Etsy Seller Interview Series-BathshebasJewels
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1. When did you open your shop?
"I opened my Etsy Shop on February 19, 2015. I had been in some Etsy groups on facebook for maybe 6 months."
2. What do you make?
"I primarily make jewelry using freshwater pearls and genuine gemstones. But I also enjoy making and designing hair accessories and bookmarks. I love books, and I like using beautiful bookmarks in them."
3. What is your favorite item in your shop?
"Honestly, I don’t have a favorite. There are collections though – that I feel are a big part of me. I love pearl and shell exotica. I think this type of jewelry is influenced by resort type boutiques in places like Puerto Vallarta or even Boca in Florida. I think that jewelry that is eclectic and B chic makes the wearer feel sexy, beautiful, happy and relaxed. So I imagine, my customers would like these same feelings wearing my jewelry."
4. What is your biggest challenge?
"I think I struggle most with marketing. I love making jewelry, but promoting it can be so time consuming. I don’t mind making the digital images-- the visuals-- but other aspects of marketing I’d like to be able to designate."
5. Where are you from?
"I was born in Texas. I grew up in Austin, Texas and briefly lived in the Houston area. I went to college in San Diego. There I obtained two degrees that have nothing whatsoever to do with jewelry, but I crafted my way through and after college. More than ten years ago, I returned to Texas to spend time with my father."
6. Why do you love Etsy?
"I think Etsy has an amazing organization. The social media links are quite impressive. Really, I’d recommend Etsy to new and veteran shop owners. I had a website before I came to Etsy, but I really like doing the more mundane things on Etsy. Making a new listing is easily accomplished, and the social media aspects are really exceptional. I have also become friends with some very special people through Etsy, and I think they have and continue to enrich my life almost every day!"
7. Tell me about your shop
"My Etsy Shop is fairly small right now. But it is growing. I am trying to develop a unique look and feel to the items I offer. I try to find unusual materials and offer them in new and interesting combinations for my unique customers. Once my shop inventory is up, I intend to make custom pieces available."
What is your favorite item from BathshebasJewels?
8. How did you get interested in crafting?
"My interest in crafting actually evolved from my gem collection. See the blog post-- http://www.bathshebasgems.com/2015/01/in-the-beginning/ which describes in depth my beginnings… The first pieces I made were bead work pieces and then I began working with turquoise. Not long after, I moved to Houston, where I experimented with silver plating and sterling silver wire wrapping. There my uncle helped me set up a workshop in the garage, and I had a blast."
9. What kind of craft would you like to learn next?
"Actually, since I started my jewelry business, I’ve had to learn the craft of making good digital images for my facebook pages, my websites and ads. So I have been considering opening another shop on Etsy that would provide downloadable items such as banners, avatars, photographs, as well as some consulting and business services. And I’ve actually got the new DBA form from the county. I just have to think of a name."
10. What's in store for the future?
"I think the future is driven by three different things. First, I try to find unique materials to work with. Secondly, I try to keep in mind customer requests [I’ve started adding crystal pieces—where I was exclusively providing gemstone crystal quartz.]. Thirdly, sometimes a vision guides you-- at least with regard to a collection or line you are pondering. Sometimes I follow this vision intuitively. I am particularly fond of freshwater pearls, real shells, semi-precious gemstones and chains. I love sterling silver and gold plate, so what I have on hand can inspire me. I really am interested in developing a line a hammered copper and sterling, so I’ve been experimenting there as well. Sometimes things evolve from some broken item I’ve purchased. In some cases, necklaces have become watch bands and bracelets become earring parts. I actually enjoy re-inventing broken and hopelessly irrelevant jewelry. Sometimes, my direction depends on the materials I’ve most recently found. For example, to me the stone hematite looks very polished, and suits contemporary and edgy pieces. Branch coral, on the other hand, exudes a more primal essence, so I see something exciting and primitive. So for me at least, the materials I am working with lead me in a certain direction. I am also very responsive to customer requests and post responses to them on my facebook pages.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bathshebas-Jewels/661230887291176 and https://www.facebook.com/bathshebasgems Please answer each question as detailed as possible. I need content. If there is something else you would like to add, please let me know. One of the things most people don’t know is that I’ve been crafting and jewelry making most of my life. Still, I didn’t decide to make it a career choice until after I acquired some severe allergic reactions at my last full time job. At the end, I went on a nebulizer, taking two prescribed allergy medicines and two others recommended by my allergist, and that was really frightening. Now my exposure to allergens is significantly reduced, and I am much healthier. I enjoy this new direction my life has taken all because of my allergies. It’s almost ironic! Here is a website that you might find interesting… http://www.bathshebasgems.com/ One of the reasons I launched this website was for my blog-- http://www.bathshebasgems.com/pearls-of-wisdom-blog/ I write about jewels, and jewelry and how I got my initial start. I think you would also like the material in my blog post—Thoughts on Earth Day 2015—that concerns recycling and repurposing jewelry.
Here’s the link-- http://www.bathshebasgems.com/2015/04/thoughts-on-earth-day/"