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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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Old Time Pickers

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012




The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owner: Cindy, mother of two grown daughters with one grandchild, living in Kentucky

Shop here for: Vintage, industrial items with rustic charm — think wooden crates, barrels and letterpress trays

Signature Item: Wooden crates, $44

Cindy’s family has a long tradition of curating beautiful objects — also known as “picking.” “It’s respecting our heritage to pick items from the past and allowing them to be embraced and appreciated in the present,” she says. Moving the venture online just felt like the next step; now customers from around the globe can find something from Old Time Pickers’ variety of homespun, vintage stock.

Cindy runs the shop with her husband Jeff, and with business booming, the couple has plans to open another Etsy shop featuring original, handmade and up-cycled items. What appeals to Cindy most about the online gig? She appreciates the kind comments she gets from customers, especially one who called their packaging “bomb-proof” in a glowing review. “We know how to pick — and how to pack,” Cindy says. Now that’s service.

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