This week LLD had the chance to talk to a crafty mom who started her own online business using Etsy. If you didn't already know, Etsy is an online marketplace where small businesses that sell handmade, vintage, and craft supplies. It's unique because sellers build a great sense of community and give each other helpful and knowledgeable advice about starting your own business with Etsy. Lauren Boyer, mother of one beautiful daughter Hannah, started her business The Polka Dot Pear just a few years ago. Here is her story!
Etsy is my new favorite site, tell us what inspired you to start with the Polka Dot Pear and why you chose to sell on etsy?
When I was a tween my grandmother taught me how to sew- I LOVED IT! – But, I didn’t really embrace the skill until I had my own daughter and wanted to try and make her a quilt. From there, my eyes were opened to all of the amazing fabrics and functional designs that I wanted to try and make for myself and my daughter. Once I made a few items, bags, wallets, and one of my all time best sellers, burp cloths, I took the leap of faith and opened “the Polka Dot Pear.” A dear friend of mine had told me about the online market place for handmade goods, and I didn’t have any doubts, I jumped right in and listed my first few items in the spring of 2009.
What do you sell on the Polka Dot Pear?
Right now my inventory includes, children’s dresses, that range in size from 6 months to 5t, bolero jackets for toddlers, hair accessories, baby leg warmers, baby gift sets, (burp cloths, and blankets), market bags, infinity scarves for woman, a few quilts, and clutches. I like to dabble in a bit of everything!
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
Oh wow, I am not sure I can narrow it down! There are so many things I love about being a mom, but I would have to say watching my daughter grow. They change so quickly and it is so amazing to think back and remember them as a baby, and then as a toddler, and now as a preschooler. I think that cherishing every moment and trying to capture each stage in their life, is priceless.
The holiday season is around the corner. How do parents purchase for gifts?
I personally think that the holidays are about children, and making them happy. My daughter Hannah and I love to go through catalogues that come in the mail and circle the things that she likes. I like to balance functional educational items with other fun toys that she wouldn’t normally get, but that she would love! I have found that etsy has so many creative items and unique items, I will be doing my fair share of shopping there too!
Facebook Fan Page http://www.facebook.com/thepolkadotpear
If you would like to enjoy 10% off your next order from the Polka Dot Pear, please fan the above Facebook Fan page and then you can use coupon code LLD10 at check out, (does not apply to shipping).
Thanks so much Lauren! We can't wait to tell all our friends about the adorable clothes you make at The Polka Dot Pear. For more information make sure you follow Lauren @Laurosario, visiting their Facebook Fan page, and visit their Etsy site!