In the past whenever I have attended a craft show or some other opportunity when I had the chance to have people see me and my creations in person, I added a bit to my Etsy shop announcement in case anyone local to me read it and wanted to come out. (I know of one instance for sure when someone actually came to a show I was at because of my announcement.) Etsy has added a new feature to make it easy to see if a particular seller will be at an upcoming market or to find a show populated at least in part by some Etsy sellers.
This new feature is called Etsy Local. Etsy’s announcement to the Etsy community contained the following:
“Etsy is all about connecting people and communities. We've seen how local craft fairs give sellers new opportunities to expand their businesses, and help our community grow. To spread the word about these local events and bring our online communities to the offline, we’re excited to introduce Etsy Local. This free, new feature will help shoppers connect with Etsy sellers who are participating in fairs and markets in their local area.
Shoppers can search by location and timeframe to see where Etsy sellers have set up shop. In addition to basic information like the event’s date, time, and venue, Etsy Local provides buyers with a list of sellers who’ve confirmed their attendance, as well as links to those sellers' Etsy shops.”
There are two ways that I currently know of to find information through Etsy Local. If you want to know if a particular seller is participating in any markets, scroll down the left column in their shop and if they have joined any events. If they have you will see “x upcoming market(s)” between their number of sales and number of admirers. Click that button to see information about the market(s) they will be attending. If you want to find a market near you that Etsy sellers will be participating in, go directly to Etsy Local, https://www.etsy.com/local , and put in your location and time frame to get a list of shows near you and to find out what Etsy sellers will be at them.
(Click on the images to enlarge them. These images are screenshots taken from Etsy’s website to illustrate what you will see when you click on either method of accessing Etsy Local described above.)