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Quit Your Day Job: Replicca

Dec 8, 2008

by Mary Andrews

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Rebecca of Replicca worked an office job for years before she finally decided stop daydreaming about sewing and actually take the plunge into working for herself, thanks to Etsy. (She makes a point NOT to work in her pajamas.) Keep reading to find out her best marketing tips and what she would tell herself if she could go back and do it all over again.

When you first started selling on Etsy, did you have dreams or goals of eventually quitting your day job?
I had dreams of quitting my day job long before I started selling on Etsy — in fact, long before I even had a proper day job. I just didn’t know when they might come true until I found this forum and realized the possibility of selling online and internationally. I had sold by consignment and wholesale to a handful of stores over the years, and in the summer of 2007, I cut my full-time hours in half to design more on the side, but it was hard to make a profit and dependable income from it. I began selling on Etsy in November of 2007 and by April 2008 I handed in my resignation at my day job.

What was the deciding factor resulting in pursuing Etsy as your full time job?
I was working for the municipality, doing customer service for the tax office and daydreaming of my sewing machine. Years had gone by like this, so I felt extremely bored and creatively stifled. I always knew it wasn’t for me, I just thought it was practical. When I realized Etsy could be my transition income, whether or not it would work, I quit as soon as I could to salvage what little sanity remained.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?
The business was registered years before, and I was running things on a much smaller scale than I am now, but it made it easier to take the plunge. I felt comfortable jumping in because I had already done a “practice run” of the company. I managed my own bookkeeping, I was aware of costs and time factors, and since my only safety blanket was access to credit – I knew I would be motivated to make money, not spend it.


What are the most effective ways you have promoted and marketed your Etsy business? What’s your best marketing tip?
Someone said it before, and I’ll second it: the best marketing tool is posting new items or designs. It works every time.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?
I’ve found it to be more satisfying to work out a new design than to purchase blog ad-space or a virtual table in hopes that it will generate customers. It’s not that I think the methods don’t work, I just don’t see the proof as clearly. I’m still on the fence about the mailing list because I worry that I use it too often for some people and not often enough for others!

Would you walk us through what a typical workday might entail?

  • Every day starts with coffee. And I absolutely must be dressed for the day. As nice as the stereotype sounds, working from home in pajamas doesn’t feel right, especially since I’m making clothes.
  • I always check my email first to see if I’ve sold anything overnight.
  • I work on cutting and sewing most of the day and prepare sold items to ship last.
  • I’ve spent a few entire days shipping things only to realize the day flies by before I’ve had the chance to play.
  • If I’m lucky I work on a new design or go fabric shopping, and if I’m even luckier I spend a couple of hours doing a photo shoot.
  • Uploading and posting the photos is always fun — it usually means new feedback and new customers.


What do you enjoy most about not having a day job? Is there anything you miss?
I love working from home, listening to my own music, being paid to be creative and not reporting to anyone. I miss getting paid for sick days and to surf the internet (and unlimited access to Post-It notes and all the other goodies in the supply cabinet). Every once in a while I miss the mandatory social interaction, but the voices in my head quickly remind me I’m not alone.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself, knowing what you know now?
I would have done it sooner. My life feels legitimate now. I’m living as ME, every single day. I’m no longer waiting for the day when I can live my dream. Lucky for me, I didn’t realize the possibilities until now, when I feel I can handle it. A few years ago I might have been too impulsive with everything.

My advice to my previous self would be to believe in yourself, and give yourself more credit. Insecurity slows you down while you wait for reassurance. Also, accept help when it is offered. I’ve lugged many a heavy box around because of my stubborn independence. And my advice to anyone else: you know if I’m talking to you, you know if you’re supposed to do this, you dream about while you’re awake and asleep. You don’t need me to tell you to: just DO IT.


What goals do you wish to accomplish in the coming year?
My main goal is to maintain the momentum and grow, without getting in over my head. I hope to do more menswear and be able to keep a wide range of designs in the store. And, I’d love to supply to the stores that have contacted me, who I once thought would be my main outlet.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Etsy for giving office-going daydreamers like me an escape. A place to run to, to be free and among like-minded artisans and conscious consumers. Thanks to your existence, Etsy, I can breathe again. Oh, and props to the internet, too.

Thanks to Rebecca 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.

180 comments

  • HomemadeZen

    HomemadeZen said 11 years ago

    Congrets on making it full time!

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 11 years ago

    cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!

  • LillyQueen

    LillyQueen said 11 years ago

    One day I'll be sending Mary my story! Everyone that has shared so far have been such inspiration.

  • qwynwyn

    qwynwyn said 11 years ago

    Congrats on quitting your day job! I love replicca! I have one of her shirts, and I hope to get more some day. :o)

  • reFurbished

    reFurbished said 11 years ago

    saw you at the makers' market and wasn't able to leave my booth to come check you out...hooray for etsy!

  • jenaardell

    jenaardell said 11 years ago

    I love stories like these!! So glad for Mary's success. Keep it up!! :)

  • journeyoflovedesigns

    journeyoflovedesigns said 11 years ago

    Another great inspiration!

  • vrsdesign

    vrsdesign said 11 years ago

    This was a very inspiring article! Thanks so much! I quit my boring office job in October to pursue a freelance graphic design career and eventually establish my small business (www.vrsdesign.com). Even though lack of confidence does sometimes get in the way, I'm so much happier now!

  • f2images

    f2images said 11 years ago

    Love her clothing! It's so unique but totally wearable by everyday people! Great inspiration indeed.

  • deborahstreasures

    deborahstreasures said 11 years ago

    This story was great! One of my things is confidence, or lack of. this year I plan to overcome this.Keep writing stories like this!!

  • niacreations

    niacreations said 11 years ago

    So proud of you. Yay!

  • TerisTreasure

    TerisTreasure said 11 years ago

    Yeah! Congrats on this article! :) Best to you!

  • JustJaynes

    JustJaynes said 11 years ago

    Congrats! This Maroon is beautiful!

  • analoukopoulos

    analoukopoulos said 11 years ago

    Great clothes. Good luck wish I can do that.....

  • JustFeltHungry

    JustFeltHungry said 11 years ago

    Fun designs!

  • Thepaperboat

    Thepaperboat said 11 years ago

    Lovely and very inspiring article! Thanks!xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 11 years ago

    Beautiful workspace. Congrats on your success and thanks for sharing!

  • bashayer

    bashayer said 11 years ago

    very inspiring!!

  • scarletbloom

    scarletbloom said 11 years ago

    You're story is so inspiring! Congratulations on your ongoing sucess!

  • olivebrown

    olivebrown said 11 years ago

    thanks for the great advice. ...so inspiring.

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 11 years ago

    So very inspiring. I'm so happy for you and there are many of us who aspire to the same thing!!

  • ElizArtist

    ElizArtist said 11 years ago

    This is very inspirational! Thank you so much for sharing...back to my spinning wheel and off the computer NOW!!! haha!

  • yeahhello

    yeahhello said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story!!

  • tangente

    tangente said 11 years ago

    Yay! I love hearing about other clothing designers. Congrats Rebecca!

  • marmol13

    marmol13 said 11 years ago

    Yipee!! Rebecca rocks!

  • betsyandiya

    betsyandiya said 11 years ago

    Okay, I *LOVE* your designs A LOT (Replicca). Your story is very inspiring and exciting!

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 11 years ago

    This was especially important for me to read, and realize I can do it!! YeY for Rebecca!!!! Go grrlll! This is the chance we have been dreaming about.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring interview.

  • JeLowe

    JeLowe said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! There's no better feeling than escaping the cubicle!

  • babypeasandcarrots

    babypeasandcarrots said 11 years ago

    Very inspiring!!! I'd love to do that same!

  • mashulu

    mashulu said 11 years ago

    You are my she-ro. I see soooo much of myself in this article! I get irritated when I have to go to work because I am the most productive, design and sewing wise, during the hours I have to be at my day job. I also have a part-time job so by the time I get home, I'm burned out! So many ideas and no energy or time...sux! I really needed to see this. Thanks!

  • littlegraypixel

    littlegraypixel said 11 years ago

    "you know if I'm talking to you, you know if you're supposed to do this, you dream about while you're awake and asleep. You don't need me to tell you to: just DO IT." Very true. I need to just do it!

  • replicca

    replicca said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the support, everyone! Glad to inspire, especially if it means a few less cubicle-dreamers and a few more Etsy success stories!

  • aisle3studio

    aisle3studio said 11 years ago

    i love these articles!

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 11 years ago

    so inspiring to those of us still dreaming and working for the day we can quit! your studio is SO LOVELY.

  • thequeensroyalcoach

    thequeensroyalcoach said 11 years ago

    Great Story! Congrats to you for taking the Plunge. Wishing you major sucess!!!!

  • aspenwear

    aspenwear said 11 years ago

    I love these inspiring articles! "Just do it" is my motto (even though I constantly need to remind myself!) Congratulations, Rebecca. Wishing you much continued success.

  • theory

    theory said 11 years ago

    I'm pleased you quit your day job. I love my check one two three dress. j

  • CayeShoals

    CayeShoals said 11 years ago

    Such an inspiration - I'm at that point right now, where Etsy is my daytime sanity check. I love your studio and simply cannot wait to inspire others with my own success story.

  • EstelleClothing

    EstelleClothing said 11 years ago

    Inspiring as always! Thanks Rebecca for sharing your story...this series is by far my favorite of the moment.

  • KnitzAndFeltz

    KnitzAndFeltz said 11 years ago

    Thanks for a great story & advice!

  • 1920

    1920 said 11 years ago

    I dream everyday to be like you, Rebecca, but this kind of story always makes me stronger and stronger. Love your design.

  • wearit

    wearit said 11 years ago

    Thanks to Rebecca! Replicca rocks! Such a very inspiring article!!!

  • morelle

    morelle said 11 years ago

    Hi Rebecca! Congratulations on your article! You definitely deserve it, your work is great. I haven't gotten that sweater off in two days! I was reading about your everyday and it's so similar to mine. I also quit my office job after six months and spend my days pretty much the same as you. It's so comforting to hear that there are others out there that have the same lifestyle. I only miss one thing: WEEKENDS! Now everyday is a working day...

  • Quiltngbug

    Quiltngbug said 11 years ago

    Thank You for a great story. Some day I hope to do the same. I'm tired of soooooo many things with my regular job. This is great for anyone that can live their dreams.

  • moddyboy80

    moddyboy80 said 11 years ago

    Ace! I love these articles and interviews so. You are brilliant. And yes, a BIG thank you to Etsy for giving all of us cubicle dwellers a chance to see the light!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 11 years ago

    So inspirational! Love the shop too!

  • paperhill

    paperhill said 11 years ago

    very inspirational, thank you :)

  • matouenpeluche

    matouenpeluche said 11 years ago

    Well done! Very inspiring indeed!

  • belaluna

    belaluna said 11 years ago

    Such a wonderful story and such fantastic advice! I'll be right there with you someday very soon. For now I"m at this darn desk but I see the light on the horizon thanks to folks like you!

  • christinececelia

    christinececelia said 11 years ago

    Oh! such a great story! All you quit your day job peeps are just so inspiring! Best of luck!!! :)

  • kmwatkins

    kmwatkins said 11 years ago

    These articles are great! Great clothes.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 11 years ago

    Congrats on following your dreams!! :)

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 11 years ago

    Rebecca, thanks for being so inspiring. You make great clothes - you were already a favourite of mine ;) - and it just through stories like yours that we can continue for a little while to daydream in the hope that one day, too, our gut feeling will let us know that the time has come... Thank you and ALL best wishes for you!

  • ArgyleWhale

    ArgyleWhale said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! I just got fired this morning so I hope to be a success like you some day (soon!).

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 11 years ago

    Neat, I love fabrics with prints and patterns.

  • allencia

    allencia said 11 years ago

    congrats! great article, great coverage. u go girl! pops

  • jenjenny55

    jenjenny55 said 11 years ago

    way to go! and thanks for the advice :D

  • pennyglassgirl

    pennyglassgirl said 11 years ago

    So good to hear such a positive story. AND you have inspired me to clean up my studio (beautiful space).

  • MichelleStudio

    MichelleStudio said 11 years ago

    Great article.

  • yokojewelry

    yokojewelry said 11 years ago

    Wonderful choice she made!

  • cincincreations

    cincincreations said 11 years ago

    Glad to see a proudly Canadian Store that is doing so well. Congrats!

  • TDavio

    TDavio said 11 years ago

    Congrats! It's very encouraging to hear success stories like this! There IS hope for the rest of us daydreamers.

  • redwhimsy

    redwhimsy said 11 years ago

    Wonderful advice, wonderful designs. Congratulations!

  • papermichelle

    papermichelle said 11 years ago

    I love your work. Congratulations and best of luck in the future!

  • dolcebaci

    dolcebaci said 11 years ago

    Congrats and thanks so much for sharing your inspiring story!

  • kellyvanhook

    kellyvanhook said 11 years ago

    Way to go Rebecca!! I'm so proud for you - this was a very inspiring article! You know I love your work as I included the beautiful cowl major on my blog. Keep it up - you are going to be a huge success!!!

  • Nushkie

    Nushkie said 11 years ago

    Quite inspirational! Thanks for the article!!

  • enfantjoli

    enfantjoli said 11 years ago

    mom's proud of you. nice inspiring article and your work space looks so tidy!!

  • freqgirl

    freqgirl said 11 years ago

    Thank you for your inspiration! I hope to follow in your footsteps and quit my day job while I still have sanity left. I work retail...and most is customer service so I know exactly how taxing (no pun intended) your job must have been. I want to run out the door screaming some days (most days!) because people just don't "get" just how ridiculous they sound sometimes and how outrageous their requests are. It would be nice if they would think before they spoke...yet I digress. With your inspiration, I hope to leave that whole working for someone else mess behind and go on to make more pretty things to sell here and work from home also. Again, thank you.

  • NanMoon

    NanMoon said 11 years ago

    Loved reading that... Sewing is such a skill. Good work.

  • underthewire

    underthewire said 11 years ago

    Great story...congrats Rebecca for living the dream!!

  • littleredbear

    littleredbear said 11 years ago

    Thank you, what an inspiring story!! =)

  • ouijacqueline

    ouijacqueline said 11 years ago

    Congrats to you and your proudly Canadian store!!!

  • krize

    krize said 11 years ago

    I love your clothes! great article! :)

  • Meatspider

    Meatspider said 11 years ago

    A true inspiration!!!

  • kahliya

    kahliya said 11 years ago

    Dreams CAN come true..! Thank you so much for sharing and giving us the push! Some of us still need it sometimes..! :)

  • LeahSutton

    LeahSutton said 11 years ago

    Fab article...I'm going to keep dreaming for a while..... but maybe one day!

  • vintagetown

    vintagetown said 11 years ago

    Well done for having the confidence to go for it - very inspiring!

  • metalclothnwood

    metalclothnwood said 11 years ago

    woo-hoo :D!!! Wow -- this gives the rest of us work-a-day slaves real hope! Thank you Rebecca!!!

  • AkumuInk

    AkumuInk said 11 years ago

    I look forward to staying home too! Very inspirational story, you're giving me the strength to keep my head up and keep pushing through my boring day job :)

  • lisaorgler

    lisaorgler said 11 years ago

    Good for you!!

  • miscusi

    miscusi said 11 years ago

    I've been into Rebecca's stuff for awhile now! I'm so glad to hear she's sewing full-time. Awesome!

  • BunnyMadden

    BunnyMadden said 11 years ago

    I wish that was me

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 11 years ago

    Daydreaming is my speciality!!! Great story and shop replicca!

  • JetWhitePonytail

    JetWhitePonytail said 11 years ago

    Your items are glorious. Cheers!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 11 years ago

    Awesome! :)

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 11 years ago

    Well Done!

  • brezomayo

    brezomayo said 11 years ago

    =)

  • somavenus

    somavenus said 11 years ago

    congrats! so inspiring! I love your workspace too :)

  • evesimone

    evesimone said 11 years ago

    Ohhh, this is a great story! Go Replica!! PS...I think I've seen you on UTube for Gocco right??

  • briaberger

    briaberger said 11 years ago

    love love love your stuff!

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 11 years ago

    Omg I LOVE YOUR SHOP! Ahhhh! lol You are so awesome!

  • adicat

    adicat said 11 years ago

    this was a really good article, and very well reported!!! YAY for you having your art as your day job!

  • moonofglass

    moonofglass said 11 years ago

    Awesome. You're an inspiration to us all.

  • KreatedbyKelly

    KreatedbyKelly said 11 years ago

    Great article, thanks for sharing your story!!

  • impromptudesigns

    impromptudesigns said 11 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • ajazwinski

    ajazwinski said 11 years ago

    Congratulations! As always when I read these articles, I'm INSANELY jealous!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 11 years ago

    Wonderful Rebecca!

  • ohkayk

    ohkayk said 11 years ago

    Congrats and your designs and fabrics are just adorable. I can't wait to spend some money on myself and purchase one :). Happy Holidays.

  • traceygarciadesigns

    traceygarciadesigns said 11 years ago

    That is such a great success story. I hope to be able to see some of that success on Etsy sometime soon! Great work!

  • simpledream2

    simpledream2 said 11 years ago

    Great story, congratulations!!! You are very inspiring. Your studio is awesome and your clothing is beautiful. Best wishes and much success. Lisa

  • treefox

    treefox said 11 years ago

    eep! hamilton is getting so much attention lately! congrats. (ps: i'm from hamilton & i miss it)

  • timelessinspirations

    timelessinspirations said 11 years ago

    Wow! Congrats on your success! I hope to be in your shoes one day! Best wishes for continued success, Sarah

  • artbymsr

    artbymsr said 11 years ago

    Love your designs! Congratulations on taking the plunge--your story is very inspiring! Maria art-by-msr

  • ReverieStudio

    ReverieStudio said 11 years ago

    Congrats Rebecca! Your story is inspiring and your work is fantastic. Best wishes for continued success. Marcy

  • 3RexesJewelry

    3RexesJewelry said 11 years ago

    When you believe in yourself... Good things happen!!!!!!

  • signsofmylife

    signsofmylife said 11 years ago

    dreams DO come T R U E - thanks rebecca - LoVe your designs keep those scissors moving!

  • greensprings0

    greensprings0 said 11 years ago

    Rebecca you are inspiring, I hope to someday say "take this job and shove it" lol

  • thumbelinapaint

    thumbelinapaint said 11 years ago

    Very hopeful and inspiring. Thank you.

  • michellearnold

    michellearnold said 11 years ago

    so encouraging! We were made to make!

  • cthings

    cthings said 11 years ago

    Congrats on taking that big step!! That is wonderful and many more success to you!!

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather said 11 years ago

    Congratulations - especially for avoiding the temptation to work in your P.J.'s =:)

  • surfnturfkids

    surfnturfkids said 11 years ago

    Thanks for sharing...very inspiring

  • ZoesTrove

    ZoesTrove said 11 years ago

    Thanks for your happy, humble encouragement!

  • OneHeartJewelry

    OneHeartJewelry said 11 years ago

    I could feel myself sitting up straighter in my chair after reading your words of encouragement to your previous self. Thank you for sharing. LOVE your work! Yes, we CAN do it!

  • LuxuryJonesBaby

    LuxuryJonesBaby said 11 years ago

    Congratulations to Rebecca and Etsy for making her dream a reality! You're totally talking to me Rebecca, dreaming about freedom to live as ME is on my mind all the time. I wondered if I was obsessed or something. Good to know other entrepreneurial creative types have that same "problem" and have solved it. Thanks for the re-invigoration!

  • benconservato

    benconservato said 11 years ago

    Bravo, very inspiring.

  • sheilad

    sheilad said 11 years ago

    "..I absolutely must be dressed for the day. As nice as the stereotype sounds, working from home in pajamas doesn't feel right, especially since I'm making clothes." I like that.

  • Klewism

    Klewism said 11 years ago

    Congratulations!

  • HattieJane

    HattieJane said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm wondering how I can do better on etsy, as people love my designs when I sell at bazaars. I'll keep posting and hoping, and reading the articles such as yours. You are very creative.

  • HattieJane

    HattieJane said 11 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story. I'm wondering how I can do better on etsy, as people love my designs when I sell at bazaars. I'll keep posting and hoping, and reading the articles such as yours. You are very creative.

  • WabiBrookStudio

    WabiBrookStudio said 11 years ago

    Always inspiring to read about creative souls doing what they love and doing it their own way! I'm doing it, too. I'm not rich (yet!) but it sure beats working in a job I hate just for the paycheck! Thanks for sharing!

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 11 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL WORK!

  • CityChicCountryMouse

    CityChicCountryMouse said 11 years ago

    Very inspirational! I'm at my office job right now and my dream (and goal) is to be able to reduce my hours so I can focus more on our shop. Hopefully soon!

  • replicca

    replicca said 11 years ago

    Thanks to all of you for sharing your thoughts and your dreams! The response has been overwhelming and magical and makes this self-employment choice SO worthwhile. This community amazes me! I wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons and a prosperous Etsy New Year!!!

  • choci

    choci said 11 years ago

    Hey, Hamilton lady! You live in a great town for doing what you do. I'm just down the road in Niagara Falls. Would you ever consider doing any plus-sized clothing? I would love to wear your clothes, but can't.

  • acormier77

    acormier77 said 11 years ago

    I'm literally sitting at my desk, at my tedious day job, wishing I was you right now! I, too, sit here and dream of my sewing machine all day. Uuullgh..! I can't express how much motivation you give...!

  • orsinimedici1951

    orsinimedici1951 said 11 years ago

    Morning Rebecca!! I'm in my PJ's, but only as long as I'm on the computer w/ my coffee. I'll remember your advice! I'm back to working with fabric again, after getting fired from 5 jobs in two years! Think the universe was trying to tell me something??!! I've been in business for 22 yrs., and took a 5 yr. break in eldercare when our Mom had a bad nursing home experience. Mission accomplished. Now I have a new studio, and online for the first time. SO exciting!! Thanks for your tips!!

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest said 11 years ago

    Truly an inspiring article! It's what we all wish we could do! Congrats to you!

  • TexasBeauties

    TexasBeauties said 11 years ago

    What an inspiring article. I feel the same way when I come to work. I just can't wait for quiting time at the end of the day so I can get home and start putting my inspiration into my creations. I wish that one day I can quit my job and stay home and just sew, sew, sew and sew..........I just love it.

  • allisonkallaway

    allisonkallaway said 11 years ago

    Love your designs and inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • USAHANDMADE

    USAHANDMADE said 11 years ago

    HI, IM NEWTO ETSY THANKS FOR BEING SO INSPIREING. IM LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING MORE OF YOUR DESIGNS.

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 11 years ago

    "My life feels legitimate now. I'm living as ME, every single day" THIS gave be the giddy shivers... much appreciation for sharing your story with us ~ and a glimpse into your adorable shop.

  • yarnovermovement

    yarnovermovement said 11 years ago

    yah rebecca! you inspire me, & you know it!

  • uptownstudio

    uptownstudio said 11 years ago

    what a beautiful studio!

  • StrongBeads

    StrongBeads said 11 years ago

    Rebecca, great to see that dreams can become true! Good luck making more

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 11 years ago

    Continued success, Rebecca. I think you will really go far.

  • Hende

    Hende said 11 years ago

    I enjoyed this piece very much--I hope it inspires many others to leave jobs they don't love to do what they do (love). I've been etsying full time for most of the last year and it sure is a great way to go about the day and feel honest at the end of it. I was doing work I felt good about--as a farm worker on an organic farm--but ironically, I am making a better living as an artist (this is all relative, obviously). Keep it up, Rebecca.

  • AyalaLevinger

    AyalaLevinger said 11 years ago

    so inspiring! I am also a office-going daydreamers.. In fact I am sitting at work right now dreaming about my sewing machine :-)) Success stories like yours give me a the hope! thanks!

  • MsKittysCloset

    MsKittysCloset said 11 years ago

    Truly an inspiration. Especially since I am a struggling fashion designer myself. I lost my job a few months ago and thought now is the time, but it is slow going and I may have to resort back to a normal job because of finances. I think by reading your article I have discovered that I probably posted too many new items too soon. That and believing in myself more. Thank you so much for this piece.

  • krystngray

    krystngray said 11 years ago

    Rebecca quit her day job = more Replicca clothing!!! Yay! Love your clothes, love your story, you are a doll! Thanks for keeping my style fresh and comfy! Love xoxo

  • thepointedforest

    thepointedforest said 11 years ago

    You are an inspiration! Great clothes!

  • Salzanos

    Salzanos said 11 years ago

    Your story has GREATLY inspired all. The world is a much better place when individuals express themselves in personal creative endeavors. Not that there is not a place for mass produced, but the uniqueness, like a snowflake is so very special. I too, have given up on trying to put myself into a square box when i am a octagon. I have personal decided to be poor for while, I know in time, I will make a living wage. Why? Because I will not give up using the talents God has given me.

  • swallownest

    swallownest said 11 years ago

    Lots and lots of wisdom in the story, like believe in yourself and give yourself credit. It's the hardest thing to do but once you get there, everything feels right.

  • brennawoodbun

    brennawoodbun said 11 years ago

    Thank you. JUST what I needed to hear ;)

  • littleclouds

    littleclouds said 11 years ago

    beautiful photos! Very inspiring

  • sthilairefiber

    sthilairefiber said 11 years ago

    Thank you. Now I know there is light at the end of the tunnel.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 11 years ago

    Great story....just like you I look at Etsy multi times during the work week and day dream about selling stuff and working for ME.

  • gaylesgems

    gaylesgems said 11 years ago

    What a great story! Your designs are beautiful :)

  • ruthtarragano

    ruthtarragano said 11 years ago

    Congrats! Big step! (:

  • fatcrowpress

    fatcrowpress said 11 years ago

    The success stories are my favorite!!! I always read these, especially since I just started my etsy shop. I have sold three pieces, is it too early to write my success story? Keep the stories coming!-

  • designDiapason

    designDiapason said 11 years ago

    Although I love all the "Quit Your Day Job" series and are all inspiring, for some reason, your story hit home for me. Esp this part: "And my advice to anyone else: you know if I'm talking to you, you know if you're supposed to do this, you dream about while you're awake and asleep. You don't need me to tell you to: just DO IT." Thank you so much for sharing your story. I think I'm going to take your advice and just DO IT! :)

  • EvesOriginals

    EvesOriginals said 11 years ago

    What a great inspirational story you have here. tsy truly is a great way to get started! Now I'm just working hard for my break through so I can lave my mundane job behind as well. Where there is a dream...there is a way!

  • makye77

    makye77 said 11 years ago

    An unimaginable community! That is... until now. I am so honored to be part of the most happenin' place in the universe. Optimists UNITE.

  • lovarevolutionary

    lovarevolutionary said 11 years ago

    Rebecca! You're so inspiring! Thanks for your story!

  • junkdrawers

    junkdrawers said 11 years ago

    That part about getting dressed is SO true. Very happy to be a part of this AMAZING time when independent artists can go out there and make it happen for themselves. SHINE ON!

  • waltersbeads

    waltersbeads said 11 years ago

    very inspiring - congrats

  • jewels50

    jewels50 said 11 years ago

    You give me confidence, thank-you so much. I would like to quit my day job, now I just might. I realize I need to spend more time on etsy.

  • DefChouette

    DefChouette said 11 years ago

    wow, how awesome. I love it that looking at your studio (while sitting at my desk here at work) reminds me of mine... our stories are so similar! rock on.

  • hea84

    hea84 said 11 years ago

    Love this interview..thanks Rebecca!

  • DreamLitDolls

    DreamLitDolls said 11 years ago

    I was always daydreaming about sewing one doll or another while at work, now I am lucky to be at home and have the fun of making the dreams come true. One day I hope to be a success like you.

  • KarmicBook

    KarmicBook said 11 years ago

    What you said about dressing for the day is absolutely true! If I look professional, I behave professional - and, as a portrait artist, my work improves! Thank you so much for a most inspiring interview!

  • hollysarah

    hollysarah said 11 years ago

    this was a very inspiring interview.. thanks! I'm loving your style, and designs. Some serious eye candy right here. I loved being able to see into your studio too! <3

  • BlueHamster

    BlueHamster said 11 years ago

    Love your creativity and the way you have made your working space so YOU! Thank you for the boost you give us who walk behind you!

  • neawear

    neawear said 11 years ago

    It is amazing how many of us that has had this interview would say to themselves "Should have done it sooner!" Cheers to you Rebecca! :)

  • ConscientiousDesign

    ConscientiousDesign said 11 years ago

    I love what you said "Insecurity slows you down while you wait for reassurance" I love it so much I had to write it down. SO TRUE AND VERY INSPIRING! This is just what I needed to read. Being a newbie and no sales yet, insecurity sort of sneaks up on me once in a while. So thanks! I now have a new found urgency to just keep going and someday get that illusive first sale. :-)

  • susicute

    susicute said 11 years ago

    Hi,I love the photos of your work space, It reminds me of my own. I love having my Etsy shop, but I'm still unsure of where it's leading, as I too am very slow to get sales, which could be partly down to being in the UK.Also, I have a day job, 'pattern cutter', for the clothing trade and desperately want to quit and do my own thing! Going to the office and 'clocking in' feels like going to jail for me !! Best of luck in the future...

  • allencia

    allencia said 11 years ago

    still getting comments, nice job! I would still consider adding your picture(s) to your site. :>}

  • eclecticquirky

    eclecticquirky said 11 years ago

    This is good. I'm at work now...daydreaming.

  • eclecticquirky

    eclecticquirky said 11 years ago

    This is good. I'm at work now...daydreaming.

  • Melindamilkshake

    Melindamilkshake said 11 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I love your shop.

  • flutter

    flutter said 11 years ago

    You rock Rebecca! We are so happy for you! Happy sewing!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 11 years ago

    Great article! I especially loved when you said, "I'm living as ME, every single day." That really resonated in me because I believe that is what every human being desires as well. Much continued success and thanks for sharing!

  • sugarandcandy

    sugarandcandy said 11 years ago

    unbelievably inspiring. you are doing what i am dreaming about doing every day. i love that you are 'you' every single day now! this is by far the most applicable article i've read, and perhaps a call to action for me to get the heck out of dodge and do what i have wanted to for years; work for myself. best of luck - you're amazing!

  • elysiumdesign

    elysiumdesign said 10 years ago

    so amazing.This is how it is done!

  • beaboutfashion

    beaboutfashion said 10 years ago

    I feel as if you were speaking directly to me. I share your agony of being in a job out of necessity while your creative spirit is starving! Thanks for sharing so openly and poignantly! I am challenged to get busy making more designs as I have a heart full of ideas waitng to be born. Best wishes! Mary B.

  • conniescloset

    conniescloset said 10 years ago

    I'm just getting started on etsy...been dreaming for years, plugging away... felt I needed someone to market my work...They say: "If you want something done"....so I will do it myself. Thanks!

  • conniescloset

    conniescloset said 10 years ago

    I'm just getting started on Etsy. I've been dreaming for years; beads, fabric, sketches everywhere. Just plugging away. I always thought I needed someone to market my work for me....but you know what they say: "If you want something done".....So I will do it myself. Thanks for the push.

  • melissasnead4

    melissasnead4 said 10 years ago

    Congrats Rebecca!!!! I have purchased a shirt from you a few months ago, and I wear it ALL the time. I need to get back to your shop and buy some more. Your story keeps me plugging away everyday :) Melissa p.s. your work is amazing!!!

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