Everyone knows Etsy is an oasis for crafty side-hustlers, but still, it can be kind of intimidating to get in the game. The following entrepreneurs figured out how to do it right, and developed unique ideas that set their small business apart from the rest of the artisanal crowd. Get inspired by their stories — and hey, we won’t tell if you decide to buy a souvenir or two during your "research."
1. Claudia Varosio
Illustrator Varosio took her passion for graphic novels and translated it into creating amazing fan art for movies and TV shows. We're particularly drawn to her limited edition print for "Breaking Bad," which showcases every character.
2. Marley and Alfie
After buying a horseshoe at an estate sale in 2013, Marley and Alfie shop owner Cindy was inspired to create her colorful wares. When hung above a door, horseshoes are thought to bring good luck to those who pass through — and her yarn-wrapped reclaimed horseshoes are a sweet accent for every home.
3. Boho Pillow
When she was pregnant with her fourth child, Monica of BohoPillow became obsessed with fabric and prints, and soon the idea for her widely popular shop was born. Inspired by vintage and globally-sourced textiles, she hand-makes each of her awesome creations.
4. Holly Fox Design
Based in Los Angeles, graphic designer and baker Holly Fox creates incredible edible creations that look too good to eat. Her colorful iced sugar cookies come in any shape you can imagine, from watermelons to flamingos to mittens.
5. Dark Cycle Clothing
After peddling their unique designs at punk rock shows, husband and wife Coryn and Adam decided to open up shop to sell their screen-printed tees to the masses. Their animals-on-bicycles designs are quirky, yet sweet, and they offer shirts for men, women and kids.
6. Katy Skelton
An eight-year furniture industry veteran residing in Brooklyn, N.Y., Skelton makes modern home accents by mixing brass, marble, concrete and acrylic. We're partial to her Admiral's Tray, which would be a chic addition to any coffee table.
7. Park Studio LA
Designers Ben and Jolene Krause are at the helm of this shop, which features modern chandeliers and other eclectic home décor items. (You may recognize Jolene from her appearances on HGTV's "House Hunters Renovation" and "Design Wars.") With an eye for clean lines and unique design, this husband and wife team create visually interesting items that are sure to make great conversations pieces.
8. Pink Rug Co.
Raised on the East Coast and now residing in Marrakesh, Pink Rug Co. owner Amber sources incredible vintage Moroccan rugs that are seriously worth saving up for. Each of the colorful pieces in her shop is unique and her five-star rating shows that her high price point is worth every penny to her happy customers.
9. Erin's Antiques
Shop owner Erin sources vintage rings, lockets, brooches and necklaces that are as stunning as they are unique. Whether you're wanting your boo to put a ring on it, or feel like buying yourself something fabulous, her curated collection is bling heaven for those who covet antique pieces.
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