Etsy Italia Team is twinned since a a few years with Etsy Greek Street Team. This 'pact' was born on an impulse, after chatting on Etsy forums and it has been going on thanks to the affinities linking our leadership to theirs: the enthusiasm about the community, the awareness that Etsy can be, for many people and in time of crisis, a way to rise up some earnings and, for sure, the mediterranean disposition we both have.
On 2013, during the European Etsy Captains Summit in Berlin, we met Nafsika, the EGST captain, in person at last and we just clicked right away, with the same feeling of being on the same page we had while exchanging messages on Etsy to make our teams collaborate on various activities (read this article to know something more about the Greek team).
We always kept in touch with Nafsika and since a while we're worried for her and our Greek collegues and friends; Nafsika tells us what is happening: banks are closed, withdrawing cash from ATM is limited and many Etsy Greek sellers cannot pay Etsy fees because they cannot make payments to foreign countries from their bank accounts,
Greek people for us are not some abstract entity or a far away reality: they are persons we feel near our hearts, with the same values and often, the same problems as ours. They are part of our community, they are our neighbours and in a situation of need such as this, we think it is very important to offer them our solidarity and a concrete help.
What we want to doWe want to show our support to our Greek collegues and their businesses by inviting sellers and customers to buy from them, so to help them in these times of great uncertainty.
If you want to help us doing that, this is what YOU can do:
- Buy handmade goods from Greek shops on Etsy;
Choose PAYPAL as method of payment (also if you pay with the credit card) otherwise the money will end up on their bank accounts, which are blocked.NB. Please pay attention to select it! Etsy sets the direct checkout (linked to bank accounts) as default method of payment.
- Share on social media the shop you shopped from or this blog post or just the campaign, by using the following hashtags #etsy #buyfromgreekshops #compradaigreci;
- Share the page of curated Greek handmade goods curated by EGST;
- Share EIT selection of Greek handmade goods on Etsy.
Just remember, even a small help is a huge help!
And to finish all this, we leave you with a small selection of marvelous products of our Greek collegues: