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Local Etsy Denton artists host first barn sale

Originally published in the North Texas Daily on October 28, 2010.

Attendees will walk through aisles lined with booths piled with handmade purses, jewelry, clothes and refurbished furniture at the Etsy Denton Barn Sale on Saturday.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 4573 Coyote Point in Denton.

Etsy.com is a website made up of different artists and craftspeople from all over the world who sell handmade and vintage clothing, paintings, accessories and furniture.

The shirts displayed are made by Laura Jinks, a fiber art senior. They will be sold this week for the Etsy Barn Sale. Photo by Berenice Quirino/Staff Photographer.

Etsy Denton is a group made up of local artists who sell their items on the website.

“The barn sale is Etsy Denton’s way of bringing Denton together and celebrating our city as a creative place,” fiber art senior Laura Jinks said. “There will be all sorts of artists with booths at the sale that together appeal to a wide variety of ages.”

Jinks began selling hand-painted T-shirts on Etsy this year and plans to set up her shop called Gynx Designs at the sale.

“There are tons of T-shirt shops out there, but all of my T-shirts are hand-painted instead of screen-printed,” Jinks said. “It allows me to get some interesting effects that you can’t get with screen printing. All of my shirts are one of a kind, so you’ll never see anyone else wearing the same exact shirt.”

Fiber art senior Rachel Gaddie plans on setting up her design line called Rachel Elise.

“I had been making bags for myself and my friends since I was in middle school,” Gaddie said. “But when I came to UNT, people kept telling me I should sell my work.”

After selling her bags at Art Six Coffee House, a friend told Gaddie about Etsy.

She also has some of her work for sale in Dallas, San Diego and Quebec.

“The barn sale is a great way to get involved in the local art and music community, which I think is really strong and an important part of Denton’s culture,” Gaddie said. “Plus, a lot of vendors are UNT students, so you’d be helping out your fellow classmates as well as the art community at large.”

Gaddie is the organizer behind Etsy Denton and the Etsy Denton Barn Sale.

“My friend Shelley and I had talked about how cool it would be to have an Etsy group in Denton,” Gaddie said. “We both thought it would be great to have a network of other Etsy people that could all support each other, keeping us from feeling like we were out there all on our own.”

Alongside the different booths and shops attendees will see, the sale will have live music, a children’s costume contest and live T-shirt printing by the Pan Ector T-shirt company.

“I really want to go for the one of a kind items they will be having there,” said social work freshman Tessa Kisielewski. “It’s easier on my wallet than the mall or regular online shopping, and Etsy is one of my favorite websites to browse.”

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