Wonderful story and shop, congrats on the feature! So if you’re looking to refresh your living room or elevate the setting for your next special-occasion family feast, why not give an Etsy furniture seller a try? Jerry says he’s been approached by a few of the big names to sell his furniture on their websites, but he’s reluctant to sacrifice the quality that would inevitably come with mass-producing his products in favor of staying more local and direct. Love your work... you are an amazing craftsman! Back then it probably took me 10 hours to produce one bar cart, but it’s a lot less than that now that I’ve streamlined the process and have a better understanding of woodworking and joinery. Creating a business from scratch is hard enough as it is, but doing so while simultaneously teaching yourself a complex skill like woodworking? For furniture designer Chris Herbert, who crafts sleek side tables, minimalist kitchen islands, and sturdy, wood and steel meditation altars for his shop Herb’s Furniture Company, it was yoga to the rescue. I think that’s my favorite thing. Photographs by Jamie Sumague Photography. Funny, I also noticed the same thing--when times are bad, the universe conspires and suddenly a whole bunch of Etsy sales come in. Vadim Moroz from VadimMorozArt said 3 years ago. Great story and your work is awesome. Mary Robertson from MaggiesInn said 3 years ago. Congratulations to all the incredible artists featured here. Maybe it takes 20 of those moments to get one good idea, but it’s that feeling of hope for this new thing that nobody has ever seen before, that’s so different than all your previous thoughts. So beautiful! What an amazing loom behind the scenes at some gorgeous creations! Financially speaking, Etsy is a really great way to start a business because it’s essentially free until you start selling. The two influences meet happily in Dovetails Decor, her curated collection of time-tested pieces bursting with vacation vibes. Jody and Karl from blackbirdsupply said 3 years ago. Can not wait to purchase one of your pieces. “For me, the focus has always been to grow my brand organically. I would even use a piece or two in my vintage decorating. You can hear straight from the shop owner how each piece was made or sourced, and in many cases, even customize an item to meet your specific needs. Best of luck! “I always suggest focusing on what makes you feel comfortable or creative in your own home, whether it’s feeling connected to distant loved ones by displaying family photos, or adding a sense of nature and calm by featuring plants,” Ilana says. Whenever I’m doing traditional wood, I like to go up to this sawmill about 30 minutes outside the city. “Furniture with a story, that’s been loved for many years by another person or family, has a different feel than something out of a box,” she says. Which is why she’s all too happy to take a sturdy, well-made midcentury chair frame and give it a face lift with fresh, modern upholstery. Just ask Ilana Mayes: The modern, sculptural shelves and home accents in her shop, TheCraftySwirl, add a stylish splash to your space without taking up much real estate, or requiring any fussy installation. I miss spending more time in the woodshop - LOVE seeing the process that results in these great pieces! simple modern & contemporary furniture. And it’s all the more rewarding when that winning item has a story behind it: a history embedded in its craftsmanship, or a maker who’s poured their soul into its construction. Searching for a captivating conversation piece to add to your gallery wall? “I find a lot of my customers are second- or third-time furniture buyers. We share a similar story as I am teaching myself the ins and outs of woodworking and just opened my Etsy shop. Aleksa Brown is a writer, editor, and brand storyteller based in Brooklyn, NY. I saw a tremendous improvement in my stress levels and how I was able to juggle things.”. I wish you much success :), Gail Anderson from gailanders3 said 3 years ago, Wow...simply beautiful! The first big thing I made was a bar cart that I put together when I was in college, on the floor of a house I shared with three roommates. I'd like to know how it worked out from the seller's perspective. Great work!!! Photo by Julie Hove Andersen for Herb's Furniture. The people are super old school, the prices are good, and the wood is all from local trees that they process themselves, so you get some really quality boards. Nice workshop and furniture pieces! : ), Rachel Bingaman from BingArt said 3 years ago. When times are bad, it feels like the universe conspires and I get a ton of Etsy orders. Congrats on the feature! Consumers with truly special needs might benefit from Etsy in different ways too, Dayna says. “The only furniture I had was a bed, an armchair, and a folding chair and table,” he remembers. Blessings as your business grows. Wishing you happiness :), accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 3 years ago, Jennifer Tyson from LadyInPurpleBoutique said 3 years ago. “I think that if you can feel expressive in your home, it translates into every aspect of your life.” Visit TheCraftySwirl shop. Our guide on starting an etsy entrepreneur business covers all the essential information to help you decide if this business is a good match for you. Congrats!! The rent’s due? Olga Kaplina from KnitteditemsbyOlga said 3 years ago, renee and gerardo from GTDesigns said 3 years ago. I was told by my girlfriend at the time that it might be a good idea. Priscilla from Gardenmis said 3 years ago, Love your beautiful furniture, especially the fact that you use reclaimed wood. I picked up welding about two years ago, and I’ve progressed with that to make metal joints instead of just doing primarily wood. “Handmade furniture is an extension of the heart of the maker,” says Kwadwo Som-Pimpong of one-man woodworking shop Crafted Glory Design. Congrats on the feature and success of your shop! You are great for creating such beautiful things! Claire Showalter from sQuircle said 3 years ago. Below are 50 business ideas you can start on Etsy. It's great to know that self-tought artists and artisans can achieve the top! Love all the unique furniture and decor!