Market Report – Etsy Made in Leiden 2017

How was your weekend? Mine was spent running around like crazy, hauling an ironing board on my bike, and lifting 27 heavy tables – TWICE!

For the past 10 weeks I’ve been organizing the very first Etsy Made in Leiden market, a part of the Etsy Made Local initiative where Etsy sellers get together on a local market for some live Holiday shopping!

Together with fellow Etsy sellers MeganMcNultyShop, DeCartograaf and Stitchonomy (whom I didn’t even really know before all this!), we put down a great market if I say so myself! I was also selling at the market, but I am very happy to have brought a friend as I was so busy the entire day I barely sat down!


For us 4, the market started on Saturday… with a breakfast at my Studio, before going shopping for the final supplies, blow up balloons, coordinate the delivery of tables at the venue, and make goodie bags! We needed a lot of coffee.

The venue we booked was Scheltema Leiden, an old distillery near the city centre, overlooking the Leiden canals. I was head of planning for the venue and I’m happy to say this was our first choice.

I wasn’t able to get a lot of pictures of the great hall but we managed to pack 38 sellers! It was really cozy and we got to showcase so many different makers, from knitters to illustrators and from jewellery makers to upcycle artists.

The full list of sellers can be found here. Below some I remembered to take a picture of:


JessicaHalmshawPaperLiesbeth Tatjana




Margo Slingerland





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DeCartograaf (it was so busy I failed to get a picture without people huddling around her stand!)


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… and of course my own stand! *insert shameless Etsy shop plug*

We also had music by Collegium Musicum, a meet-up of Draw Club Leiden, and workshops by FranwiththePen and Meet & Make.


… and it was over so soon, time flew by! It was 7pm before we finally sat down!

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My loot that I managed to buy in the 5 minutes of free time I had hahaha

Overall we had a great time, and I’m looking forward to next year already!



Etsy Made in Leiden – 26/11, Scheltema Leiden


I will be attending Etsy Made in Leiden, the first local market organized by Etsy sellers in The Netherlands! Four cities – Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Maastricht are hosting local markets for local Etsy sellers where you can meet your favourite creators and stock up on holiday gifts.

It was my pleasure to help organize the Leiden market together with three fantastic colleagues (Alyssa from Stitchonomy, Megan from MeganMcNulty and Rosa from De Cartograaf). We set up a market with over 40 sellers to showcase the diverse range of handmade products that Leiden & surroundings has to offer.


There will also be two workshops – Handlettering Christmas Cards with FranwiththePen, and a workshop in Snappapp vegan leather (!) by Carla of Meet & Make. Live music will be played by Willem Kroess on guitar. And all this in the spectacular old distillery of Scheltema, in the heart of Leiden looking our over the old canals and tall row homes.

The market is hosted from 11am to 5pm. Of course I will be there with my market stand selling my handmade Japan-inspired items. See you then!