Rockford City Market 2014

The Rockford Etsy Team is at the Rockford City Market again this summer!

Each week our booth will feature one Etsy Team member who will be selling their very own handmade items. So come back each week to check out what’s happening in our booth. Below is the schedule of Fridays and who will be there. See you at the Market!

Week 1 – May 30th (3-8pm) –
Week 2 – June 6th (3-8pm) –
Week 3 – June 13th (3-8pm) –
Week 4 – June 20th (3-8pm) – Lucky Penny Collective =,,
Week 5 – June 27th (3-8pm) –
Week 6 – July 11th (3-8pm) Closed July 4th –  
Week 7 – July 18th (3-8pm) –
Week 8 – July 25th (3-8pm) – and
Week 9 – August 1st (3-8pm) –
Week 10 – August 8th (3-8pm) –
Week 11 – August 15th (3-8pm) –
Week 12 – August 22nd (3-8pm) –
Week 13 – August 29th Labor Day Friday (3-10pm) –
Week 14 – September 5th (3-7pm) – Lucky Penny Collective =,,
Week 15 – September 12th (3-7pm) –
Week 16 – September 19th (3-7pm) –  
Week 17 – September 26th (3-7pm) –
Week 18 – October 3rd (3-7pm) – and
Week 19 – October 10th (3-7pm) –
Week 20 – October 17th (3-7pm) –


Mayor’s Proclamation for May as Maker Movement Month

We had a handful of Rockford Etsy Team members join at Rockford’s City Hall last night for accepting a proclamation from our Mayor, Larry Morrissey. May is Maker Movement Month! It is perfect timing because many artists are coming out of their winter slumbers and participating in spring shows. Much is happening around Rockford in may that correlates with the Maker Movement and we are very excited about being a part of it.

Here’s what’s happening – get out there and get involved!

May 10th – Urban Farmgirl is hosting a vintage goods and pretty things shopping event called Main Street Market at Midway Village. Shoppers and sellers from all over the country will be participating in this show. This is a great time to shop handmade and vintage! Find more info on Facebook. 10am-5pm

May 11th – Mother’s Day! A great excuse to buy something local! Check out local artists at

May 13th – Rockford Etsy Team members will host a workshop for team members for telling their story through their product listing pages online and in person at shows. Come learn from Pablo Korona of Our City, Our Story! We will also be helping Pablo paint his new location so come in some paint clothes to help out a fellow artist. 6-7pm for workshop, paint after. FREE. RSVP on Facebook.

May 13th – Goal date for the opening of the East High School Etsy shop! This is a FIRST in the nation. An educational Etsy shop for high school students to provide learning opportunities in business in the arts and entrepreneurship. Check back here for more info and a link to their shop.

May 30th – Rockford City Market starts! Check out more details on the weekly tradition of the market in downtown Rockford at

More events will be happening around Rockford! Join in on the Maker Movement and Make This City! Creative entrepreneurs are important to the success of our local businesses, local economy, and the job makers.


Make This City T-Shirts!

We’ve made some pretty sweet shirts to get the team excited about their creativity in the city of Rockford!

You can pre-order yours before April 10th by emailing RockfordEtsyTeam {at} with your name and shirt size. Shirts will be $15 each and are available to all, not just team members. These shirts will be a great way to spread the word about our team and will also help our efforts move forward by providing financial support for craft parties, social events, community involvement, and so much more for team members to be involved with. A Square Cash request will be emailed to you for payment. Pick up of shirts will be weekend of April 24th and we will coordinate a location. (

On April 28th, a proclamation by the Mayor will be held at City Hall to inform council members of our important contribution to creativity, entrepreneurship, business development, and community involvement and to announce May as Maker Movement Month! This will be a month full of activities for team members and community members alike – craft party, workshop, social, promotion of local craft shows including Urban Farmgirl’s Main Street Market on May 10th and opening day of Rockford City Market on May 30th. Anyone is welcome to come to the proclamation and we would love if you wore your shirt while in attendance. Join us at City Hall Monday, April 28th at 6pm. Mayor Morrissey was first in line for the shirt so he will probably be wearing his, too!

Share your creativity with Rockford and let’s Make This City!


What We’ve Been Working On…

Hello Team Members!

I want to apologize for how quiet it has been recently. The leaders and I have actually been busy getting ready for a great year. I know this weather has been hard on all of us so I wanted to share some really cool things happening to get you excited for the summer!
First of all, due to scheduling complications, we are unable to have a Rockford Etsy Team Show this spring during ArtScene. We are just as bummed as you! HOWEVER, we have been working to get a better rate for insurance for team vendors at a rotating booth for the Rockford City Market this summer. We have a great deal for shared insurance at the Market so it will be so much more affordable for all team members, not just for those who are able to purchase their own liability insurance! The application for team members to apply to sell their cool stuff at Rockford City Market will be coming out in the coming weeks. Please stay tuned for that application and more details.

In the meantime, we’d LOVE to see you at our events! Check out our team events page continually to see what we are up to and join us. Our team gets stronger the more you participate.

Thanks for being a member of the Rockford Etsy Team!

A New Year in 2014

Hello folks!

It’s a new year and the team leaders and I are working towards some great things. We met yesterday to discuss our schedule of events. You can find a rough listing of cool workshops, social gatherings, and shows on the tabs above. We are excited to have a full list for you to browse through to make for better planning and awareness. Our social events are a new addition to this year’s schedule. Come hang out with other team members and get to know other creative people in the great city of Rockford. Please share with your friends! Our workshops are always open to the public and free. View our Team Events page.

We will also be adding some extra perks to being a member of the Rockford Etsy Team. Stay tuned for those details! Make sure you keep an eye out for an email from us that contains a survey for all current team members. This survey is very important to keeping a sustainable, involved, and creative team! Thanks in advance for helping us make the team better.

Our next event is Thursday, February 20th at EIGERlab for a Social Media Workshop taught by our very own Social Media Leader Melissa! See you at 6pm. RSVP here


Home for the Holidays Handmade Market


Join us on Small Business Saturday on November 30th from 10am-3pm for the Rockford Etsy Team’s first holiday market!

We’re excited to bring a holiday shopping event to your this Christmas season. Please RSVP to our facebook event by clicking HERE.

Home for the Holidays Handmade Market
Saturday, November 30th
10am – 3pm
Hilton Garden Inn
7675 Walton St, Rockford, Illinois 61108

Rockford Etsy Team members selling at this show:

Rockford Etsy Team First Holiday Market is Here!

Apply to be a part of the first Rockford Etsy Team Holiday Market!
The Holidays are right around the corner and the Rockford Etsy Team is gearing up for its first Holiday Market on November 30th, 2013 from 10am-3pm at the Hilton Garden Inn Rockford and we would love for you to join us! This is a juried show with limited space. All items must be handmade by the exhibitor and must reflect what is represented in photos. You must have items in your Etsy shop to be viewed for application review.

  • 6 foot tables, linens and electricity are provided {please bring your own extension cord}
  • Cost per space is $75.00
  • Applications are due no later than September 20th, 2013.
  • Vendors will be notified by September 27th, 2013.
  • After acceptance, payment for booth space is due by October 4th, 2013. Once you have submitted payment, the fee is non-refundable.

Set-up for the show on November 30th will begin at 8:00am. Show begins at 10am, please be all ready by 9:45am.
Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the banquet hall {bottled water is fine}. Food can be brought in and eaten in the HGI cafe as long as you have someone to watch your space. Volunteers will be available if you need one.
Apply for consideration to sell at this show by clicking HERE

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at rockfordetsyteam [a]