Earlier this month, etsy announced its 2015 "Home for the Holidays" program. In 9+ global cities, as etsy employees went home for the holidays, they arranged meet & greet events (limited attendance). Of the few in the U.S., one was about 2 miles away from my house, if you can believe that! My sister and I were up for an etsy throwdown. We can talk etsy and vintage and—specifically—etsy vintage all day every day, even under the duress of meeting in an Irish bar. Throw in free drinks and food and I'm a goner.
4 etsy admins and 30 etsians were in attendance, which was pretty damned cool. Getting to "talk shop" with other etsians is always fun, and you can bet that shipping, seo, lack of sales (everything sellers constantly bemoan) were the main topics.
The opportunity to talk with actual etsy employees about concerns, advice, and experiences was fun and enlightening. As the evening wound down, they took a group photo and people began to leave. At the hostess stand, my sister espied the orange etsy flag. We had already exited when she went back in for a game of "capture the flag". And now it's MINE, all mine.