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Jun 8, 2015

by Becky Thada

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello, my name is Becky. My husband Adam, our friend Joe and I run bky kid – a shop geared towards family fun. We make play mat t-shirts, which are tees that have little roads and train tracks printed on the back to encourage families to relax and play together. We live and work in northern Indiana.

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It’s not surprising that we’ve come together to start this little shop. The things we were doing when we first became friends back in college eventually turned into the skills that help us run our shop today: I was studying elementary education, Adam was studying biology and inventorying Indiana’s native insects, and Joe was dabbling in graphic design and drawing dogs. These days, Adam still inventories insects, but now inventories t-shirts, too. Joe is still drawing dogs (see the happy pup on our kid’s car tee), and his eye for design keeps our tees looking bright and engaging. Meanwhile, I try to use my teaching experience to bring an aspect of learning to our products. (I’m especially proud of our number tracing tee and the “story cards” we include with our shirts that encourage language development.)

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We find inspiration playing with our kids, and we love the way young minds think. We’re really just big kids ourselves, looking for an excuse to play. The idea for our t-shirts came from my daughter, who was 15 months old at the time. She ran her wooden train on my back, and soon I was on the phone with Joe describing what a play mat shirt would look like. Fast forward two and half years, and we’ve got a variety of interactive shirts in our shop.

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We’re always looking for more fun ideas to bring to life. Once we brainstorm, research, and settle on a concept, Joe starts drawing. He often references old doodles and leafs through his favorite kids’ books for inspiration; then he scans and edits his drawings on the computer and sends us previews for feedback. Adam handles number crunching, accounting, and inventory. I’m at home with the kids, so when I’m not blowing bubbles with them or changing diapers, I respond to buyers’ requests and questions, find advertising opportunities, and packing up orders. As far as production goes, there’s not much room for printing shirts at our home, so we enjoy working with Pro Prints, a local family-owned screen-printing business.

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I appreciate how Etsy has taken what could be a very impersonal shopping experience and turned it into an opportunity for buyers and sellers to connect. Shopping online can be a frustrating experience, but Etsy encourages positive and personal connections between buyer and seller. It’s this personal contact that helps to inform our next design or gives us ideas for the shop. As for what’s up next, we recently added some car-themed birthday tees for toddlers to the shop. We’d like to help make birthday parties a blast for kids and a breeze for parents, so we’re working on more party-related items. We’re also working on a product that might help parents’ sanity when going to the grocery store with their little ones, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise. Stay tuned!

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Photographs by Moe Lauchert and Jer Nelsen.

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Father Son Matching Shirts, Train Track Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad and Son, Father Son Shirts, Train Shirt, Dad Shirt, Toddler Boy
Father Son Matching Shirts, Train Track Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad and Son, Father Son Shirts, Train Shirt, Dad Shirt, Toddler Boy
bkykid
$39.00 USD
L, Car Play Mat Shirt, Dad Gift from Kids, Dad Easter Gift for Dad, Car Shirt, Road Map Shirt, Father Son Shirt, Race Track Shirt
L, Car Play Mat Shirt, Dad Gift from Kids, Dad Easter Gift for Dad, Car Shirt, Road Map Shirt, Father Son Shirt, Race Track Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
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Father Son Matching Shirts, Space Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Play Mat Shirts, Dad and Son, Outer Space Birthday, Roads on Back
bkykid
$39.00 USD
Father Son Matching Shirts, Car Play Mat Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Dad and Son Shirts, Car Track, Roads on Back
Father Son Matching Shirts, Car Play Mat Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Dad and Son Shirts, Car Track, Roads on Back
bkykid
$39.00 USD
3T, Car Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Race Car Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Car Birthday Shirt, Race Car Party
3T, Car Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Race Car Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Car Birthday Shirt, Race Car Party
bkykid
$17.50 USD
Father Son Matching Shirts, Car Track Shirts, Easter Gift from Son, Play Mat Shirt, Father Son Gift from Kids, Dad Shirt, Toddler Boy
Father Son Matching Shirts, Car Track Shirts, Easter Gift from Son, Play Mat Shirt, Father Son Gift from Kids, Dad Shirt, Toddler Boy
bkykid
$39.00 USD
L, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom from Son, Back Rub Shirt, Mom Birthday, Train Track, Car Map, Road on Back
L, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom from Son, Back Rub Shirt, Mom Birthday, Train Track, Car Map, Road on Back
bkykid
$9.50 USD
S, Glow in the Dark Space T-shirt, Gift for Dad from Kids, Easter Gift, Car Tracks Shirt, Roads on Back, Play Mat Shirt, Alien Shirt
S, Glow in the Dark Space T-shirt, Gift for Dad from Kids, Easter Gift, Car Tracks Shirt, Roads on Back, Play Mat Shirt, Alien Shirt
bkykid
$23.00 USD
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L, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Gift for Him, Play Mat Shirt, From Son, Alien Shirt, Dad Birthday Gift
bkykid
$23.00 USD
2XL, Dad's Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Son, Train Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Back Scratcher, Dad Birthday Gift
2XL, Dad's Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Son, Train Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Back Scratcher, Dad Birthday Gift
bkykid
$24.00 USD
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bkykid
$17.50 USD
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Father Son Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad and Son, Matching Shirts, Car Track Shirt, Dad Car Shirt, Boys Car Shirt, From Kids,
bkykid
$39.00 USD
Card for Play Mat T-Shirt, Card for Dad from Kids, Card From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat
Card for Play Mat T-Shirt, Card for Dad from Kids, Card From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat
bkykid
$2.70 USD
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Father Son Matching Shirts, Space Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad and Son, Daddy and Son, Space Birthday, Toddler Boy Shirt, Alien Shirt
bkykid
$39.00 USD
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M, Car Play Shirt, New Dad Gift, From Son, Back Massage Shirt, Dad Easter Gift, For Dad, Play Mat Shirt, Back Rub Shirt, Road Map Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
2T, Kids Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
2T, Kids Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
XL, Car Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Dad, Car Track Shirt, Easter Gift from Kids, Dad Car Shirt, Car Mat Shirt, Father Son Shirt, Dad Shirt
XL, Car Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Dad, Car Track Shirt, Easter Gift from Kids, Dad Car Shirt, Car Mat Shirt, Father Son Shirt, Dad Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
Printable Play Mat Shirt Card for Dad, Card from Kids, From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat, Dad Card
Printable Play Mat Shirt Card for Dad, Card from Kids, From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat, Dad Card
bkykid
$2.70 USD
12 mo, Race Car Birthday Shirt, Boys One Shirt, First Birthday, Boys Car Shirt, 1 Year Old, Birthday Boy, Car Party, 12 Month Old
12 mo, Race Car Birthday Shirt, Boys One Shirt, First Birthday, Boys Car Shirt, 1 Year Old, Birthday Boy, Car Party, 12 Month Old
bkykid
$2.00 USD
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3T, Race Car Birthday Shirt, 3rd Birthday, Boys Car Shirt, 3 Year Old, Boys Birthday Shirt, Car Party, Three Shirt
bkykid
$2.00 USD
XL, Dad's Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Him, Train Track Shirt, Boys Train Birthday
XL, Dad's Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Him, Train Track Shirt, Boys Train Birthday
bkykid
$22.00 USD
6 Month Baby Bodysuit, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Baby, Baby Girl Clothes, Baby Gift, Car Play Mat Shirt, Outer Space
6 Month Baby Bodysuit, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Baby, Baby Girl Clothes, Baby Gift, Car Play Mat Shirt, Outer Space
bkykid
$19.00 USD
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L, Train Track Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift from Kids, Gift for Dad, Father Son Shirt, Dad and Son Gift, Train Shirt, New Dad Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
2XL, Space Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift, Car Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Dad, Alien Shirt, Outer Space Shirt
2XL, Space Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift, Car Play Mat Shirt, Gift for Dad, Alien Shirt, Outer Space Shirt
bkykid
$25.00 USD
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Father Son Matching Shirts, Train Track Shirts, Easter Gift for Dad, Dad and Son Shirts, From Son, From Kids, Play Mat Shirts
bkykid
$39.00 USD
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4T, Race Car Birthday Shirt, 4th Birthday, Boys Car Shirt, 4 Year Old, Boys Birthday Shirt, Car Party, Four Shirt
bkykid
$2.00 USD
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Race Car Tote, Gift for Kids, Mini Tote Bag for Toy Cars, Kids Tote Bag, Car Birthday, Car Party Favors, Car Bag
bkykid
$6.50 USD
Youth M, Kids Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Boy, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
Youth M, Kids Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Boy, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
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Youth S, Kids Train Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Train Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
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2T, Race Car Birthday Shirt for Boys, 2 Year Old Birthday Shirt, Toddler Boy Car Shirt, Car Party, Birthday Boy, Kids Car Shirt
bkykid
$2.00 USD
3XL, Play Cars on Dad's Back, Car Shirt for Dad, Dad Gift, Easter Gift from Kids, Play Mat Shirt, Father's Day Gift
3XL, Play Cars on Dad's Back, Car Shirt for Dad, Dad Gift, Easter Gift from Kids, Play Mat Shirt, Father's Day Gift
bkykid
$25.00 USD
L, Number Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift from Kids, Car Shirt, For Him, Play Mat Shirt, Number Tracing, Roads on Back
L, Number Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift from Kids, Car Shirt, For Him, Play Mat Shirt, Number Tracing, Roads on Back
bkykid
$21.00 USD
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2XL, Car Track Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Father Son Shirt, New Dad Gift, Back Massage Shirt, Husband Gift, Play Mat Shirt
bkykid
$24.00 USD
S, Number Roads Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Daughter, Number Shirt, Gift from Kids, Car Shirt, Play Mat Shirt
S, Number Roads Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Daughter, Number Shirt, Gift from Kids, Car Shirt, Play Mat Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
M, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom, Train Track Shirt, Car Play Shirt, Back Rub Shirt, Back Massage Shirt, Road Map Shirt
M, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom, Train Track Shirt, Car Play Shirt, Back Rub Shirt, Back Massage Shirt, Road Map Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
4T, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Car Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Toddler Gift, Outer Space Birthday, Toddler Boy, Race Track
4T, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Car Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Toddler Gift, Outer Space Birthday, Toddler Boy, Race Track
bkykid
$17.50 USD
S, Play Mat T-shirt, Car Track Shirt, Gift for Dad, Road Map Shirt, Roads on Back, Massage Shirt, New Dad Shirt, Dad and Son Gift, From Kids
S, Play Mat T-shirt, Car Track Shirt, Gift for Dad, Road Map Shirt, Roads on Back, Massage Shirt, New Dad Shirt, Dad and Son Gift, From Kids
bkykid
$22.00 USD
M, Outer Space Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift, Play Mat Shirt, New Dad Gift, For Husband, Alien Shirt, Galaxy Shirt
M, Outer Space Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift, Play Mat Shirt, New Dad Gift, For Husband, Alien Shirt, Galaxy Shirt
bkykid
$23.00 USD
2T, Boys Space Tshirt, Car Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Toddler, Gift for Kids, Space Birthday, Car Track Shirt, Race Car Shirt
2T, Boys Space Tshirt, Car Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Toddler, Gift for Kids, Space Birthday, Car Track Shirt, Race Car Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
M, Train Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, New Dad Shirt, Boys Train Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Back Massage Shirt
M, Train Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, New Dad Shirt, Boys Train Track Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Back Massage Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
Kids Tote Bag, Grocery Bag, Farmers Market Bag, Extra Large Canvas Tote, Shopping Bag, Play Food, Fabric Vegetables
Kids Tote Bag, Grocery Bag, Farmers Market Bag, Extra Large Canvas Tote, Shopping Bag, Play Food, Fabric Vegetables
bkykid
$42.00 USD
XL, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom, Back Rub Shirt, Mommy and Me, Car Shirt, Road on Back, Train Tracks, Car Map
XL, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Easter Gift for Mom, Back Rub Shirt, Mommy and Me, Car Shirt, Road on Back, Train Tracks, Car Map
bkykid
$9.50 USD
M, Number Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift from Son, Gift from Kids, Car Play Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Number Tracing, From Daughter
M, Number Shirt for Dad, Easter Gift from Son, Gift from Kids, Car Play Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Number Tracing, From Daughter
bkykid
$21.00 USD
XL, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Play Mat Shirt, Daddy Gift From Kids, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Back Rub Shirt
XL, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Play Mat Shirt, Daddy Gift From Kids, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Back Rub Shirt
bkykid
$23.00 USD
3T, Boys Train Tracks Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Tshirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
3T, Boys Train Tracks Shirt, Easter Gift for Kids, Train Birthday Shirt, Toddler Tshirt, Play Mat Shirt, Play Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
Father Son Matching Shirts, Space Tshirts, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Father Son Shirt, Boys Space Shirt, Space Birthday
Father Son Matching Shirts, Space Tshirts, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Father Son Shirt, Boys Space Shirt, Space Birthday
bkykid
$39.00 USD
XL, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt for Dad, Race Car Track on Back, Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, From Son
XL, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt for Dad, Race Car Track on Back, Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, From Son
bkykid
$23.00 USD
XL, Number Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Shirt, Gift from Kids, From Daughter, Number Tracing, Number Roads, Play Mat Shirt
XL, Number Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Shirt, Gift from Kids, From Daughter, Number Tracing, Number Roads, Play Mat Shirt
bkykid
$22.00 USD
XL, Massage by Number Shirt, Easter Gift for Mom, Mom and Daughter Gift, Play Mat Shirt, Back Massage, Number Road, Number Tracing
XL, Massage by Number Shirt, Easter Gift for Mom, Mom and Daughter Gift, Play Mat Shirt, Back Massage, Number Road, Number Tracing
bkykid
$17.50 USD
Race Car Tote, Gift for Kids, Mini Bag for Matchbox Cars, Gift for Kids, Car Bag, Car Party Favors, Mini Tote
Race Car Tote, Gift for Kids, Mini Bag for Matchbox Cars, Gift for Kids, Car Bag, Car Party Favors, Mini Tote
bkykid
$6.50 USD
Printable Card for Play Mat Shirt, Card for Dad from Kids, From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat
Printable Card for Play Mat Shirt, Card for Dad from Kids, From Son, From Daughter, Dad Birthday Card, Car Play Mat
bkykid
$2.70 USD
L, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Gift from Kids, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Roads on Back
L, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Gift from Kids, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Roads on Back
bkykid
$23.00 USD
5/6, Kids Train Shirt, Train Birthday Shirt, Kids Easter Gift, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Play Shirt
5/6, Kids Train Shirt, Train Birthday Shirt, Kids Easter Gift, Train Tracks Shirt, Play Mat Shirt, Toddler Boy Shirt, Play Shirt
bkykid
$17.50 USD
S,  Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Car Play Shirt, Easter Gift for Mom, Road Map Shirt, Back Rub Shirt, Mommy Daughter Gift, Mom Birthday Gift
S, Play Mat Shirt for Mom, Car Play Shirt, Easter Gift for Mom, Road Map Shirt, Back Rub Shirt, Mommy Daughter Gift, Mom Birthday Gift
bkykid
$9.50 USD
Father Son Matching Shirts, Gift from Son, Easter Gift for Dad, Play Mat Shirt, Matching Family Shirts, Back Massage Shirt, Train Shirt
Father Son Matching Shirts, Gift from Son, Easter Gift for Dad, Play Mat Shirt, Matching Family Shirts, Back Massage Shirt, Train Shirt
bkykid
$39.00 USD
M, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Tracks Shirt, Outer Space Alien Shirt, New Dad Gift from Kids, For Husband
M, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Car Tracks Shirt, Outer Space Alien Shirt, New Dad Gift from Kids, For Husband
bkykid
$23.00 USD
S, Train Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Train Shirt for Dad, Back Rub Shirt, Dad Gift, Dad Birthday Gift
S, Train Play Mat Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Train Shirt for Dad, Back Rub Shirt, Dad Gift, Dad Birthday Gift
bkykid
$22.00 USD
Dad and Son Shirts, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Matching Tshirts, Play Mat Shirt, Outer Space, Alien Shirt
Dad and Son Shirts, Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad from Kids, Matching Tshirts, Play Mat Shirt, Outer Space, Alien Shirt
bkykid
$39.00 USD
2XL, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Road on Back, Car Track Shirt, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Play Mat Shirt
2XL, Glow in the Dark Space Shirt, Easter Gift for Dad, Road on Back, Car Track Shirt, Outer Space, Alien Shirt, Play Mat Shirt
bkykid
$25.00 USD
Large Market Tote Bag with Pockets, Farmers Market Bag, Reusable Grocery Bag, Kids Shopping Bag, Family Gift, Canvas Tote, Grocery List
Large Market Tote Bag with Pockets, Farmers Market Bag, Reusable Grocery Bag, Kids Shopping Bag, Family Gift, Canvas Tote, Grocery List
bkykid
$29.00 USD

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