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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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Sushipot Vintage

The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012

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The Top 50 Etsy Parents, 2012Owners: Suzanna Scott, 37, mom to Lizzie Claire, 7, living in Manhattan, Kansas

Shop here for: Antique playthings, like vintage blocks, games and tin tea sets

Signature Item: Tin Toy Teacups, $18

While Suzanna primarily curates vintage toys in her Etsy space, she also has the talent for creating beautiful things herself; she holds a B.A. in fine art and studied sculpture while in college. Clearly her eye for art helps her collect pieces that her customers crave — online, she lists her “current crushes” on clowns, quilts, board games and patchwork, among others — but she says that Etsy itself is an integral part of the puzzle: “Etsy is magical. It has enabled me to stay home with my daughter, homeschool her, work as a full-time artist and support my family while my husband obtains his PhD in Economics.” Her husband’s student stipend and Suzanna’s two Etsy shops (she creates original collage and assemblage works at sushipot) combine to provide her family’s income.

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