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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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 Epstein

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FaithWorks4U

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owner: Faith Vibbert, mom to Ian, 30, Brennan, 21, Carson, 12, and daughter Lauren, 28, living in Florida

Shop here for: Handmade retro-styled kids clothes

Signature Item: Retro Lauren mini dress, $48

After her first granddaughter was born, Faith found herself with a little extra time and creative energy, so she brought out her sewing machine. And once she learned about Etsy, she hasn’t put it away since. “I started making nursing covers, purses, shopping cart covers, then got up my nerve to see how dresses would sell,” Faith says. A love for ’60s and ’70s styles led her to create the nostalgic frocks her shop is now known for.

In fact, Faith’s dresses are such a hit, they’ve been featured on the cover of Babytalk magazine and right here on Babble. Just how well are her old-school styles selling? She’s sold over 400 “Layla” dresses and 200 “Laurens.” Not bad for a “retirement” project!

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