If Etsy were a physical marketplace it would be the perfect pit stop when fossicking for gifts, particularly for those hard-to-shop-for friends and family who prefer unusual curio, vintage or DIY objects.
The online marketplace has anticipated the pre-Christmas gift panic and tackled it with aplomb - by setting up a pop-up store in the CBD with hundreds of items from 150 Australian Etsy store owners so there’s every chance you’ll stumble on the right gift for the right person. They’ve embellished the shopping experience a little too, by putting on a series of workshops and events to shake up the usual gift-giving indecisions and tribulations and making it something to be relished.
Weekdays start with a coffee and pastry happy hour courtesy of Black Star Pastry, Little Marionette and La Renaissance, giving you incentive to get in early. Pop-up vintage emporiums showcase the clothes and homewares of Etsy sellers in a more physical sense, alongside Polaroid photo booths.
In between there’s a sprinkling of workshops, from a tea appreciation session teaching you how to distinguish between varieties and brew the perfect cup, through to free haircuts for the gents care of The Barber Shop, with Brooklyn Boy Bagels providing sustenance during your cut and shave (bookings are essential). Otherwise, there are workshops for perfecting ponytails, constructing cardboard wallets, crafting cloth Christmas ornaments and making flower bombs, with professional flower wrangler, Holly Hipwell of The Flower Drum, no less.
Like Etsy’s online empire it’s sure to be compulsive browsing, varied and more importantly: full of treasures waiting to be snapped up.
Etsy Pop-up Store
74 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
November 28 – December 12
Mon to Fri: 8am – 9pm
Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: 11am – 5pm