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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Owner: Rebecca Neafus, mom to sons Will, 35, and Jason, 32, and grandma to Patrick, 17, Preston, 9, and Harrison, 6, living in Indiana
Shop here for: Felt toys, food and decor
Signature Item: Campfire with Roasting Sticks and Marshmallows, $85
Rebecca started sewing as a creative outlet — and to save money when her own boys were young (she’s now a grandma). “Children and art have been a mainstay in my life,” she says. “I am very grateful for those days with less money and a ‘make-do’ life. It taught me how to turn nothing into something and that your imagination is your most powerful tool.”
Within four months of opening shop, Rebecca made it on Etsy’s front page — and has been there more than 12 times since. Today, she’s sold 250 of her incredibly imaginative plush Campfire toys, which have been featured on Apartment Therapy. And this busy grandma says she has no plans for retiring: “I believe that this time of my life should be used to start a new chapter — my chapter — and if I can make a living at that, then that makes it all the sweeter.”