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Meet Etsy Owner Rebecca from Raige Creations


Meet Etsy Shop Owner Rebecca

Where are you from and tell us a little about yourself?
I grew up in Western New York, just north of Buffalo. I met my wonderful husband in college, and he took me to paradise to live for 11 years. We lived in the Caribbean until Hurricane Ivan helped us decide to move back to the states. We ended up in the very town we met in, and though we love wine country, we plan on heading further south this summer. We are heading to the Mountains of NC, and hope the artistic community can further inspire us to create for a living.

Why did you start your Etsy shop?
I got laid off from the job I had 9 months prior to opening my Etsy shop. We fixed up our house and put it on the market in preparation of moving, right in the middle of the housing market landslide. Miraculously it did sell, but we couldn’t yet move out of the state. We had to wait until this summer to move, and I had a long winter of waiting, so I decided to get back into crocheting. After some compliments on my work, I decided maybe I could sell my creations, and to make a long story less long, I decided to try Etsy. I read about it in Real Simple Magazine (my favorite) about a year before I checked it out. It turns out to be more than I expected it to be – a great community of people who offer any kind of advice you may need, and a great source of inspiration.

How did you come up with your Etsy shop name?
It is actually a combination of my name and my daughter’s name. My name-Rebecca, her name-Paige. Rebecca + Paige = Raige. At the time we came up with that name, she had just designed a teddy bear to make for her friend, so we were creating together. Since then, she has found other interests and I like the name so much I decided to still use it. I hope it gives the feeling of endless creations that are fun, hip, and could be made out of whatever is the current ‘Raige’.

Do any of your pieces have a memorable story behind them or what was your first piece you sold?

Every time I crochet, I am reminded of my mother. She used to crochet when I was young, but as a professional photographer, she became too busy to keep at it, and eventually stopped altogether as I got older. I have made purses because of her love of bags and purses. She collected one nearly every place she went, and had many closets full of them. She also had an extensive collection of books of all kinds, so when I make my Page Savers I think of her every time and wonder how she ever thought she could get through even half of those books. She passed away 2 years ago so she did miss the opening of my shop and my new found love of creating and crocheting. I inherited her yarn collection and hooks and knitting needles, and fittingly, the first thing I sold was actually made from some yarn of hers, my Easter Egg Cozies. It made my first sale even more meaningful and special. 

Any advice on selling things handmade?
If you are doing it to become rich, you will not last long at it. Do it because you love doing it, and if you do your best to sell it, and do sell it, you will find it completely worthwhile. But it is much more work than you might think. Be prepared to market, market, market, and get yourself out there. Don’t be afraid to talk about your work, and be confident!

Why should people buy homemade?
It is much more special and meaningful to have something a person created themselves, and most handmade items are of a very good quality. I like having one of a kind items, and love the history behind each item. It makes it more precious.

Any works in progress?
I am trying to fit this great little fish bead over a crocheted chain for a Page Saver I really want to look a certain way, but the little thing just won’t fit! So I am trying to figure out how to change the pattern to make it work. I also have started a quilting project I hope to get finished for Father’s Day, coasters inspired by a Flannel Quilt I made for my husband. I also have a crocheted towel basket I have nearly finished, but have been so busy with other things, it is neglected. And lastly, I love making Toekini’s and am making new ones every other day!

Any other sites you can be found on?
I decided to try my luck at Zibbet.com. It is also a community of Handmade Sellers, and they are a great group of people too. You can see my store at www.zibbet.com/RaigeCreations. I also have a blog where I have fun doing Music Mondays, feature other sellers, share interesting tidbits of info I have come across, give behind the Raige peeks, and offer specials in my stores. It would be great to have some more followers: www.raigecreations.blogspot.com. And to keep up with all this, my fans and followers can find me on face book, my hub for all things Raige Creations: www.facebook.com/RaigeCreations

**Please take a moment to visit Rebecca’s shop.  If you comeback here and leave a comment with your favorite item you can have a total of five extra entries to leave on any or a combination of my current giveaways.  This offer ends on  6/14 at midnight. 



Comments

  1. 3
    Raige Creations says:

    Thank You Brandy!!
    I just decided to do a Gift With Purchase at Raige Creations! Get a FREE Gadget Cozy from the Blur Stripes Collection or Royal Collection with a $10 purchase. (the ($9.50 Toekini purchase would count tho) I hope your readers cn take advantage of this limited time offer too!

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    Art and Sew Forth says:

    What a nice peek into your life, Rebecca! I enjoy SBS with you and wish you continued and growing success!

  3. 1
    Raige Creations says:

    Thank You Brandy!!
    I just decided to do a Gift With Purchase at Raige Creations! Get a FREE Gadget Cozy from the Blur Stripes Collection or Royal Collection with a $10 purchase. (the ($9.50 Toekini purchase would count tho) I hope your readers cn take advantage of this limited time offer too!

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