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.
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Tell us about yourself and your Etsy shop.
My name is Erika Garell, my business is eclectiQuas, 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.
How long have you been selling on Etsy?
I’ve been on Etsy since Thanksgiving 2020.
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.
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.
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.
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