Fort Mac Etsy Made In Canada event and Pop-Up Art Guild Gallery

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Etsy online shoppers will have the chance to meet, greet and shop from Wood Buffalo area sellers from as far away as Fort Chip this month.

Etsy, the online marketplace that has garnered an almost cult-like following of shoppers looking for handcrafted, vintage goods, and supplies, is bringing its cross-Canada Made in Canada marketplace to Fort McMurray the weekend of Alberta Culture Days, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26th and 27th. We’ll be placing a special emphasis on makers and suppliers this year.

“Made in Canada is a part of Etsy’s recent initiative to take the online marketplace offline, creating the opportunity for our local sellers to connect with each other, and with buyers,” Erin Green, country manager for Etsy Canada said in a press release. “We are really proud to be supporting local Etsy sellers across the country, such as in Fort McMurray and its surrounding areas, and fostering creative collaborations and the growth of the maker movement in Canada.”

The event, which is one of 34 similar pop-up marketplaces happening across the country including events in Edmonton and Calgary, will bring together many local established and newly signed up Etsy sellers and interested shoppers for the first time at Westwood Community High School (221 Tundra Drive) from  10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The space will also be host to a Pop-Up Art Gallery with the Art Guild and we have eager youth who will be busking and entertain everyone!

This year’s market is again organized by Fort Mac Hand Crafted Market – a unique group that organizes markets and helps incubate their member’s businesses. The Etsy Made In Canada/Culture Days market is being held at  Westwood Community High School and fees raised from table rentals are turned back over to the school as fundraising. This market will be helping the Improv Team travel to the Edinburgh Fringe where they’ve been invited to perform.

SWAG bags are planned for 25 lucky shoppers. They’ll feature some Etsy goodies and samples and coupons from vendors. There will also be a draw for a gift basket of products from the vendors and Fort Mac Hand Crafted Market. Take a break from the tradeshow and visit a cosy little handmade market that spreads the art and craft love worldwide!

At a glance:

What: Fort Mac Etsy Made In Canada event and Pop-Up Art Guild Gallery

When: Saturday, Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: Westwood School (221 Tundra Drive.

To learn more, visit Etsy.com/madeincanada, email fortmachandcrafted@gmail.com.

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