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Popular e-marketplace Etsy shows significant growth

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The online marketplace Etsy connects people from around the world to buy or sell unique handmade goods.

Its success is based directly off its sellers. As of 2013, new numbers showed Etsy had more than 1 million of them.

The continued trend of craft projects, do-it-yourself or 'DIY' type and handmade apparel online is taking a huge spike.

In 2013, alone, sellers made just under $900 million on goods which is a whopping 70% increase from 2011.

That growth is seen right here in Sioux Falls.

Michelle Wilson is one of Etsy's nearly 1 million sellers who designs unique one-of-a-kind clothing from vintage fabric and material she finds in thrift stores.

It's a hobby for her turned into a business that's serving quite well. She knows the e-commerce of Etsy is in a growing phase. In addition, the idea of creating pieces, buying and selling while straying from commercial retail is something growing in popularity each year.

"Back when I started 4 years ago, there wasn't a lot of competition. Now there is. You have to make sure your photos are wonderful and your product is great and your feedback is good. That's important with Etsy" Michelle Wilson said. "You're supporting not only your local area but families and the economy and it goes on and on."

Wilson creates everything out of her own home for adults as well as children like her adorable 3 year-old daughter Olive.

For more information about the marketplace, becoming a buyer or a seller, visit the website: www.etsy.com

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