This week brought some exciting news from Etsy, which held a big worldwide conference in Berlin. But we'll get to that in a few, after we talk about this charming vintage store that's changing the landscape in Berlin. Sing Blackbird looks like your standard adorable shop, until you find out that it's housed in a former (how do we say this?) store for intimate items. Very intimate. Catch our drift? It's opening up conversations about neighborhood revitalization, which we think is pretty interesting.
Craft Bits — Big Etsy News, Debbie Harry Donates Vintage, Surprising Berlin Shop
For more about Sing Blackbird, visit The Daily Beast.
We'd totally love to shop Debbie Harry's closet ... and now we can! Well, for a price, of course. She's auctioning off 30 pieces from her pristine vintage collection to benefit Riverkeeper, a charity focused on clean water.
For more about Debbie Harry's vintage auction, visit Eco Salon.
... Etsy's big worldwide summit, Hello Etsy. Though admittedly it seemed more like a rebranding opportunity (following the reorganization of the company) designed to publicize Etsy's small-biz focus, we think that any insights on how artisans can increase their own sales is a good thing.
To read more about the summit, visit Hello Etsy.
Something other interesting news on the Etsy front: The company's launching a new ad program for sellers. Basically, for $5 you can get a search ad that appears at the top of listings and guarantees 5,000 impressions. Sounds like a good value to us, but what do y'all think?
Find out more about Etsy's new ad program at Auction Bytes.
"Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant dished out some advice during Fashion Week. Her thoughts on wearing vintage? "It's a lot like drinking martinis, sometimes less is more." By the way, this dress was from her "Mad Men" capsule collection for Banana Republic, which sold out in record time.
Get more vintage style tips from Janie at WSJ.