The Etsy markets held on P.E.I. keep growing in popularity.
The fifth annual Etsy Team P.E.I. Spring Market was the biggest yet with roughly 2,000 people walking through the doors of the Delta Prince Edward on Saturday.
Suzanne Scott, event organizer and Etsy team captain, said there was even a long lineup that lasted for the first hour of the day.
“I’d never seen this before,” she said. “We had a lineup from our front table all the way past the lobby of the hotel, past the spa and to the doors of Investors Group, so that was unbelievable.”
By comparison, the Etsy Christmas market in November drew in about 2,500 over two days.
“We had about 2,000 for a one-day market which is amazing,” she said.
There were 124 vendors, including 35 new to the market and 22 from off-Island.
Some items sold at the market included soap, pottery, woodworking, clothing, jewelry, baby items, food and more.
Since starting the market five years ago, Scott has seen many vendors transition from making their art as a hobby to a full-time job.
“I’m very proud of everybody,” said Scott. “It definitely makes the stress and craziness of planning these events worth it. It’s very gratifying to see people take this and turn it into a full-time career.”
“I’d never seen this before. We had a lineup from our front table all the way past the lobby of the hotel, past the spa and to the doors of Investors Group, so that was unbelievable.”
Two vendors tied for the “best booth”, which is given to vendors with a well-decorated booth.
The first award went to Luther Lather, an Island shaving cream company.
The second went to A White Nest, a mother and daughter duo from New Brunswick who makes pottery, candles and weave.
“They had a really cozy space, you wanted to sit on the carpet and sip tea out of a mug at their booth,” said Scott.
Scott said the feedback she receives about the event is always very positive.
“I think a lot of people were very impressed to see the high level of craftmanship in the room,” she said.
Final totals raised from the market’s entrance fee are not yet available. Taking away the cost of running the event, Scott estimates the market made between $1,500 and $1,900.
The proceeds will go to the Canadian Mental Health Association P.E.I. division.