For our 2nd featured Etsy seller post, we’re introducing you to one of our favorite Etsy jewelry sellers – LHB Jewelry. I found Lauren, of LHB Jewelry, in an Etsy forum for people new to Etsy and have messaged back and forth since. Since we are both new to Etsy and met in a newbie forum I like to think that we are taking this Etsy journey together. 🙂
I hope you enjoy the interview! Be sure to read the entire post. There is a coupon code at the end!
How long have you been in business? Technically I have been in business since January 2nd. I registered my business with the state and the government. I have been selling jewelry at shows since July of last year though.
Do you only sell on Etsy? Nope. I actually just started with an Etsy shop in early December. I do many shows throughout the year. I do two local Farmers Markets every week, and about 4 to 5 bazaars a month in addition to that. I chose Etsy because from January to April, there really aren’t any bazaars to sell at, so I thought this would be a good way to get my name out there nationally in the mean time.
When did you first take an interest in making jewelry? I have always been super crafty. When I was younger, my mom would help me decorate T-shirts, paint pictures, and sew, to name a few. She is definitely my biggest inspiration. We still have monthly craft store trips together. Every time I went to a craft store, I made a point to avoid the jewelry section because I knew I would be sucked in. On one of our monthly trips, I was helpless, and sucked in just as I knew I would be. I left with about a hundred dollars worth of starting supplies and sparkly beads and dove in. Since then, I have discovered new ways to work with jewelry, wire wrapping being my favorite. Each piece is always unique and has its own twists and turns in the wire, making it something nobody can replicate exactly. I love that there is no right of wrong way to make jewelry. It just comes from the heart.
What’s your favorite thing about Etsy? I love the chat rooms. I think they are a great way to get your name out there for free. I paid to have my jewelry showcased on Etsy, and though it got me a few views, for 7 dollars, it was nothing compared to the “hearts” and traffic I would get from spending an hour in a chat room, making friends no less!
What are your biggest challenges in running your business? Finding time to devote to all the different aspects of running a business. I need to balance time to research shows, build stock, work on the website, photograph my jewelry, and advertise. To top it off, I have a full time job working as an early childhood educator!
What are your hobbies? My husband and I love to watch shows and movies together. There is nothing a little “The Office” or “Parks and Rec.” wont fix!
Be sure to visit LHB Jewelry and let her know that you found her shop through our blog. Check back next Friday for another featured Etsy seller post.