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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Shop here for: Quirky gift packaging, crafting, and party supplies
Signature Item: Glitter twine, a natural cotton and metallic twine, $14
Sometimes, taking time off from your 9-to-5 is the best way to discover your passions. Like many moms on maternity leave, Erin felt her priorities shift after the birth of her first son— away from hour-long commutes and late workdays. “It took several months of planning, but Knot & Bow was created while I was holding Dean in my lap,” she says. “I was researching a few business ideas and realized that I was more interested in the packaging for my potential products than the products themselves.”
Her fans certainly are, too. In just over 2 years, Erin’s sold 7,500 items, with a whopping tenfold growth in her second year of business. Over 50 retail outlets now carry her products, including Liberty of London. She thanks Etsy for helping her achieve this without a formal marketing strategy, much less a publicity staff. “A huge portion of my site views come from searches within Etsy,” she says.