Spring into Summer as Etsy comes to life
in this very special shopping experience.
SF Etsy is the local, Bay Area, Etsy Street Team and we carefully curated and juried this summer's Indie Emporium to ensure the best mix of local makers and designers whose works are amazingly creative with craftsmanship and originality.
Today's blog features the Home & Living vendors participating in this popup.
To see a full list of all the home & living vendors, check out our Indie Emporium's
Come out and shop and support over 70 local artisans as the local San Francisco Etsy team showcases their work at All Good Pizza in the Bay View in San Francisco!
70+ Makers and Designers!
May 22, 2016 - 11-5PM - RSVP on our Facebook Event page here!
Welcome to the very first issue of the Friday Feature in 2016. I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season. We are kicking off this years Friday Feature series with Retro Roadside Photography. Owner Stefanie Poteet is a self taught photographer who discovered her love for vintage neon signs on a cross country trip about 6 years ago. Stefanie researches and maps signs she would like to photograph, then travels to signs on location to take her own photographs. She has traveled more than 100,000 miles chasing neon to document these pieces of historic Americana. Keep reading to learn more about her and to get the special discount she has offered for the SFEtsy blog followers.
SFEtsy: What inspires your creations?
Stefanie Poteet: Vintage neon, mid century modern design, kitschy roadside attractions, and iconic Americana. If you've heard of Charles Phoenix, or Mod Betty's Retro Roadmap, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
SFEtsy: What's your work schedule / routine like?
Stefanie Poteet: My Etsy shop is just one part of how I support myself, so each day is more of a balancing act between priorities. One day it's shipping orders and responding to customer inquiries, the next is photo editing for my wedding photography business. Somewhere in there I fit in another part time job, and all the other work running your own businesses require. I encourage myself to be disciplined and productive each day, but don't stick to any sort of schedule. That being said, I know I spend more hours working for myself than I would if I had a full time job working for someone else.
SFEtsy: Tell us about your work space - where do you create?
Stefanie Poteet: Everywhere! My photographs have been captured all over the United States, and my editing workspace is wherever I can fit my computer. My future office is "under construction", but one day it will be a spot with awesome art on the walls where I can edit my photographs and package orders in an at least semi-efficient fashion. Until then I make use of the kitchen table, the coffee table, the pool table, or any large flat surface in the house.
SFEtsy: What tools do you use that are absolutely essential and makes a huge difference in your day to day process?
Stefanie Poteet: I recently upgraded my computer which has improved my editing process tremendously. It's rather difficult to stay focused when you spend large amounts of time staring at an hour glass on your computer screen. My new machine processes much quicker, meaning I can get more done in less time. It is also an essential part of running an online business.
SFEtsy: How did you get involved with Etsy?
Stefanie Poteet: Try as I might, I still don't remember how I discovered Etsy, but I know I debated for some time about opening a shop.
SFEtsy: What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
Stefanie Poteet: My biggest challenge is keeping up with Etsy's changes to their SEO algorithm. Product creation and branding is fun, SEO, not so much.
SFEtsy: What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
Stefanie Poteet: The photograph of the Supai Motel holds a special place because it's the neon sign that started it all. I took this photograph and fell in love.
SFEtsy: What has been your biggest success and/or proudest moment since opening your Etsy shop?
Stefanie Poteet: After having my shop open for a few years I was selling at an in person event when I was recognized by another photographer whose work inspires me. I couldn't believe she recognized me from my work. It was a great feeling.
SFEtsy: What are your favorite tools that help you with your business?
My camera, by far. Life is always good when I have my camera in hand and am out creating new images to be used on products for my business.
SFEtsy: Share with us one lesson you have learned as an online seller.
Stefanie Poteet: Etsy isn't a platform that everyone understands, so no matter how wacky or frustrating potential customer questions may be, kindness is always the best route to take.
SFEtsy: What skill or craft would you also like to become more proficient at and why?
Stefanie Poteet: Knitting, screen printing and letter press. Totally unrelated to my photography or to each other, but they each seem so cool. I would love to knit my own scarf, print whatever wacky shirt I have in mind, and make my own cards to gift to friends.
SFEtsy: What's next for you?
Stefanie Poteet: With the start of 2016 my goal is to capture the remaining signs in California I've not yet photographed before moving on to Nevada and Oregon. It's ambitious, but that's just the way I like it
Stefanie has offered a 10% discount to all the blog followers with code SFETSY. Thank you Stefanie and we hope you have a great year chasing neon across America. We look forward to seeing more retro images from you.
You can follow Stefanie Poteet and learn more about her and her work on the site listed below:
Friday Features are run by Raji of Red Kerria Designs. To see your own shop featured, please contact her.
Happy Friday Everyone!!! This week we are featuring RoseKraft. Owner Rose Schubert is a self-employed bookkeeper with many wonderful clients, but when she absolutely need a break from numbers you can always find her spending time taking care of houseplants or trying to stay on top of garden chores.
Most of the items she creates are inspired in some way by her time in the garden or the lovely seasonal changes in Northern California.
1. What is your Shop Name and URL ?
2. To which Etsy Teams do you belong?
Gardens of Etsy
Home for Displaced Victorians
Pacific Postcards Team
Inspired by Nature
and of course, SF Etsy
are just a few.....
Wish I had the time to be more active in all of them.
3. Please tell us about the items in your Etsy shop. What do you make? How did you learn your craft? What is involved in your creative process?
I have always loved to garden and arrange flowers and started collecting old seed catalogs and packets at least 20 years ago. My interest in antique paper led me to 19th century Victorian scrap - with its saturated colors and incredible lithographic detail it was a perfect medium for floral imagery.
Victorian scrap was originally intended to be stored and viewed in paper scrapbooks, but I thought there might be another way to preserve and enjoy them by framing them using archival materials.
So I started highlighting individual pieces and promoting them like miniature paintings.
This blending of vintage with new materials is a theme running throughout my shop, like the vintage candy tin overflowing with faux succulents.
4. Tell us two (or more) other interesting things about you.
I've lived in the same house in San Francisco for the past 40 years - it was originally a commune.
We have kept backyard chickens since the late 1970's, and at one point had a beehive.
My husband and I love to garden, and we literally have over 2000 plants - most of them thriving!
5. What inspires your creations?
What's happening out in the garden,
What's available at the farmers' market.
What the sky looks like in the early evening.
6. What is your biggest challenge related to your Etsy shop?
I think home decor is a tough category to sell in, as your success depends on other people connecting to your style and wanting to have it in their homes.
7. What is your favorite item in your shop (currently for sale or previously sold)? Why is it your favorite?
Sold a few years ago, and I still miss it.
Perfect blending of new and vintage components.....
8. What crafting skill(s) do you wish you had or hope to learn someday?
I bought a floor loom years ago, off of eBay if you can believe it, and I still haven't warped it.
Would love to find a patient weaving instructor to help me get started!
If you had a gift certificate to Etsy for any one item you wanted, what would you buy?
9. If money were no object for just one day, what would you do?
I would give it all to Doctors Without Borders.
10. Where else can we find out more about you and/or your creations?
Glimpses of how I live are here -
And my personal style here -
Welcome to SF Etsy
We're a collective of over 2200 Etsy sellers in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Just Added on Pinterest