Etsy: Brooklyn's $130 Million Arts & Craft Powerhouse

Etsy is an e-commerce hub for buyers and sellers of handmade goods, vintage goods, and art supplies.

Etsy’s 2009 gross merchandise sales reached $130 million at the end of October — up from $88 million over all of 2008 (and up from $26 million in 2007).

Etsy keeps 3.5% of those sales for its revenues.  Other revenue streams include listing fees ($0.20/item), and fees for listings that appear on category searches and on a link from the homepage.

Other than maybe Portland or Austin, the only suitable place for Etsy’s headquarters is exactly where it is: Brooklyn.

This week we stopped by Etsy’s Brooklyn headquaters office with our camera in tow. As soon as you see the pictures you’ll see what we mean. (A hint: They keep a t-shirt press in the break room.)

Tour Etsy →

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