Etsy Shop Spotlight – house 129 + A Giveaway

It’s time for another Etsy Shop Spotlight and we’re thrilled to share another amazing shop owner with you!

This month, our spotlight shop owner is another one of our awesome design team members, Kelly Rowe from Live Laugh Rowe! Her Etsy page features a variety of vintage-inspired, handmade items –  including banners, gift-tags, jewelry and more. She even sells some her favorite vintage finds! You can see all of the items Kelly has for sale HERE.

Kelly Rowe- etsy page

A few of our favorite items from the shop:

Here’s more about Kelly and her Etsy shop owner experiences:

How long have you been selling on Etsy?

Let’s see, I opened the shop in September of 2011, so I’ve been selling on Etsy for about 2-1/2 years.  Wow!  Where does the time go?

What made you decide to sell on Etsy?

I often ask myself this same question.  HA!  I love creating things.  My sister and I used to make and sell things when we were roomies.  I think I just decided to try my hand at a little on-line shop.

How do you choose what to make and sell in your shop?

I find that to be a lot of trial and error.  I really like the vintage/eclectic/rustic feel, so I try to focus on that type of product; however, it’s really what I’m inspired by.   I’ll make something and list it to see how it goes.  I don’t keep inventory on anything until I’ve made a few sales of that particular item.

How long does the average item in your shop take to make?

I would say about 20-30 minutes.

Why do you think Etsy is such a great place to buy?

Gosh.  I love Etsy.  I love the creative space that you can get lost in. There are so many talented people out there, it’s crazy!  I also love that there are no pushy sales people {smile}.  Just me and my computer doing a whole lot of browsing (and shopping).

What is your most favorite item that you’ve ever sold or listed?

I think it would be the yarn wrapped star.  It was inspired by a West Elm ornament a couple years ago.  It’s a big seller every Christmas and can be made in any color.  If I was able to pick  another favorite it would be the boutonniere as well.  I’ve had the privilege of working with some wonderful brides.

Have you had any crazy requests for items?

Yes!  I had a wine company company contact me with an inquiry on making them a pennant banner.  They asked if I did screen printing too.  The turn around time was insane and seemed so random.

I’ve had people ask for some projects in colors/fabrics that give me incredible anxiety because it looks awful — but they loved it.   I can’t help but chuckle.

What advice would you offer to someone wants to get started on ETSY?

Do your research on what it is you’re wanting to sell.  Some items are so over saturated that it can be very hard to set yourself apart.  Regardless, be patient and think of ways to get your shop some extra exposure.

What is the most important lesson you have learned when selling on ETSY?

Price things fairly, but remember that you have to make a profit too.  I’ve learned a great deal in this department.  When something is flying off the shelves, your price points might be too low.  I’ve had a few items that I kept increasing by .50.  When the sales slowed down a bit, I knew I hit a fair price point.  I’m sure in the beginning I lost money.  Ha!  Handmade takes time and time is money, so you have to keep that in mind when pricing.

Do you sell at Craft Fairs/Bazaar’s too?  If yes, what would be the main difference between the customers you get there and the ones you get on ETSY?

Not really.  I did one for a private school a couple of years ago.  I feel like customers on Etsy are very intentional.  They are looking for something and have a vision of what they are wanting… the event I attended was nothing like that.  It was almost as though they were looking for something to inspire them and they weren’t the crafty type {hee-hee}.

Kelly-Rowe-etsy-page2Etsy is pretty awesome, right?! Well, one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Etsy! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what you favorite item in Kelly’s shop is, and use the Rafflecopter widget below for extra entries!

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Comments

  1. Sarah Kinser says:

    I love the embroidery hoops, I am making crafts that are upcycling old things.. love the color combination… of your hoops!!! vintage <3 LOVE!!!

  2. Rachael Werth says:

    Mini love notes for lunch boxes

  3. Thank you for spotlighting Kelly’s Etsy shop – I really enjoyed seeing her work! I am loving all of the Valentine tags and the Lunch Box Love Notes – so sweet. Thank you also for the giveaway!

  4. Embroidery hoops are my favorite!

  5. I love boho earrings!!

  6. nadya kotik says:

    i love the “mini love note cards”

  7. Banners!!’n

  8. The Pom Pom garland but I can’t decide which color combo!

  9. I love all her embroidery hoop wall decors and the birch circle ornaments!

  10. I love the embroidery hoops w/the buttons. Very nice work.

  11. I love the boho earrings !

  12. I so many cute things. I love the deer head hand towels & Valentine gift tags. Toss up! But, I could use cute hand towels so they win ;)

  13. Theresa D says:

    I really like the Instant Download. Printable Valentines. Vintage Valentines. Set of 8. They are so cute.

  14. I love the burlap bunting! It’s so cute. And the lace earrings are adorable.

  15. Love the boho earrings!

  16. Love the done bone!!! Too cute

  17. My favorite is the personalized dog bone ornaments!

  18. Thigani M says:

    the valentine gift tags are adorable!

  19. Love the personalized dog bone ornaments! So many dog lovers in my family who’ll like those.

  20. The Valentine Gift Tags are so sweet!

  21. mary jo schuette says:

    Beautiful work! The Valentine gift tags are so cute. Thank you for the Etsy advice!

  22. I love it all!!

  23. I love the mini love note cards.

  24. love the felt camera!

  25. Love the embroidery hoops!

  26. Kristen M says:

    I’m liking the flag banners.

  27. I love the Valentine Gift Tags

  28. Love the colors and the use of fabric!

  29. Deanna Wagoner says:

    I really like the birch wood ornaments…both sizes. I know that they are simple, but I’ve been looking for something just like that for a project that I am working on.

  30. the mini note cards!

  31. barbara n says:

    I love the Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor. Buttons. 4×4 inch Hoop for Valentine’s Day.

  32. I love the vintage lace boho earrings! They’re beautiful.

  33. I love the Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor. Buttons. 4×4 inch Hoop, so pretty! Thank you :)

  34. My favorite item is the Felt Canon/Nikon Camera Ornament or Gift Embellishment. Sooooo super cute!

  35. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the embroidery hoops!

  36. The red floral hearts embroidery hoops wall decor

  37. i like the rustic star ornaments

  38. Amy Cooley says:

    I really love the Vintage Embroidery Hoop! So adorable!

  39. I love the embroidered hoop wall hangings! So cute for a nursery or kids’ room.

  40. I love the embroidery wall hoop decorations. So cute and even Valentine themed!

  41. brittany o says:

    I’m loving the christmas stars and pompoms!

  42. Alison Shoepe says:

    I like the Large Flat Birch Wood Ornaments! I could see them personalized with initials or names.

  43. Thanks so much for featuring my shop, ladies! Honored to be in the spotlight -and- what a lovely givewaway! Hugs.

  44. I like the Mini Love Note Cards.

  45. the variety pack gift tags is very creative! i love fabric and tags…what a great combo! :)

  46. Debbie Clauer says:

    I like the Lace Inspired Boho Earrings.

  47. I like Embroidery Hoop Wall Decor. Buttons

  48. Melinda Wilson says:

    My favorite is the valentine pom-pom

  49. barbara macaskill says:

    My favorite item on Kelly’s Etsy site are the mini love notes!! So cute!!! Would be great to slip into hubbie’s wallet next to his credit card so he gets a little surprise the next time he uses it! Would love to win an Etsy gift card because I have my eye on a couple items that I just can’t afford! Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Ah, I like quite a few: Felt Heart Valentine Gift Tags & Variety Pack. Valentine Gift Tags & Banner. Pom Poms. Watermelon Pom Pom Garland & Vintage Double-Sided Fabric Burlap Twine Bunting Flag Banner (5 Ft.) Neutral Colors. and a lot more :) Hee hee hee!

  51. So MANY nice things to love… And thank you for sharing your experiences and insights on selling via Etsy!

  52. I really like the Valentine Felt Heart gift tags…so sweet and usable!

  53. Julie A. Weaver says:

    Being a dog lover, I would choose the personalized dog bone ornament. This is such a wonderful giveaway! Thank You! :) :)

  54. Robin Buchholz says:

    I love the Christmas stars and the banners.

  55. Lisa Kubin says:

    I love the pom pom banners!
    So cute!
    Lisa K.

  56. Joyce Mitchell says:

    My favorites are the felt owl ornaments – thanks.

  57. jessica z says:

    I love the Lace Inspired Boho Earrings!

  58. I love the Lace Inspired Boho Earrings and Vintage Styled Men’s Fabric Boutonniere,

  59. I love the mini lovenotes. My husband’slunches will never be the same.

  60. Debbie Vazquez says:

    Amazing simply amazing I am going to have sooooo much fun on this site!! Best of luck to all

  61. Karen Lewis says:

    I love the fabric lapel flowers.

  62. Jennifer Essad says:

    the small blue vintage wood chair or the double sided fabric banners

  63. I love the embroidery hoops!

  64. I love the fabric banners and the pom pom banners. So cute!!!!

  65. Jackie Peduzzi says:

    Love the valentine tags!

  66. I like the yarn wrapped star ornaments.

  67. ColleenB. ~ Texas says:

    Many wonderful items to pick from. My favorites are the deer head hand towels, birch wood ornaments and the gift tags.
    Thank you for this wonderful opportunity

  68. I love the felt owl ornaments. thanks for the great give a way.

  69. Darling shop! My favorites are the pom pom garlands. The watermelon garland is so cute.

  70. I Love the Lace Inspired Boho Earrings~

    Thanks for a Great Give Away!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  71. I like the Kraft Handmade To/From stickers.

  72. Kimberly F says:

    Love the chalkboard tags. :-)

  73. I love the owl ornaments and the flat birch ornaments! What a unique shop!

  74. SANDRA MAIN says:

    THANKS FOR THE INSIGHT TO SELLING ON ETSY, IT WAS HELPFUL.

  75. Love those burlap buntings…and the buck hand towels…and the Valentine’s Day themed embroidery hoops! So many cute things here.

  76. Jessica Powell says:
  77. Wow this amazing *-*
    Mini Love Note Cards. Lunch Box Love Notes. Set of 10. Mini Notes. Valentines. my favorite

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