As parents, putting family first can make us feel like our own interests and hobbies are pushed to the backburner. However, sometimes you meet a mom or dad who carves out time to pursue their passions — and make a living from it, to boot. While compiling this list, we’ve had the chance to hear from incredible parents around the globe. What they all have in common is a love for beautiful things — and the savvy to share it with others on Etsy.
The shops on this year’s list are as diverse as the sellers behind them. From couture kids clothes to vintage home goods, each object showcased here is a representation of the creative stories behind them. Warning: this is online shopping, taken up a notch. Prepare to become addicted! (And if you think we missed a shop, nominate it in the comments!) — Amy Levin Epsteinsee the full list »
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Owners: David and Adrienne Minnery, parents to a 2-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter, living in Seattle, Washington
Shop here for: Vintage-style building toys
Signature Item: Manzanita Classic Deluxe Building Set, $110
Manzanita Kids is characterized by their clean, timeless wooden toys for children — but don’t let the shop’s straightforwardness fool you for simplicity. Behind the makers of each product is a list of impressive credentials: David holds a BFA and MFA in sculpture and a Masters degree in landscape architecture. Adrienne majored in painting in college and teaches at an arts-integrated elementary school. Together, their expertise lends itself to this successful online shop that features wooden castle-building kits, teethers, and puzzles.
Since the shop opened two years ago, 200 families have purchased these beautiful retro items. And the artists are as enthusiastic about their products as their customers are. “After watching hundreds of children play with the toy, at craft shows, in Adrienne’s classroom, our friends’ homes and our home, we’ve come to see it as a platform for play,” Adrienne says. “The simple, classic profiles of the [castle] walls allow kids to project their own vision onto the stage they build with them.”