can support them on their Indiegogo campaign here:http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/new-must-be-tuesday-album/

And from 2 PM – 4 PM we have Jeffrey Andersen coming out to spin some great tunes for us! You can preview some of his great tracks here: www.mixcloud.com/MrAndersen/

Hope to see you there!

What are pop ups?

What is a Pop-Up Sale?

We don’t have a set location to host our craft sales, so we work with local businesses to turn empty space into shopping space while we also give shoppers the chance to discover new local artists, crafters and handmade artisans. We are currently hosting sales in Edmonton but hope to move to Calgary and other locations soon.

We are not in it for the profit, so any costs to have a table are kept extremely low with a huge emphasis on word of mouth marketing, local business partnerships and local media sponsorship.

We want this pop up to be profitable for all vendors and for everyone to have a good time!

To read more about pop up sales and how they impact the community, check out Alberta Craft Alert’s article Discover Pop Up Shops

For the Community

Instead of seeing vacant shops in your neighbourhood, we bring you temporary opportunities to see, experience, taste, touch unique items made by your neighbours. Bring the family, even your pets, and experience a great way to shop and support local outside of farmer’s markets or once a year craft sales at Christmas time. Quality vendors with awesome handmade items are at every show.

 

Our Goals

  • Establishing On the Spot Pop Up Craft Sales in different unused business space across the city and the province.
  • Elevating local vendors who couldn’t establish themselves on their own to build sustainable commercial relationships with their community.
  • Building partnerships with existing businesses to reduce urban sprawl and bring retail opportunities to empty storefront districts.