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Quit Your Day Job: ChaCha2

Apr 20, 2009

by Mary Andrews handmade and vintage goods

After being let go from a day job she already hated (on a day when she was locked out of her house in the rain), Lori of ChaCha2 decided she had no other choice than to make her goal of being an independent bag designer a viable reality. Plunging feet-first into self employment has taught Lori the importance of creating a plan for her business, setting both short and long term goals. She now knows the significance of remembering that things take time. After all, few things happen over night.  With these lessons in mind, Lori finds herself today running a sustainable business with the ability to take a two hour lunch whenever she pleases.

How did you originally get into the business of making things?

I think I have always made things. Even as a little kid my neighbor and I would would paint pictures and try and sell them to all the parents on our street from a stand we set up in my driveway. I have tried my hand in making all kinds of things: knitting, cooking, painting, sculpting, even paper mache. I started making handbags while I was in college and it stuck.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?

I always wanted to be my own boss, but had no real plans or expectations. Everything in my career has really been a result of circumstance and experimenting. I was kind of forced into taking the plunge about a year into being on Etsy. I was fired from a job that I absolutely hated, the same afternoon I locked myself out of my apartment (in the rain, no less). While sitting on my front steps, waiting for my landlord, I wasn’t upset or worried, it just became clear to me that I had to make CHA CHA work.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

Looking back, I wish I had been a little more prepared. I was really inexperienced, so I just started. I already had my business registered, but aside from that I would buy supplies when I had the money, make a piece, when it would sell I would buy more supplies to make something else.

What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?

As a new business the marketing budget is small or non-existent. Not having a budget forces you to get creative with your marketing. Word of mouth has been great. I have had great support from bloggers all over the world writing about my stuff and sharing it with their readers. I always have cards on me and pass them out to anyone who I think may be interested. I have also found that having my own blog helps, as it gives your buyers a little look into what you do and who you are and keeps them coming back.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

I have tried a little bit of paid advertising here and there and I really haven’t seen any return on it.

Walk us through your typical workday.

  • Wake up around 8am, grab my computer, respond to emails and create my list for the day. I can’t live without lists, I have books full of them.
  • Take my dog for a long walk and head to my studio.
  • I package up any orders, then refer to my list of things to do. I usually work in an “assembly line” kind of style. One day I cut all the leather and lining, them the next day I sew, and the next day I put all the hardware on, and so on.
  • Around 4pm I take my dog home (which is a 3 min. walk from my studio), feed us, sit on the couch for a bit, then head back to the studio.
  • Finish up any orders and spend some time on the internet doing research, looking for new bloggers to contact, list a few new items on Etsy and take a few minutes to check the latest celebrity gossip.
  • Depending on how many orders I have that day or how many new ideas I have, my day can be any where from 10-12 hours long. I really don’t feel like I work a lot though. I think loving what you do, combined with the freedom of creating your own schedule, makes long days feel normal.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?

I love not waking up to an alarm anymore. I love that I’m often excited to go to sleep at night just so I can hurry up and get into the studio in the morning. I love that I can meet a friend for a two hour lunch at two in the afternoon. I love seeing the direct result of my hard work. I really don’t miss anything.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself? What advice would you give someone else?

I feel like I would have seen more results faster if I had done a bit more research. I really just jumped and probably wasted quite a bit of time and money running in circles. Check out what other people in your field are doing and ask them questions; 99.5% of the time people are more then willing to help. I would also suggest creating a plan for your business and set both short term and long term goals: if you see it on paper it becomes much easier to accomplish. (There is something about crossing accomplished goals off my list that makes me happy, but maybe that’s just me.)

For people working specifically in leather, I suggest working out your new styles in a heavy fabric similar to leather, maybe canvas. When I first started I would get so excited about new ideas I would start a brand new style in leather. Mistakes or miscalculations are bound to happen when you are starting out and using leather the first time around can mean costly errors.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year for your Etsy business?

Increasing sales is always a goal. I would also like to take advantage of more of the features that Etsy offers, such as the Virtual Labs. I have been so focused on my own shop that I haven’t taken the time to really explore all that Etsy has to offer. I have a few other ideas for my shop brewing, so you will have to stay tuned.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I guess if I could offer any advice or words of wisdom, it would be to really believe in what you love and work HARD for it. It is a LOT of work, it’s full of all kinds of highs and lows, but there something about seeing your passion become a reality that makes it all worth it. It’s also important to remember that things take time: everything doesn’t happen overnight. I am a very impatient person by nature, so this has been a tough one for me to learn, but if you are working hard and doing the best work you can, people will take notice and it will pay off eventually.

I also want to the thank the whole Etsy community, admin, buyers and sellers. The amount of support here is incredible. Every kind convo is great motivation and just as valuable as a sale. Keep an eye on my CHA CHA shop…every day my sewing gets stronger and ideas get crazier. I’m really excited about this next year and think great things are just around around the corner.

You can find some of our previous Quit Your Day Job posts here!  Take a look at some of Lori’s gorgeous bags below.


  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 10 years ago

    always inspiring, and very interesting! this is one of my favorites!

  • CositasSeriasVintage

    CositasSeriasVintage said 10 years ago

    wonderful article, absolutely stunning bags and seller. :)

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 10 years ago

    every week this is such an inspiration

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 10 years ago

    Wonderful piece and best of luck for continued success!

  • BGBJewelry

    BGBJewelry said 10 years ago

    I love reading these and I love her story. Kind of in the same husband was layed off and I'm suppose to stay at home with the kids. So, any tips I get from these stories really help! And what we can see from her studio, it looks awesome! Way to go and best of luck!

  • bobnstitch

    bobnstitch said 10 years ago

    Yes I am dreaming of the day I can write an article like this!!


    RADCOW said 10 years ago

    great Interview. I loved the bit about being fired and locked out and rain all in one day, and how you took it well because you knew it was time. Congratulations! xo

  • ASADesigns

    ASADesigns said 10 years ago

    What fantastic bags! I keep hoping one of these days I can quit my day job too! Cheers and good luck!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Congrats Lori!! Fantastic work; we are all aspiring to be able to make a living doing what we love. Glad to see you've made it!

  • penguinandfish

    penguinandfish said 10 years ago

    love CHA CHA, great article, very inpsiring.

  • thecupcakegoddess

    thecupcakegoddess said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Love the way you put it! Thank you!

  • nectorgirl

    nectorgirl said 10 years ago

    Great bags!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 10 years ago


  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 10 years ago

    Love your story!

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio said 10 years ago

    Nice article, congrats!

  • sandali

    sandali said 10 years ago

    I always say that once 1 door closes , 10 doors open !! What will be will be -- Look how amazingly it all worked out for you ... congratulations on your amazing shop -- I LOVE all your creations -- it's honestly very special !! Happy Days ;)

  • AnvilArtshop

    AnvilArtshop said 10 years ago

    Congrats, Lori! Loved seeing your whole story here... can't wait to see what else you have up your sleeve for CHA CHA! :)

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 10 years ago

    So inspirational, congratulations! I started etsy in a very similar situation. Laid-off (from a job I hated) and totally inexperienced, but its been the most amazing process and I'm so grateful I can do what I love everyday now. Keep up the fantastic work! :)

  • BettyBee

    BettyBee said 10 years ago

    Really great post from someone who started out in a similar situation to my current one... Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 10 years ago

    very inspiring, thank you for this great interview and sharing your best practicies. Love the work you do as well!!!

  • uncharted

    uncharted said 10 years ago

    great work... thanks for sharing this story

  • KDemARTe

    KDemARTe said 10 years ago

    This was a great read! Congratulations & I wish you continuing success! Keep loving what you do!

  • aoifehorses

    aoifehorses said 10 years ago

    wow your pieces are really stunning-im starting off myself great to hear some first hand experience!

  • vivilian

    vivilian said 10 years ago

    wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow wow love love love love

  • additionsstyle

    additionsstyle said 10 years ago

    I look forward to reading these stories of successful Etsy artists. They really keep me fired up to work hard at my business. Congrats Lori, your work is wonderful.

  • beatricestudio

    beatricestudio said 10 years ago

    Congratulations to you! I wish you much continued success!

  • strangelittleduck

    strangelittleduck said 10 years ago

    beautiful bags... excellent tips and a nice article. I only hope to have one like this soon!

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! I really admire your work. Good luck with this new step in your life!!!!

  • Greenbriar

    Greenbriar said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Very inspiring! Beautiful bags!

  • Traxa

    Traxa said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring story! Good luck, Lori! Freedom in what you do is definitely a goal to pursue.

  • ScottieinaCanoe

    ScottieinaCanoe said 10 years ago

    LOVE those handbags and great story :)

  • kristincoffin

    kristincoffin said 10 years ago

    i've always loved your shop, and knowing the person behind the bags is so--human. and a start up story similar to mine (getting let go from a job, then what next?) is very inspiring and exciting. thank you! and i can't wait to buy my next deluxe bag; i know where i'm going for it!

  • Mattamorphis

    Mattamorphis said 10 years ago

    Oh Honey, I feel ya! Fabulous bags darling. -Matt

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Great article. Nice bags.

  • lissilulu

    lissilulu said 10 years ago

    Thank you for your advice on leather and starting out a business. Great bags! Lori

  • MinaLucia

    MinaLucia said 10 years ago

    Love the picture of you sitting waiting for the landlord and knowing that Cha Cha would work somehow! Bravo.

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 10 years ago

    love the bags:) nice work!!!

  • triskela

    triskela said 10 years ago

    Great bags! And a great story. It's so inspiring to read about these success stories, and it's lovely to learn more about the individual behind the creations. Rock On!

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 10 years ago

    I think these bags are very nice and well done. Keep on doing!

  • JessicaPoundstone

    JessicaPoundstone said 10 years ago

    Yay for self-employment : )

  • kitschcafe

    kitschcafe said 10 years ago

    what a great article! it's funny, because i have found myself in the same position- jobless and needing to dive in to etsy full time. exciting and scary! thanks for the inspiration!

  • letdownyourhair

    letdownyourhair said 10 years ago

    wow! it's great to see a successful canadian entrepreneur!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    another success story!! great bags, and good lookin' studio too! congrats

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Way to go girl..... great bags!!

  • jenniferlynnstudio

    jenniferlynnstudio said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous bags!! Continued success to you! I always enjoy these inspirational stories. Gives hope to us all! Thanks for sharing.

  • SouthernSucre

    SouthernSucre said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! I love the white wristlet bag:)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    Great handbags, wonderful success story and a cute girl to boot. Awesome studio, love how you take walks with your dog and have long lunches with friends. Sweet~!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    Great bags!!!! Very inspiring article!!!

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story of hard work and creativity paying off. Congratulations on your success ChaCha2! All the bags are wonderful, but the white wristlet is just so adorable!

  • stubborndog

    stubborndog said 10 years ago

    Yay!! I love reading these. Great tips and encouraging words.

  • badinfluence

    badinfluence said 10 years ago

    Totally inspiring! You are very talented.

  • lauradeponte

    lauradeponte said 10 years ago

    Great skill and fantastic designs. Also..happy birthday! Keep up the amazing work!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Great interview, Lori. Continued success to you.

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Keep these weekly doses of inspiration coming, Etsy.

  • pinpinn

    pinpinn said 10 years ago

    SO inspirational! It makes me wanna do the "chacha" LOL

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 10 years ago

    cute! Such an awesome craft to be doing. I would love to work with leather.

  • PetitOiseau

    PetitOiseau said 10 years ago

    yay lori -- great article! I have one of lori's bags and it is BEAUTIFUL.

  • hushmouse

    hushmouse said 10 years ago

    I really love this column - everyone is so inspiring, and it seems that the thoughts they have are similar to those that I entertain. Beautiful bags too!

  • 3dots

    3dots said 10 years ago

    LOVE the Toya bags!!!

  • foxtrailgeneralstore

    foxtrailgeneralstore said 10 years ago

    another great etsy article! I love these handbags!

  • galstudio

    galstudio said 10 years ago

    always wonderful to hear about a canadian success story!


    RARAMODO said 10 years ago

    I am soo moved by your story! Congratulations!!! I wish you even better times. Good luck!

  • Sheeda

    Sheeda said 10 years ago

    Great Article!!!!! I have just started putting my creative juices back into motion, and I find your article inspirational. In your article you stated to ask questions, so I may be asking you if you don't mind. Great Bags, Great Story and wishing you Great Success.

  • Sheeda

    Sheeda said 10 years ago

    Reminiscent of Coach (which I LOVE)!!!

  • Minnie829

    Minnie829 said 10 years ago

    Nice article, very up lifting! :-)

  • ReThread

    ReThread said 10 years ago

    Great article, wonderful story. I'm feeling inspired and ready to find my niche.

  • AnnaKayCreations

    AnnaKayCreations said 10 years ago

    Great article, great handbags!!!

  • LoveandLust

    LoveandLust said 10 years ago

    I needed this inspiration today - thanks for the great article!

  • AstraeaApparel

    AstraeaApparel said 10 years ago

    Love the bags!! The Entourage City Tote reminds me of Tano, which I love!! This article really hit home for me, as someone with a new shop trying to find the most efficient way to create and market clothing that I love. Thank you!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 10 years ago


  • thelonebeader

    thelonebeader said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring article!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 10 years ago

    SUPER SUPER INSPIRING!!! You go girl! thea. xx (

  • Itybitybags

    Itybitybags said 10 years ago

    Really great article! Your bags are awesome too! I

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 10 years ago

    thats awesome, I wouldn't miss anything about my day job either :)

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 10 years ago

    I loved reading your story, it is very inspirational to see someone from the T-dot up in lights here. I wish you continued success.

  • SimpleTraditions

    SimpleTraditions said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing! Awesome story.

  • PoorRobot

    PoorRobot said 10 years ago

    Congrats! The bags are lovely!

  • VintageSurplus

    VintageSurplus said 10 years ago

    inspiring, dreamy, wonderful!!

  • east4thstreet

    east4thstreet said 10 years ago

    Terrific article, I'm inspired!

  • NanLawson

    NanLawson said 10 years ago

    beautiful bags - this is my favorite storque series.

  • pengpengs

    pengpengs said 10 years ago

    Lori is adorable! Inspiring story.. as many of us can relate to the 'being locked out in the rain' ;)

  • PotteryOKC

    PotteryOKC said 10 years ago

    Nice article, very inspiring!

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 10 years ago

    great article and gorgeous bags. thanks for sharing your advice etc. beautiful studio too :)

  • HibouCards

    HibouCards said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring, as usual Etsy's articles rock!

  • creativethursday

    creativethursday said 10 years ago

    congratulations!!!! always love a story on another person willing to take the leap & your bags are gorgeous!! wishing you much continued success!

  • Emburr

    Emburr said 10 years ago

    Good for you ChaCha2!

  • junyandmilo

    junyandmilo said 10 years ago

    Such a great story! I can relate to it since I was in a similar situation. Sometimes really BAD days can open the door to exciting new things :) And wow, the studio looks amazing and the bags are gorgeous! Greetings from Switzerland & good luck to CHA CHA

  • pulpsushi

    pulpsushi said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! What a terrific read. I went to your blog and saw your dogs, CUTE!!! Much luck to you and your business!

  • ModFarmgirl

    ModFarmgirl said 10 years ago

    Yay ChaCha!!!! Congrats! Loved your story, very inspiring! (btw, I love making lists too!!)

  • slumptown

    slumptown said 10 years ago

    Great interview. Very inspiring and great advice. I too am not patient. Wishing you lots of continued success.

  • HevVinDesigns

    HevVinDesigns said 10 years ago

    Your bags are beautiful. Thank you for sharing how you make it work as far as planning ahead and organizing your time. It's very inspiring.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    You have really beautiful handbags. Your interview was very encouraging. Keep up the beautiful work that you do.

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, great interview. Your bags are fabulous.

  • bamdesigns

    bamdesigns said 10 years ago

    great feature- it shows you that it can be done and it is inspiring to read that if you work hard you too can do it! Great job

  • AnLieDesigns

    AnLieDesigns said 10 years ago

    You are an inspiration to those of us who dream of finding their niche and running with it!!!

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 10 years ago

    Thanks Cha Cha. I really needed to here a uplifting story. I've been struggling and I know my hard work will pay off. Thanks for lifting me up.

  • rachelungerjewelry

    rachelungerjewelry said 10 years ago

    Great job Lori! I am loving my Stella 3-in-1 shopper. It is gorgeous and perfect and wonderful in every way. Can't wait to see what's next!!

  • TheBrassHussy

    TheBrassHussy said 10 years ago

    congratulations on your hard work and success ChaCha!

  • valpoling

    valpoling said 10 years ago

    Great article. I am similar, I buy supplies when I can afford it, have no real marketing skills, etc. I recently started my own web store at, but find the monthly fee and the low traffic hard to justify keeping it. I pass out cards everywhere and have tried some internet advertising- but it is really expensive. It is also hard to sell here on Etsy as there is so much competition. I am not really sure how to boost sales. I am no photographer, so my pictures really do not do the product justice. Any Ideas on boosting traffic? Would it be smarter to focus on one selling outlet- either Etsy, Ebay or my web store? My husband was recently laid off, I work full time, but was really hoping to move ahead in my craft and make up some of our lacking funds with my sales. I hit flea markets and craft shows. I currently sell at every local farmers market. Any ideas?

  • akane

    akane said 10 years ago

    Inspiring story ChaCha:)

  • StitchinStyle

    StitchinStyle said 10 years ago

    To ChaCha, your bags are the BOMB!!! and your story is very inspiring. Good fortunes to you.

  • thelittlebrownwren

    thelittlebrownwren said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Congrats to you and best wishes. =)

  • Divanni

    Divanni said 10 years ago

    Really inspiring story. Congrats, your pieces are stunning! I wish you continued success :)

  • SallyRags

    SallyRags said 10 years ago

    What a fabulous inspiration! Bless you and may you sell a million beautiful handbags!! Off to check out your shop!

  • darvesh

    darvesh said 10 years ago

    My fave QYDJ story so far!

  • StitchinStyle

    StitchinStyle said 10 years ago

    And to Etsy this is the best feature of all. I am always so inspired by "Quit your day job". I cant wait to read every week. And cant wait to get my interview.:)

  • BeeGracious

    BeeGracious said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing a great success story!

  • BirdWatching

    BirdWatching said 10 years ago

    I love to hear about these stories. It gives me hope! I think being able to quit my job would actually make me cry rivers of joyous tears. haha.

  • PeekoApparel

    PeekoApparel said 10 years ago

    WOW! you are amazing! just reading into your first opening paragraph, I couldn't have related to your similar situation as I am now. I too am jobless, balancing idea of whether or not its worth my time to continue to look for employment to enable myself funds for supplies, and or keep living purchase to purchase till I am no longer having have to worry. Nonetheless, I found your story to really hit close to home for me and very motivating. :D

  • marvelousa

    marvelousa said 10 years ago

    These bags are just HOT.

  • Peekb4

    Peekb4 said 10 years ago

    this is now my new favorite inspirational story. luv your style!

  • MixedMediaByZehner

    MixedMediaByZehner said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. I've got to learn to hurry up and wait!

  • 308thstreetdesign

    308thstreetdesign said 10 years ago

    I just love the bags. I'm hoping someday I'll be able to be in this article...

  • fineartstoneware

    fineartstoneware said 10 years ago

    Great inspiring article. And I love the bags!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 10 years ago

    Awesome! And I love the white clutch with hearts!

  • favoredfrog

    favoredfrog said 10 years ago

    You are a total dynamo treat!

  • kiuD

    kiuD said 10 years ago

    Wow, what a wonderfully inspirational story. Keep at it chacha2!

  • perebags

    perebags said 10 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your success story! It definitely gave me a little more hope. :)

  • theferriswheels

    theferriswheels said 10 years ago

    great shop, great story - thanks for sharing it with us!

  • WanderlustBling

    WanderlustBling said 10 years ago

    fun! always wonderful to see.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    congrats! lovelove your studio space and thank you for sharing your story. :)

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 10 years ago


  • ClareBears

    ClareBears said 10 years ago

    brilliant advice and well done :)

  • setenta

    setenta said 10 years ago

    what a great Birthday present! I see it was your Birthday yesterday :)

  • washwhendirty

    washwhendirty said 10 years ago


  • zombuki

    zombuki said 10 years ago

    I'm so thrilled to see someone finally say that they don't miss anything!

  • SpunFromHome

    SpunFromHome said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article. I know what you mean about the day job. I quit also - I hated working for Morons-R-Us. Doing what you love is everything. Great bags, love your shop, I have my eye on a couple of things.

  • PrairieFairyDesigns

    PrairieFairyDesigns said 10 years ago

    I found this article so inspiring and impressive I love the designs and mission of the artist. May her days serpass her dreams in magic and luck.

  • ovgilliesdesigns

    ovgilliesdesigns said 10 years ago

    Inspiring article and great work. Off to work hard!

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 10 years ago

    congrats cha cha ~ thanks for sharing !

  • FirstLove

    FirstLove said 10 years ago

    Loved this interview!! I am (also) a very impatient person and find the "waiting" hard but she has really encouraged me the whole thing can work with a bit of patience!!! I wish Lori tons of future success with her amazing bags! :)

  • SherryDoleArt

    SherryDoleArt said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the candid interview. So motivating. You're right, everyone here on Etsy is wonderfully supportive. I've been in retailing for a long time and never have seen anything like it.

  • sisply

    sisply said 10 years ago

    very beautiful bags!

  • MelanieMade

    MelanieMade said 10 years ago

    beautiful bags! Thank you for sharing your story, and congratulations on being so successful!

  • Marolsha

    Marolsha said 10 years ago

    Congrats Lori ! I bought 3 of your bags recently and I love all of them ! Thank you for letting us get to know you better ! Your article is very inspiring and hope that all of us can be as successful as you are !

  • lucyvnz

    lucyvnz said 10 years ago

    loved it all

  • DollsClothesBeds

    DollsClothesBeds said 10 years ago

    I admire your talent! The bags are stunning and look so soft and supple even in the photos! I am saving up for your Alesha Bag. I hope this article keeps you busy for the next six months! Congrats!

  • bobbinalong

    bobbinalong said 10 years ago

    Each of us on Etsy has a passion for creating, whether it is sewing, knitting, painting, whatever. So wonderful to see someone who can grasp an opportunity and make it pay off. It inspires us all to try a little harder, enjoy what we do a little more, and be thankful we each have a special talent. Good article.

  • savistudio

    savistudio said 10 years ago

    very inspiring, thank you!!!!

  • LeftHandHats

    LeftHandHats said 10 years ago

    Great bags!!! I've just left my day job of almost 10 years and am hoping to make my shop viable; it is great to hear from someone who has done just that! Again, GREAT bags!!!

  • MossRoseDesigns

    MossRoseDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very talented!! Congratulations on making it all work -- your bags are gorgeous!! :)

  • bestnesthomegoods

    bestnesthomegoods said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! LOVE the bags! Thanks for sharing!

  • inbloomdesigns

    inbloomdesigns said 10 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring article! I love reading these!

  • enchantingimages

    enchantingimages said 10 years ago

    what fabulous bags!!! so great to read these stories

  • SparkleMe

    SparkleMe said 10 years ago

    Such stunning bags!! Congratulations

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    I enjoyed seeing the pictures of your studio. I like to see how everyone's studios are different! Your bags are very nice.

  • SparkleMe

    SparkleMe said 10 years ago

    Go Toronto!!

  • blondiemom11

    blondiemom11 said 10 years ago

    These stories are wonderful and inspiring. Best Wishes. Your bags are fabulous!

  • BeadfullyYours

    BeadfullyYours said 10 years ago

    As a brand new member to etsy - I LOVE these articles and find the information priceless! The bags are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  • anneiwanin

    anneiwanin said 10 years ago

    woop woop girl!!! beautiful bags!!

  • squareware

    squareware said 10 years ago

    Nice photos and looks like you have a beautiful studio too!

  • littlepinkpebble

    littlepinkpebble said 10 years ago

    wow~!! i want to quit my job~!!!!!! Love this series

  • VintageRoseClothing

    VintageRoseClothing said 10 years ago

    What an inspiring article! I too found myself jobless about 6 months ago & contemplated starting my vintage store for about 3 months before I finally took the plunge. I can totally relate to being impatient... I want my sales to be higher right NOW, but am a million times happier working for myself, even if I do work on and off 24/7. I only wish I would have started sooner, that way I would already be 6 months in instead of 3. It's always encouraging to hear from similar etsy sellers that have succeeded. Congrats!! And by the way, I love that little white heart clutch....

  • twinklyspangle

    twinklyspangle said 10 years ago

    I also adore that little heart clutch - this is the first 'Quit Your Day Job' that I have read, and I feel really inspired now - I wish Lori the best of luck with her beautiful bags xx

  • elisasherejewelry

    elisasherejewelry said 10 years ago

    Your work and story are amazing! Thanks for inspiring us.

  • youniquebydesign

    youniquebydesign said 10 years ago

    Your story is absolutely amazing and inspiring! Your work is wonderful. keep up the good work.

  • HazelHoney

    HazelHoney said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring I'm also a bag maker (fabric) and I love reading about other bag designers.

  • FiredUpDD

    FiredUpDD said 10 years ago

    Way to go! Thanks for your story and inspiration.

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage said 10 years ago

    Hey congratulations! Great article.

  • StorybookStitches

    StorybookStitches said 10 years ago

    Your story is so uplifting, and your work is beautiful!

  • greenspringstudio

    greenspringstudio said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the great inspiration. I am in the process of getting my own Etsy shop set up. I am trying to take my time to avoid as many mistakes that I can.

  • paulacelaya

    paulacelaya said 10 years ago

    great baagggggssss. you have inspired me. thanks.

  • roseredwinter

    roseredwinter said 10 years ago

    Great article! Thanks for the inspiration.

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 10 years ago

    Great down to earth advice and a really uplifting attitude. I feel so positive after reading this. Thanks

  • VintagePatina

    VintagePatina said 10 years ago

    Uselful, down to earth info...makes me more determined than ever to make Vintage Patina a success.

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 10 years ago

    Super inspiring! Thanks for sharing the info and wishing you bigger and better sales in the rest of 2009!

  • BigelowDesigns

    BigelowDesigns said 10 years ago

    great advice, congrats!!!!!!

  • RenJewels

    RenJewels said 10 years ago

    The bags are lovely and the story inspiring. Thanks for this.

  • redonions

    redonions said 10 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful!!!!! I believe I need to dive back into that pool myself. Lets hope 2009 is better for all of us.

  • KamakuraStudios

    KamakuraStudios said 10 years ago

    Just started my shop and even tho I've spent months preparing to launch, I still feel unprepared. Just closing my eyes and jumping in! Thanks for the useful info on staying organized with your day.

  • swipxa

    swipxa said 10 years ago

    Very cool bags lol and very cool gal

  • ihaveaprint

    ihaveaprint said 10 years ago

    Wow, I can really relate to that. Just got off my day job, (recession you know), two months ago and decided to take the plunge and be a freelance designer. Thanks for the article, I already followed one of the advices, here's my blog:

  • strickliebe

    strickliebe said 10 years ago

    Great work, inspiring and admirable story. Thank´s for sharing your experience. Like your work and whish you all the best for 2009.

  • WraptInFelt

    WraptInFelt said 10 years ago

    Always willing to take cues on how to survive without a 'day job'.

  • underthewire

    underthewire said 10 years ago

    Wonderfully inspiring...sometimes it's things that seem the worst in our lives that lead us to the best.

  • VenitasBoutique

    VenitasBoutique said 10 years ago

    Your bags are wonderful. Your story very inspiring,I'd love to quite my day job........ keep up the good work.

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 10 years ago

    I LOVE YOUR BAGS! I faved a few before reading this article! Well Done!

  • metsyetsy

    metsyetsy said 10 years ago

    Wow, That is soooo assume, inspiring and one day I hope to accomplish. Our fields are differnt but the goal,objective is the same.Your tunnel was true-ly your lite.... I also love your bags..

  • Nelly23

    Nelly23 said 10 years ago

    I love reading stories like this - keep them coming... Maybe someday I will be locked out of my house and just think I don't need this job - and quit!!! Good Luck and keep up the great work!!

  • AwApplesauce

    AwApplesauce said 10 years ago

    As always, a great read. Like just about every other interview, though, she didn't really say how she became so successful or what exactly she does to promote herself. This is a very loaded question, I know, but it's really the meat of what we all want to hear. She mentioned bloggers, do most full-time sellers just shoot out emails to bloggers asking them to feature their store?

  • BabyNest

    BabyNest said 10 years ago

    Inspiring article. Thanks so much for sharing and the wonderful advice. Much success to you and your shop...and your dog.:)

  • Morado

    Morado said 10 years ago

    These real life stories are always so insipring. I'm so glad Lori's advice to everyone was not a cliched..... 'take good pictures' but rather something very useful. I appreciate that.

  • karla100

    karla100 said 10 years ago

    Lovin' this article. I am new to Etsy as far as selling, and I guess that 'nothing happens overnite thing applies to me' because I am getting very impatient (haven't sold anything since I started in March) Blogging is totally new to me and I don't understand any of it yet, but I'm trying. I just need to give myself some time and come up with a plan.

  • 51art

    51art said 10 years ago

    Thank you for this. My dream is what you have made happen. It does take a lot of work, and targeting the right places is the hard thing to figure out. Thanks for this inspiration.

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational! Love the bags!

  • brownbunnybyiris

    brownbunnybyiris said 10 years ago

    This story is so inspiring! Congratulations!

  • cajunrosedesigns

    cajunrosedesigns said 10 years ago

    I did the same, jumped right in, one day I just decided to move forward and hopefully I can quit my day job. I strongly believe that my business can succeed if I stick with "As much as I love selling my creations, I love creating them even more."

  • MichelleStudio

    MichelleStudio said 10 years ago

    Love those bags. Very inspiring story as well.

  • gingercardco

    gingercardco said 10 years ago

    Was hoping to see your dog in one of the photos! I used to work for myself, and one of the biggest perks was bringing my dog to work!

  • cyndimac

    cyndimac said 10 years ago

    I just signed on today. I owned my own business and struggled for three and one half years, seven days a week before I had to dmit that it ddn't work. I hve been home waiting for the next journey to begin and I have gone back to the basics. Reading, baking.........when I realied nothing else brings more joy to me than baking for people. It is my way of spreading love. I loved reading your article and am determined that I will save for my first purchase from you!!! Thank you for the inspiration.

  • asmushomeinteriors

    asmushomeinteriors said 10 years ago

    I really enjoy these stories. They are so inspiring, and they provide great marketing ideas. Best wishes for much success with your business!

  • DesignsBySBDI

    DesignsBySBDI said 10 years ago

    Your bags are gorgeous and your enthusiasm inspiring!!!! Any time I here that another creative individual has forged a niche in the world of self employment I get excited. I have worked for myself for many years now and would never return to the “Rat-Race”. It is always a challenge and a little scary when you leave “job security” (non-existent anymore) and enter the realm of the unknown self-employed, but well worth the chance. I work longer and harder than a typical 9-5, but at the end of the day I am still excited to do what I do. Your story is a triumph and I will watch for your continued success.

  • HinStyle

    HinStyle said 10 years ago

    great article I love what you are doing and so am I,,, I am just new in self-employed and new to Etsy or selling online ,, I may need some advice from alot of people who already succeed with what they are selling , thanks again for great article

  • RachelMarsden

    RachelMarsden said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for this article. I'm about to set up my Etsy shop and I just got a similar motivation to yours (I've lost my job). This gave me hope and very practical advise that I will be able to use. Eg. Patience. Cheers!

  • WayneDrops

    WayneDrops said 10 years ago

    Thank you for the inspiration. I am still in the process of getting started, and feel somewhat overwhelmed. Your article has given me courage. See you soon and thanks again. Your bags are beautiful!

  • vintagetakeout

    vintagetakeout said 10 years ago

    Wow, our pieces are really beautiful and what a inspiring story.

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    Yay!!! Another wonderful story!! Thank you again marymary for sharing this inspiration with us!!

  • ThePlumTree

    ThePlumTree said 10 years ago

    What a great story! I love your bags!

  • Navare

    Navare said 10 years ago

    Yet another inspiring story to keep me going! Thanks!

  • madyannabella

    madyannabella said 10 years ago

    Truly inspiring! Best of luck to you and your store!

  • decadanceminis

    decadanceminis said 10 years ago

    Beautiful bags!! Wish I could quit MY day job!! :)

  • BlackbirdStudio

    BlackbirdStudio said 10 years ago

    What an encouraging and inspiring story! Thanks for sharing your tips! Hope your Etsy shop continues to grow :)

  • TiKiGiTreasures

    TiKiGiTreasures said 10 years ago

    great article. Don't be shy about asking your local SCORE office to help you! (Senior Core of Retired Executives).

  • thesoybox

    thesoybox said 10 years ago

    What a great story it's very inspiring! Your bags are wonderful, good luck to you!

  • LainieRoseDesigns

    LainieRoseDesigns said 10 years ago

    I love your story. Congratulations on your success!!!

  • blinkonmynose

    blinkonmynose said 10 years ago

    Congrats. You make beautiful bags!

  • hazelandhunter

    hazelandhunter said 10 years ago

    so inspiring! yay for doing what you love!

  • MissKArt

    MissKArt said 10 years ago

    Very inspirational story! I am trying to get out of a full time day job that I can't stand and plunge into my own art selling business. I am a new seller since the beginning of April. I hope to soon be as successfull as u have become. I wish u great luck with your crafting endeavors. U go girl!

  • lzubal01

    lzubal01 said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you! I am trying to take this full time and am just starting out.

  • NkemEgwuenu

    NkemEgwuenu said 10 years ago

    Ohh My goodness! You are so talented, and such an inspiration. I just visited your blog and noticed you are from Toronto!. I realized it cause you posted about the MMVAS!. I'm starting my own business and think etsy is awesome! Good luck and congratulations!

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