I have another wonderful giveaway for you: a $25 gift certificate to the lovely and whimsical Rakun Shop!
I grew up in a very crafty household with an artist mom and an
entrepreneur dad, so I started making things to sell when I was really
young. My dad used to drive my sisters and me to the farmers' market at
4 a.m. so we could sell friendship bracelets and flower pens.
stuff as a side gig for years before deciding to jump into making things
full time. I was working in a corporate fashion job and feeling really
stifled. This was before Etsy, so I had to figure out how to build an
e-commerce website all on my own and beg boutiques to carry my line. It
was challenging and really frustrating at times. I started daydreaming
about a perfect boutique for artisans just getting started, and I
realized that opening such a boutique was just what I wanted to do.
When I set out to find a spot for my brick and mortar, I knew that I
needed to keep costs low to allow giving as much back to artisans
as possible and avoid a lot of initial
investment. So I bought a two-house property in Denver's Art District. I opened the shop in the front house, and I live in
the carriage house.
My shop carries all local design, and I am the first venture into retail
for a lot of the artists in my shop. I love helping people figure out
their branding and pricing, tweak Etsy listings, and just lend an ear
when they need to vent. In fact, I spent so much time chatting with
local creatives about their business over cups of tea that I recently
opened a teeny, tiny tea house in the shop! Now my tiny space is always
bustling with folks collaborating and creating, and the vibe is really
I like that I have created a real community in my shop that drags people
away from their virtual worlds from time to time. It feels like a
quilting bee or something, which resonates with my old-fashioned
sensibilities and taste (in my own craft, I'm drawn to vintage materials and folk
motifs). I love playing a small part in keeping artisan traditions
and community alive.
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Please leave a separate comment for each entry. All entries must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. MDT on Wednesday, November 20. The winner will be announced Thursday, November 21. Please leave your email address in one of your entries so I can contact you if you win. This giveaway is open worldwide. Please note that these goods are not intended for children under 3 years old. Good luck!