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As Etsy eyes IPO, 3 Chicago sellers share their stories, hopes for future

As Etsy eyes IPO, 3 Chicago sellers share their stories, hopes for future

As Etsy turns 10 years old, the ballooning online marketplace of all things crafty, vintage and handmade is laying the groundwork for its future. Earlier this month, the Brooklyn-based craft site filed documents to go public in what is expected to be one of the year's most closely watched IPOs. With 54 million members, including 1.4 million active sellers who collectively generated almost $2 billion in sales last year, the company hopes to spread what CEO Chad Dickerson calls the "Etsy Economy" — an alternative to mass commerce where "creative entrepreneurs" connect with "thoughtful consumers" who value unique goods over lowest price. The IPO...

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