Etsy Seller Interview Series- TWD Shop
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1. When did you open your shop?
"I opened my shop roughly three months ago."
2. What do you make?
"I started out making only The Walking Dead hair bows and other hair accessories and now I make many different styles and themes."
3. What is your favorite item in your shop?
"My favorite item in my shop to make would be my bows. I love finding new pieces that I can incorporate in a bow. The look of surprise when I tell people that it is handmade and that I can make any of their ideas into a gorgeous bow that their child will never want to take off. I love doing my walking dead bows because I can see the same excitement from the adults when they see them. And it is a mutual appreciation because I'm a fan too so it gives us a relateable topic."
4. What is your biggest challenge?
"My biggest challenge at the moment is my etched bullet casings. The reason is because of how small my clientele base is. Most people see a bullet and think of hurt, harm, or sadness. My goal is to bring beauty to that image."
5. Where are you from?
"I'm from Gastonia North Carolina, and I now live in York South Carolina. I've always lived in small diverse towns and this is what keeps me grounded. It allows me to not only stay social and build clientele with people I genuinely know and see day to day but it also allows me to practice my prices and see how people really feel about my products."
6. Why do you love Etsy?
"I love Etsy because it is filled with amazing and crafty people just like me! I have made some amazing friendships through mutual purchases on Etsy. I adore that everything on the site is handmade and I don't have the hassle of a big corporation if something is wrong with a product. I know there is one person to go to and that it will be solved immediately."
What is your favorite item from TWDShop?
7. Tell me about your shop
"My shop is full of different things. I have walking dead memorabilia, princesses, super heroes, and a lot more. I've also started some custom jewellery making that has taken off rather well. My motto for my shop is "truly unique." Meaning, nothing you buy here will be retreated for anyone every again, not even you. I believe in the word custom and therefore thrive to make each and every piece different from the next. This assures that you'll never be in that awkward moment where you match someone else in the room."
8. How did you get interested in crafting?
"My interest in crafting sparked at a young age I guess you could say. When I was about ten I began to draw a ton of different things. My uncle got me in to sculpting and it really just opened my eyes to this amazing and beautiful world. Since then I have painted, sculpted, drawn, crafted, and even done my own photography business. Art is something I've always been very passionate about. I was walking through walmart one week picking out baby clothes for my little cousin when I saw a little girl throwing a tantrums for a bow. I thought nothing of it until I saw the bow. It was a ragged old piece of mess on a rack labeled to sell fir a dollar. I thought to myself, I would never in a million years I would pay for that let alone allow my daughter to wear it. So later that night I was on ebay and ran across some Walking dead ribbon whilst looking for a figurine. Suffice to say I bought it. The rests really history. I made ten bows and fell in love with one so I began wearing it around and people started asking me if I would sell them."
9. What kind of craft would you like to learn next?
"The next crafting task I'd like to learn is to make cameos and printing. I find it very intriguing and with stamping I could branch out on my jewelry line."
10. What's in store for the future?
"As for the future of TWDShop, it is just as unsure as my own. I will always go where the wind takes me."