Our Kentucky etsy team held their first Meet and Greet on April 25 at Tina Mackin's Smackin Art Studio in Louisville. Team members traveled from all parts of the state to attend. There is something to be said for placing a face with a name and meeting the people you've been chatting with online! Libby Goldsmith was introduced as our new team leader, taking over for Corinne Sullivan, who recently moved to Chicago. Libby has big shoes to fill, but we know she will do a great job.
Our team went around a circle and introduced ourselves and explained our history with the team, the items we create and how long we've been with etsy. Of particular interest was hearing how our team was originally formed, which was explained to us by Carolyn Campbell, one of our founding members. We took a break for lunch and walked to the very popular & funky Lynn's Paradise Cafe and stopped at some of the shops along Barret Avenue.
Returning to Tina's studio later that afternoon, we had an informal discussion about some of the challenges we face and new ways to market our shops. We discussed the etsy forums, twitter and plurk, shipping questions, special sales and contests, development of a team shop, tags in our listings and promo items. Team members brought samples and business cards to exchange at the close of the meeting. Tina Mackin and Kim Ries donated items for a door prize and Tammie Fosbart's mom was our winner.
Everyone had a wonderful time and we were already planning a fall meeting before this meeting ended!
If you were unable to attend the spring meeting, stay tuned for the details of our fall Meet & Greet. We hope to have it in central Kentucky in September.