June is for Celebrations at Sunshine Sam

11401268_1030602640285144_3062240555642575286_nMarlene at Sunshine Sam had so much fun hosting an inaugural Etsy Craft Party earlier this month! Etsy favorites like Terrariums, Idea Boxes, and our wooden toys and boats were on display. The amazing Tricia Lee of Kid Essence was on hand to show everyone her cookie tray lap desks and demonstrate her crafting techniques. These desks are perfect for long car rides or just sitting around the house, helping kids to keep their things where they need them. The tray stops cards, game pieces, and crayons from rolling away, and the magnetic chalkboard top makes a convenient place for art or impromptu Tic-Tac-Toe!

People always want to know where Marlene finds the unique items Sunshine Sam carries, so she featured all her favorite Etsy Artisans in one section of the store for the day – usually they’re spread out around the store. For those who couldn’t make it, we are keeping the Etsy Table on display — our own little Etsy exhibit! With Etsy, Sunshine Sam is able to feature all sorts of games, crafts and playthings from around the country, often handmade and eco-friendly. Our focus is always on keeping kids entertained without batteries; being able to offer the products of similarly-minded creators is the best part!

And what’s a party without treats? Visitors were offered delicious chocolate covered marshmallows with paper straws, lemonade, and goody bags with taffy and game chips from one of our most fun products: Idea Box Kids Kits! These kits come in three varieties – Science, Scavenger Hunt and Family – and offer up lots of creative play.

Another big hit was our “My Neighborhood Play Map,” which is another fabulous Etsy find. Customizable to a specific neighborhood, kids love to see their street and surrounding area on a map made just for them. Perfect for framing for a bedroom wall or using as a playmat for cars and trucks on the floor, we got a kick out of showing off this favorite item!

We’re planning more in-store activities, so stay tuned! Father’s Day is our next big event. Join us Sunday, June 21, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. There will be free caricatures of Dad – or Dad and the whole family! – for all visitors. Also, enter to win our giveaway of a high quality Etsy-artisan made Corn Hole game (a $250 value). The winner will be chosen at random at 3:00 PM, but need not be present at that time. You can also download our free Father’s Day printable here.

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