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Quit Your Day Job: Maejean Vintage

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Tell us about your shop and the idea behind it.
Our shop is MaejeanVINTAGE, it is run by my sister and me. Our shop carries an assortment of vintage fashion, accessories, supplies, and décor!

Tell us how you discovered Etsy.
My sister and I discovered Etsy a few years ago from one of her friends who raved about it. We decided to list this adorable 1980s black jumper to see what the selling experience was like here. The jumper sold in about a month and we were instantly hooked on Etsy! We sold on Etsy for a few years as a hobby, under a different shop name, then we opened MaejeanVINTAGE in May 2010.

What steps did you take to prepare for transitioning into full time Etsy selling?
My previous job was teaching full-day kindergarten at an urban school in Pennsylvania.  I loved it, but last June my position was eliminated. Many schools in PA (and throughout the U.S.) are laying off teachers due to budget cuts. So I began substitute teaching full time, just as I did right out of college, which felt like a big step backwards. However, since I didn’t have all the grading and lesson plans to tend to in the afternoons and evenings, I started putting a lot more time into our Etsy shop. The results were amazing! I couldn’t believe the amount of sales and traffic our shop was starting to get. Our listings were being featured in countless treasuries, and we even had items showing up on Etsy’s homepage. So, I made the decision to stop substitute teaching and see what things would look like if I worked full time on our Etsy shop. After a few weeks, I made the decision to permanently take my name off of all the school’s subbing lists and work full time on our vintage Etsy shop. Our shop just kept on getting busier!

The transition felt very natural. I didn’t prepare for it months in advance, but my sister and I consulted one of our family members who is a certified public accountant to assist us with making the jump from selling on Etsy as a hobby to selling on Etsy as a full-time business. He was very helpful with explaining bookkeeping and legalities. We are also fortunate that our mother has tons of bookkeeping experience. She makes sure to lovingly nag me at least every week to make sure I am keeping up with all the paperwork. It is good she stays on my case, though!

What is your favorite part of the process in sourcing and selling vintage goods?
Oh my, we love it all! It honestly doesn’t even feel like “work.” One of our favorite parts of this is probably going to estate sales and public auctions. The hunt of vintage and antique items is quite a thrill!

What is your favorite era to score finds from?
To us, each decade has its own special appeal. I have been into early 1900s art deco jewelry recently — probably a little too much because I have been keeping most pieces for myself! My sister Amanda is really into 1980s short floral dresses. She also has a soft spot for fascinator hats.

Any tips for hunting down great vintage items?
We have had some of our best vintage finds at estate sales, public auctions, thrift stores and yard sales. No matter where were find our treasures, there is a lot of digging involved. I think remaining patient is essential for finding vintage goods. Sometimes we spend an entire day at an estate sale. Typically, when we go to thrift stores, we spend a minimum of two hours searching. Unfortunately, sometimes you go home empty handed, but next time you could be going home with a car full of amazing items.

What are your best marketing tips?

  • Utilize social networking sites! We have had plenty of customers who joined Etsy and made a purchase from us because they found us elsewhere.
  • We are big on customer service. We both have the Etsy app on our cell phones, so we try to answer customers’ questions immediately.
  • We offer a discount to all return customers.  Many of our customers do come back and shop with us again! We love repeat customers and actually getting to know them.
  • We spend time analyzing our shop statistics, looking at popular keywords, which items are getting the most views, trends in sales, and so forth. It is helpful to know which items are in the highest demand and try to meet that demand.
  • We also try to stay active in Etsy Teams. We ended up being featured on Etsy’s homepage and Etsy emails a few times, due to being involved in Etsy Teams.

What’s been your most popular item or line of items to date?
Our best sellers are vintage costume jewelry, mid-century jewelry boxes, and retro purses. The vintage jewelry boxes are in such high demand, it is hard to keep them in stock!

Made any business mistakes you regret?
A business mistake I have made several times is underpricing our goods. I really love giving customers awesome deals, but I have to be fair to myself also, especially since this is my full-time career. I recently sold two Lucille de Paris crocodile purses for about a fourth of what their retail value is. My sister was on my case about that one! We have also made a few uh-ohs at auctions by accidently bidding on different lots than we intended to. We have ended up with some very interesting items from this, as well as some lofty donations for Goodwill!

What is the biggest challenge you face during your daily schedule?
I have a fairly short attention span, so staying focused can be an obstacle for me. Sometimes I will list a few items, then get distracted with something unrelated to the business. I now use a stability ball to sit on which helps me focus (a trick from the teaching world!). The exercise ball forces me to sit upright, engages my muscles, and when I need to, I can bounce around on it.

What’s the hardest part about running your own business?
Although we love being entrepreneurs, sometimes sales will plummet for a few days and it can be a bit discouraging. However, things always come around again and we keep figuring out more efficient ways to do things. Additionally, being self-employed has been a lot less stressful than any of the 9-5 jobs I have worked, hands down.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job?
I enjoy virtually everything about not having a day job; there are countless perks! I oftentimes work in my PJs, and sometimes even with a green tea avocado mask smeared on my face. However, my favorite part is the flexibility. I can see my friends and family more, volunteer, play with our chihuahua, and spend more time with my wonderful boyfriend. I do try my best to work 40 hours a week, but it is amazing to pick exactly when I want to work. Of course, it is also amazing not having a boss to report to!

What is the most exciting thing that has come out of selling your goods through Etsy? Hearing the heartfelt stories from customers we have done business with. It is so fulfilling to hear how meaningful items from our shop are to customers. We have had customers buy vintage jewelry that their great-grandma used to have. We have even worked with customers who lost a precious piece of vintage heirloom jewelry and were able to replace it with a virtually identical item from our shop. We have also worked with individuals in charge of costume and design for major films and theatre productions. The customers we have worked with are so friendly and grateful!

What advice would you give someone considering a similar path?
I would suggest trying it as a hobby or part-time job, and seeing what it can expand into. Check and gauge if it is something you could see yourself doing every day. It takes a lot of self-motivation and passion! Luckily, there is demand for vintage and antique goods and I don’t ever foresee that changing. I also think that selling online (especially on Etsy!) is a lot more cost-effective than opening an actual storefront downtown. In the last few years, it seems more and more individuals are doing their shopping online.

What goals do you have in store for the future of your business?
A short-term goal we have is to have at least 500 items listed in our shop by February. A long-term goal is for my sister Amanda to start working with me full time after she graduates from college. She will have a degree in business, so she will really help take our business to the next level.  Another short-term goal is to do more advertising — my sister is already working on this! We are also considering opening a second shop which would specialize in vintage supplies: beads, repair jewelry lots, mismatched earrings, findings, and so forth.

Anything else you would like to share?
I have a wooden plaque right on my work desk that says “dream.”  Every morning while drinking my coffee, I look at that sign and smile because my dream has become a reality! Furthermore, we want to give a huge thank you to Etsy for providing an awesome online marketplace for handmade, vintage and supplies!

Thanks for sharing your story, Laura Mae and Amanda Jean. Check out their work in the Seller’s Items below.

Seller Handbook | Quit Your Day Job Series

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush says:

    So excited to see a vintage shop here! Love the shop, you've got some great pieces!

    2 years ago

  • KaiceJoy

    KaiceJoy says:

    So enjoyed reading your feature! Congrats! You have a wonderful shop!! Keep it up!!

    2 years ago

  • ashleymalo

    ashleymalo says:

    I have quit my dayjob also selling vintage items. Feels good to have your customers truly cared for by a person instead of some huge organization without a face.

    2 years ago

  • BlueMoonLights

    BlueMoonLights says:

    So happy for you! Congrats!!! Love your shop!!

    2 years ago

  • gypsiedoodle

    gypsiedoodle says:

    Share some of the art deco items - I LOVE ART DECO TOO! Congrats on the feature and quitting your day jobs!

    2 years ago

  • noraalice

    noraalice says:

    I wish I had a room full of vintage sparkles. Great article!

    2 years ago

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes says:

    Congrats, it's a huge plunge to do etsy full time. I agree, the days when sales are low can be really discouraging... but it really does help to make me think about ways to boost business through advertising/new items etc. It's so uncertain but I love being my own boss.

    2 years ago

  • VampedUpCouture

    VampedUpCouture says:

    Grats! Love your shop! Isn't having a sister fun!

    2 years ago

  • driftforever

    driftforever says:

    Loved reading your story! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • owlgypsy

    owlgypsy says:

    I LOVE THIS! The story and the shop! So amazing!

    2 years ago

  • uniquefabricgifts

    uniquefabricgifts says:

    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Your items are beautiful! Congratulations to both of you!

    2 years ago

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage says:

    you guys are adorable. love the sister thing! and love seeing those drawers you keep everything organized in -- great idea and great to meet you!

    2 years ago

  • adrianaallenllc

    adrianaallenllc says:

    I love your collection! Great work indeed. Enjoy your success and the opportunity to work with family! Best wishes to both of you!

    2 years ago

  • bowtieco

    bowtieco says:

    So exciting, congrats!

    2 years ago

  • littlelauren

    littlelauren says:

    What a great feature! Yall are an inspiration :) I appreciate that you were so forthcomming in giving really technical useful information. thanks!

    2 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    CONGRATS!!!

    2 years ago

  • terrihvaught

    terrihvaught says:

    Love seeing another vintage shop featured on quit your day job, I lost my job to downsizing in september and i'm looking but not having much luck. I hope that i can quit my day job and do etsy full time. I'm working on it. Love your shop congrats on the feature, much sucess!!

    2 years ago

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets says:

    Yippie! Great story,love it!

    2 years ago

  • NannyMadeandfound

    NannyMadeandfound says:

    I dream of being able to quit my day job as well. It has been such a drain on me, feels like I'm suffocating sometimes. Thank you for the reminder that is really is possible to make this a profitable full time job.... that is way more exciting and rewarding that sitting in an office "working for the man". I know it takes a ton of determination and focus to get there, but I know it's work it. Congrats on how well this is going for you

    2 years ago

  • tarikyousef

    tarikyousef says:

    Great Story, Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump says:

    Congrats on being featured! I love, love, love to read about other vintage sellers. Wishing you much continued success! <3

    2 years ago

  • artworkbycatherine

    artworkbycatherine says:

    So encouraging! Thanks for sharing your story and tips. You've motivated me! Catherine Denton

    2 years ago

  • AronaDesigns

    AronaDesigns says:

    Wonderful story! You're very lucky to be able to work together as siblings.

    2 years ago

  • UrbanLotusJewelry

    UrbanLotusJewelry says:

    An inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • NittyGrittyVintage

    NittyGrittyVintage says:

    You Go girls!! Proud for you....:) Blessings!

    2 years ago

  • madebygracifer

    madebygracifer says:

    Ladies, you have inspired me!! Keep it up!!

    2 years ago

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage says:

    What a great shop, trying to get my shop together, you both have motivated me. I will be doing mine full time since I don't have a day job now, retired. Keep up the good work and have fun.

    2 years ago

  • rosebudsvintage

    rosebudsvintage says:

    Keep up the good work, you are a motivation for me to get opened since I now am retired. Way to go, Kudos!

    2 years ago

  • Rt9NJvintageFun

    Rt9NJvintageFun says:

    Congratulations on your success, sounds like you have a great focus/plan and are having Fun. Motivation/hard-work/Fun/success

    2 years ago

  • lavendergardencottag

    lavendergardencottag says:

    I'm thrilled to see a vintage ship here! When I grow up I want to be just like you!

    2 years ago

  • Zaheroux

    Zaheroux says:

    I love all the Quit Your Day Job articles but this one is my favorite so far! There is something different about how you fell into Etsy full-time that was really incredible to read! Congrats on yoru success and good fortune to you both!!

    2 years ago

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie says:

    Such a great shop and story! Congrats!!!

    2 years ago

  • EcoChicHandKnits

    EcoChicHandKnits says:

    Such a fun read! This is making me want to go thrifting! Congratulations on the feature.

    2 years ago

  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria says:

    Wow! I love seeing the photos of how you have organized everything. Lots of goodies to look through. Congrats to your shop and feature.

    2 years ago

  • rtistmary

    rtistmary says:

    Such a wonderful shop!! You have inspired me.:-)

    2 years ago

  • SimplyCottageChic

    SimplyCottageChic says:

    So wonderful to have another VINTAGE shop featured! I love your shop and your prices are great! Fill up your shop I see many sales in your future :) Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • TickleBebe

    TickleBebe says:

    congratulations! May you and your sister be blessed!

    2 years ago

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime says:

    Congratulations.

    2 years ago

  • SugarBabyStore

    SugarBabyStore says:

    Oh how wonderful! I love your shop! Congratulations to the both of you!

    2 years ago

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign says:

    Congrats!!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • UpstateHerbWorks

    UpstateHerbWorks says:

    Congratulations! Nice job.

    2 years ago

  • CANTERWICK

    CANTERWICK says:

    Well done girls! Congratulations on the feature! ~Gnome

    2 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Congrats on your feature!

    2 years ago

  • priya123

    priya123 says:

    Congrats ! Love the story & shop :)

    2 years ago

  • VonlenskaVintage

    VonlenskaVintage says:

    her bouncing ball strategy is awesome :) congrats guys!

    2 years ago

  • BombshellKittens

    BombshellKittens says:

    Great advice, thanks! Love your approach and your site!

    2 years ago

  • HappyWhoos

    HappyWhoos says:

    Great article! Love a lot of your vintage items - especially the dresses. Congrats and best of luck with everything! :)

    2 years ago

  • silkexpert

    silkexpert says:

    An interesting article. . as well as the comments. Good luck to you both. Judy B

    2 years ago

  • PoppyandPearlCo

    PoppyandPearlCo says:

    thank you for sharing, your story is inspiring!!! love your shop <3

    2 years ago

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka says:

    Great article!

    2 years ago

  • birdie1

    birdie1 says:

    Your workspace looks so well organized! Congratulations on a great interview.

    2 years ago

  • JingleDingleDangle

    JingleDingleDangle says:

    Good for each of you and for taking your "dreams" to reality!

    2 years ago

  • shoptsarevna

    shoptsarevna says:

    Congratulations!! I am very happy for you. Thank you for helping confirm that it is possible to only do what you love!

    2 years ago

  • Heysailorvintage

    Heysailorvintage says:

    Congrats! Definitely an Etsy success story : )

    2 years ago

  • hiphuggie

    hiphuggie says:

    Well said! It is exactly how I feel. It really doesn't feel like work.... Congratulationns! Jill

    2 years ago

  • friendlygreenfrog

    friendlygreenfrog says:

    The change of processed sounds very hard to image But somethings that you did is right and Amaze for this Vintage shop Congratulations success .

    2 years ago

  • jefrist

    jefrist says:

    This is amazing & inspiring. Great interview, great thoughts, great dream! :) Thank you for sharing and congrats on your past, present, and future successes!

    2 years ago

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection says:

    Every time I read a story like this I get more excited and feel like I'm moving closer to the same thing! Your shop is amazing. Hitting 500 will be a breeze.... Congratulations and thanks for all the wonderful information Monica TheIDConnection Antiques Rule!

    2 years ago

  • RockTheCustard

    RockTheCustard says:

    Your feature is great! Very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering says:

    SUPER SHWEET!

    2 years ago

  • glitterfrogdesigns

    glitterfrogdesigns says:

    I love your items, but even more, I love how excited you seem to be doing what you're doing! Great job and congratulations!!

    2 years ago

  • rachaelnovak

    rachaelnovak says:

    This is so inspiring! So glad you are both finding success and enjoying yourselves!

    2 years ago

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    EggMoneyQuilts says:

    How great you and your sister get to work together in an awesome shop! Glad you are able to live your "dream"!

    2 years ago

  • MelBandeira

    MelBandeira says:

    Thanks for sharing girls!Great tips, very inspiring, congrats!

    2 years ago

  • NicoleNicoletta

    NicoleNicoletta says:

    great article! thanks for sharing your story!

    2 years ago

  • gilbug1

    gilbug1 says:

    I love reading articles about fellow vintage shops! Great job Maejean!

    2 years ago

  • glusk

    glusk says:

    Lovely store and article! It does make me concerned and sad to hear about so many teachers being laid off in the US because of budget cuts.

    2 years ago

  • oldish

    oldish says:

    Oh, sounds so great. Agree on this one: It honestly doesn’t even feel like “work.” SO VERY TRUE! Everyone should have a job like this...

    2 years ago

  • JasmineLund

    JasmineLund says:

    Too awesome. I can't even imagine actually taking my shop to full time - but my shop isn't vintage. That would be a ton of fun to try for a month or so. :o)

    2 years ago

  • AvasYellowRainBoots

    AvasYellowRainBoots says:

    Love some of your great finds MaejeanVINTAGE, great to hear you're doing it full time!

    2 years ago

  • MaejeanVINTAGE

    MaejeanVINTAGE says:

    Thanks for the love everyone! :-)

    2 years ago

  • SusiesBoutiqueTLC

    SusiesBoutiqueTLC says:

    Great article. Congratulations. Wonderful finds.

    2 years ago

  • thesilkmaid

    thesilkmaid says:

    Thank you girls you have been really inspiring!!

    2 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

    Congrats on the quit your day job feature! it is lots of hard work... but it looks like you are doing it well! many happy sales and much success to you both!

    2 years ago

  • funkyjunkyart

    funkyjunkyart says:

    Congrats!!!

    2 years ago

  • AbleAprons

    AbleAprons says:

    So inspiring! Congratulations! :-)

    2 years ago

  • shama

    shama says:

    I love your shop <3 All the best :)!!!

    2 years ago

  • jrhaynie

    jrhaynie says:

    So inspiring! Wish you the best!

    2 years ago

  • ScrappyStuffShop

    ScrappyStuffShop says:

    So inspiring!! "Additionally, being self-employed has been a lot less stressful than any of the 9-5 jobs I have worked, hands down." I can only imagine how true that is and can't wait to transition into a full time shop myself.

    2 years ago

  • DawnMarieHoward

    DawnMarieHoward says:

    As a fellow vintage seller, I have found this interview to be very inspirational! Thanks girls! ♥

    2 years ago

  • CynaBeryl

    CynaBeryl says:

    great job!

    2 years ago

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns says:

    Great interview and great shop!

    2 years ago

  • thejewelstreet

    thejewelstreet says:

    Interesting Interview !! You sisters are really blessed :) Good luck !!

    2 years ago

  • junkgarden

    junkgarden says:

    Very nice. I'm a huge fan of vintage. Love your shop.

    2 years ago

  • Mapleblondie

    Mapleblondie says:

    Awesome! I am totally trying to figure out a way to turn my passion (painting) into my full-time work on Etsy. I love the idea of it, but worry that I might never make enough to subsist on without having the time FIRST to invest..., and without leaving he weight of finances largely on my fiance while I pursue my dream. Ummm...Was there a certain threshold financially, when you might have felt comfortable making the switch to full-time Etsy, if your job situation hadn't changed? I know it's a personal kind of thing, but any advice from someone who's done it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!!

    2 years ago

  • dilhanaltugdesign

    dilhanaltugdesign says:

    So inspiring! Congrats! :-)

    2 years ago

  • plainjbodyandhome

    plainjbodyandhome says:

    Great story...congrats on being featured!! (I really hope to get to this point someday)

    2 years ago

  • JeezumCrowVintage

    JeezumCrowVintage says:

    Love this, and I am so happy to see a vintage shop featured. Thank you for sharing your tips and story, ladies. :o)

    2 years ago

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    ripecardsandjewelry says:

    Certainly inspirational to see that you can quit your day job and make your Etsy shop your full time biz. A wonderful interview and shop!!

    2 years ago

  • hintstudiostore

    hintstudiostore says:

    cool. I like to cut vintage up and make it something new..good to be able to get old patterns of textiles and update the designs.

    2 years ago

  • DivinelyDesignedBJM

    DivinelyDesignedBJM says:

    Good article! Helps alot!

    2 years ago

  • OliviasButterfly

    OliviasButterfly says:

    This was a great feature! Congrats ladies!

    2 years ago

  • beatroad

    beatroad says:

    Great article, and love how organized you all are! :O

    2 years ago

  • PrettyBloom

    PrettyBloom says:

    So so inspiring!!! Thank u for am amazing interview!!

    2 years ago

  • lillysshoppe

    lillysshoppe says:

    Very inspiring, congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • DebsWhimsicalDesigns

    DebsWhimsicalDesigns says:

    A fantastic interview and gorgeous shop! I love it all!

    2 years ago

  • thumbelinapaint

    thumbelinapaint says:

    Very inspiring! Thanks so much!

    2 years ago

  • loveatfirstnight

    loveatfirstnight says:

    It pays off to be brave! Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • loveatfirstnight

    loveatfirstnight says:

    It really pays to be brave! Congrats.

    2 years ago

  • theletterm

    theletterm says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love your suggestions! xo gina

    2 years ago

  • PiperRiley

    PiperRiley says:

    Very inspiring! Thank you :)

    2 years ago

  • mamma4earth

    mamma4earth says:

    What an amazing story, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth says:

    Great story!! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth says:

    Great story!!!!

    2 years ago

  • 4PennyGirl

    4PennyGirl says:

    Thanks for sharing your story, great advise..

    2 years ago

  • wonderkath

    wonderkath says:

    Congrats! it's great to read about your journey- thanks for the tips!

    2 years ago

  • VictoryJewelry

    VictoryJewelry says:

    Great story and great advice. Wishing you continued success!

    2 years ago

  • BeachHouseLiving

    BeachHouseLiving says:

    Congratulations on the the feature. Thank you for sharing your insights and experiences. Continued success with your business.

    2 years ago

  • redbarnmarketplace

    redbarnmarketplace says:

    Really great stuff - thanks for so many tips!! wishing you much more success in the future!

    2 years ago

  • judithbelloriginals

    judithbelloriginals says:

    outstanding article......loved every word............Judy

    2 years ago

  • Mamasluv

    Mamasluv says:

    A very positive story. Thank you! I am looking forward to the day my dreams come true as well.

    2 years ago

  • peonyandthistle

    peonyandthistle says:

    thanks for sharing! Really interesting to read about your experience!

    2 years ago

  • LunaZen

    LunaZen says:

    "Dream"...love it! Congratulations on your path :)

    2 years ago

  • MVDesignInk

    MVDesignInk says:

    Very inspiring story. Congratulations on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • AlicesPocket

    AlicesPocket says:

    Thank you! This was so encouraging!!!

    2 years ago

  • ascendingthoughts

    ascendingthoughts says:

    Congrats, I do hand lettered items, from vintage lettering to modern and am in the process of defining my brand. It is great to see success stories.

    2 years ago

  • MySweetieBean

    MySweetieBean says:

    Congrats on the feature! It's great to see a vintage seller featured, and your enthusiasm for what you do shines through with every word. Wishing you continued success! =)

    2 years ago

  • TheSnowshoeLoft

    TheSnowshoeLoft says:

    What an amazingly positive story, I too dream of one day leaving the 9-5 rat race! Your story is very inspiring, thanks for sharing it :o)

    2 years ago

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly says:

    I love the tip about the 'stability ball' : )

    2 years ago

  • MissSweetSends

    MissSweetSends says:

    Congrats & appreciate the helpful article. ~MSS

    2 years ago

  • bijubrill

    bijubrill says:

    I adore this article and what they have managed to accomplished! It gave me an impulse to see further and to dream that I can grow my little business. Congrats on the feature!

    2 years ago

  • Outersprays

    Outersprays says:

    This article has really given me hope. Thanks ~Chris Hunt

    2 years ago

  • lesleypainter

    lesleypainter says:

    Thanks for sharing your story. You are inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • WingedWorld

    WingedWorld says:

    Great interview! So inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • ModernDayVintage

    ModernDayVintage says:

    I loved your story and thank you for your suggestions.

    2 years ago

  • MyHappilyEverAfter

    MyHappilyEverAfter says:

    What a great story! Very inspiring ;)

    2 years ago

  • julsofparadise

    julsofparadise says:

    Awesome shop! Much continued success to you both!

    2 years ago

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold says:

    Well done! Lovely shop and very exciting!

    2 years ago

  • SupplyYourSoul

    SupplyYourSoul says:

    Wonderful story! Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • thekingsthings

    thekingsthings says:

    inspiring and helpful business advice!

    2 years ago

  • LANCERIKA

    LANCERIKA says:

    Fabulous vintage story... You girls are adorable :))))

    2 years ago

  • arector10

    arector10 says:

    What an inspiration you two are!!! I just started selling on etsy and you really gave me some great pointers. Thank you so much for sharing! "Love who you are" Ashley

    2 years ago

  • DeLislesRustTreasure

    DeLislesRustTreasure says:

    Very inspiring. You gave great tips that encourage me to keep moving towards my dreams. Thanks. I also love that you two are sisters, which makes a great team and can only produce success.

    2 years ago

  • LunasVintageDesigns

    LunasVintageDesigns says:

    Love your article. It gives me hope for future sales. Congratulations on your success.

    2 years ago

  • fourthfloorvintage

    fourthfloorvintage says:

    Go vintage! I am also living the 'dream' of having a full time job through Etsy and it is fantastic.

    2 years ago

  • TillysLoft

    TillysLoft says:

    Great article, great advice!!

    2 years ago

  • oldwhalingcompany

    oldwhalingcompany says:

    good luck girls!!! Great story!!

    2 years ago

  • nerina52

    nerina52 says:

    wonderful! ... a lot of ideas to think about, the warmth, at home, waiting for spring! Congratulations to the entire team, including Mom! miao...ciao!

    2 years ago

  • hatsbyanne1942

    hatsbyanne1942 says:

    Congratulations on your great success!!!

    2 years ago

  • AnnaDelores

    AnnaDelores says:

    So awesome; very inspirational to another Etsy seller who would LOVE to quit the day job and be her own boss someday! ;)

    2 years ago

  • Dom5780

    Dom5780 says:

    Awesome story..... very inspirational. :-)

    2 years ago

  • desiderium

    desiderium says:

    Thank you for sharing what you have learned! Congrats on doing so well! I lost my job and I am working on building my shop - your advice is appreciated! What a wonderful shop!

    2 years ago

  • popgoesmyvintage

    popgoesmyvintage says:

    Wonderful girls! I love your storage. You have a nice shop and it's great to see young vintage sellers being recognized on Etsy.

    2 years ago

  • cottonridge

    cottonridge says:

    Thank you for sharing your marketing tips, very helpful!

    2 years ago

  • TheTinyElephantStore

    TheTinyElephantStore says:

    Wonderful story! You guys gave some great tips- it seems in the midst of an unknown certainty that a beautiful thing came out of it!

    2 years ago

  • paintdate

    paintdate says:

    Everyone LOVES the true American 'success story' and this is really an inspirational one! Also, the idea of two sisters working together to create a successful business is very heart warming. I really liked the photos of the storage areas ...they look well organized and very pretty! I think that this way of doing business and making a living from it could really be the answer for alot of women, especially with small children at home or in school. Many Congratulations for your work and your success and your 'sharing'!!!----Bobbi

    2 years ago

  • paintdate

    paintdate says:

    This was a very inspirational story and should be a big help to other women looking for a way to make a living and/or add to the family income, especially those who have small children at home. I was so impressed by the storage area that you showed in your photos! Thanks for sharing all of your tips, it is such a help!

    2 years ago

  • whimsy52

    whimsy52 says:

    Dream......That's what I have reminding me that your dream can come true! I see your dream has! I am happy for you. Your story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing with all of us and giving us the hope and inspiration to keep striving for our dreams too!

    2 years ago

  • WitsEndDesign

    WitsEndDesign says:

    What a great success story! Thanks for the motivation and the hope that my little shop can also be so successful :-)

    2 years ago

  • AntiquesPlus

    AntiquesPlus says:

    Reading your article keeps my dream in focus. I too hope to quit my day job and focus on selling vintage pieces on Etsy. I used to have a storefront and I'm still trying to decide if I need to do that again , sell only on Etsy or both. Thanks again for sharing your experiences. Carole

    2 years ago

  • lizten2radio

    lizten2radio says:

    Yes! Love to see something about a vintage shop! Congrats to you guys on making your dreams come true! Best of luck!

    2 years ago

  • newsprout

    newsprout says:

    awsome story - well done. thanks

    2 years ago

  • BurashiArt

    BurashiArt says:

    I love it when you see family members making something work! Continued success!

    2 years ago

  • MediaVuelta

    MediaVuelta says:

    This is great! I recently quit my day job in hopes of achieving similar success through etsy! So inspiring! :)

    2 years ago

  • natgirona

    natgirona says:

    So great to see young people getting things going these days, congratulations and thanks for sharing your experiences, keep on working, it really pays of in the end

    2 years ago

  • MakingDayDreams

    MakingDayDreams says:

    These women seem like lots of fun and like they found the perfect niche for themselves. Great inspiring story! Thanks for sharing. :)

    2 years ago

  • LoveMyVintageBazaar

    LoveMyVintageBazaar says:

    Great to have a vintage seller featured! Thanks for the inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • Toshisworld

    Toshisworld says:

    Congratulations! Very nice interview and so inspirational!

    2 years ago

  • thewomensrepublic

    thewomensrepublic says:

    Love seeing a vintage story here and it is great that you have a family business:) So into art deco and 1900's-20's jewelry too! I find selling vintage it is indeed really hard not to keep stuff for your own collection!

    2 years ago

  • babybirdvintage

    babybirdvintage says:

    It's nice to read about another Etsy seller quitting their day job! It's so liberating! I'm also glad you wrote that part about feeling discouraged when sales are down for a day or two. My heart sinks every time we have a no sale day! I'm glad I'm not the only one. Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • MyVintageAlcove

    MyVintageAlcove says:

    Congratulations to you both! Amazing article & great inspiration to me. Much success for both of your shops!!

    2 years ago

  • sharonbe

    sharonbe says:

    Dream. . . oh, yes. Your shop is terrific.

    2 years ago

  • Chantelandme

    Chantelandme says:

    Wonderful, inspiring interview! Thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • steelmyart

    steelmyart says:

    Such and inspiring story! Thank you for dreaming :)

    2 years ago

  • giftforallseasons

    giftforallseasons says:

    Inspiring interview...thank you for sharing your insights, and dreams.

    2 years ago

  • AlpineGypsy

    AlpineGypsy says:

    Fun shop, and great attitude! Congratulations. Heidi

    2 years ago

  • TheStudioElle

    TheStudioElle says:

    Mazel Tov!! A great story in these economic times!!! Best wishes for continued happiness and success!!

    2 years ago

  • brookesullivan

    brookesullivan says:

    That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • hingedjewelry

    hingedjewelry says:

    Awesome, inspiring and keepin' it real. Thanks for the insight! Best wishes!

    2 years ago

  • eOvu

    eOvu says:

    yeay! thank you for sharing! this was really helpful!

    2 years ago

  • theTurquoiseIris

    theTurquoiseIris says:

    Thank you for sharing your story!

    2 years ago

  • lottiepitts

    lottiepitts says:

    Thanks for such an inspiring story. I am looking forward to quitting my day job. LOL

    2 years ago

  • termu

    termu says:

    Good luck !

    2 years ago

  • loveshappyhour

    loveshappyhour says:

    Great interview girls!! It was very informative and also very motivating!! Thanks for sharing!!

    2 years ago

  • xchilds

    xchilds says:

    So inspiring! Your shop is absolutely wonderful! Your advice was just what I needed to keep things in perspective. I need a plaque myself that says "dream" to remind myself everyday why I am doing what I do. Congratulations on your success!

    2 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    Thanks so much for your open sharing !

    2 years ago

  • katietwoshoesvintage

    katietwoshoesvintage says:

    What a great feature - so much good info here. Beautiful shop...thanks for all the tips!

    2 years ago

  • TheWhiteBarnStudio

    TheWhiteBarnStudio says:

    Congrats!! I love the "Sisterly love", you girls rock. I'm off to dig out my exercise ball now.... :)

    2 years ago

  • ValintheValley

    ValintheValley says:

    Well that was a very helpful read ! Thank you for sharing those wonderful tips and experience. As a vintage seller myself and for not that long, this was really worth reading ! Val

    2 years ago

  • AlderEgo

    AlderEgo says:

    Thanks for reminding us all to keep tabs on our "dreams!" Your story was inspiring and encouraging. Just what I needed today! Congratulations and continued success to both of you!

    2 years ago

  • WhatIWishedFor

    WhatIWishedFor says:

    Wonderful story! I hope you have all success! I've been worried about charging too much, too. I"m one of those people who likes to make something but hates to charge, (My husband has never been too happy about that). . . . You give me new confidence!

    2 years ago

  • VintageHaven

    VintageHaven says:

    Great to see a vintage shop featured here. Great photos and an interesting story.

    2 years ago

  • PruAtelier

    PruAtelier says:

    Great article on a sister duo....wishing my sister was still here to pad the bumps in the road a bit, as my day job quit me a year ago!

    2 years ago

  • ThePassionatePearl

    ThePassionatePearl says:

    Thanks so much MaeJean for great advice. I also always offer discount to my return customers. I think many do not pay attention to the Coupon but some really enjoy these. It's a wonderful thing when you get return customers...it always makes my day

    2 years ago

  • sophienme

    sophienme says:

    Thank you for the inspiring post!

    2 years ago

  • oneclosetcat

    oneclosetcat says:

    Wonderful interview, thank you for sharing your tips!

    2 years ago

  • ReveBedding

    ReveBedding says:

    enjoyed the post sisters and glad to hear you are out there doing what you enjoy.

    2 years ago

  • AnnaTereDesigns

    AnnaTereDesigns says:

    Thanks for sharing, you inspired me.

    2 years ago

  • cartelle

    cartelle says:

    Great to see a vintage shop here!

    2 years ago

  • KookiiBoutique

    KookiiBoutique says:

    Aww congrats! Very inspiring to hear of etsy success as I've only just started trading! Wish u best of success! Love the advocate face mask bit :) might try it at home tomorrow whilst doing listings =)

    2 years ago

  • SecondGoAround

    SecondGoAround says:

    I love vintage too! I liked reading your story, and wish you both continued success with your shop.

    2 years ago

  • TheFaintingGoats

    TheFaintingGoats says:

    Love your story!

    2 years ago

  • denisefenwick

    denisefenwick says:

    Many things that you write resonate strongly with me. Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. Hope your business continues to grow. Best wishes

    2 years ago

  • ninalara

    ninalara says:

    I agree, that some people on ETSY underprice their items. Looking at all the time you spend on making things, hunting for tresures and maintaining your shop - all this time needs to be paid!

    2 years ago

  • LOLLIDAYsPROJECTs

    LOLLIDAYsPROJECTs says:

    Inspirational! After reading your story, I have more faith on my dream! Thanks so much fir sharing it .. It really made my day : ) More success for both of you!

    2 years ago

  • jessicakertel1

    jessicakertel1 says:

    Reading this was truly inspiring to me. Thank you so much for sharing it with us all. Congratulations and best wishes to you both always!!! Jessica

    2 years ago

  • EarFascinators

    EarFascinators says:

    Great Inspiration!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • EggSong

    EggSong says:

    What a terrific story! Inspiring!! :)

    2 years ago

  • twwd2008

    twwd2008 says:

    Great! Keep up the good work! You two are Awesome!!!

    2 years ago

  • MrsNowak7

    MrsNowak7 says:

    I love this! I'm a teacher too and I know all about the job cuts and stability balls :) Thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • chantalmarieliving

    chantalmarieliving says:

    Great story! Good luck to you too. I hope one day I will be able to say the same.

    2 years ago

  • marieshields1

    marieshields1 says:

    Hi, Thanks for your sharing, I love to read your story. You have a beautiful shop, congratulation:)

    2 years ago

  • SeinFelt

    SeinFelt says:

    What a wonderful story and so encouraging. I have not ventured into the social media sphere, but I am starting to think that is the only way! Xo, V

    2 years ago

  • ashcreeknativities

    ashcreeknativities says:

    Thanks for sharing -- ETSY has literally opened up new worlds for us.

    2 years ago

  • wangu

    wangu says:

    Congratulations! Awersone~Great story

    2 years ago

  • UrbanTickle

    UrbanTickle says:

    Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • MilwaukeeBlacksmith

    MilwaukeeBlacksmith says:

    Great story! Thank you for all your details and inspiration!

    2 years ago

  • gpnexxus

    gpnexxus says:

    Thanks for sharing your story! We are in the same path of thinking and i am in the crossroad to decide if i should make it full time job as you did. Good luck! George

    2 years ago

  • PourToujours

    PourToujours says:

    Merci for all the wonderful advices. Félicitations!

    2 years ago

  • RockOnGeorge

    RockOnGeorge says:

    You have a very inspiring story, it gives me hope!!

    2 years ago

  • filigreepheasant

    filigreepheasant says:

    I love this part that you wrote: "I really love giving customers awesome deals, but I have to be fair to myself also, especially since this is my full-time career." Your story is wonderful and inspiring! Thank you!!

    2 years ago

  • peonyexpressions

    peonyexpressions says:

    Wonderful story and so special that you are sisters and working together. I learned a lot and love your store.

    2 years ago

  • NANCYSANTIQUES

    NANCYSANTIQUES says:

    I am retire and always wanted to have my own business. I am not as lucky as you that you have a wonderful partner to work with. But I love having my own store and like you said the hours are great. I love your write up Wishing all your dreams to come true.

    2 years ago

  • Myflowerhead

    Myflowerhead says:

    Love all of your things:) Great story!

    2 years ago

  • eileenheneghan

    eileenheneghan says:

    Your shop is so lovely. Such an inspiring story. Sisters are wonderful, after reading this I am prompted to call my sister and thank her for all she does for me.

    2 years ago

  • PeruLilyCrafts

    PeruLilyCrafts says:

    This is quite the success story! Congratulations to you both. I've also gleaned many good tips from your story. You two are an inspiration to us all! :)

    2 years ago

  • DoSymphony

    DoSymphony says:

    I am walking similar path as you and still working full time for the time being. Your story gave me a lot of inspiration and good suggestions. I do hope one day I can do as successful as you. Thanks for your great sharing!

    2 years ago

  • RonaCraftworks

    RonaCraftworks says:

    Really interesting and inspirational, thanks for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • RouDesigns

    RouDesigns says:

    Nice job! Congratulations!

    2 years ago

  • owlclaycreations

    owlclaycreations says:

    What a great story !! Hope one day I can be so lucky. or smart which ever comes first.....

    2 years ago

  • delightfuldownsizing

    delightfuldownsizing says:

    What an inspiring interview!! LOVE it! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • dubarrydesigns

    dubarrydesigns says:

    just thought I would add my congrats to the myriad you have already received. This was a delightful story - loved the happy positive photographs of you two - happy sisters working together - really nice. best of luck forever!

    2 years ago

  • shellsherree

    shellsherree says:

    A very beautiful story... thank you! It's so heartwarming to see sisters sharing something like this together. All the best to you and yours.

    2 years ago

  • umaslady

    umaslady says:

    Great story *_*

    2 years ago

  • Travelher

    Travelher says:

    very inspiring story!

    2 years ago

  • EnglishShop

    EnglishShop says:

    Amazing story - I love everything in your shop ! Great job Xx

    2 years ago

  • artlj

    artlj says:

    Love your story and you shop! Thank you for sharing. 加油!means keep it up!!!

    2 years ago

  • sofargone

    sofargone says:

    One of my favorite stories =) Thanks for posting.

    2 years ago

  • karenbailey158

    karenbailey158 says:

    I loved your article. I amr new on etsy. I make homemade products. Blessed babies blankets and burp clothes sets. Also make items from recycled products. I will use some of your advise for my adventure. Good job.

    2 years ago

  • bibsnbobs

    bibsnbobs says:

    Motivational story, thank you.

    2 years ago

  • silkysuds

    silkysuds says:

    Great story! What a wonderful thing Etsy is. Keep up the great work!

    2 years ago

  • silkysuds

    silkysuds says:

    Thanks for the inspiring story. Etsy is wonderful.

    2 years ago

  • MullansallaghDesigns

    MullansallaghDesigns says:

    Congrats! Your story's very inspirational!

    2 years ago

  • carolinemixon

    carolinemixon says:

    Oooh. I wonder if our alpaca baby items needs full time nurturing?thanks for the boost. Caroline and Alpaca 4 Baby Team

    2 years ago

  • thebirdandelephant

    thebirdandelephant says:

    Thanks for the in-depth interview. I really like the pic of your organized storage area; great tips here! Best to you!

    2 years ago

  • lunartis

    lunartis says:

    So inspiring! I think I will get that bouncy ball from the attic and get good use out of it :-) Such great tips! Thanks, Monica xxx

    2 years ago

  • FreshRetroGallery

    FreshRetroGallery says:

    Vintage is interesting—a time test of good design—provides joy of memories and offers a glimpse of our roots. MaejeanVINTAGE is a shop fun to browse. Thanks for the story.

    2 years ago

  • Pakbrat

    Pakbrat says:

    Awesome advice.....your story is an inspiration for me.

    2 years ago

  • jessicagibson1

    jessicagibson1 says:

    Loved the advice and good luck to you this year!!!

    2 years ago

  • julieboxjones

    julieboxjones says:

    I'm just getting started with my shop and your story is very exciting to me. Good luck!

    2 years ago

  • karencurrier

    karencurrier says:

    Congrats on your success. It has inspired me to put more effort into my own shop. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • TUSKE

    TUSKE says:

    Very inspiring! How exciting to have all of that jewelry around all the time! Congratulations.

    2 years ago

  • edith

    edith says:

    Thank you for this story, it's very inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • Theglittersource

    Theglittersource says:

    I love your story! Two beautiful sisters working together is awesome. I love your products and the way you organized your shop as well.

    2 years ago

  • feliceshappydesigns

    feliceshappydesigns says:

    I can really relate, I was just laid off from my full time day job this week and hearing a success story like this really gives me hope and a case of the warm fuzzies. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • theleathergenie

    theleathergenie says:

    Great story.Thanks for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • roguegirlvintage

    roguegirlvintage says:

    Wonderful story! I echo the sentiments! It's exciting to work on my vintage shop every day and it is indeed hard work but the MOST FUN I've ever had with any job. Continued success and thank you for sharing!

    2 years ago

  • Hepstyles

    Hepstyles says:

    Great article! Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. Your upbeat attitude is a boon to those of us who sometimes feel isolated working from home! And your shop is great!!!!

    2 years ago

  • uvdezigns

    uvdezigns says:

    Great job, gives me hope.

    2 years ago

  • MixingMaven

    MixingMaven says:

    Lovely story and motivating! I can relate in so many ways which make these articles about fellow sellers a must to read continually. Congratulations and many wishes for good fortune to you both!

    2 years ago

  • morgandebra

    morgandebra says:

    Sharing the evolution of your success has encouraged me to list more items. As I read I became very aware of many vintage items in my home that never see the light of day! And they should, be brought to the light and live again! CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SUCCESS!

    2 years ago

  • SmitherineDesigns

    SmitherineDesigns says:

    Well done, sisters!

    2 years ago

  • JMWSilver

    JMWSilver says:

    Great advise! Keep up the good work!

    2 years ago

  • retrosugarandspice

    retrosugarandspice says:

    congrats on your feature! that's great that you and your sister can own a business together :)

    2 years ago

  • theyankeepeach

    theyankeepeach says:

    inspirational, thank you for sharing your story. my mom and i want to be a success story, just like the two of you. good luck as your shop continues to grow!

    2 years ago

  • juradesigns

    juradesigns says:

    Very good article. Thank you for sharing.

    2 years ago

  • shabbyavenueboutique

    shabbyavenueboutique says:

    This article has been so inspiring to me! I signed up for my shop in October, but didn't get to start listing until 2 weeks ago. So far my shop has done very well, but everyday is a learning experience and it is nice to see that it can be done!! Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • jeanettegraham7

    jeanettegraham7 says:

    Loved your story. I have a sign in my sewing room that reads"The Sky's the Limit" my husband gave it to me 25 years ago. Just starting out in etsy. It was very interesting reading your story and seeing your dream come true. Congrats.

    2 years ago

  • taylorfords

    taylorfords says:

    You guys are the inspiration to keep on pushing on. I just got rolling about a month ago and its exciting to see where it can take me. Best of luck!

    2 years ago

  • debralynnmejia

    debralynnmejia says:

    It's nice to see your dream come true. Congratulations, and thank you for the inspirational article!

    2 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    Wow, so exciting!

    2 years ago

  • indiloladesigns

    indiloladesigns says:

    Thank you for your inspiring advice! :)

    2 years ago

  • KimberlyGlesenkamp

    KimberlyGlesenkamp says:

    This is a fantastic interview. Thanks girls for sharing. I love that you're sisters working together! Blessings. :)

    2 years ago

  • violetsandgrace

    violetsandgrace says:

    I'm thrilled to see this quit your day job featuring a vintage shop!!! Thank you Etsy and maejean vintage for this inspirational piece!

    2 years ago

  • FireflyFantasies1

    FireflyFantasies1 says:

    What a great and inspiring story. Thank you for sharing:)

    2 years ago

  • HankOrange

    HankOrange says:

    Loved reading your story! So exciting that you can now do what you love full time. I think my favorite thing is the 'dream' plaque you have. What a great daily reminder that when you work hard you can achieve your dreams!

    2 years ago

  • KnottinPearls

    KnottinPearls says:

    Wonderful and inspiring article! Thanks for the insightful outlook.

    2 years ago

  • weHANDmadethis

    weHANDmadethis says:

    So inspirational to see so many part-time Etsians turn their shops into full-time ventures. In January 2012, my wife and I turned out part-time hobby into a full fledged business venture.

    2 years ago

  • dianeborgmann1

    dianeborgmann1 says:

    Inspiring Articile. It inspired me to think of going into full-time. Thanks

    2 years ago

  • EmmainWonderland

    EmmainWonderland says:

    The timing of this article is perfect! I've been gathering vintage items for the past few months and am just about to open a vintage shop here on Etsy. Thank you for the great advice and the inspiration! Emma ♥

    2 years ago

  • vintagenelly

    vintagenelly says:

    It was very inspiring reading this article!!! I, too, work in an elementary school and I can't wait for summer so I will have more time to work on my shop. I love, love, love Etsy and wish I could do it full-time........Thanks for sharing your shop, your story, and yourself!!!

    2 years ago

  • 2TrickPony

    2TrickPony says:

    I want a bouncy ball :) dream on!

    2 years ago

  • cynthiaottewill

    cynthiaottewill says:

    Inspiring stories from sellers who have done the same as I have - quit their job and built a business based on a hobby.

    2 years ago

  • ateliermeropis

    ateliermeropis says:

    Nice inspiring story. Thanks for share!!!!

    2 years ago

  • lilsugarmuffin

    lilsugarmuffin says:

    Very inspiring story!! I hope to be like those two one day and get to work in my pj's with a mud facial on too loool :) xxxxxxxxx

    2 years ago

  • apinksereneprimdolls

    apinksereneprimdolls says:

    Thanks for the inspiring story. I am just beginning this journey so any helpful information from successful etsy shop owners is most encouraging and welcome! Congrats on your success ladies!

    2 years ago

  • cougarvintage

    cougarvintage says:

    Great interview! I have to thanks to my hubby who supports me! :)

    2 years ago

  • vanessabowyerdesigns

    vanessabowyerdesigns says:

    Inspiring, I hope you continue to be successful. I feel more eager about selling my work now.

    2 years ago

  • WildBDesigns

    WildBDesigns says:

    Great feature! I absolutely love your shop. Congrats!

    2 years ago

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique says:

    So inspirational! (^__^)

    2 years ago

  • delightfullyvintage

    delightfullyvintage says:

    Thank you Maejean for keeping me inspired! You have a wonderful shop! My dream also has become a reality with Etsy. Dreams can come true if you work hard at making them happen. I sold online for a few years on other venues, but was very disappointed with the attitudes of the buyers and sellers, as well as the other venues that dipped very deeply into sellers' profits. Etsy has the classiest buyers and sellers of them all, and it is such a pleasure to work with Etsy who cares about artists and vintage sellers so much and not just the bottom line. Thank you Maejean and Etsy for making my smile even bigger!

    2 years ago

  • elizasteindesigns

    elizasteindesigns says:

    I feel very inspired by this article! Your enthusiasm and love of the self-employed life really shines through.

    2 years ago

  • BiomedDesign

    BiomedDesign says:

    good tips! Thanks a lot.

    2 years ago

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart says:

    What a wonderful and encouraging interview! Lots of great advice! Go Vintage! Aloha, Connie

    2 years ago

  • melsumn1

    melsumn1 says:

    Its so wonderful to hear about people that get to live the dream. Keep on having fun and doing what you love.

    2 years ago

  • jpspringfiel

    jpspringfiel says:

    As a new Etsy shop, it's great to read about your experience! Great advice and who knows...maybe when I'm done with my current career, I can take the Etsy world on full-time! Great shop too...I'll remember to click into your finds when I'm hunting for supplies for my designs. Good luck with all! Pearl

    2 years ago

  • RosalitaVintage

    RosalitaVintage says:

    As always these Quit Your Day Job posts are always so inspiring! Thanks. x

    2 years ago

  • ofirartsiely

    ofirartsiely says:

    Lovely, good work! I wish the same for me.. one day...

    2 years ago

  • ofirartsiely

    ofirartsiely says:

    Lovely! good work, you have a beautiful shop! I wish the same for me.. one day..

    2 years ago

  • inbetweenaccessories

    inbetweenaccessories says:

    Beautiful life!! Congrats!!!

    2 years ago

  • dsmacintyre

    Sheffield MacIntyre from dsmacintyre says:

    As the owner of BackInStyle.com, a vintage website I can vouch for their story. It's a lot of hard work, but it definitely pays off. Being your own boss, setting your own schedule, and living by your own values makes it worth it. Good luck!

    2 years ago

  • studiolana

    Illana Leizin from studiolana says:

    Thank you for sharing your story! I was inspired - hope to use some of your great ideas

    2 years ago

  • StevesStoreofStuff

    Steve from StevesStoreofStuff says:

    Great info

    2 years ago

  • littlefingersgifts

    Heather Ranz from littlefingersgifts says:

    Love the success story! It is down to earth and reachable! I am inspired! Thanks ladies!

    2 years ago

  • JujuTreasures

    Julie from JujuTreasures says:

    Such a lovely story! So inspiring!

    2 years ago

  • JerricaFields

    Jerrica Fields from JerricaFields says:

    Thank you for this fabulous post. This was just the inspiration I needed today! I wish you continued success!!!!!

    2 years ago

  • ezliving

    ezliving from ezliving says:

    Thanks for charing!!!

    2 years ago

  • raniprimmer

    Rani Primmer from JaggedTouchStudio says:

    This very inspiring. Trying something like this carries a lot of fear so it's great to hear success stories to keep that fear at bay.

    2 years ago

  • FaeryKissNaturals

    Theresa Neumayer from Faerykissnaturals says:

    I love vintage and your story!! Seeing your 'work' room gave me much motivation to clean up my soap room more lol. Thanks!

    2 years ago

  • TIAelisebeauty

    TESHIA BEAUTY from SHOPSWANKBOUTIQUE says:

    CONGRATS~~ awesome inspiration for my Shop! shopswankboutique

    2 years ago

  • HappyDogGoodies

    Trish from HappyDogGoodies says:

    Best wishes for your continued success!

    2 years ago

  • AnyarwotDesigns

    Anya from AnyarwotDesigns says:

    Just Opened my store: AnyarwotDesigs.etsy.com. Thanks for Promotion tips ....Its sooo fullfiling being an Enterprenuer. Anya

    2 years ago

  • naturessplendour

    Elizabeth from naturessplendour says:

    Thanks for all the insite. I liked reading about your goals and keeping the finances on track. That is something my husband keeps reminding me of. Your shop is great!

    2 years ago

  • AugustynArtworks

    Mary Augustyn from AugustynArtworks says:

    Great article! Something we can all aspire too! Much sucess in the future!

    2 years ago

  • WhimzyThyme

    Deb from WhimzyThyme says:

    Great story! I wish you all the best

    2 years ago

  • BlueAngelJewellery

    BlueAngelJewellery from BlueAngelJewellery says:

    Really inspirational - thank you! All the best.

    2 years ago

  • L2Country

    L2Country from L2Country says:

    I Love your Shop and all the COOL things in it!...Great article!..."L"

    2 years ago

  • cookieknits

    Ann-Marie Meyers from SallyGoesVintage says:

    Due to realities of life, death of my spouse and not being able to get a "real" job, I am jumping in to Etsy whole hog within the next few weeks after building up a vintage inventory and reading, reading, reading on how it is done. Fortunately, I have enough to live on for the next couple of years, but I am still scared to death. I became an accidental ceramics expert at a bright young age, have a wacky sense of humor, a unique writing style and a good support system. With luck and dedication, I will make it. Look for The Annaree Shop soon. I will be joining teams and circles under that name, and looking for people in my area (North Central Texas) to meet and greet.

    2 years ago

  • osnatharnoy

    Osnat Har-Noy from osnatharnoy says:

    Absolutely beautiful, Good luck girls

    2 years ago

  • jamandjellypicnic

    Erin from JamandJellyPicnic says:

    Wow, this article was so uplifting for me. I just recently started a Vintage Jewelry shop here on Etsy after years of collecting and this is exactly where I eventually hope to be. I am becoming more and more excited about the somewhat rash decision I made to start selling parts of my collection. To know that with enough hard work and determination I could have a story like this is almost too much. I'm so thankful for the article showcasing a vintage seller, and especially one that seems to deal with a lot with jewelry. I only have two sales under my belt after the first 3 weeks, but I hope that one day it can be my full time career like it is you for you girls. Thank you so so much for helping give me the boost I needed during the tough first few months. I have already printed this off and placed it in my Etsy reference binder. I'm hoping it will be a great constant reminder for me that I can possibly have my dream (like your's) come true one day. :)

    2 years ago

  • ElwynJewelry

    Ema from ElwynJewelry says:

    This is so inspiring! Good luck with your future work and plan! :)

    2 years ago

  • AdornmentsbyDebbie

    AdornmentsbyDebbie from AdornmentsbyDebbie says:

    I enjoyed reading your story and you have some awesome vintage finds in your shop--continued success to you both.

    2 years ago

  • nicolaclare7

    Nicola Rowlands from MsSpanner says:

    Ah, I loved the last bit. Made me a little teary - eyed! I have a sign above my desk which says 'don't be bitter, be better.' I look at it every day.

    2 years ago

  • CassiopiasCreations

    Lisa from CassiopiasCreations says:

    Very inspiring story....love all the great vintage items you have found! I love estate sales & bargain shopping in general too. I hope you both have a huge success at your shop...sounds like you already are!

    2 years ago

  • ubee13

    ubee13 from ubee13 says:

    Very informative story. Congrats on your success!

    2 years ago

  • GemdropsoftheFalls

    GemdropsoftheFalls from GemdropsoftheFalls says:

    Wonderful story and helpful tips. Thank you for sharing and congratulations!

    1 year ago

  • peggysinclair2

    Peggy Sinclair from PegsVintageJewellery says:

    Very inspirational , I love the way you TALK ! great shop <3

    1 year ago

  • CaroRausse

    Caroline Rausse from FunkySwagg says:

    WONDERFUL! I am just starting up and collecting inventory. This is great advice. Thanks!

    1 year ago

  • Gobbledygook

    Dahlia Miranda from JuniperRoses says:

    I feel so honored to be "the raving friend"! xoxo - Juniper Rose's

    264 days ago

  • StoneBerryBoutique

    Lana Marri from StoneBerryBoutique says:

    Great shop and wonderful tips , thanks for sharing !

    213 days ago