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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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Drowsy Swords

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner:Rebecca Price, 35, mom to son Solomon, 10, and daughter Una, 7, living in Portland, OregonShop here for: Homespun-feeling, vintage afghans, blankets, and rugs

Signature Item: Vintage Afghan rainbow blanket, $60

This single mom started out on eBay doing Internet resales, but it was only when she transitioned to Etsy three years ago that her small business started to boom. “Being self-employed and working from home allows me to do the most for my kids,” Rebecca says. “Being a single mom, it’s one less place to go and makes my life much more manageable.”

Today, Drowsy Swords boasts a beautiful selection of over 500 granny-chic vintage afghans and other home goods, and the “crafty, appreciative small business community” Rebecca found on the site has served her well. She’ll even make local deliveries for customers who live around Portland.

Next up on her to-do list? Adding a vintage book and paper store to her Etsy profile, and growing her vintage children’s clothes collection. And for the record, Rebecca doesn’t miss the old e-commerce world one bit: “[People on Etsy] are much nicer than people on eBay. I have had some wonderful interactions with my customers.”

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