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Etsy Shop Owners Make Sales Online and In Person

Etsy Shop Owners Make Sales Online and In Person

The kids are back in school and pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks. Yes, that means Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the holiday season are almost here!

Many consumers across the country will start their shopping early and the Etsy: Made in Canada pop-up markets are a great place to start. All 38 shows from coast to coast are organized by local Etsy Teams – groups of business owners who connect to support each other, socialize and sell.

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Fans of handmade and vintage goods will find just about anything their hearts desire at the Made in Canada events. Everything is created and curated by Etsy sellers – from beauty products, fashion accessories and fine art to graphic design and paper goods, jewelry and ceramics.

In Toronto, the third annual flagship show is being co-hosted by the Toronto Etsy Street Team and 416Hustler. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th, the MaRS Discovery District will host 130 top Etsy sellers selected by a jury of their peers. It’s free to attend and there are free do-it-yourself workshops too!

Events like Made in Canada are “a really wonderful opportunity for the public to get to know the actual people who are behind these Etsy shops,” says Ele Willoughby, owner of Minouette and a leader for the Toronto Etsy Street Team. “Sometimes it makes a huge difference if [consumers] can see goods in person. They can meet the sellers and makers who have made them with their own hands, so it’s a great opportunity to make a connection with buyers.”

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Fans of handmade and vintage goods will find just about anything their hearts desire at the Made in Canada events. Everything is created and curated by Etsy sellers – from beauty products, fashion accessories and fine art to graphic design and paper goods, jewelry and ceramics.

In Toronto, the third annual flagship show is being co-hosted by the Toronto Etsy Street Team and 416Hustler. From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 24th, the MaRS Discovery District will host 130 top Etsy sellers selected by a jury of their peers. It’s free to attend and there are free do-it-yourself workshops too!

Events like Made in Canada are “a really wonderful opportunity for the public to get to know the actual people who are behind these Etsy shops,” says Ele Willoughby, owner of Minouette and a leader for the Toronto Etsy Street Team. “Sometimes it makes a huge difference if [consumers] can see goods in person. They can meet the sellers and makers who have made them with their own hands, so it’s a great opportunity to make a connection with buyers.”

Etsy business owners all strike a different balance of what they sell online and in person. The popular e-commerce marketplace makes it easy for sellers to get online and offer their goods to a worldwide audience. But successfully making sales in person requires some additional support.

“We are partnering with Dream Payments for our show so our vendors can accept not only credit cards but debit cards when selling their goods,” explains Willoughby. “Dream Payments provides incredible flexibility for the small business person like me. It allows me to do in person what I have previously only been able to do online, which is accept payment directly from someone’s bank account or their credit cards at any event that I do. In my online shop someone can see something and buy it instantly. Dream Payments offers a new instantaneous purchasing opportunity in person.”

Dream Payments has no sign-up fees and no monthly fees. It provides secure payment processing with pricing that is transparent and affordable for businesses of all sizes and types.

With other solutions, “the fees either price a small vendor out of the market, or don’t accept [Interac®] debit,” says Willoughby. “Dream is a really good match for our vendors.”

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“We are partnering with Dream Payments for our show so our vendors can accept not only credit cards but debit cards when selling their goods,” explains Willoughby. “Dream Payments provides incredible flexibility for the small business person like me. It allows me to do in person what I have previously only been able to do online, which is accept payment directly from someone’s bank account or their credit cards at any event that I do. In my online shop someone can see something and buy it instantly. Dream Payments offers a new instantaneous purchasing opportunity in person.”

Dream Payments has no sign-up fees and no monthly fees. It provides secure payment processing with pricing that is transparent and affordable for businesses of all sizes and types.

With other solutions, “the fees either price a small vendor out of the market, or don’t accept [Interac®] debit,” says Willoughby. “Dream is a really good match for our vendors.”

With Etsy and Dream Payments on their team, Etsy artists and artisans have everything they need to efficiently run their businesses so that they can spend more time creating.

Ready to get started? The Toronto Etsy Street Team offers free online classes to help you get your business up and running with Etsy.

Accepting debit and credit card payments for in person sales is simple too.