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Quit Your Day Job: SherryTruitt

Mar 2, 2009

by Mary Andrews

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Sherry, aka sherrytruitt, is successfully selling her jewelry on Etsy. She thinks of quitting her day job not so much as “taking the plunge,” but as an evolution of previous experiences. Equipped with lots of coffee to fuel her day, Sherry is proud to call herself a full time jewelry designer, making a living doing what she loves. Keep reading to learn more about Sherry’s family and the path she’s taken to success.

If you’d like to ask Sherry questions of your own or listen in on her advice in real time, we invite you to join us in a follow-up Question and Answer session this Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 at 4pm EST in the Auditorium room of the Virtual Labs (the VL schedule is magically in your local time).

How did you originally get into jewelry making?

When I was about 11, my sister and I made woven and macramé belts and sold them in our neighborhood. I think that planted the entrepreneurial seed. I can still remember the feeling of walking up and down that winding road practicing what we were going to say when someone answered the door.  I fell in love with unusual jewelry when I was in high school. Thomas Mann, the famous metal smith, lived in the town next to where I grew up. He worked at a local jewelry store that I would go to every chance I got. It wasn’t until years later that I started working on my own techniques, mixing everyday objects with silver and brass. It was Thomas who taught me that it was important to think outside the box. While the jewelry looks fairly simple, it has taken considerable time to fit the objects and silver precisely together.

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

For a long time I’ve had a dream of making a living with my craft. Most of the steps I’ve taken, consciously or not, have been towards the goal of working for myself. After college I worked full time for years, and my husband and I were able to pay off our mortgage early. Now that will be replaced with college tuition for our son.  Then I worked part time for a research firm at home, while working part time on my jewelry business. In 2007, that firm was purchased by a European company and contract employees were no longer needed. The time was ripe for me to craft my jewelry full time.

Did you do anything to prepare ahead of time?

Budgeting was difficult when I started, because if you cannot buy materials in bulk, especially silver, your costs are higher, percentage wise, for each piece. I also didn’t know how much I was going to sell, so I had to be prudent when spending for tools, as well as materials.  I have a small inventory of my pieces, but some of my work is custom, so I produce when I get an order.  I think it’s really important to understand the tax laws of your particular state and local municipality in addition to federal laws. I was able to read a lot on online before I started. My state also has a great website with information.

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

My best tip is that every mistake you make is an opportunity to learn a better approach for the next time. I recommend that you have a business plan before you advertise. Don’t know how to write one? The library is full of help.  I like to advertise on well-read blogs and websites, both written by Etsy sellers and other people in unusual fields. I also advertise in playbills from colleges and high schools. It’s not expensive, people tend to keep them around and it’s brought a lot of activity to my Etsy shop.  I have been fortunate to have been reviewed on some great blogs and websites like Design Spotter, Craftzine, VenusZine and Brides.com that bring good press and business. One of my pieces was also picked by Cooper Hewitt as a design pick. My fellow sellers are also very generous and have featured me on their blogs.

What have you found to be an unsuccessful promotion?

I’ve thought a lot about this question. I am not a fan of social networking. Just because something is popular doesn’t mean it is appropriate for every person or every business. I found it time consuming and uncomfortable. It just wasn’t for me.

Walk us through what a typical workday might entail.

  • I get up about 7:30, pack lunches, get my husband off to work, and my son off to school.
  • I have coffee, lots of coffee. I answer e-mails and convos about potential new work. I write each order I’ve gotten overnight on a giant chalk board.
  • I belong to a group of 6 artists. Three of us are from the U.S., three from Australia. Early morning my time and late night AU time is when we chat. It’s great to have an international perspective about business. We have lots of fun too.
  • I’ll stop in the Forums to see what’s happening, and by 9:00AM I’m packing my orders for the day’s mail.
  • 9:00-11:30 is flexible. I might go to the gym or ride my bike to the post office if it’s nice. I’ll work in my garden or run with the dog. Sometimes I’ll place ads, read business journals or an article I’ve bookmarked. Other days, I’m on the hunt for new level sources and vintage atlases for my work… This is the time I take care of my books. I’ll spend a little time in Excel or my banking. I try not to get caught up in a lot of computer applications. For me it’s a tool to help me run my business, and I don’t want to spend more time in front of it than is necessary.
  • From about 11:30-4:00 I take a lunch up to my studio and work steadily for about 4 hours. I’ve got 6 great windows in an attic studio, so I do daydream as well. My studio is currently under renovations — I’m getting heat installed — so while I do work up there, it’s currently not viewable.
  • From 4:00 to 8:00 is family time. Sometimes my son has a swim meet we’ll attend; sometimes I’ll draw in my sketch book, read, chat with friends and make dinner. Then we’ll all hang out and watch a little TV.
  • By 10:00 I’m back in my studio. Sometimes my husband will keep me company for awhile. This is my favorite time to work. I have a spot that I’ve designated for new work. One thing is certain; I’ll never run out of ideas.

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

I hope to never work for someone else again. I don’t miss running for the train in high heels or a freezing cold office with a window that didn’t open. I used to work on the 13th floor of the Suburban Station Building in Philadelphia. How many buildings do you know with a 13th floor? And while it was a rewarding job, I simply cannot imagine doing anything else than what I am doing now.  I live in a small town on a quiet street. Some of my neighbors work at home; some are young mothers or retired people. There’s always someone to talk to. We live across the river from Philadelphia, so there is city life as well.  I have the greatest customers from around the world who tell me amazing stories. So, no I miss nothing from my former life. One day I might write a book with all the stories that prompt people to purchase map jewelry. Anniversary and wedding celebrations, adoption and birth places, and travel adventures of a life time…

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

“The end is nothing. The road is all.” That’s a quote by author Willa Cather. It’s what I live by. Each experience you have prepares you for the next one. Anytime you wish to change the past, it diminishes who you are and what you’ve become. Quitting my day job was not so much a plunge, but an evolution. If you are thinking about doing it, you are already half way there.

How is it going so far?

As with each person profiled in this series, we measure success in different ways. Since I earn more than I did with a part time job and a part time jewelry business together, I‘d say I am supporting myself.

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

It’s going to be an exciting year for me. My studio renovations will be done (please, dear) and I am hoping to hire a student as a part time assistant for administrative tasks.  I’m going to introduce a small new line of work. I’m streamlining some of the production items that still will be created one at a time, but that will allow me to do some one-off work I’ve been dreaming of. I’d also like to expand my corporate base.  My business has allowed me to support Kiva.org, which financially assists women in developing countries to run their own businesses and provide for their families. Every dollar I have loaned has been repaid, so that I can loan again.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I hope Mary doesn’t mind me sharing this…I remember writing in the fora that this had become my full time work. She convo’d me back saying she didn’t know that, and asked if I would be interested in doing the QYDJ series. I think that was the first time I said out loud, Yes, I am a jewelry designer and this is how I make my living! I am grateful indeed.

 

A big thanks to SherryTruitt 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.

Guitar pick. Sterling silver. monogrammed
Guitar pick. Sterling silver. monogrammed
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Testing Compass Adventurer Cufflinks
Testing Compass Adventurer Cufflinks
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Clock Compass Testing Necklace
Clock Compass Testing Necklace
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Paris-Brest-Paris Bicycle Race. Cufflinks
Paris-Brest-Paris Bicycle Race. Cufflinks
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Spirit Level Bracelet for your Guy
Spirit Level Bracelet for your Guy
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Scene Stealers  Who knew James Dean rode a bicycle
Scene Stealers Who knew James Dean rode a bicycle
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Rosy  Red Spirit Level Necklace
Rosy Red Spirit Level Necklace
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Little Lego Sterling Earrings
Little Lego Sterling Earrings
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229 comments

  • anda Admin

    anda said 10 years ago

    Yeah Sherry! I love your work so much.

  • thevintagecloset

    thevintagecloset said 10 years ago

    AWESOME storque article!!!..........yay 4 SherryTruitt! :o)

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 10 years ago

    beautiful work!! congrats on your new life:)

  • PoleStar

    PoleStar said 10 years ago

    I love this story and I gasped when I saw this story was about Sherry! She is a class act and her jewelry is so unique. I especially love the miniatures. Cheers Sheery!

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 10 years ago

    Love the levels, it is all such cool and creative work. I love this series.

  • CreamBakery

    CreamBakery said 10 years ago

    Congratulations, Sherry! Love your work, and your packaging/branding is beautiful. XOXO, Amber

  • michvanetta

    michvanetta said 10 years ago

    Fantastic article, I've been eyeing your pieces for a long time Sherry :)

  • eyeful

    eyeful said 10 years ago

    Sherry, you go girl! :)

  • melaniescrafts

    melaniescrafts said 10 years ago

    beautiful work! Congrats!

  • fisheye

    fisheye said 10 years ago

    What a great feature of a super nice seller! I have a level necklace and I love it! Sherry, thanks for sharing your "secrets."

  • aCatsNest

    aCatsNest said 10 years ago

    Lovely work and a good article, thank you!

  • TwistedCrystals

    TwistedCrystals said 10 years ago

    great article and lovely pieces :)

  • PeppermintDaydreams

    PeppermintDaydreams said 10 years ago

    Sherry I truly heart your shop!!!

  • Toxicguineapigs

    Toxicguineapigs said 10 years ago

    lovely work!

  • uncorked

    uncorked said 10 years ago

    I have been a big fan of Sherry's work and her amazingly consistent professional presence in the forums and this has only made me love her more! Wishing you the best of everything Sherry - you deserve it!

  • hobbledehoy

    hobbledehoy said 10 years ago

    yay Sherry! Congrats on your success! Your advice in the Etsy forums is always top notch :D

  • squareware

    squareware said 10 years ago

    Lovely article - I really liked your advice, and your packaging is beautiful. Congrats on your success!

  • ChocolateBeachFlower

    ChocolateBeachFlower said 10 years ago

    very nice article...thank you!!

  • ClutchThat

    ClutchThat said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • juliebcreative

    juliebcreative said 10 years ago

    I LOVE SHERRY!!!

  • sillylittlelady

    sillylittlelady said 10 years ago

    Good for Sherry, she is always such a big help in the fora, what a wonderful giving seller!

  • craftgasm

    craftgasm said 10 years ago

    I don't wear much jewelry, but I would wear these unique pieces in a heartbeat! Love the story. Thanks for sharing!

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 10 years ago

    love it, you've been an amazing cheerleader and adviser in the forums

  • myarkgallery

    myarkgallery said 10 years ago

    great work!

  • calloohcallay

    calloohcallay said 10 years ago

    Wonderful insights and inspiration (as always, Sherry!)

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 10 years ago

    Kudos to you Sherry! you are a very 'level' headed artist :p Its very cool to see pics of your packaging and all those levels! Would love to see a pic of your stuido when it's complete. Your forum posts are awesome and inspiring too!

  • aj1801aj

    aj1801aj said 10 years ago

    SHERRY - WHAT A GAL! A true "voice of reason" to a newbie like me, a great support and sounding board and a model Etsian to boot!!! Well done, well done, my friend!! Thanks for sharing with us the story of your success!!!

  • fray

    fray said 10 years ago

    Great article...very inspiring! Kudos, Sherry!

  • AnvilArtshop

    AnvilArtshop said 10 years ago

    Congrats, Sherry! I'm proud to own two of her pieces, and so happy to see her continued success chronicled here. :)

  • Ozknits

    Ozknits said 10 years ago

    Sherry, this is absolutely wonderful and you are deserving of all the coffee you drink! Sherry has been my Etsy mentor. Her advise is priceless and her work is amazing. I know because I own some of her beautiful jewelry and I'm very proud of it.

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 10 years ago

    Enjoyed reading yet another exciting Quit Your Dayjob feature! I too am working Etsy full time and absolutely adore reading about other sellers who are making it!! You go, Sherry!

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 10 years ago

    Yay Sherry. One of my favorite Etsians.

  • OriginalHardware

    OriginalHardware said 10 years ago

    Way to go Sherry. I've seen your commmon sense advice to newbies on the forums, and you have definitely kicked bootie by working hard and not giving up. Inspiring!

  • dorr1992

    dorr1992 said 10 years ago

    Thank you Sherry for your very inspiring story.

  • thepairabirds

    thepairabirds said 10 years ago

    Kudos, Sherry! Hope you have continued success and a finished studio :)

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 10 years ago

    You go, girl! How nice to see your sweet self behind the beauty of your shop.

  • kirstenann

    kirstenann said 10 years ago

    congratulations,just beautiful work you do! i hope to be able to make a living out of my jewellery one day too.I already quit my day job at a bank ha ha. My designs are diff to alot on Etsy so i hope it goes well. Your story is inspiring best of luck.

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 10 years ago

    Congrats on your success! Great article and thank you for sharing your story with us, Sherry! :)

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 10 years ago

    Viva the fabulous jewellery designers. So lovely to see someone following their dreams... thea. xx (www.forthevisionaries.tumblr.com)

  • dennisanderson

    dennisanderson said 10 years ago

    Its about time! Congrats.

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry said 10 years ago

    Hey, awesome! Congradulations. Can't wait until we can quit our day jobs too!

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    I love these articles! Congrats and continued success!

  • Xenotees

    Xenotees said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherry! I agree with everything Cat Uncorked said! You, & your work, are amazing & I'm so happy for you!

  • novadesigns

    novadesigns said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story.

  • freshwaterpirate

    freshwaterpirate said 10 years ago

    Awesome to read more about you! Fantastic work!

  • enduringarts

    enduringarts said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Your work is beautiful and thanks for the inspiring story!

  • InvitaPaperStudio

    InvitaPaperStudio said 10 years ago

    yay sherri! i love reading about my favorite etsy sellers :)

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 10 years ago

    YOUR WORK IS ORIGINAL, UNIQUE AND VERY ATTRACTIVE. CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR FULL-TIME JEWELRY DESIGN WORK!

  • ClaudiaLord

    ClaudiaLord said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Maybe someday I can too!

  • hollyillustration

    hollyillustration said 10 years ago

    Your jewelry is lovely, I can see why you've done so well. good luck with the new studio ;)

  • kalicat

    kalicat said 10 years ago

    Nice jewelry, a great interview, which has sent me straight to Kiva's website. That's a great initiative! Thank you for sharing your insights. x Cat

  • LANYARDLADY

    LANYARDLADY said 10 years ago

    Such creative work and an inspiring story. Good luck, Sherry, on your journey!

  • highdesertdiva

    highdesertdiva said 10 years ago

    One of my favorite Etsians. Excellent interview!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 10 years ago

    Another great article in this inspiring series. Love the "think outside the box" style of this seller.

  • ableandgame

    ableandgame said 10 years ago

    Fantastic work Sherry, an inspiration and lots of helpful information!

  • enhabiten

    enhabiten said 10 years ago

    great article mary. congratulations sherry:)

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Oh Sherry how wonderful! Hopefully I can get into the virtual lab...cause I'm sure you will sell out! LOL

  • dvinedesigns

    dvinedesigns said 10 years ago

    congrats! I always loved your work!!

  • asundrynotion

    asundrynotion said 10 years ago

    Marvelous jewelry, good inspiration & info. Always enjoy this feature.

  • laurabrownart

    laurabrownart said 10 years ago

    if you have ever run into sherry in the forums, you know she is one of the most helpful, patient, insightful, and encouraging sellers on etsy. i'm so glad to hear you invest in kiva! i can't wait to be a full-time etsy-er, able to help other small business owners around the world.

  • ChristinaPerdue

    ChristinaPerdue said 10 years ago

    Excellent article, thanks for sharing Sherry!

  • bunnyboutique

    bunnyboutique said 10 years ago

    Thanks Sherry for sharing your amazing journey with us. It really helps to hear of others succeeding on etsy. It keeps me going :)

  • poppylane

    poppylane said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherry :)

  • meringueshop

    meringueshop said 10 years ago

    Sherry, as part of your 'group of six', I have to say that you are one clever business woman....and incredibly talented to boot! It's so wonderful to see you featured in this way.

  • pamwares

    pamwares said 10 years ago

    very cool! Congratulations!

  • sagittariusgallery

    sagittariusgallery said 10 years ago

    Sherry! Whoo!! You go!!!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 10 years ago

    Good for you Sherry!! Your work is phenomenal!!!

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 10 years ago

    WooHoo!! I am so excited for you. You have such words of wisdom when I come across your posts in the fora. You deserve every bit of success that has come your way!

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues said 10 years ago

    Wonderful work!

  • andymathis

    andymathis said 10 years ago

    Congratulations. *wolf whistles* I ask myself every morning, "Now, what would Sherry Truitt do?"

  • sucree

    sucree said 10 years ago

    so happy to see this interview with sherry truitt! i love your work sherry.

  • annashoub

    annashoub said 10 years ago

    This was a gem of an article. Thanks for the volume of great advice.

  • capturedimagination

    capturedimagination said 10 years ago

    So inspiring, thank you!

  • Peekb4

    Peekb4 said 10 years ago

    great story and and love your designs - definitely unique.

  • jessiemccann

    jessiemccann said 10 years ago

    Inspiring!

  • susannajarian

    susannajarian said 10 years ago

    Great article. Inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 10 years ago

    Sherry - You're very inspiring! Thanks so much. You're workspace is so organized!!! I really appreciate your advice on creating a business plan. My business was such an evolution that it just "became". I can see how making a plan would help me have more focus and direction. You are awesome! I wish you continued success!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    I just finished reading all your coments. Thank you so much for your kind words and hope you all find success. I'm really quite overwhelmed.

  • KellesKitchen

    KellesKitchen said 10 years ago

    Yay, Sherry! Thanks for sharing your wonderful story :)

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 10 years ago

    One of my favorite sellers on etsy~ Congrats sherry truitt~ wish you continued success on Etsy and wherever the journey of life takes you~!

  • PrettyInPeace

    PrettyInPeace said 10 years ago

    woooooohoo sherry!

  • PipocaHandmade

    PipocaHandmade said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherry. What a great success story. It's wonderful how you're giving back to other women now too!

  • pepperinapress

    pepperinapress said 10 years ago

    Yay Sherry! I love your work (before I even knew you) and I love our chats and Nathan is so taken with the cufflinks you made him. You absolutely deserve every bit of your success!

  • AwApplesauce

    AwApplesauce said 10 years ago

    As always, I love reading these! I wonder, though, if there are any full-time sellers straight out of college? I was to start my own business when I graduate, and I have NO idea how to prepare for that!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 10 years ago

    Awesome big congratulations to you Sherry. I loved reading this and getting to see you space. I fear that if I was ever chosen for a "quit your day job" spot that I'd have to show off how messy my studio and office spaces are in comparison to your beautiful one. Always a pleasure to read your level headedness in the forums too. Cheers lady!

  • TheSilverSea

    TheSilverSea said 10 years ago

    First of all, your work is beautiful and congrats on being able to make your passion your full-time job! We (my boyfriend and I) have just started up our Etsy shop selling hand-made silver pieces and what an inspiration it is to read stories like yours. For us right now, it is just a hobby on the side, but we love it. Thank you for the tips for promoting your shop. We will definitely be looking in to those.

  • OceanGrrl

    OceanGrrl said 10 years ago

    very unique, i could see my self in one of those lovely pieces :)

  • busterandboo

    busterandboo said 10 years ago

    I have the utmost respect for Sherry. And *not* just because I'm a Philadelphia girl too. Congratulations on a super interview! sara

  • metalicious

    metalicious said 10 years ago

    Congrats Sherry! What a wonderful article and very inspirational, too. Much continued success!

  • peaseblossomstudio

    peaseblossomstudio said 10 years ago

    This is a wonderful article! I admire sherry very much (and not just for that lovely Hawaii pendant that I want!), she is a voice of reason around Etsy, and you can learn a great deal from her!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 10 years ago

    Nice- I love Sherry's work. Cheers Sherry! Faro

  • GoldenSilhouette

    GoldenSilhouette said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work! Thank you for keeping me inspired to continue working towards full-time craft-making...I am currently working a full-time job at a nonprofit, while I finalize my business plan...but I am also working nearly full-time at filling my Etsy orders, for a total work week of about 80 hours. Your story is helping to keep my dream alive that I won't be working these insane hours forever!

  • ReneeRobbins

    ReneeRobbins said 10 years ago

    Your work is amazing! What a great article and I love all of the info about how you got started-- very inspiring!

  • JessicaDoyle

    JessicaDoyle said 10 years ago

    What a great read. You are an inspiration Sherry :) Cheers!

  • blueberrydeluxe

    blueberrydeluxe said 10 years ago

    Your stuff is INCREDIBLE! I just love reading these "Quit Your Day Job" articles. They're so inspiring.

  • AntoinetteDesign

    AntoinetteDesign said 10 years ago

    Oh wow, that was an incredibly inspiring read! Thanks for sharing and congrats... LOVE your work! :)

  • MiaBeads

    MiaBeads said 10 years ago

    Hi Sherry! I'm so happy for you, you're an inspiration and always so willing to help others- a real class act, hehe! You go girl! ;)

  • mybirch

    mybirch said 10 years ago

    Sherry!!!! Congrats! Your always so helpful and have such wise words in the Forums. I've learned so much from you :)

  • sticknymph

    sticknymph said 10 years ago

    Yay Sherry! I love your work and your dedication is always inspiring.

  • moddyboy80

    moddyboy80 said 10 years ago

    I still love those map cuff links! Happy to see you featured here in the Quit Your Day Job series. It's always inspiring to read these.

  • ScentedLuxuries

    ScentedLuxuries said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful story. You have a lovely shop.

  • momochas

    momochas said 10 years ago

    You have very special and beautiful work, congrats for your success Sherry and thanks for sharing your thoughts, this is very inspiring!

  • Liyana

    Liyana said 10 years ago

    wow..inspire me a lot..I will work hard then

  • percivalroad

    percivalroad said 10 years ago

    fantastic feature!! well done Sherry

  • bridgemanstudios

    bridgemanstudios said 10 years ago

    Sherry, great looking work and best wishes for continued success! I love this series - thanks Etsy!

  • JesseMosher

    JesseMosher said 10 years ago

    Hi Sherry - imagine seeing you here ! was just chatting with you on forums ...you are the best ! Good LUCK with all . Sherry is a wonderful part of etsy I'd say .

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 10 years ago

    Congrats to one of my favorite Etsy sellers! Great read!

  • LeftHandHats

    LeftHandHats said 10 years ago

    You are living my dream! Thanks for writing the kind of article that is going to help me live my dream!!!

  • sewlutionsbyamo

    sewlutionsbyamo said 10 years ago

    Cheers to your continued success!

  • Odannysgirl

    Odannysgirl said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Sherry is one classy lady. Her jewelry is pretty fabulous too. Glad to see this article and read more about her process.

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article! Thanks for sharing, Sherry.

  • lisahopkins

    lisahopkins said 10 years ago

    Inspiring! Congratulations, Sherry. :)

  • kottageon5th

    kottageon5th said 10 years ago

    I found this well written article very inspiring! Beautiful, detailed work - down to the packaging! Yay for Sherry!

  • Candlelites

    Candlelites said 10 years ago

    Excellant, well written with all the details we need to know. Yes. it is possible to make a living from doing the things we love to do. You have laid out very positively in fact that we can do it. Best of luck and hope your studio has been finished.

  • glassandwiregems

    glassandwiregems said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story. Since I'm a "beginner" you are an inspiration. Your work is beautiful.

  • ourfrontyard

    ourfrontyard said 10 years ago

    Your work is absolutely adorable. I hope to be as imaginative, organized and successful as you. Thanks for all the great info. :)

  • HistoryofArt

    HistoryofArt said 10 years ago

    I don't usually read these QYDJ articles, as I always want to have a day job! This one was quite inspirational and interesting. I think everyone can take something from Sherry's story--even those of us not yet or not ever doing Etsy full-time. Thanks so much!

  • marcelostworld

    marcelostworld said 10 years ago

    cool jewelry, very creative!

  • letterM

    letterM said 10 years ago

    I love your work! Actually, my six-year-old daughter BEGGED for one of your necklaces for Christmas. I think she has inspired and wonderful taste:)

  • rockyshardwear

    rockyshardwear said 10 years ago

    great article ! thanks! your work is SOOOO fun!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 10 years ago

    what a great story thank you for sharing so inspiring!!!!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 10 years ago

    very creative & great read...thanks all

  • rubyspiritdesigns

    rubyspiritdesigns said 10 years ago

    Fasinating QYDJ Sherry, you come across as a nice person who deserves the best kind of boss: herself! :)

  • esmeraldadesigns

    esmeraldadesigns said 10 years ago

    Awesome feature!!!

  • timeforbeads

    timeforbeads said 10 years ago

    an inspiration!

  • BellyAntButton

    BellyAntButton said 10 years ago

    Love your workday schedule!

  • JewelrybyMignon

    JewelrybyMignon said 10 years ago

    Congrats! I would love to have my story play out in similar fashion!!!!

  • lullabylily

    lullabylily said 10 years ago

    Lovely article, thank you Sherry and Mary. Lots of wonderful things to think about.

  • hempandmore

    hempandmore said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Taking the plunge certainly does describe it though, it is exciting! Hope to be there!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 10 years ago

    Those are neat items!

  • wanderingmoon

    wanderingmoon said 10 years ago

    Sherry, you're jewellery is so unique and creative! I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your story. (:

  • jewelalchemy

    jewelalchemy said 10 years ago

    wonderful! Quit Your Day Job series is my all time favorite etsy reading!

  • beatrixmoldesigns

    beatrixmoldesigns said 10 years ago

    Love your work Sherry, thanks for the inspiration.

  • KreatedbyKelly

    KreatedbyKelly said 10 years ago

    Sherry!!!!!! You know I L-O-V-E you!!!!! Thanks for sharing your story!!!

  • LiamDesign

    LiamDesign said 10 years ago

    I think it's AMAZING you help people through KIVA it looks like an amazing program to be involved in, I hope to participate very soon! Thanks for including it on your interview!

  • AnnMarieBridal

    AnnMarieBridal said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherry. Your story is very inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • embellishedlife

    embellishedlife said 10 years ago

    Congrats, Sherry!

  • Jenifersfamilyjewels

    Jenifersfamilyjewels said 10 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing this! Your jewelry is so unique and your story inspiring!!!

  • tuwonga

    tuwonga said 10 years ago

    wow,,,great job,,,great !

  • sungazer

    sungazer said 10 years ago

    Congrats, Sherry - nice to see your success. :)

  • pmpekar

    pmpekar said 10 years ago

    Thank you! Very nice story gives me hope. Fantastic Job!

  • starfalljewelry

    starfalljewelry said 10 years ago

    This series thrills me! While I don't really wish to leave my day job: I <3 Science! I DO wish to have this be a second job. I love making jewelry. I'm very new to the process (Two months since I committed to learning and attempting to sell). Thank you for these series as inspiration is easily found in all of those represented and it's fantastic advice and encouragement!

  • papabearleather

    papabearleather said 10 years ago

    thank you for sharing. It is always helpful to see what other people are doing.

  • laksaware

    laksaware said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing. Very inspiring and I love your work!

  • SuesDesigns

    SuesDesigns said 10 years ago

    Great story. Your jewelry is so unique.

  • TheToteTrove

    TheToteTrove said 10 years ago

    Thanks for your story. I love the Quit Your Day Job series!

  • QuercusSilver

    QuercusSilver said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading about the rhythm of your days.

  • eclecticmoi

    eclecticmoi said 10 years ago

    Fabulous article! thank you for sharing with us all Sherry, Just love your jewelry :)

  • SeeSoul

    SeeSoul said 10 years ago

    What original ideas and pieces! Great work and great advice! Thanks!! ;)

  • BaBaBeads

    BaBaBeads said 10 years ago

    I love the water level jewellery its a great idea, your pieces are really originals.

  • fishbonesilver

    fishbonesilver said 10 years ago

    I love your stuff, very unique! Great article!

  • realisationcreations

    realisationcreations said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article Sherry! Thank you for sharing your story with us!

  • SunnyA

    SunnyA said 10 years ago

    I just wanted to Thank You Sherry for the inspiration I felt while reading your story and "reading" you today at 4pm. I am new to Etsy and make stained glass items and reading what you typed in the room today made me realize a lot of things I already was thinking of about myself. p.s. I'm a NYer and lived in Jersey for 17 years. Have a good evening, Deb

  • melaniehazen

    melaniehazen said 10 years ago

    cool to see you here sherry! great read.

  • ronniegunn

    ronniegunn said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration, Sherry.

  • beanstreetmarket

    beanstreetmarket said 10 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your story- great inspiration! I want an attic studio!! :)

  • shoshonasnow

    shoshonasnow said 10 years ago

    Sherry! What a great surprise to see you featured on here. Great story, great inspiration, fabulous work as usual!

  • exquisiteaccessories

    exquisiteaccessories said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the insperation Sherry I feel like I am ready for the world of Etsy it is overwhelming at the moment but I am sure I will get there!!! And having a studio would be fantastic Its on my wish board as I type.

  • carvelcountrysoaps

    carvelcountrysoaps said 10 years ago

    Great work!!!

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful and very unique jewerly. Your story is very inspiring. I love reading the success stories. THey give me hope. Thanks Again Debra

  • LOOKAjewelry

    LOOKAjewelry said 10 years ago

    Hi Sherry, Congrats! I really enjoyed reading your story... it's always super inspiring to read these posts. jewelry and maps are both so personal and touch us in lots of ways... it's amazing to see how you have combined them to create something that can mean so much to the wearer. Way to go, all the best to you :)

  • MartaWeaverJewelry

    MartaWeaverJewelry said 10 years ago

    I love your style and admire your organized work area!

  • dayinthepark

    dayinthepark said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherry! Your work is beautiful and you had many important things to say! I am anxious to put into practice some of your suggestions. And thanks for the remark about social networking. It's always important to point out that many times the things that are stressed as the most important things to do, may not necessarily be the most important things to do - for certain situations and for certain individuals! I look forward to seeing your latest creations!

  • capitolagirl

    capitolagirl said 10 years ago

    I love reading these stories and like Sherry's style so much. It's nice to be able to put a face to the name behind the shop. Congrats on the feature!

  • FashionTouch

    FashionTouch said 10 years ago

    Im so glad for you and even more glad to hear that you are enjoying it!!!!

  • montanalily

    montanalily said 10 years ago

    Awesome article! Thanks for the inspiration, I love your stuff- Onward and upward!

  • SkyDreams

    SkyDreams said 10 years ago

    I have always admired your work and your mind! Wish you continued success and CONGRATS!~

  • NewCreatioNZ

    NewCreatioNZ said 10 years ago

    Your work is so original Sherry. It's great. Thank you for the social networking comment. Good to know that there are others out there using different ways of promoting, not just following the trends.

  • midnighttosix

    midnighttosix said 10 years ago

    I love the spirit level bracelet!! Need to get one for my partner.

  • TheDandD

    TheDandD said 10 years ago

    what fab jewellery! it's really unusual but so funky. i hope you business continues to be a great success!

  • visart

    visart said 10 years ago

    Wonderful story! Love you work!

  • JanFairhurstPottery

    JanFairhurstPottery said 10 years ago

    Great job-- beautiful presentation!

  • Nafsika

    Nafsika said 10 years ago

    Great works, great job!!!

  • SandisShellscapes

    SandisShellscapes said 10 years ago

    Thanks Sherry - love the tip about the college and high school playbills!! Your work is gorgeous!!

  • loveharleygirl

    loveharleygirl said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the info. I really liked your article, Lisa

  • HandspunJewelry

    HandspunJewelry said 10 years ago

    Beautiful designs and inspiring story!!!!

  • FluteTeacher

    FluteTeacher said 10 years ago

    This was fun to read...thanks for sharing.

  • violetbella

    violetbella said 10 years ago

    dido to what so many others have already said. Great article! And thumbs up for being so helpful to everyone else, that is what i love about ETsy, is the community spirit. I am in the transition period myself right now. Just quit my day job and am running at full speed to get my jewelry and photography going. Im still trying to learn how to get the best from etsy, but i am trying to have lots of patience and stamina. I love your jewelry, and I think its an awesome idea to make it with special places for people. People love when you can personalize something for them. My mother started Broken China Jewelry 26 years ago and people just loved the idea of having something made for them that was from their own family. And although we are no longer doing that, so many other artists have picked it up along the way, so that right there shows a great deal! I hope to one day have a business of my own just as my mother did! Thanks again, Laura

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry said 10 years ago

    Sherry - Great story and I love your work !

  • SpunRightRound

    SpunRightRound said 10 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous as is the packaging! Great stuff!

  • BlueTerracotta

    BlueTerracotta said 10 years ago

    Very inspiring! And your presence in the Virtual labs last night was really helpful. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sonicrhumba

    Sonicrhumba said 10 years ago

    Wonderful Story and very inspiring. I am working towards the same goals. I have done it before and I know I can do it again! Thank you for the much needed push!

  • sherrytruitt

    sherrytruitt said 10 years ago

    Thanks again everyone for your thoughtful comments. I had fun in the labs even with the lost internet connection and howling winds. Sorry if I missed anyone's questions. I'd also like to say a heartfelt thanks to Mary and Danielle for all they did.

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 said 10 years ago

    gorgeous work and congrats!

  • wristcandycreations

    wristcandycreations said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous work! I'm relatively new to Etsy and gain so much inspiration from reading the Quit Your Day Job series (as well as the many other articles!!). Best of luck to you!

  • soule

    soule said 10 years ago

    I love everything!

  • Jesskiri

    Jesskiri said 10 years ago

    Your jewels are so cool! I wish I could quit my day job making jewelry!

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 10 years ago

    great story. i love that she said - “The end is nothing. The road is all." That’s a quote by author Willa Cather. It’s what I live by. Each experience you have prepares you for the next one. Anytime you wish to change the past, it diminishes who you are and what you’ve become. - What great advice, and a reminder that it's not about the end result, you have to enjoy every piece of the process

  • Gypsymoondesigns

    Gypsymoondesigns said 10 years ago

    Congrats Sherry!

  • christinakober

    christinakober said 10 years ago

    Sherry, Thank you so much for sharing! Congratulations! You're an inspiration and I just hope that one day I can quit my day job too! :)

  • MichelleLeeAnn

    MichelleLeeAnn said 10 years ago

    That is so wonderful for you! Thanks for the info and inspiration.

  • ara133photography

    ara133photography said 10 years ago

    That was a fantastic interview, I enjoyed reading it a lot! Congrats Sherry!! :) Your work is beautiful, I'm a fan, as you know :)

  • catsongstitchery

    catsongstitchery said 10 years ago

    Great interview and I love your work-way to go!

  • blithegardens

    blithegardens said 10 years ago

    A great interview and very inspiring. I love your jewelry!

  • Patsysbeads

    Patsysbeads said 10 years ago

    I love your work. It is fun and beautiful.

  • StudioDolores

    StudioDolores said 10 years ago

    Thanks for the hope..love your work..very creative!

  • cthings

    cthings said 10 years ago

    Congratulations!! You deserve it Sherry! So happy for you!!

  • lizamyers

    lizamyers said 10 years ago

    Very nice article. Congrats on your success!

  • GypsyJanes

    GypsyJanes said 10 years ago

    Ccongrats on your success!

  • EviesToolEmporium

    EviesToolEmporium said 10 years ago

    Great insight on how everyone chooses their path! Continued success on your journey! Michelle-

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney said 10 years ago

    Congrats Sherry, you SO deserve this!! :D

  • pambranchdesigns

    pambranchdesigns said 10 years ago

    I quit my job as a lawyer a year and a half ago to pursue my artistic endeavors. I am so glad I took the leap. Making jewelry is so much better than writing a brief! I love your story and find you to be inspiring. Your jewelry is unique and I love your packaging. I am going to revamp my packaging asap. Thanks for sharing your story! Pam

  • RubyStudios

    RubyStudios said 10 years ago

    Sherry, thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. You really have a great shop with great ideas. I love the "Scene Stealers"!! Those tins are yelling to be put to good use (I have many lying around myself), and I love tiny worlds. You've combined the best of both--and set up a mysterious little story to boot! BRAVO! :)

  • ReThread

    ReThread said 10 years ago

    Sherry, thanks for your story. Your shops beautiful and you deserve all of the attention you've gotten. It gave me lots of great ideas. I'm working and hoping to have a story like yours soon.

  • LastingLightCandles

    LastingLightCandles said 10 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. Very inspiring and informative.

  • 2BellesBeads

    2BellesBeads said 10 years ago

    Awesome! Congrats on your well deserved success. :)

  • adorebynat

    adorebynat said 10 years ago

    Great story. Thanks for the inspiration. Your works are wonderful.

  • bittersweetboo

    bittersweetboo said 10 years ago

    Great story! Your work is so unique and wonderful. Thanx for the inspiration :)

  • mimianddottie

    mimianddottie said 10 years ago

    I am so inspired by you and your work. The map jewelry is such a wonderful concept - I can see how it would be very personal to people. I wish you the best.

  • cleobelle

    cleobelle said 10 years ago

    Love your work, congratulations on a great story!

  • loveitall

    loveitall said 10 years ago

    Congratulations Sherri. Yours is a really inspirational story. I absolutely love your work, always have. You are so creative and talented. I still wear one of your vintage button bracelets with pride. You and I used to communicate on eBay way back when! This is Monica from Oregon

  • maxandlucie

    maxandlucie said 10 years ago

    Wow--I love your work, your packaging is stunning, you are awesome! It is so inspiring to see what you've done, and so helpful to see how you manage your day. Thanks for sharing your story!

  • dixieflame

    dixieflame said 10 years ago

    Wish I had your guts, would love to quit my day job and make beads full time, but alas, I need a steady paycheck and insurance! Best of luck and your jewelry is beautiful! Dixie

  • jessgrahamstudio

    jessgrahamstudio said 10 years ago

    Horray for full time artistry! I like your savvy business mind and your fantastical "scene stealers" piece. Your perspective gives me some good ideas about how to structure my work day so I get out into the sunshine, find balance.

  • nbcreative

    nbcreative said 10 years ago

    it's so great to see you succeed! You were one of (if not the first) logo customers I had and it's just so cool to see you "make it" :)

  • LiviasJewelry

    LiviasJewelry said 10 years ago

    cheers, Sherry! You have a great shop and a great personality! :)

  • VintageGardens

    VintageGardens said 10 years ago

    Amazing work, Sherry. Congrats!

  • UniversalLemurCo

    UniversalLemurCo said 10 years ago

    It's awesome to see people take the plunge to full time jewelry artist. It gives us all hope!

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 10 years ago

    Sherry is not only an amazing artist, but always great for advice in the forums. It is not a surprise that she is such a savvy businesswoman! Fantastic story!

  • barbaralucore

    barbaralucore said 10 years ago

    I love your jewelry Sherry! Great article. This is my dream and goal to become a fulltime Etsy seller.

  • jbfisher2009

    jbfisher2009 said 10 years ago

    What a great article! Thank you Sherry for inspiring me to push on! My fiance researched your article while I was taking a nap. He and I are starting our own businesses and supporting each other to get them going...I design and make my own fashion jewelry and Kevin is a Personal Trainer. I have 55 pieces now on Etsy and yet I get very little looksees...If anyone has any suggestions as to how to get a strong audience, I would appreciate the tip. Thank you very much for letting me know that I can support myself with my jewelry designs. I am very excited to be here!

  • LainieRoseDesigns

    LainieRoseDesigns said 10 years ago

    Very motivating article. Seems to me that you are very organized and set your priorities.Congratulations!! GREAT ITEMS!!!

  • Tepuisjewelrys

    Tepuisjewelrys said 10 years ago

    Good for you, ill be ther soon more good luck to you.

  • SilverCrow

    SilverCrow said 10 years ago

    Sherry is not only clever and talented. She is very nice, too! Thanks for everying!

  • hipclothing

    hipclothing said 10 years ago

    this is a wonderful story sherry. and i love your shop. congratulations! - sandra

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises said 10 years ago

    what a motivating article. i hope to be as successful as you one day.

  • RomanceCatsAndWhimsy

    RomanceCatsAndWhimsy said 10 years ago

    Congrats Sherry! I just read your interview and it was not only quite interesting but very inspiring. Love your work and your packaging is beautiful. Of course you're a success! Hope your studio is done now. :) Perhaps we can get a peek at it some time in the future?

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