PORTSMOUTH & SOUTHSEA’S SECOND ETSY MADE LOCAL MARKET
I love Etsy – the online marketplace for handmade items and vintage goods; it’s my go-to place for weird and wonderful gifts and treats. Where else can you find Danny Trejo coasters and Golden Girls nail stickers?
But sometimes there’s nothing like meeting talented craftspeople in person. Lucky for Portsmouth and Southsea, then, that we have our very own consortium of over 200 Etsy sellers – a volunteer community supporting and showcasing enterprise, knowledge, innovation and skill in artists, crafters, designers and makers from its local area.
Coming to the Square Tower on December 2 and 3, Etsy Made Local promises a market crammed full of artists, crafters, designers, makers and vintage enthusiasts. It’s facilitated by Etsy and is part of a series of markets taking place across the UK.
On Friday December 2, doors open from 2pm – 8pm, with a Christmas party kicking off at 6pm, including festive food, drink and music. On Saturday December 3, you can visit between 10am and 4pm.
Etsy Made Local will see a phenomenal range of local creative talent on display – and for sale – from traders such as artists, carpenters, cosmeticians, crocheters, graphic designers, illustrators, jewellers, knitters, stationers and textile artists. It’s the perfect place to pick up something for your loved ones for Christmas (or to say ‘sod you all’ and treat yourself instead).
What’s more, the Hot Walls Creative Studios will be having their own festive market on the Saturday too, giving you all the more reason to pay this cultural quarter a visit. So use that weekend as an excuse to discover some handmade, sustainable and ethical alternatives to the usual high street tat.
Use #EtsyMadeLocal and #PortsConsortXmas on Twitter and Instagram to share your experiences of the Etsy Made Local weekend, and visit the Portsmouth and Southsea Consortium website