Etsy NY Rocks BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!

Etsy NY has fantastic news to chase away your hump-day doldrums this week: Wednesday, June 8th marks the opening night concert for the 37th season of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! This music festival is one of New York City’s longest running outdoor performing arts concerts. Launched in 1979 to reinvigorate Brooklyn's performing arts scene and to bring people back into neglected Prospect Park, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! was an early anchor in the park’s revitalization. Across the years, the festival has presented over 2,000 artists and ensembles reflective of the borough’s diversity.

What does this have to do with Etsy NY, you say? We've partnered with BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! for the past five years, and we're excited to work with them again this summer, running the sole merchandise booth!

Everyone loves a memento of an amazing concert experience, and Etsy NY is here to deliver. This is not your typical merchandise tent. Of course we'll have BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! goodies for sale, but you can also check out a carefully curated, all-handmade capsule market chock-full of goods made by Etsy NY local artists – your friendly staff during all the shows. Come in and talk shop to find out more about our handmade market collective, the techniques that go into producing our wares, or just to say hi when you need a dance break. Whether you are a local Brooklynite or a visitor to the borough, we're sure you'll find something to love.

Can't wait until tomorrow to see what's on tap this year? Here's a sneak peek of the Etsy NY makers to tide you over!

Rachel is the force behind Ye Old Stamping Grounds - your source for fun and quirky hand-stamped metal keychains, bottle openers, and carabiners. Her designs are inspired by Brooklyn, music, wanderlust, geek pride, and emojis. Put a smile on your face each time you use your keys. The lightweight and modern designs also work great as gifts.

Designed and made in Brooklyn, traceytoole designs creates everything your picnic needs. Denim picnic blankets, Hawaiian-style pillows, cloth napkins, and even something for the kids. Keep the little ones entertained with their own artist roll-up kit complete with color-me fabric and markers.

Suniq makes one-of-a-kind upcycled clothing and accessories. Upcycling makes her happy as she gives each piece a new life. Her one-of-a-kind designs can be worn many different ways.

Suit Up Peanut was created in 2014 - the day owner Maddy's nephew was born. Using Carter brand's amazingly soft cotton onesies and tee shirts, her clever designs are the perfect addition to any child's wardrobe, all at an affordable price.

Slope Girl Knits specializes in handmade personalized gifts and decorations to make the most special moments matter more. From hats, headbands, and scarves to buntings and tote bags, all items are knit, sewn, crocheted and embroidered in Brooklyn, NY by Emily herself.

Rock That Gem is owned by Molly, a gemologist working in the jewelry industry for over fourteen years! Using her gem skills and expertise, she chooses the very best stones to create fabulous necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings.

Rising Phoenixx makes all-natural bath and body products using simple and uncomplicated ingredients. Each item is formulated by Coleen Phoenixx, a mercurial, multi-tasking, do-it-all diva. Her products keep up with her rock n' roll life style, and yours!

Located in Brooklyn, Prairiefunk specializes in modern, easy-to-wear hammered metal and natural gemstone jewelry inspired by the artisans of antiquity. These elegant, eclectic, and stylish pieces can be worn in multiple ways.

Naturally Susan's products are what your sensitive skin is craving, with ingredients that stay as pure to nature as possible. Susan's products are effective, long lasting, and versatile. You'll want to add these eco-friendly, travel-friendly, and cruelty-free options to your daily routine.

konnichiwagrl makes quirky cards and other little accessories that serve as both an easy way to say "hey!" or a strike up a conversation. What's better than sharing a mutual love of pizza or poop than wearing one or gifting it to a friend?

Kaibelle creates block-printed stationery, textiles, and home decor. All designs are inspired by organic forms, hand-carved, and printed by hand in Brooklyn.

Jes Switaj creates unique and eye-catching graphic designs. These images are screen printed onto t-shirts, blankets, and handmade silk neckties.

J. Topolski hand-carves and acid-etches jewelry inspired by the city and animals. Don't miss the limited release special-edition charm jewelry just created for the Bandshell!

Brooklyn Owl creates magical unicorn horns, monster horns, and mermaid hair clips that are the perfect addition to any imaginative play adventure. Brighten a child's day with these Brooklyn made hair accessories.

Be in the Moment jewelry was established in 2010 with an eye for creating functional and original wearable artisan jewelry. Melissa works to create colorful and unique enamel jewelry as well as beautiful sterling silver bracelets and rings, perfect for every occasion.

Aperture Agog is a mischievous blend of photography, stationery, and textile art inspired by dirty NYC. You won't be able to resist these unique pieces of art!

Follow along with our adventures on the Etsy NY BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Facebook page!

See you at the Bandshell!

Wednesday, June 8th is the free opening night concert featuring Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings (6:30PM Gates, 8:15PM Show). Motown comeback queen Sharon Jones, and the Dap-Kings, the beating heart of Bushwick-based Daptone Records, are hellbent on topping their legendary 2010 closing night show. Check out the video for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' 2014 Grammy nominated album "Give the People What They Want."

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Etsy NY Team at Celebrate Brooklyn this Summer

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”

Mae West

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When:  JUNE 3 – AUGUST 12

Where: AT THE PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL (9th Street and Prospect Park Entrance)

Back for a fifth season, members of the Etsy New York Street Team will be partnering again with BRIC as the sole merchandise vendor for Celebrate Brooklyn! the premier outdoor summer festival concert series in Prospect Park. Seventeen vendors, from a variety of disciplines, will grant show attendees exclusive access to a carefully curated, all-handmade capsule market chock full of local goods, ALL SUMMER LONG!

Here is the first of a four-part post showcasing but a small selection of the amazing products available this year:

Sophisticated casual cotton linen picnic blankets, napkins, tea towels, runners and aprons.  Natural fabrics, unexpected colorways. Made in Park Slope.

 gold star pendant from Prairie Funk


Prairiefunk features chic, hand-hammered metal and gemstone jewelry with an emphasis on natural shapes, to create modern pieces inspired by antiquity.

flask by citybitz

flask by citybitz

Citybitz’s focus is on NY details. The urban collection features original photography combined with metal, resin and glass as well as cuff links, card cases, cigarette cases, compact mirrors, flasks, money clips and mirrors.

Susan's products are made with all natural ingredients, so that you can enjoy nature's beauty. Her skin care portfolio includes moisturizers, lip balms, body scrubs, facial masks, dry shampoo, hand sanitizer, bug spray, and more. Made in NYC.

Bubbles App is a Harlem based small business that produces natural, vegan candles and soap focusing on locally sourced ingredients, with some natural butters sourced from Ghana. The body products and the candles produce are vegan and biodegradable, and our candles are made of eco-friendly and sustainable palm wax.

In total there will be 17 designers and makers representing Etsy NY at Celebrate Brooklyn this summer.  Check back for our other featured artists.

written by Melissa Hile


Friday Finds: BBQ in the City

art by Tamara Garvey

art by Tamara Garvey

August 1st and you haven't had a bbq yet? What are you waiting for?!   First you will need some bug spray, especially if you bbq in the park or my back yard!  Susan from Naturally Susans is selling her all natural bug spray online and at Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park. 

Bug sprays, natural moisturizers and lip balms by  Naturally Susans 

Bug sprays, natural moisturizers and lip balms by Naturally Susans 

So now that you aren't going to attract any mosquitoes you may want to attract a new friend.  I love lobsters.  Lobster prints, lobster salad,  steamed lobster so of course I love this bow tie.  If I wasn't married I definitely would be attracted to a guy wearing a lobster bow tie!

lobster bow tie by  Minervaknits

lobster bow tie by Minervaknits

And if you don't know how to tie a bow tie don't worry, Minerva Knits will send you instructions.  Talk about service! 

Ok so you have your bug spray, you have a cool bow tie to wear, what are you going to bring?  Instead of stopping at the local bodega and picking up a six pack how about doing something different?  This is New York after all.  Brooklyn DIY has the most unique gift you can bring to a BBQ or any party.  Party goers will be so impressed when you show up with homemade mustard.  And bring a kit for the host.

mustard kits, diy pickles,  and cocktail bitter kits can be found at  Brooklyn DIY

mustard kits, diy pickles,  and cocktail bitter kits can be found at Brooklyn DIY

Now get on your bicycle or your Citi-bike and get to the bbq! And if you don't have a bike you can wear one around your neck!

enamel and copper necklace by  Be in the Moment

enamel and copper necklace by Be in the Moment

Have a great BBQ!

Tracey Toole