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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- #2 Vintage
Owner: Emily Duffelmeyer, mom to Severen, 9 months, living in Michigan
Shop here for: Vintage and antique jewelry, focused on the 1920s–1940s
Signature Item: Vintage Lockets, $48+
Before becoming an Etsy “Featured Seller”, Emily was a buyer for a specialty food retailer. Turns out, the food biz isn’t too different from the jewelry one. “I loved the mechanics of the business — buying, selling, marketing, accounting — and wanted to go into business for myself,” she says.
When Emily worked in a “day” job, vintage jewelry was more appropriate to wear on a daily basis than vintage clothing, and she naturally started to become a connoisseur and collector. Eventually, her Etsy shop was born, and she now shares her passion for vintage pieces with her customers. Her favorite experience on Etsy was the time she sent one of her vintage finds right back to its source: “I once got to ship a pre-WWII German Art Deco necklace back to Germany, which felt very poignant,” she says. “After a long time away, the jewelry gets to go home.”