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Twenty-seven-year-old Rob Kalin took a leap of faith in 2005 when he founded the website etsy.com, a Brooklyn-based online marketplace for all things handmade. In just three years, he has seen some remarkable results from his hard work and dedication: Since Etsy's launch, it has gained more than 750,000 members and currently has about 100,000 sellers from around the world that have opened up Etsy shops. On a given day, 15,000 items are sold and 20,000 new items are listed. Watch this exclusive video that gives the inside scoop on the creation of etsy.com, how people can get involved, and some of the success stories behind the company.

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Anonymous
January 25, 2011
Hello Martha and Martha's team, I saw the etsy show and after that I starting thingking on opening an etsy shop, finally I did it!!! On june 2010 I opened my jewelry shop. I just wanted to let you know that you have inspired me and it is an adventure, so thank you www.alejandracc.etsy.com
Anonymous
November 3, 2010
Thank you Martha Stewart for making your readers aware of the wonderful world of Etsy. It's a great place to meet other artisans and crafters. You can find unique creations to fit any budget. I'd recommend it to anyone wanting. I have a shop on Etsy, selling hand-painted glitter artwork. Thanks for the spotlight. ArtisticWill Studios http://artisticwill.etsy.com
Anonymous
December 16, 2008
Thanks, Martha. I have 2 shops on Etsy.com, "Jackswife.etsy.com" and "GoSewRo.etsy.com". I also have sold on E Bay, prefer Etsy. I also check the archives on Martha's website for great info on just about everything. Happy Holidays to all. Burkie
Anonymous
November 24, 2008
I just wanted to say Thank you to Martha Stewart and team for enlightening us (your loyal viewers) about Etsy.com. It has been a dream of mine to sell my art and you have inspired me to open my own shop! www.cosabello.etsy.com. Thanks again! Teresa Bright
Anonymous
November 8, 2008
Thank you SO much for spotlighting ETSY.com! I am a proud buyer and seller on ETSY and love that it is not only a great place for artists to sell thier goods - but it's a wonderful community for artists as well as buyers. I highly recommend the site to anyone, as there truly is something for everyone! Thanks again! Juliea P. willowmoonspirit.etsy.com
Anonymous
July 17, 2008
It's so good to see Etsy in the Martha limelight. Keep it up everyone !
Anonymous
April 9, 2008
Uh...I meant "now." Duh.
Anonymous
April 9, 2008
Aha! This is a great video. It figures that Fellini was involved. As the founder and leader of Etsy Dallas, the official Etsy team for the metroplex, I love that I know have an answer to the ever-ubiquitous question: "Um, so what does Etsy mean, anyway?" "I dunno" was never much of a "leader-y" type answer. Yours In Craft, Stephanie www.FiddleheadsByTefi.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 21, 2008
I just joined Etsy in February, I love it. Martha has always promoted the handcrafted touch and Etsy fits right in with that. You put a little of yourself into everything you make. http://pjjammers.etsy.com is my shop. Please take a look and look at all the other very talented artists there. Thanks again Martha
Anonymous
March 10, 2008
Etsy is really awesome, and its great that Martha has taken the interested in some great Etsy exposure! http://kittycrossbones.etsy.com is my shop! Please have a look!
Anonymous
March 7, 2008
Thanks Martha for featuring Etsy on your show. I joined Etsy last year as both a buyer and a seller, and I love it! The people on Etsy are a unique bunch, and I mean that in a good way. The numbers of such talented artisans on Etsy is just amazing. Even though I have a store on Etsy, Buttons
Anonymous
March 6, 2008
THANK YOU etsy for providing a space for us artists to share our work and to marthastweart.com for showcasing them. Sincerely, Mandabead Designs www.mandabead.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 6, 2008
I too have a shop on Etsy. Thank you for featuring the site on your show, a lot of beautiful items can be found there. Visit my shop at www.pompompurses.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 6, 2008
I have always wanted a place where I could have the crative outlet that every artist needs. I just stumbled on to Etsy one day and it looked like the perfect place! I have been selling my handmade jewelry on Etsy now for about a year. Thanks Etsy! http://littlebrownbird.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 5, 2008
I've watched ETSY evolve over the last year and they have made amazing and monumental strides. I finally opened my shop in Feb. and am looking forward to a good home for my creativity. I've been around the block with selling in retail stores for years and many other venues, and this is the best concept so far. My shop is at www.ChellasCollection.Etsy.com If I can do it, you can to. You must decide that it is a business and promote. Thanks ETSY for all your hard work.
Anonymous
March 4, 2008
I love etsy! It's an amazing site that's allowed me to put myself through school by selling handcrafted one of a kind jewelry, made from mostly vintage components. Check out my shop at http://goodfriday.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 4, 2008
Lots of love for Etsy here! Great feature! I've had good luck selling prints of my photographs and illustrations-http://sixhours.etsy.com and http://calobee.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 2, 2008
Yahoo for Etsy! Etsy is allowing me to showcase my wares so that I can be home with my boys. Oh, the neat stuff you can find on the site...a great place to do your shopping to find unique gifts. Get started by visiting me! www.madhelmeteer.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 2, 2008
How exciting for Etsy to have this opportunity on Martha Stewart! Etsy has definitely helped in giving me the chance to succeed as a glass artist and jewelry designer while staying home to raise my children. Etsy truly is a wonderful place to find amazing pieces of fine art and crafts. I'm continually amazed by the talent there. Start off by taking a peek at my shop! http://www.chickadeebeads.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 2, 2008
Thanks for featuring Etsy on your show. I visited the site after viewing your show and opened up my shop. I am so excited to have this platform to sell my jewelry. www.mariamaria.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Critical crossroads moment for Etsy yesterday and the interlude with your hosting Etsy. My unofficial Etsy nickname is the Etsy Whisperer and my official etsy name is localcolorist.etsy.com A world of wonders from 100 thousand crafters from all around the world is waiting to be discovered by so many who will love Etsy when they find out about it. Thanks so much. Especially for sharing your wealth of knowledge and skills faithfully for so many years. Kind regards from a long time fan, Nancy McNally from San Francisco
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Thank you Martha for putting this segment about Etsy on your show. Etsy is the BEST! My items are paper crafts which are just starting to really grow on Etsy. www.sharlotte.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Thank you Martha and Etsy! I love my shop on Etsy. I make pre-made scrapbook pages that you just add your photos and journaling and the page is done. Visit my shop at www.sbfo.etsy.com Happy Scrapping, Vickie
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
thank you for the interview on etsy.com! i hope more people will be aware of the amazing things etsy has to offer. etsy also has some adorable baby items like soft soled shoes, diaper bags, cloth diapers, handmade clothes and so much more! come see my shop at www.sarahbethi.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Thanks for the great piece on etsy. I make hand made primitives for everyday and holidays, visit my shop at www.Thymelesstreasures.etsy.com. To see a wide variety of awesome prims, just type in the initials OFG and search - you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Thanks Martha and Etsy.com. Come visit my shop at http://craftsfromtheheart.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Etsy is a great place,, stop by my shop for handpainted country items,primitive items,all from yesteryear. chickens,bunnies,roses ect.. I promise your gonna love it here. Type in OFG intoa search for a new primitives group on Etsy. All items will come up. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5494003 My shop is www.daysgoneby.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Etsy also has many sellers that offer bath and body products such as, body scrubs, bath salts, soaps, lotions and more. Many of the sellers have opted to use only all natual, chemical free ingredients and are Vegan Friendly. I am a seller of all natural bath and body products on etsy, if you would like to check out my shop, i'm at www.scrubalicious.etsy.com
Anonymous
March 1, 2008
Another fun ETSY seller! www.kellyjeandesign.etsy.com
Anonymous
February 29, 2008
Example of an etsy artist selling prints, banners, paintings and more: www.chitowncheryl@etsy.com