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Black Friday through Cyber Monday: Find the Best Holiday Deals of 2008!

Etsy is your place to find unique, handmade goods that let you feel good about where you’re spending. Whether you’re looking for a great gift, or just in the mood to spoil yourself, you can be sure that you’re supporting an independent artist or crafter. This article highlights just a tiny example of numerous deals…

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Quit Your Day Job: HoboCampCrafts

Melissa of Hobocampcrafts was able to successfully quit her NYC office job to follow her passion and sell full time on Etsy.  She has been able to contribute a steady income to her household along with her husband Zach, and they are now expecting a new little bundle of joy (any day now)!  Melissa will…

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Quit Your Day Job: Follow-up with DennisAnderson

Just over 6 months ago, I did an interview you might remember, highlighting the fact that Etsy soap maker DennisAnderson was able to quit his day job in order to sell his bath and body products on Etsy full time.  He had just taken the plunge and was both nervous and excited about his immediate…

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Quit Your Day Job: DownToTheWireDesigns

Chuck of Downtothewiredesigns is now selling full time on Etsy. His story is a little ironic; his day job continued to pay him more and more as he worked less and less (they held him in high regard and truly needed him to stay on).  He finally had to listen to his heart, taking the…

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Quit Your Day Job: StephanieFizer

Stephanie of StephanieFizer quit her day job back in 2006 to become a full time artist, but it didn’t quite work out according to plan. She found that she wasn’t truly following her heart (or game plan) with painting, and she eventually found herself back in a day job. The second time around, she had…

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Quit Your Day Job: KatrinaKaye

Trina and Andy are a husband and wife team working together to run their full time Etsy business, katrinakaye, as well as raise their daughter Sienna.  After relocating to Amsterdam, Trina just couldn’t find it in herself to go back to a “proper” job, as she calls it, and just knew deep down she wanted…

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Quit Your Day Job: roselabiche

Lucy of roselabiche on Etsy knew she wanted to leave her day job to follow her dreams of starting her own business.  She set out with a business plan, left her job, began selling on Etsy and soon became successful enough with her sales to support herself and her new family.  A day in the…

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Quit Your Day Job: chocolateandsteel

After returning to work 4 months after maternity leave, Christine of chocolateandsteel knew it just wasn’t for her anymore.  She had a passion for working with her hands, and really missed her new son while back at her day job; so she made a plan.  She took two weeks vacation from work and in that…

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Quit Your Day Job: lillyella

After getting word that Nicole of lillyella recently quit her day job to sell on Etsy full time, I knew this was a story I wanted to share with you all.  Nicole is a planner and her story is jam packed with helpful, honest, and realistic tips for gaining success when considering taking the plunge. …

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Quit Your Day Job: FarmsteadOrganics

Jennifer of FarmsteadOrganics recently contacted me with her story of selling on Etsy full time.  Jennifer and her husband decided to make the most of some bad news when they found out her husband’s company would be making some cut backs and he would be losing his job.  After some consideration and noticing an increase…

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Quit Your Day Job: GeekCentralStation

Sammi, of GeekCentralStation, was paying the bills working a day job in the restaurant industry and was faced daily with less than happy customers.  She always dreamed of being able to support herself on her own, and after a period of time spent saving as much “cushion” money as she could, decided to take the…

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Quit Your Day Job: thewren

I wanted to share the “Quit Your Day Job” story of Wendren from thewren with all of you, particularly because her story is a unique one.  Wendren lives in South Africa and worked a traditional day job before deciding to take the plunge.  She found herself preoccupied with thoughts about sewing and her dream for…

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Quit Your Day Job: knittydirtygirl

When I heard Rachel-Marie’s account of quitting her day job to sell on Etsy full time through her shop, knittydirtygirl, I just knew you all would fall in love with her story!  Here’s a woman who knew she was in a profession she didn’t love, and in the end took a huge risk in quitting…

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Quit Your Day Job: kittycrossbones

AmyLynn of kittycrossbones contacted me to let me know she has been successfully selling on Etsy full time and was able to quit her day job because of her success.  She started selling on Etsy in her spare time between work and college by making custom promos for other Etsy sellers.  Eventually AmyLynn found herself…

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Quit Your Day Job: NestaHome

I was recently chatting with Tandie of NestaHome about how she was recently let go from her day job.  She actually took being let go as an opportunity to be her own boss and not go back into the corporate workforce.  Now Tandie enjoys spending her mornings in the yard with her dogs and a…

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My Top 10 Whales

Ever wondered what whales were really saying to one another when they are singing those mysterious songs and clicks? Are they warning each other from danger, or do you think they are talking about how much they would really just like to try tasting peanut butter once in their lives? Well, I would like to…

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Etsy Success Stories: greenbelts

You’ve seen those big sellers on Etsy who seem to be making sales left and right. You have to wonder how they’ve made it to where they are: can they actually be FOR REAL? What’s their recipe for success? And just how do they do it? This week’s installment of our Etsy Success Stories features…

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Etsy Success Stories: AllysonHill

You’ve seen those big sellers on Etsy who seem to be making sales left and right. You have to wonder how they’ve made it to where they are: can they actually be FOR REAL? What’s their recipe for success? And just how do they do it? This week’s installment of our Etsy Success Stories series…

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Etsy Success Stories: AliciaBock

You’ve seen those big sellers on Etsy who seem to be making sales left and right. You have to wonder how they’ve made it to where they are: can they actually be FOR REAL? What’s their recipe for success? And just how do they do it? This week’s installment of our Etsy Success Stories series…

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Etsy Success Stories: Soap

You’ve seen those big sellers on Etsy who seem to be making sales left and right. You have to wonder how they’ve made it to where they are: can they actually be FOR REAL? What’s their recipe for success? And just how do they do it? This week’s installment features the success of Hiromi, the one…

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Etsy Success Stories: oneluckybaby

You’ve seen those big sellers on Etsy who seem to be making sales left and right. You have to wonder how they’ve made it to where they are: can they actually be FOR REAL? What’s their recipe for success? And just how do they do it? This week’s installment features the success of Erin, the baker…

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