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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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Thief and Bandit Kids

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owners: Amie Cunningham, mom to Wolfang, 2, with another boy on the way, living in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

Shop here for: Brightly patterned, graphic kids clothes with an edge

Signature Item: Hand-printed kids leggings, $38

With a master’s in painting and sculpture from NYC’s Parsons School of Design, Amie taught herself to screen-print post-college, initially focusing on t-shirts. It was actually ripped-up misprints of those shirts that led her to begin creating and selling jewelry like her eye-catching studded bracelets. After finding Etsy success with a “grown-up” shop featuring women’s clothes and accessories, the arrival of son Wolfgang in February 2010 inspired her to translate her geometric prints into a kids line.

“I knew I just had to make him leggings out of my printed fabric,” Amie says. Since opening up the kid’s version of Thief and Bandit in October 2011, she has gained major momentum, selling almost 500 items. New patterns are being added for fall and winter, and Amie is already thinking beyond that. One item she hopes to eventually incorporate in the shop? Customized skate decks, which she’s already made for budding little ’boarder.

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