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Quit Your Day Job: Midnightcreations

Jan 5, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Before finding Etsy, Sandy of MidnightCreations had a full time day job and was splitting up the household bills with her husband.  She’s since had a baby, is approaching her second year selling full time on Etsy, and is almost turning enough profit to contribute as much to the household as she was before leaving her day job.  Keep reading to find out how Sandy juggles running her own business and being a mom while keeping it all together!

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
When I found Etsy, I was getting ready to look for a day job; I had been at home with my daughter for just over a year and always imagined that returning to work full time would be a part of my future. I wanted an outlet to sew and make a little extra money for myself, while searching for a job. I figured if I sold 15 items a month I would be thrilled, and that this would also be manageable with a day job, so I could continue and have a fun outlet to sell items I create. It became a lot easier to sew and participate on Etsy then look for a job, so it sort of took over the job search. After a few months of selling regularly, building inventory in my shop and reviewing the numbers, I was pleased with how well I was doing and thought this could be a replacement for returning to work. I continued as I had, with a new goal of keeping Etsy as my day job.

What was the deciding factor resulting in pursuing Etsy as your full time job?
Eleven months into selling on Etsy, I knew I needed to prove that this was worth pursuing longer. I spent a lot of time plotting my sales and expenses. I could see where I had been, what was working, what was not and worked to develop a plan for the next year. I had accumulated enough materials that I could sew for a good long time and keep some expenses low for the coming year. After figuring much of this out — and with the input and support of my husband — we agreed to give it another year. Approaching my second Etsy-versary, it is wonderful and challenging to have sewing as a full time job.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
Since I was already staying home after having my daughter, my goal was to cover some of the expenses from the household that I had helped with prior to having a child. My first big goal was to pay off my car, which I did over the summer. Saving some money every single month, this is challenging but an absolute for being able to continue. This is definitely where sacrificing things you want becomes more obvious and really is the most challenging part of selling an item that is not a necessity.

My husband has been self-employed for over 20 years, so he has been a great resource, and a lot of the start up to a business was already in place, which made that end of this a lot easier. He helps greatly with the business end of things, which frees my time to devote to our little one and the creative end of running the shop. It has really been a team effort to get the shop up and running as well as tasks around the house that also need our attention.


What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
I wish I had some creative brilliance to share about how I’ve marketed my items. The reality is that for many months I told very few people that I was even selling online. I enjoy the anonymous nature of online selling because it takes the edge off of having to sell items I make. Currently I do not do shows and am not sure if I would be good in a face to face format. I have a limited amount of time while having a small child, so my focus has been on stocking my shop and planning future items to keep it current. I have a few basic principles that help me run my shop that I think have been the absolute keys to my success. So, in the absence of a significant marketing plan, this has been my strategy:

  • Pricing — Balance materials and your time. For me, what I would reasonably pay for an item weighs into the price of each item. I really strive to keep my materials cost down; this is done by buying in bulk and utilizing all materials with little waste. This has been a key component of keeping my prices competitive in an always growing marketplace.
  • Shipping — Accurate shipping rates and daily shipping. Getting items to their new homes as quickly as possible is always appreciated.
  • Customer Service – I truly believe in my items and have no problem discussing any aspect of the items I have sold or have available in my shop. I try to answer all communications within 12 hours while staying on topic and professional in all communications.
  • Functional Items that Are Well Made — My items are simple in design. I let the fabric do all the work. This is what catches my customers’ attention and makes them fun to have and enjoy.

I have been lucky enough to meet and work with amazing Etsians from all over the world. I know word of mouth has also been a great marketing tool for my shop. I am grateful for anyone who takes the time and interest to purchase my items and enjoys them enough to tell family and friends. I love getting conversations from a new member who signed up to purchase from my shop after seeing an item a friend or co-worker received.

I have had some success with local print ads; the trick is finding appropriate outlets for your specific items. I really do want to put more effort into marketing and have some plans I will be trying in the New Year. I am glad to still have marketing ideas and opportunities that I have not yet explored, as this will give me more opportunities to grow my shop and business even further.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I started online advertising in July of this year, I honestly do not think it has brought any significant traffic or sales into my shop. I do plan to analyze what I have done and see if I can improve upon this as a strategy.


Would you walk us through what a typical workday might entail?
The day starts early — though I’m a night owl, I have an early riser.

  • I’m up early daily. I get her settled then turn on the computer.
  • I check in on my shop first thing and answer all conversations. I do a lot of custom orders, so these often take a lot of communication. I answer order inquiries and general questions about my items too.
  • I review all orders to be shipped that day and compare addresses, check notes to seller and contact any buyer as necessary if I have questions about shipping. This is super helpful to get questions settled early in the day so that when I print labels I can just fly through and not be waiting on answers.
  • Items are gathered and packaged for shipping, fabric items are ironed and lint rolled: sewing rooms have LOTS of threads.
  • I label each package with the item and the weight and pile these by the computer for when I complete packaging. This task is done in between all the other things in the house that need to get done.
  • During the day I plan my sewing for the night and will often do cutting in preparation for sewing during the daytime.
  • Most of my photography is also done during daylight hours. I am able to check in frequently throughout the day, which is handy to list new items, answer convos and print labels for shipping.
  • I live within walking distance to the post office and my daughter chants “box” a good part of the way and insists on putting each package into the bins. She actually gets quite upset if we drive past the post office and she is not going inside.
  • I don’t get huge amounts of time to sew during the day, as most of my day really is spent with my daughter and tending the house. I do manage to squeeze 1-3 productive hours most days. My husband also works from home, so we do some trading off with child care. It’s great to have this available and I can be productive in short time frames.
  • One of the most important parts of my day is a nap; even a 30 minute cat nap will help keep me going into the evening. Thankfully my daughter naps for a couple hours each day, so when she naps, I nap.
  • Evenings are high gear. I will usually sew between 4-6 hours an evening, with many going late into the night. My husband lends a helping hand and has a few basic tasks that he does while relaxing, watching television or listening to books on tape. I have always enjoyed working late at night and as long as I don’t start any “new” projects after 10 pm I am very fast. I have many loopholes to the 10 o’clock rule, so there’s no slowing on the production. I also do a lot of Etsying at this time: listing new items, tweaking older listings, answering convos.

What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
When I really stop and think about why it is so great to work from home, there are so many things I enjoy — the flexibility my day allows, coming and going as I please, doing what I want and not being at a desk 8 hours a day —everyday really is a great feeling. I also enjoy the lack of deadlines, sewing what I want and letting my creativity set the deadline. Low pressure creativity is the best!

Things I miss: daily interaction with co-workers and being part of a group working towards a common goal. Having a variety of people to bounce ideas off of or coming up with new ideas or solutions for projects or work.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself, knowing what you know now?

  • I wish I could have a more consistent schedule, at least on a weekly basis. This is a really challenging part of being a full time mom and running a shop. It has taken about a year or more to decide to give part time daycare a try. Had I done this earlier on, it would have helped balancing the shop and family life so that both get the attention they need. In the near future I will have full days that are for Etsy and full days that are for being a mom.
  • Organization: I had to play catch up for many months. Having a good system for expenses, receipts, supplies, etc. really makes being creative and running a small home business so much easier. I admit that even now I am still trying to find a perfect system for all this, but it is getting easier.
  • Give yourself a chance to succeed, because it your goals won’t be achieved in days, weeks or even months. It takes years to build any business and it will only be successful with constant work, attention, learning and improving. I am happy with my selling experiences so far and know there is so much more I want to do. Being able to continue to work from home, while spending as much time as possible with my daughter, motivates me and reminds me this is worth working so hard for every day.

What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year?
I would like to reach and maintain a shop that has 200 items available, and a backlog of 30-50 items ready to go. I am trying to talk myself into doing local shows and events and would love for Etsy to be my online presence to support that outlet. This will be challenging with a little one, but is definitely on my list of things to look into. I hope I am still improving and growing and excited to sew and work on my shop every day; as long as this remains fun and pays a few bills along the way, this is the job for me. Of course, in a year I still want Etsy to be “My Day Job”.

Thanks to Sandy for sharing her story and business with us! Check out the related items below to see some of her work.

You can find some of our previous Quit Your Day Job posts here.

140 comments

  • dreamerchar

    dreamerchar said 11 years ago

    its really encouraging to hear your story!! :)

  • KnitzAndFeltz

    KnitzAndFeltz said 11 years ago

    MaryMary... awesome article! Sandy, thank you so much for sharing & inspiring us-your work is amazing!

  • DeNovoStyle

    DeNovoStyle said 11 years ago

    So inspiring for me, also being a mom and trying to stay at home with my kids. I'm new to Etsy and this gives me some goals to strive for! Thank you for your interview!

  • BeatriceMcClelland

    BeatriceMcClelland said 11 years ago

    You give hope to us all, thank you for all the info and good luck!!!

  • PiroTheFire

    PiroTheFire said 11 years ago

    Oh wow! I love when sellers are so detailed and honest in their answers in this weekly post! And the items are great too!

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians said 11 years ago

    Girl, Congrats to you! You are truly an ispiration and I love that you are from MI!!! I hope to get there one day!!!

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche said 11 years ago

    How awesome! Congratulations - a very upful story! I love this "Quit your day job" series!!

  • MyFriendJennifer

    MyFriendJennifer said 11 years ago

    Wow! Great...and what inspiration to the rest of us. I am a stay at home mom to 3 boys.

  • KindredKnits

    KindredKnits said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on being able to stay home with your baby and still work at something you love doing! Thanks for the interview, etsy!

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 11 years ago

    This is really amazing story. I want to jump and play in all your lovely fabric.

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 11 years ago

    Nice story - Congrats! I love the use of all of the different colors and patterns - very nice! ;)

  • cowriegirl

    cowriegirl said 11 years ago

    Great article! This story is very inspiring. Through hard work and perseverance we can all reach our goals.

  • TheLittleStitcher

    TheLittleStitcher said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational! Keep up the good work!

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 11 years ago

    thanks for the great story!

  • EcoKate

    EcoKate said 11 years ago

    inspiring stuff!

  • sstargell

    sstargell said 11 years ago

    Congrats on a great article, a fabulous shop, and a terrific attitude!

  • PhotographybyNicole

    PhotographybyNicole said 11 years ago

    never been in here to storque before, but your shop coaxed me here. AWESOME WORK WOMAN. now to browse in your shop.

  • LittleMamasDesigns

    LittleMamasDesigns said 11 years ago

    Very interesting interview. Super helpful!

  • stefanivance

    stefanivance said 11 years ago

    Congrats on being able to work from home! Your story is great... I wish you the best. And I love your bags! :0)

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 11 years ago

    Beautiful work and congrats. I never went back to my day job after my second child and have never regretted it.

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 11 years ago

    I LOVE THESE STORYS!!! Congrats on your sugcess!! :D

  • ChelseaVanTol

    ChelseaVanTol said 11 years ago

    love this! i am a stay at home mom too trying to make a go of this... very inspiring

  • glimmeringprize

    glimmeringprize said 11 years ago

    it's great to hear about people who can realise their dreams and work from home full time- Wish it could be me- but i need my health insurance. too bad etsy doesn't offer some.

  • NannysDesigns

    NannysDesigns said 11 years ago

    Thanks for your great article. I am just beginning, so thanks again for your article.

  • dianesk9creations

    dianesk9creations said 11 years ago

    Wishing you the best. I love your work.

  • SterlingExpressions

    SterlingExpressions said 11 years ago

    Great article. I would like to know how and how long it took you to make your first Etsy sale. I've sold things on my own but not one thing from my etsy store. I have found that taking pictures of everything and getting it all uploaded takes a lot of time.

  • StephanieFizer

    StephanieFizer said 11 years ago

    congrats on your success!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 11 years ago

    Love the article!

  • EarthCadets

    EarthCadets said 11 years ago

    This is great. A wonderful example to follow. Thanks for the story.

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    So cute! I love those!

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade said 11 years ago

    What a great read! I think this is so encouraging for those just starting on etsy! Congatulations on your success!

  • smalltownartist

    smalltownartist said 11 years ago

    Helpful, practical article - thanks! I appreciate the honesty of Etsy sellers. They tell it "like it is" ~ not some over-night-miracle story (although that MAY happen) but PERSISTANCE, PERSEVEREBCE, PATIENCE and good ol' hard work.

  • smilingbluedog

    smilingbluedog said 11 years ago

    Awesome story Sandy! It's great reading these success stories. I'm inspired & motivated... Thankyou for sharing!

  • TheInnovativeLife

    TheInnovativeLife said 11 years ago

    A very informative and motivating article. I just recently quit my job and along with a few other tings that I am doing I'm trying this out as well. I want to start a family, but still retain the sense of accomplishment and pride I had working and making a difference in someone's life. Congrats to you and keeping it true in terms of effort and patience.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 11 years ago

    Fabulous article, Mary!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful and inspiring story, Sandy. Best of luck to you and a very Happy New Year! :)

  • SoapRevolution

    SoapRevolution said 11 years ago

    Wonderful article!! Congrats to Sandy :) It is wonderful to stay home and work while being with your kiddies! I enjoy every moment of it too!!

  • journeyoflovedesigns

    journeyoflovedesigns said 11 years ago

    great story! beautiful packaging idea too!

  • AndrusGardensQuilts

    AndrusGardensQuilts said 11 years ago

    Very Inspiring! I'm working from home due to medical issues, and seeing how Sandy has been so successful with a little one at home, helps me see what I need to do to reach my goals. Thanks for a great Article!

  • southernladysvintage

    southernladysvintage said 11 years ago

    Nice work! Great story! Here's to wishing your Etsy dreams come true!

  • junebird

    junebird said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational! I like your practical approach and great tips on your schedule. Thank you for sharing!

  • desertnana

    desertnana said 11 years ago

    Mary, I really appreciate you sharing your personal Etsy World with us. This is my first time meeting you and your shop and I already see several wonderful and most fairly priced items I am going to bookmark for gifts. Also, I had never though of advertising locally. I am still very much in the early phases of being an Etsy seller and reading about you and your experiences has been very helpful. Hugs, MB

  • HeyChica

    HeyChica said 11 years ago

    I loved reading this story, congratulations on your success!

  • RubyBeets

    RubyBeets said 11 years ago

    Thank you for the information! Congrats on your success!

  • Knight27

    Knight27 said 11 years ago

    Great article Sandy! Thank you for your advice and good luck!

  • sirenedelmare

    sirenedelmare said 11 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiring story and Congratulations to you!!!!!

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 11 years ago

    Very encouraging as always :) I love those purses.

  • DoodleStar

    DoodleStar said 11 years ago

    As a Mom and new Etsy seller this was exactly what I neede at exactly the right moment. Thank you so much for this article, for your candor and advice. I cannot tell you how helpful it is nor can I express how much I love your purses!! Good luck with all your future endeavors!

  • lucabellamike

    lucabellamike said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!! It is always nice to hear a good story. I really love those purses. Thanks for sharing and good luck moving forward:)

  • CandyStickLane

    CandyStickLane said 11 years ago

    Fabulous story! wonderful inspiration for all of us! Thanks!

  • ripperarts

    ripperarts said 11 years ago

    I very much enjoyed reading your story, especially your daily schedule. Thanks!

  • pandabeads

    pandabeads said 11 years ago

    I had a baby too, but have been selling beads for some time even owned a store. Closed it and decided to sell part time as well and now it is again full time. Thanks for your inspiring story. I don't feel alone in running a business online. I share the entrepreneurial spirit with many other moms on etsy.com

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 11 years ago

    Your bags are so fun!

  • vohandmade

    vohandmade said 11 years ago

    All the details are really helpful for those new to Esty, like myself. Thank you, and good luck!

  • sweetmixcreations

    sweetmixcreations said 11 years ago

    Nice to know I'm not alone in trying to juggle Etsy and kids! Thank you!

  • raegunfabric

    raegunfabric said 11 years ago

    I love these, thanks so much for sharing your experience

  • whitedonkey

    whitedonkey said 11 years ago

    I hope i can be as organized and productive as you are someday this year! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 11 years ago

    this was a great article from Sandy and marymary! very inspiring, thank you!

  • Montage

    Montage said 11 years ago

    Very nice article and coverage! Congratulation on your accomplishments Sandy. Your life sounds wonderful!

  • autumnsanticsstore

    autumnsanticsstore said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! I just love this series of articles and the artists who are featured!

  • ToughBird

    ToughBird said 11 years ago

    Yeah! I love stories like this. I am an artist looking for a corporate job again. It's encouraging to know there may be Etsy-alternatives for me as well as others. I am new to Etsy, please check out and comment on my (tiny right now) shop! More to come....

  • nightcloud

    nightcloud said 11 years ago

    this is what etsy is all about -- encouragement, stimulation for all creaters, the healthy exchange of giving and taking... and identifying with others, for similar situations etc., for instance moms juggling work and kids. Thank you and more of that!

  • charmingladies3

    charmingladies3 said 11 years ago

    Beautiful bags Sandy!

  • Yoola

    Yoola said 11 years ago

    Wonderful, thanks for sharing, it is really great to read about other people's experience.

  • pinkshowercurtain

    pinkshowercurtain said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Love to hear how others make it work, follow their dreams, etc. Very inspiring! :)

  • Piggy

    Piggy said 11 years ago

    Great article! Superbly inspirational! :)

  • boulderglassmonkey

    boulderglassmonkey said 11 years ago

    Thank you for the encouragement to follow our passion!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this article. Your bags are pretty!

  • UnamourdeLilise

    UnamourdeLilise said 11 years ago

    A beautifull story...

  • TheBeadedJewel

    TheBeadedJewel said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! Loved the article, sounds like a hard worker with a heart of gold.

  • swallownest

    swallownest said 11 years ago

    Your bags are so fresh looking. You have a good eye for color. I love reading of others success. Keeps me motivated to keep trying to find my niche.

  • OriginalDesignUK

    OriginalDesignUK said 11 years ago

    Great article.Keep them coming(more often etsy. Thanks for sharing that inspirational story, sounds far too similar to my routiend as a fellow full time mum to 18mth old and another due in march! Lou

  • ILZESart

    ILZESart said 11 years ago

    Really admire your tenacity and vision. Can you rub some off on me?

  • UrbanEagleHerbCo

    UrbanEagleHerbCo said 11 years ago

    I have just recently put up my first etsy store - UrbanEagleHerbCo. and I plan on putting up another store - UrbanEagleDesign - soon. My goal is to create enough on-line sales so that I will have enough income to supplement my husband's retirement. It is very encouraging to read about other's success. It makes me realize that reaching my goal is possible. Thanks for sharing! Katy

  • mysparetimedesign

    mysparetimedesign said 11 years ago

    very encouraging article....while I don't have a little one, I have two boys at home and battle the symptoms of fibromyalgia which makes every day different... one of the other things i note that helps promote my shop is by joining in on the forums in the community section... And you meet some great etsians!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 11 years ago

    Fantastic article!

  • KabiDesigns

    KabiDesigns said 11 years ago

    Great article... Awesome Creations ^_^

  • cbartist

    cbartist said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! and thanks for sharing tips to help the rest of us.

  • jorjay

    jorjay said 11 years ago

    This is a great story and gives me encouragement. You are to be commended for having the courage to start your own business and the sense and talent to make it a success. I hope to have a similar story in a year or two. Thank you so much for sharing. Oh! and your products are just adorable!

  • JoOliveWorkshop

    JoOliveWorkshop said 11 years ago

    Well Done! As a mum of a 3 year old and 1 year old and a new etsy seller I can relate to stealing every moment of the day and night to dedicate to your craft. QYDJ is always amazingly inspirational - thanks sooooo much!

  • rganttdesigns

    rganttdesigns said 11 years ago

    I am a newbie to etsy and found your story very encouraging! I, too am a midnight crafter! I find the quietness of the night very soothing for creating. Your story has inspired me!

  • barbaragilesjewelry

    barbaragilesjewelry said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for the down to earth information and inspiration!

  • jewelryinfusions

    jewelryinfusions said 11 years ago

    Gives me inspiration! Thanks for your candid interview. I hear you on the trying to balance child care and business. It sometimes feels like I'm not doing either very well.

  • FannieAndSprout

    FannieAndSprout said 11 years ago

    Sandy~ Your story is so inspiring! I just received my bag today and LOVE it. When I saw your spotlight in the Storque, I couldn't believe it. And there was the fabric to my beautiful new bag in the background. Thank you for the tips and a great article. I feel pretty warm and fuzzy right now, knowing that I'm neighbors with a famous, successful Etsian. Be well, Kellianne

  • haramakilove

    haramakilove said 11 years ago

    lovely bags, lovely story!

  • Jamilary

    Jamilary said 11 years ago

    Stories like this revive the dreamer in me.

  • monbonbon

    monbonbon said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your success story... truly inspirational.... Cute bags ... Rebecca

  • thesocialseam

    thesocialseam said 11 years ago

    Congrats - you are a super seamstress! I love your choices of fabrics.

  • yellowgoat

    yellowgoat said 11 years ago

    It's very inspirational. I need to be patient to build this as a full time job. :D

  • LightAndShade

    LightAndShade said 11 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story, it's great to hear how it can be done!

  • FibreSantric

    FibreSantric said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, very encouraging. Love your store, congrats on your success!

  • hawea

    hawea said 11 years ago

    thank you for the inspiration!

  • allgoodgifts

    allgoodgifts said 11 years ago

    Thanks so much for this article! I am just building a site on etsy...and your honesty and insight was really helpful and inspiring. I'm so glad that your are able to stay home with your little one.

  • YolaLeDesma

    YolaLeDesma said 11 years ago

    Very encouraging! I just joined etsy and it really helps to hear another artisans experience on this great site. I'm also a seamstress, designing one of a kind clothing and I'm very inspired by your story. . .Congratulations!

  • jrgoddess

    jrgoddess said 11 years ago

    This story is such an inspiration to me. Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • happyhemp

    happyhemp said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing!! I hope to be able to do the same some day!!

  • SimplyBiana

    SimplyBiana said 11 years ago

    Very encouraging!! Thank you so much for sharing your story!

  • if1hadwords

    if1hadwords said 11 years ago

    very inspiring! thanks for the story. do you get lonely ever? it sounds very peaceful and organiz-ey. :)

  • foreverandaday

    foreverandaday said 11 years ago

    Wonderful! Thank you for sharing and inspiring. I have been a stay at home mom for 16 years and love making things to sell on etsy : )

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 11 years ago

    What a wonderful story! Congratulations to you!!

  • missmarmaladeuk

    missmarmaladeuk said 11 years ago

    Your story is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing and good luck for the future!

  • Navare

    Navare said 11 years ago

    This is a very encouraging story that I am glad I took the time to read! And I appreciate the honesty about your reluctance to set up at shows. I have been researching and debating this as well, and I'm not sure I'm cut out for it. Thank you!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 11 years ago

    I loved reading this article, your story is very down-to-earth and I can relate to many aspects of it. Thanks for sharing this with us!

  • norianesbijoux

    norianesbijoux said 11 years ago

    I love how you package your items! Very pretty! Thanks for sharing your story.

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane said 11 years ago

    Great story, Sandy. It is very encouraging! I have only had my shop open for a few weeks and hope I can do as well as you. It would be great to be able to supplement some of our retirement that was lost during the first crash after 9/11. If I can make a go of it doing what I really enjoy doing (and best at), I will be really happy.

  • amstarin

    amstarin said 11 years ago

    HMMMM - maybe I should take a stab at Etsy - if only I had a friend that could show me the way!!!

  • thyme4creating

    thyme4creating said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiring and helpful article. I love these "Quit Your Day Job" articles that inspire newbees to Etsy like myself. I quit my day job because I am a retiree and hope to supplement my retirement income!

  • Fantasticfigments

    Fantasticfigments said 11 years ago

    I am addicted to reading these stories and this one is no exception. They are so inspiring. I hope to one day see me up there :) Steph

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 11 years ago

    I love these stories because it reminds me that for years while I was not happy at my job I was thinking about "being on my own". What I need is better strategy and much better organization. And pictures, oh.

  • jbirkemeierphoto

    jbirkemeierphoto said 11 years ago

    this was great to read! thanks for sharing!

  • Midnightcreations

    Midnightcreations said 11 years ago

    Hi everyone, Just checking in and wanted to thank everyone for reading a little about me and my time here on etsy. Thanks for all the well wishes and checking out my shop too! I think I am finally caught up on convos, it has been nice chatting with so many wonderful etsians. I wish everyone much success on and off Etsy in the new year! Sandy

  • georgiacowgirl

    georgiacowgirl said 11 years ago

    Hi, just wanted to thank you for your honesty and your encouragement. I retired from my day job last year and hoping to realize my dream of being able to stay retired. You have given me hope that it can happen. May you have continued success in the years ahead ... Deb

  • WedunitJewels

    WedunitJewels said 11 years ago

    wonderful article, thank you

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 11 years ago

    Awesome article, so honest! Thanks for pointing out that it does take time to establish and growing a business...:-)

  • paulxu214

    paulxu214 said 11 years ago

    hi,you're really a great mather and great wife,learn from you!

  • quarks

    quarks said 11 years ago

    yes, honest and encouraging!

  • LeaveALily

    LeaveALily said 11 years ago

    Very encouraging and straight forward! Thanks so much. And a special thank you for your note here, in the comments section. Here's to a great 2009 everyone! :-)

  • maryannforehand

    maryannforehand said 11 years ago

    Great story! Reminds me to have patience. MA

  • jANonCapeCod

    jANonCapeCod said 11 years ago

    VERY INTERESTING, I HAVE BEEN WITH ETST SINCE OCTOBER AND HAVEN'T HAD MY FIRST SALE AS YET, ALTHOUGH I DO MANAGE TO SELL HERE ON CAPE COD, I HAVE NO SALES AT ETSY I HAVE REDUCED MY PRICES, HAVE PAID THE 7$ TO PLACE MY SHOP "UP FRONT", BUT DON'T KNOW WHAT ELSE TO DO? I HAVE ANOTHER SCHEDULED FOR NEXT WEEK, SHOULD I DO OR WRITE SOMETHING ELSE, DO I JUST GIVE IT UP AND FIGURE IT'S THE ECONOMY? ANYTIME I TRY FOR ONE OF THE MORE EXPENSIVE 50$ OR 15$ THEY ARE ALL BOOKED, HOW DOES ONE GRAB A SLOT, ARE THE SAME PEOPLE IN THEM ALL THE TIME? I'M CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW LONG IT TOOK YOU TO BE ABLE TO MAKE YOUR FIRST GOOD MONTH? YOU HAVE A VERY NICE PRODUCT AND IT IS WELL PRICED, ALL AN ANY HELPFUL HINTS ARE APPRECIATED AS I HAVE A LOT OF LOOKERS, WELL MAYBE NOT A LOT BUT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING SO IT DOES GIVE ME HOPE. THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR ANY INPUT, IF YOU HAVE THE TIME I'M ALL EARS...SINCERELY, jANonCapeCod

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 11 years ago

    great article! i love the advise "Give yourself a chance to succeed"...i know i get overly anxious at times.

  • BlueHamster

    BlueHamster said 11 years ago

    You are a great example showing that hard work pays off!!! Thank you for the insight. All the best to the year 2009!

  • KountryKreations2008

    KountryKreations2008 said 11 years ago

    I am just starting on etsy ... I would appreciate any help or advice you could offer ... Thanks so much.

  • Penvern

    Penvern said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story, i am new on etsy and it is inspiring to read about your experience, i wish you the best .

  • hanginmoon

    hanginmoon said 11 years ago

    i envy u

  • cthings

    cthings said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!! It pays to stick it out and you done great!! Many more wonderful sales and Cheers!!

  • LuckyBunnyLampwork

    LuckyBunnyLampwork said 11 years ago

    I have purchased at least two items from Sandy and a co-worker of mine also purchased at least two items from her on my reccomendation. Her work is fabulous and her communication is fast and wonderful as well, congrats on all the success! :)

  • daisylouise

    daisylouise said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thanks especially for the advice of being patient as your shop grows.

  • CrochetUnplugged

    CrochetUnplugged said 11 years ago

    These stories are always inspiring. I hope to be able to be an interviewee one day :-) Kudos to you Sandy, and your products are cute, adorable, and amazing. Keep up the good work.

  • AJKArtistry

    AJKArtistry said 11 years ago

    Congratulations on your success! Your items are beautiful- hopefully, I'll quit my day job soon too!!!

  • Leeya

    Leeya said 11 years ago

    beautiful bags! congrats on setting such a good example for yopur daughter in making it your own way

  • lunamae

    lunamae said 11 years ago

    great story! i hope you much more success. it is an inspiring story.

  • CREATEHAPPINESS

    CREATEHAPPINESS said 11 years ago

    This was a wonderful article thanks for taking the time to write it -it was very helpful

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Great article and your bags are too cute! Congrats on your success!

  • AllyBu

    AllyBu said 11 years ago

    Great story and inspiration! Congrats on living the american dream!!

  • IndyaCrafts

    IndyaCrafts said 10 years ago

    very great story and very inspiring too. I love the bags/pouches..:)

  • Tepuisjewelrys

    Tepuisjewelrys said 10 years ago

    Very great story,cool

  • hamptondesigns

    hamptondesigns said 10 years ago

    You rock!

  • artbymahats

    artbymahats said 10 years ago

    Thanks very much for sharing your story. Lots of good ideas for consideration.

  • FruitOfMyHands

    FruitOfMyHands said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration. Felt very down to earth.

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 8 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story in such detail! It's very inspiring and encouraging. All the best to y our growing business!

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