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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, 2012Owners: Araya Jensen, mom to a daughter, 5, and son, 2, living in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Shop here for: Wooden housewares, like bowls and candle-holders

Signature Item: Wooden salad bowls, $169

Today, Etsy provides half of the family income for Araya’s family of four – but like many moms we’re featuring, she hadn’t planned for her shop to take off. After being laid off while 7 months pregnant, Araya was looking for a way to relieve stress. Her career was in kitchen and bath design, and when she couldn’t find the perfect spoons for her own kitchen, she simply made her own. “I got lots of compliments on them from friends, family and clients, so I decided to put them on Etsy,” Araya says. “All of a sudden they started selling like crazy.” Aray quickly stopped her job search, and with recent mentions in Real Simple magazine and on the Daily Candy blog, she seems to be thriving as her own boss.

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