As parents, putting family first can make us feel like our own interests and hobbies are pushed to the backburner. However, sometimes you meet a mom or dad who carves out time to pursue their passions — and make a living from it, to boot. While compiling this list, we’ve had the chance to hear from incredible parents around the globe. What they all have in common is a love for beautiful things — and the savvy to share it with others on Etsy.
The shops on this year’s list are as diverse as the sellers behind them. From couture kids clothes to vintage home goods, each object showcased here is a representation of the creative stories behind them. Warning: this is online shopping, taken up a notch. Prepare to become addicted! (And if you think we missed a shop, nominate it in the comments!) — Amy Levin-Epstein
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- #5 Home Goods
Owner: Nina van de Goor, mom to Rosa, 20 months, and due with her second girl in December, living in Den Bosh, North Brabant, Netherlands
Shop here for: Colorful ceramics, screen-printing, stationery, birth announcements
Signature Item: Customized name plates or name prints, $56
Without Etsy, Nina isn’t sure she’d be in business. “It is such a simple way to sell,” she says. “It offers a community of people interested in buying handmade, and it has an international reach that an artist located in the Netherlands can normally only dream of.” Trust us, we’re just as happy for her online shop, filled to the brim with whimsical and colorful dishware, can be accessed across the pond.
Nina made her very first sale to an American, soon followed by purchases from Australia and Japan. Aside from international customers, the media is also a huge fan of her work. Recently she’s been featured in O, the Oprah Magazine and the IKEA family living magazine. And she doesn’t plan on stopping at just plates, either; Nina dreams of starting a small children’s clothing line, but, as she says, “First, I must improve my sewing skills!”
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