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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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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Melissa, mom to daughter in 4th grade, living in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Shop here for: Modern vintage and handcrafted home decor, including clocks, mobiles and plant hangars

Signature Item: Finnish-style, slow-turning mobiles, like the Himmeli no. 1 Hanging Mobile, $59

To Melissa, an interior designer-turned-mom, Etsy means constant support and an encouraging community. “I am so appreciative of the opportunity they have provided and make it a goal to not take that for granted,” she says. How does she find inspiration for future AMRadio items? With a sketch notebook that never leaves her side. “There are times I wish I could shut my mind off to ideas, but then again, it never hurts to dream big,” she says.

If you’re looking for an unusual, holiday-themed gift this year, take a look at Melissa’s unique mobile ornaments, which come in a sweet set of 8.

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