Guest post by Kristy from KrystalKlarityBeads
On Etsy many shop owners curate treasuries. A treasury is a curated shop gallery composed of 16 items from any shop. Most of the time they are done by theme, color or just about any idea you can imagine. These are usually done for promotional reasons and also are sometimes just done for fun by those people who really enjoy making them. The Christmas in July team has challenges to create treasuries centered on themes of our choosing. We then pick a winner based on views, creativity and so on.
Our winner for our last treasury challenge was Judy who opened BestDressedBaby on Etsy in 2009 after years of making things for others. When asked how she first got started and what first interested her in opening a store on Etsy, here is what Judy had to say: I’ve been crocheting on and off since high school. Being a lefty, I actually had to teach myself by turning a book upside down in order to have the pictures more accurately show a left-handed crochet. When my children were babies, I made some of the booties that are in my shop. Then, when my first grandchild was born, I picked up my crochet hook again. I started showing the booties to friends and coworkers, and the orders slowly trickled in. In 2009 I discovered Etsy and opened my shop.
One thing that always seems to help is to ask people what the hardest or biggest challenge has been since starting your store here on Etsy – what, if anything, was your biggest challenge or something you would you say was something you wish you had known or been better prepared for?
I think the biggest challenge to opening up my shop was time management. When I opened my shop, I was working a full-time job. At first the orders were manageable, but as my shop became more well-known, I spent almost all my evenings and weekends filing orders. Now that I’m retired it’s easier to balance Etsy and household chores.
You have a variety of beautiful merchandise – what is your favorite part of having this store? What do you enjoy about it the most?
I love creating adorable accessories for babies. My favorites are the blankets and matching stuffed toy. The color combinations are endless, and I can make a set to coordinate with any nursery.
If you were to choose something else you are interested in doing or learning what would it be?
I would love to learn to knit. I’ve attempted some projects, but I don’t find it as easy, or relaxing as crochet. I’m sure that with some proper instruction I could expand the variety of items I’m able to offer in my shop.
Judy had one more interesting thing to share. She says; “Another interesting tidbit. While I was still working (in a public library) I would teach a class for the public interested in opening up their own Etsy shop. I usually did 3 or 4 of these classes a year. It was always interesting to hear what types of shop my students wanted to open.
I would like to say that it seems to me that the variety offered right now is stunning, and if Judy learns to crochet I have no idea how it could get any more beautiful and adorable, but maybe we will find out!
What are your social media sites?
My facebook page is www.facebook.com/bestdressedbaby
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