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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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Koukku

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

Owner: Anna Koukku, mom to daughter Vilena, 5, with one on the way, living in Finland

Shop here for: Colorful teething rings and necklaces for kids

Signature Item: Teething rings, $15

While Anna has sold hundreds of Tutti necklaces and teething rings since opening Koukku, she still vividly remembers those first few sales. “I cried when a mom who purchased a necklace sent me a picture of her baby holding my creation,” she says.

One unexpected benefit of selling on Etsy? It’s the ideal platform for a shy seller like her. While some of the moms on our list have opened or are planning to open physical storefronts, Anna’s absolutely fine with being an online-only entrepreneur. “I love the idea that I can stay incognito and be ‘famous’ through my handcrafts,” she says.

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