Etsy Seller Interview: Erika of eclectiQuas

In this Etsy seller interview, I talked to Erika from eclectiQuas. Erika has a background in fashion and theatrical design, fine art and sculpture, and she opened her Etsy shop to sell her unique upcycled jewelry.

Photo of Erika Garell
Erika of eclectiQuas

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Tell us about yourself and your Etsy shop.

My name is Erika Garell, my business is eclectiQuasOpens in a new tab., and I make broken china jewelry, and handmade and upcycled gifts.

eclectiQuas features one-of-a-kind and limited-production eclectic jewelry, produced with antique porcelain and bone china, gold-plated and sterling silver settings and findings, and embellished with stunning accents such as tassels and pearls.

Ring made from vintage china.
eclectiQuas ring made from vintage china.

How long have you been selling on Etsy?

I’ve been on Etsy since Thanksgiving 2020.

eclectiQuas pendant necklace made from vintage china
eclectiQuas pendant necklace made from vintage china

What would you say is the hardest part about running an online business?

It’s definitely balancing my time and the many hats that are required to run a one-woman business.


Click here to visit eclectiQuas on EtsyOpens in a new tab.


Vintage china earrings by eclectiQuas
Vintage china earrings by eclectiQuas


Tell us a little about your daily routine.

I wake up at 4:30 am, drink coffee, and the day begins with these tasks (not necessarily in this order): Check messages and email, get orders ready for shipping, play tennis, create new items, take photos, drink coffee, post new listings, watch Kara videos, research, design development, drink wine.


Necklace by eclectiQuas
Necklace by eclectiQuas

What would you tell people who want to start selling online in general?

Having my own online business where I am able to interact with my appreciative customers, sell directly to the end consumer, create and develop my own brand identity and products, is incredibly rewarding.

It also requires a lot of hard work, research, testing, creativity, innovation, and pivoting as necessary.


Follow Erika and get a closer look at her jewelry on InstagramOpens in a new tab. and FacebookOpens in a new tab.. You can also find her on Pinterest.Opens in a new tab.

Kara

Kara Buntin has run a home-based business since 1999, and has a background in art, theater design, and cake decorating. She's a top Etsy seller with over 46,000 sales on Etsy and her own website, and helps other home-based business owners with their business goals and SEO.

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