Friday, October 26, 2012

Babble, babble


I got a bit of good news right about this time last week. I found out that I was selected as one of Babble's Top 50 Etsy Parents! I'm #19 on the list and ranked #2 in the Vintage category. I did about 10 seconds of maaaaajoor fist pumping at my desk and then 2 minutes of good old-fashioned crying. I've considered closing the shop so many times this year. I even have a blog post announcing the shop's last day all drafted and ready to go. But every time I got ready to hit Publish (which was about five times in the last ten months) something held me back. Mostly stubbornness, I think. Anyway, this little recognition is a vote of confidence in the direction of toughing it out and staying in the game. And I'm grateful for that.

I know a lot of moms - not included in this list - who are working hard to raise children full-time and also keep a shop going. I am planning to nominate a few of my favorite mom-run Etsy shops to be considered for next years contest. If you have a favorite, here's how you can throw their hat in the ring.

7 comments:

No Carnations said...

Well firstly, Congratulations! and a near second, please, please keep going. Your blog and shop are such an inspiration to me and I know a lot of others. I can't really imagine how difficult it must be, but I think the Universe would be a little less bright without the Jean Jean Vintage star. Congrats again.

Sadie Rose said...

i'm proud of you for sticking it out. your shop is totally amazing. i know how hard it is once a child plays into the picture...balance becomes so elusive. thanks for sharing this story. xo

GirlRural.com said...

I'm very happy you are sticking it out. My Etsy Vintage shop as well as all my antique booths pretty much went away when I became a mom. I do miss it. I still have my Etsy shop up but it's not well taken care of. It's always hard to find that balance and I'm so glad you have found it. I love checking out your shop.

steph.kelley said...

Go mama! A mom and a successful businesswoman — you're quite the inspiration. Congrats and more fist-pumping!! xoxoxoxo

Katrina said...

What well deserved accolades! Top 50! and Number 2 in vintage! For all those times you doubt yourself, remember the moments of recognition! It is well deserved. You are amazing and I am glad you are being noticed!

Wild Tea Party said...

Im so glad you've stuck with the shop... it is one of my absolute favourite, and its lovely to see you recognised for the work you put in!

Emily said...

Yays! Well done, you :) So glad you've stayed on!

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