We’re getting into the Season of Love spirit here on the Etsy blog, and we’re searching the community for Etsy love stories. The first story we’re sharing with you this year (and it’s so sweet!) chronicles the friendship of metalicous and onegarnetgirl.
Metalicious: This is a story about two jewelry nerds who became friendship-soulmates thanks to Etsy.
Last year I had been struggling to sell on Etsy for a few months. This past July I was getting pissed off that my stack rings weren’t selling so I did a search for stack rings to see what the heck WAS selling.
OneGarnetGirl’s rings came up and I fell in love with an emerald-cut iolite ring in her shop. I had to buy it. Some jewelers can be cautious of other jewelers buying their stuff, but I figured I’d convo her to see what she said. She said yes. AND she was really smart and made me laugh — a lot. It turns out we had lots of things in common in addition to our passion for making jewelry and our addiction to Etsy.
We convo’d back and forth a lot…but who really makes friends on the internet, anyway? Crazy people, ax murderers, people looking for romance. As a jaded New Yorker I thought you just didn’t make friends online.
I was wrong. Our convos led to phone calls, endlessly prattling on about kids and life while we each made jewelry in our separate corners of the world. In October Madelynn (that’s her real name and isn’t it fabulous?) came down from Massachusetts to New York when we finally met in person…and we both decided it would be hilarious if we went to visit the Etsy HQ during her visit. Not only was it fun, but we taught a virtual lab about polishing techniques. We were ridiculously nervous about it, but we got through it together. We even joined the JET team together.
Since then our families have met, our sons have a goofy love-hate relationship and we are growing our Etsy businesses separately…but together. I have learned so much from Mads and can’t thank her enough for her advice and support of my shop. You can see the difference in my sales since I met her. I don’t know what she gets from me, except that I tell her when her photos stink. Other than that I dunno. But I love her and cherish her friendship.
onegarnetgirl: Awww, isn’t she sweet? She really is, but she bites. And she’s right, sort of. We are super jewelry soulmates, but jewelry nerds we aren’t. We aren’t nerds.
Stephanie has had an impact on my life and my business in so many ways, but one in particular sticks out.
She corrects the horrendous grammar in my listings. Most memorable is the time I described a hammered texture as “rouching.” She quickly shot me a convo with the definition for rouching. That was DEFINITELY not the technique I used. It’s dirty, and it’s hilarious, so Google at your own risk. I meant “ruching.”
She’s become invaluable. She’s super funny, and she just gets me — and you all know how precious that is. We talk daily about how to make it through another day with a 3 year old, how good/bad we are as mothers and how to diversify our businesses. Very seldom do you meet someone who is in the same business that tells you how to improve your skills. Also rare is a friend that cares enough about you to be honest when your cool new idea falls flat. Stephanie is the first person to give you a boost, and the first to lend a hand when you need it.
She’s not a nerd, she’s a dork. She gives everyone nicknames, as do I. She is a nonsense talker. We can communicate in one word sentences. If I ask her to photograph my rear in a train station she does it, so I can see if it’s as big as I think. She does this because she knows the importance of having a panoramic view of a butt. No judgment there. We can talk about conversions between pennyweights and ounces, but only for a short period of time before my brain hurts. We lie to each other and laugh when the other says “you’re lying.”
Stephanie and I both love cheese. We like to use obscure phrases with each other. We laugh so hard when we’re together, we cry. We can talk about jewelry for hours on end. I can assure you, our husbands appreciate the fact we now have a different outlet for jewelry talk besides them. My husband probably was going to leave if he heard anything more about culets and bezels and flex shafts. She’s my friend for life, and it’s basically because she’s nosy and started asking me all kinds of personal questions. I’m so glad she did.
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