How fun would it be if everyone had a worldwide birthday party at the
age of 5? That's what Etsy decided to do! Esty.com showcases
handmade goods from artists and crafters in more than 150 countries and
provides an opportunity for shoppers to purchase unique, one-of-a-kind
On June 18, Etsy
celebrates its fifth birthday and
more than 450 places all over the world are throwing a giant global
craft party. Tampa is getting in on the fun thanks to Coryn Enfinger.
Enfinger, along with her husband, Adam, is co-owner of Central
, a screen printing shop in Tampa. The couple sells their
designs on Etsy under the name, Dark Cycle
Enfinger saw that Etsy would be hosting a global birthday party and saw
that Tampa didn't have an organizer, she thought to herself, "Why not?"
and volunteered herself for the role.
message was posted on May 28 on MeetUp.com
announcing Tampa's Etsy party.
In less than a month and 128+ RSVPs
later, Tampa will be hosting the third-largest Etsy party
country. Because Tampa is ranked in the top 50
cities, Etsy and Readymade magazine came aboard as sponsors for the
The event will be at Tempus Projects
, an artist
co-op at 5132 Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603. The South Seminole Heights
co-op has served as a hub of artistic
creativity since it started in November 2009. The project space is
operated by creative directors Tracy
Midulla Reller and Ashley Niven. Reller is a mixed-media printmaking
artist and full-time faculty member at Hillsborough Community College
Niven is a printmaking and digital artist.
"I really like the handmade, free market of Etsy
and I like supporting that," says Enfinger. "I would love to have more
vendors come out and participate at Tempus on a regular basis."
event starts at 8 p.m. and will include more than 20 indie crafters and
their wares, food, cupcakes, free wine and beer amid crafting stations
"I think it's
awesome. I've been just floored this whole time," says Enfinger. "It's
really not me at all, it's everybody putting in their ideas, putting in
their efforts, putting in their resources and I'm really excited to see
how it all pulls together in the end!"
Writer: Nancy Vaughn
Coryn Enfinger, Central Printing; Tracy Midulla Reller, Tempus Projects