Friday, March 15, 2013

Featured Etsy Seller - Rowdy Runts

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This month’s featured Etsy seller has not just one, but two Etsy shops -- Rowdy Runts (www.etsy.com/shop/rowdyrunts) and Rory La Rue Vintage (www.etsy.com/shop/rorylaruevintage). Be sure to visit both shops after reading all about her. She has some wonderful vintage finds and handmade creations. :)

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Marissa, and I am a single mom to two beautiful little girls. I am the owner/creator/operator of two etsy shops. I love that crafting is taking off! It is my favorite hobby, because my girls can join in.

What do you create/offer in your Etsy shop?

My first shop is RowdyRunts. I have kids' reconstructed clothes, handpainted shoes and custom painted jackets, kid sunglasses, and whatever funky cool kids stuff I decide to work on. My newest shop is RoryLaRue Vintage (named after my oldest daughter) and I carry vintage clothes and hand painted cowboy boots.

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How did you get started in your line of business?

I have always created things including vintage, antique collections. Friends, family and strangers have always told me I should really be selling my stuff. When I heard about Etsy, I jumped on it and, slowly, started creating a store.

Describe your creative process.

I don’t have a specific creative process. Sometimes, I create while the kids are finger painting. Other times, I get up late when I am having a restless night and paint. I fit things in whenever I can and whenever the mood strikes me.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration from everywhere. I love old photos and old art books. Lately, I am feeling inspired by my desert home and loving old Indian themes and jewelry.

What is your favorite item in your shop at the moment?

In my RowdyRunts shop, I love these little black fringe moccasins painted with bright bold patterns. There is a gorgeous, black and cream 1930’s dress in my RoryLaRue shop that I dream of fitting me!

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How do you promote your work?

Now that my smallest baby is growing, I am focusing more on growing my shops to fulfill my dream of staying home with my girls. I am still in the learning process of marketing and advertising. I am talking to some local shops about carrying a few of my items, passing cards out like crazy and building a website for my RoryLaRue Vintage.

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What is one of the most important lessons you’ve learned since starting your business?

I am learning new lessons literally daily! I am learning a lot about me as an individual, especially that I need a set, written down schedule to stay focused and on track.

What advice would you give someone who is just starting out?

Don’t give up or let naysayers ruin your passion and momentum. Starting and growing a business purely based online takes dedication, but that’s the fun part.

What are your other sites (facebook, twitter, blog, etc.)?

You can find my stores and sites at
www.RowdyRunts.Etsy.com
www.RoryLaRueVIntage.Etsy.com
www.facebook.com/RowdyRuntsShop
www.facebook.com/rorylaruevintage
and coming soon
www.RoryLaRueVintage.com

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