What’s in a Swag Bag?

A BIG Thank You to all of our talented swag bag contributors!

Our etsyRAIN members and Handmade Holiday Show vendors and sponsors have REALLY outdone themselves this season! We have 200 swag / goodie bags to hand out for the show and every single one of them has tons of functional and even *giftable* items in them! Check out this random sampling of contents:

What’s in a swag bag? Trinkets, gifts, goodies, samples, full-size products, coupons, and SO MUCH MORE!

  The 4th Annual etsyRAIN Handmade Holiday Show at
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall at Seattle Center
321 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109
Friday, November 23rd 11am to 6pm
Saturday, November 24th 11am to 5pm
>> Arrive EARLY for a chance at one of 100 swag bags EACH morning! <<
  The Swag Bag line will be at the *street level* lower lobby entrance
(Upper and Lower Lobby doors will open at 11am each morning)
What’s “early”? 
We’ll, in the past, we’ve had the swag bag line start at 9am…
so, dress warmly, bring a cup of coffee with you! 
I’m telling you…they are worth it!
Just ask these happy shoppers! See you there!

etsyRAIN Minions – Spreading the News about our Handmade Holiday Show

etsyRAIN Minions – Getting ready to do our bidding
We call these cuties the etsyRAIN minions. They are out in force all over Seattle, doing our bidding and sharing the news about our upcoming Handmade Holiday Show

One of them is holding a winning QR code for a special gift – so be sure to break out your QR code reader and scan a minion when you see it – it might be your lucky day! 

We’d love to see where these little minions end up on their adventure, so catch a photo of them in action and share with us on our etsyRAIN Facebook page or send us a tweet @etsyrain.

EtsyRAIN Spring Craft Show

Join us for EtsyRAIN’s 2nd Annual Spring Craft show at the fabulous Intiman Theater at the Seattle Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2010.

Bring your friends! Bring your family! Be sure to Shop EARLY! First 50 customers receive FREE swag bags full of goodies from local artists!

EtsyRAIN members like to help the community as much as they like to help each other. For each show, they choose a charity to support. The featured charity for this year’s spring event is Lifelong Aids Alliance.

Admission to the event will be a suggested donation of $1 that will go directly to Lifelong Aids Alliance or a canned or non-perishable food donation for their meal delivery program.

In addition to the canned food drive, Lifelong Aids Alliance will be selling raffle tickets for gift baskets filled with handmade full-sized donations from EtsyRAIN artists.

All participating artists are members of EtsyRAIN – Etsy.com’ official Seattle Street Team. For more info, please visit our website at http://etsyrain.com/shows/2010-spring-show and become a fan at http://www.facebook.com/EtsyRAIN

Saturday, May 8th, 2010
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Another big craft fair weekend!

Once again, there are a plethora of choices if you’d like to do some Christmas shopping for handmade items this weekend.

Multi-Day Events
The Hilltop Holiday Craft show (mentioned here) continues through 5 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

Northwest Holiday Arts 2007, in Redmond, runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. tomorrow. Old Redmond School House Community Center, 16600 NE 80th, Redmond, WA 98052, 206.407.7620.

The Urban Craft Uprising is on Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. This is at the Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, and more information is available here.

The Punk Rock Flea Market starts at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday), and will run till late (probably around midnight). There is a $1 entry fee for shoppers, but the proceeds go to benefit the Low Income Housing Institute. This show will be a mix of handmade with flea market stuff, but it’s a lot of fun. They start selling beer in the afternoon (bring your ID), and there are bands starting around 6:30 p.m. The location is: 2407 1st Ave., between Battery and Wall Streets (Belltown, in downtown Seattle).

The Edmonds-Woodway High School 2007 Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair is on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is located at: Edmonds Woodway High School, 7600 212th Street SW, Edmonds, WA 98026.

Saturday night, for the late night crowd, is the DEFMODE Midnight Market III, at the Lo_Fi Performance Gallery, 429 B Eastlake Ave East, Seattle, WA. This event starts at 9 p.m. and runs until 2 a.m. Sunday morning. There is a Door Cover of $7 plus a Food Donation for NW Harvest. They suggest bringing cash for shopping, and this event is a 21+ event.

Moving on to Sunday, THREAD Seattle is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Fremont Studios, 155 North 35th Street, Seattle, WA. More information on this event can be found here.

And finally, if you’re in Portland on Sunday, there is I Heart Indie Holidays Portland, from 12 noon to 5 p.m., at Portland’s Wonder Ballroom. More information on this event is here.

(Ceramic ornaments from LAS Designs. Mistletoe earrings from EmmaKat.)

Holiday shopping is upon us – beat the rush!

Even though it’s still a week until Thanksgiving, it’s not a bad idea to get started on your holiday shopping. After all, if you do it now, you can beat the rush of all of the other shoppers! It’s 40 days till Christmas Day…

If you’re in the Seattle area, there are plenty of opportunities for you to check out some EtsyRain sellers’ wares in person over the weekend:

In Renton, it’s the Hassle Free Holiday Bazaar, at the Renton Community Center, 1715 Maple Valley Highway, Renton, WA 98057. This Bazaar runs Friday, November 16th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturday, November 17th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 100 vendors will be selling crafted items.

In Puyallup, it’s the Zeiger Elementary’s 5th Annual Holiday Craft Fair, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th. I don’t have an address for this one, but I suspect people familiar with the area can find it.

In Magnolia, there’s a craft show at Lawton Elementary, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th. Lawton Elementary is at 4000 27th Ave W, Seattle, WA 98199.

For the late night crowd, who thinks that 9 or 10 a.m. is too early to be at a craft fair, UNZiPPED & Buttoned-Up are having a fashion show featuring independent designers from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, November 17th. There is a need to purchase tickets for this one, but they are offering appetizers and there will be cocktails! Also, the sale portion of this event is on Sunday, November 18th, with a buyer preview from 10 a.m. to noon, and open to the public from noon to 6 p.m.

Finally, on Sunday, November 18th, there is a children’s art sale at All For Kids Books, 2900 NE Blakely St., 1 block north of UVillage. This runs from noon to 5 p.m. I happen to know, from inside information, that the Grinch will be attending this event, to celebrate his 50th birthday. Sweet! :)

Totally adorable onesie in Christmas colors from Sycamore Baby’s shop.