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Quit Your Day Job: renneslechateau

After earning a liberal arts degree and searching for a career in a less-than-stellar economy, Julia of renneslechateau decided to go full time in retail. After three years of working for someone else she was ready to pursue her dream of being self-employed. She set up shop on Etsy and, after seeing some quick success… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: LittleHouses

Shanah, the business brains and seamstress behind LittleHouses, spent 12 years working in restaurants and pubs before kissing her late hours goodbye to sell her clothing line full time on Etsy. When feeling discouraged, Shanah would peruse the Quit Your Day Job series for motivation to reach her own goal. She now spends her days… Continue reading

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From Etsy’s Merchandising Desk: July Heats Up

Take a break from the beach volleyball and tropical smoothies with a little poolside reading. It may be summer break for the kids, but you’ve got a busy season ahead. Study up with some of our merchandising plans for July. It is our goal to create a healthy balance between promotions for traditional holidays, seasonal… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: redrubyrose

Rowena, the bag designer behind Etsy shop redrubyrose, began her creative journey as an illustrator. She temped off and on in office jobs before finding an illustration agent who helped her secure clients in national publications and additional lucrative opportunities. After many long nights and odd hours the thrill of the industry began to fade… Continue reading

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Creative Careers After the Diploma: WoodlandBelle

Mai, the jewelry designer behind WoodlandBelle (formerly known as 4thesparrowsnest), spends 10 to 14 hours each day working on Etsy orders and new ideas for her shop. This dedication and spirit have led to her full-time status and success as an Etsy shop owner. Mai previously worked in boat manufacturing to pay her way through… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: NanLawson

Nan of NanLawson set up shop on Etsy as a creative outlet while temping at a large television company. She never dreamed of the possibility of Etsy becoming a full-time venture, but it wasn’t even a year and a half after opening her shop that she was able to quit her 9-to-5 job due to… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: dlkdesigns

Dana, the jewelry designer behind dlkdesigns, had the creative bug since she was a wee one watching Bob Ross paint landscapes on PBS. Working a 9-5 desk job throughout her college career she didn’t feel her full potential and creative energy were being utilized. After taking maternity leave with her first child, Dana jumped into… Continue reading

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From Etsy’s Merchandising Desk: June Affairs

As we bid bid farewell to spring and think ahead towards a fruitful summer, we’d like to share our merchandising plans for June. It is our goal to create a healthy balance between promotions for traditional holidays, seasonal changes, cultural events, and lifestyle trends. Rounding Out May Keep up with May’s seasonal themes, holidays, dates… Continue reading

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Which Gift Congratulates Your Graduate?

We asked our readers to nominate their favorite Etsy gift ideas for graduations. Now it’s your turn to vote for the item that best says “congratulations!” to the new graduate. The vote will close Thursday, May 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET. A selection of the winners will be featured on Etsy’s home page Friday,… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: Xenotees

Noelle of the well-known screen-printed clothing and accessories shop, Xenotees, left her “daily grind” status in the dust after setting up on Etsy and hasn’t looked back since. Her professional background in photography, customer service, graphic design, claims analysis, and screen printing has helped make her Etsy shop a success. Noelle now spends her days… Continue reading

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Vote! Which Gift Shows Mom How Much You Care?

We asked our readers to nominate their favorite Etsy gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Now it’s your turn to vote for the item that you think would make mom feel the most special. The vote will close Friday, May 7, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET. A selection of the winners will be featured on Etsy’s… Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: ShopRedLeaf

Chris of ShopRedLeaf knew in order to dig himself out of “cubicle land” and into running the business of his dreams, he would need to plan ahead, save, research, and dedicate his energy full time into launching his shop. After rigorous time and research, Chris created a line of products that he himself would want… Continue reading

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Vote! Who’s Etsy’s Prom Queen?

We asked our readers to nominate their favorite items to pull off an unforgettable glammed out prom. Now it’s your turn to vote for the item that would score anyone the infamous prom queen title. The vote will close this Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. ET. A selection of the winners will be… Continue reading

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Vote! Who Rules Earth Day?

We asked our readers to nominate their favorite earth-friendly items for Earth Day. Now it’s your turn to vote for the item that inspires you to conserve energy, plant a tree and live sustainably — not only this Earth Day, but every day. The vote will close this Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 12:00 p.m…. Continue reading

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Quit Your Day Job: dedeetsyshop

Deanna of dedeetsyshop helped run her husband’s three businesses, went to school for ultrasound tech, and took on the role of stay-at-home mom before opening her Etsy business. Her shop began as a creative outlet while in the midst of her studies, but its immediate growth and success soon demanded more of her time. She’s… Continue reading