Etsy Made in Canada Thank You’s!

After the huge success of our Etsy Made in Canada event, we want to continue to send out our thank you’s.

Again a huge thank you to all who came to support your local makers, and made our Halifax market one of the most well-attended Made in Canada markets across the country.


Thank you also, to all those who contributed so much to make this happen.

Of course, team captains Jessika Hepburn and Fatema Sidat deserve heaps of credit for organizing this mammoth event.  From the smallest detail to the most daunting task, this amazing duo pulled out all the stops to create this incredible event.

Without our dedicated team of volunteer leaders this event would not have been possible. Etsy does not organize this market it is a small team of local women and small business owners with the help of their families! So thank you, thank you, thank you a million times to:

Lisa Pineau of @StorybirdPrints has organized a super-effective social media team, and manages our Facebook page. We had over 8000 Facebook RSVP’s for this event, which says a lot about the power of her social media skills.  Lisa also made sure we covered lots of important details such as toilets for vendors, garbage bags, and answering questions/concerns on Facebook on the day of the event.

Angela Doak of @SeeingStars , along with her charming family has been a source of support from day one, and has provided unending creative support.  Acting as a team photographer, and contributing greatly to the event decor.

Melanie Sampson of @hi, love greetings worked diligently to find community partners for the event, as well as provided printing for posters and flyers, and covered a great deal of email communication.

Rachel Blair-Johns of @ment jewellery took over the team’s Instagram account, widely promoting #MaritimeMakers – follow us there @maritimemakers

Carol-Ann Oster of @String Me Along is responsible for much of the local content found the Maritime Makers blog and turned out to be quite adept at screwing in thousands of light bulbs.

Dawn Hunter of @Dress the Dress NS tweets our Twitter account, creating dialogue and conversation between our team members, local makers and the people who support them.

And to everyone who came to our craft party in June and endured countless paper cuts, folding reclaimed paper into the regatta of boats that decorated our tent, and those who continued to fold since.


Thank you also to our partners & sponsors who contributed to making this event possible:

Etsy, Macfarland’s, Hot Country 103.5, The Lunenburg Makery, Little Foot Yurts, Cooke Sales, Michelle Doucette Photography, The Nook on Gottingen, Make Merry Events and Bounty Print.


An extra special thank you to electrician Garfield Henderson and to the guys from Macfarland’s who worked so hard – it was an honour to provide work for you and invest in local labour. Major gratitude to Heather at GFL and Shari at Transportation and Public Works who helped us figure out garbage and compliance in the HRM.

And thank you so much to those who kept us fed: Nomad Gourmet, Miller’s Kettle Corn, Lemon Dogs Lemonade, T=Dogs, Mamak Foods, Made in Moontown, Jamaica Lee Style Cuisine, Khurshid Halal Foods.mic5

And of course to our two lovely representatives from etsy:  Trish from Toronto, and Kelly from New York.  You were an invaluable source of support.


We’re already thinking about 2016, and we look forward to this spirit of cooperation for our future events!

mic3*All photos courtesy of Jessika Hepburn of ohmyHandmade.