Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium
Tell us about yourself.
We are full-time Etsians and love being a part of the community on Etsy. We are free-spirited artists who love to create and employ a variety of tools and techniques to complete the job. Years of experience and education has provided us with the tools to succeed, but the spirit of the community of Etsy sellers and buyers gives us the will. We are proud to tell people, “We Sell On Etsy!” and take every opportunity we can to inform and persuade the people we meet to join us.
When did you open your business and what make you decide to do so?
Before selling on Etsy, we specialized in sand blasted glass artwork and still complete orders for custom glass in our local market. We decided to expand into personalized gifts as a hobby at first and it quickly led to our “Quit Your Day Job” Etsy success story. Whether big or small, for business or personal, make every gift you give a personal one.
Tell us a bit about your products.
We specialize in graphic design, carpentry, and many forms of personalization from years of education, experience, and trade secrets. A big box store gift doesn’t tell a story, we specialize in choosing the best materials, creating the perfect designs, performing quality work, providing professional packaging, and maintaining personal service. All of the products we sell are personalized and we provide service as personal as the products we create.
What inspires your work?
Our customers. We love the social interaction the Etsy messaging system allows us to provide and the memorable customers we have earned. Customers who purchase custom orders and our Inspired Designs become much more than another order as we have to throw ourselves into their dreams to complete their orders. For all of our customers and the orders we complete, we love being a part of their happiest gift giving moments. We find deep spiritual fulfillment in providing wedding favors and being a part of our customers happily ever after’s and take pleasure from every gift purchase from birthdays, anniversaries, and more!
What are your future goals for the business this year? What is your dream for this business?
We are a husband and wife team who are having trouble keeping up with the volume of sales we have generated since opening our shop. We are taking the next step and will be hiring after the new year and will continue to grow at our own pace. At Design’s the Limit, we do not believe there is a limit to our company’s success, but there are only so many hours in the day!
What makes your business stand out from businesses that sell similar products?
We specialize in custom personalized gifts and offer customers the option of choosing from our designs, substituting any of our available fonts, submitting their own images, or having us create an inspired design for any theme or occasion. We excel at fulfilling special requests and creating gifts that our customers didn’t know they could find online.
We also use a combination of techniques including etching, engraving, and carving to provide customers with the personalization option which is best for them. We can provide relatively low-cost engraved glassware favors or deep-sand carved crystal barware which can be passed down for generations. When it comes to personalized gifts, it’s not apples to apples. At Design’s the Limit we offer customers the best combination of design options, product selection, and craftsmanship.
Any advice for those thinking about selling on Etsy?
Success on Etsy is the same as success anywhere, it takes devotion, hard work, long hours, education, and ability. We have transitioned from a successful local business to a successful online business thanks to the tools Etsy has provided us and we are eternally grateful. Run your Etsy shop like a hobby and it will always be one.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do to unwind and have fun? Do you have any hobbies?
Living in Virginia Beach, we are blessed to be close to Williamsburg, Virginia. We travel to Williamsburg on a regular basis to enjoy the history and to visit Busch Gardens and Water Country U.S.A. (weather permitting). If you get the opportunity to travel to Virginia, take a drive down the Colonial Parkway from Yorktown to Jamestown and if you have enjoyed a more beautiful drive anywhere in the world, please let us know.
What is your favorite quote?
“The doors of wisdom are never shut” – Benjamin Franklin
As we specialize in personalized gifts, we are often asked to include quotations and have spent a great deal of time researching quotes to determine if they are in the public domain or if reproduction is permissible. Our favorite quotes are short, as they will fit on most of our items. Although we have never completed an order including the above mentioned passage, we have a particular affinity for everything Benjamin Franklin. Here is another favorite:
“I fear the man who drinks water and so remembers this morning what the rest of us said last night.” – Benjamin Franklin
Where can people find out more about your business?
Visit our website at www.designsthelimit.com – We don’t sell products on our website and recommend our customers visit our Etsy shop to make a purchase, but we have included additional company information including links to online directories, our social media pages, and more!
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
We are a B.B.B. Accredited business and have been named Best of Virginia Beach in the Specialty Gifts category for 2015.
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