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End of Summer Sale!

We are having a Labor Day sale today through Monday, September 5. Use the coupon code SAVE15 for 15% off of your total purchase! Happy Shopping!

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Featured Etsy Shop: LHB Jewelry

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!

Is there anything else you would like our readers to know?  At checkout, enter the code “VDAYSAVES” to save 15% off your entire purchase until the end of February!

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.

Featured Etsy Shop of the Week: Riverstone Pottery

There are so many wonderful shops on Etsy that sometimes it seems daunting navigating the site looking for the perfect item.  To help you find your new favorite shop, we’re going to introduce you to our favorites in a new weekly blog feature, “Featured Etsy Seller of the Week.” 

I am so excited to introduce you to our first featured seller, Riverstone Pottery .  I met Hope, the artist behind Riverstone Pottery,  in an Etsy chat room.  I am so glad that I did because I absolutely love her work and it is very reasonably priced.  I know that you’re going to love this shop, too 🙂

Riverstone Pottery is based out of Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Hope started her Etsy shop in September 2010 but started throwing pottery in 1995 at UNC Charlotte.  I hope you enjoy my interview with Hope.  

How long have you been in business?  I have been making pottery since 1995 but just recently (Sept 2010) have been able to start doing it full time (well what I consider full time.) I drop off my kids at school, go to the studio and work until it is time to pick them up from school.

Do you only sell on Etsy? Currently I sell on Etsy and also at the Studio/Gallery where I work. I work in a studio that also has a gallery and I have my work displayed for sale there throughout the year. I have also been filling wholesale orders and commissions and am getting ready for a few pottery festival sales this year.

What is your favorite thing about Etsy? I’d say my favorite thing is the fact that I can set up a shop online from my home that is accessible to anyone in the whole wide world. The exposure is incredible and the possibilities are endless. There is so much help available to have a successful shop to anyone who is willing to put in the time to doing the research.

What are your biggest challenges in running you business?  My biggest challenge in running my own business is just finding time for everything in my life. I am a mother of 3 young children, a wife, and active in my church. All my roles I play in my life are equal and figuring out how to balance it all out and have time to fit everything in is a challenge, but I think I am starting to get the hang of it.

What are your hobbies? I love photography and have been learning how to use my new SLR camera. I have a couple friends who are photographers and are willing to help me learn a few tricks when taking pictures of my pottery for Etsy. I love taking photos of nature and of my family.

Hope is offering a coupon code for first time buyers. The code is RIV10 and is good for 10% off of any purchase.  Please check out Riverstone Pottery and be sure to let Hope know that you found her on Bluesblossom’s blog!  

Remember to check back next Friday for our next featured Etsy seller!