Thursday, August 18, 2011

Etsy Seller Interview

Today's interview is with the shop owner of-

1.  Tell me a little bit about yourself- You could describe me as a Wandering Bohemian Entrepreneur. I am definitely all three of those things. I love the idea of doing many different activities and jobs at one time and piecing together a free-as-the-wind lifestyle out of that. I am currently a student in Southern California, though I was raised in Alaska and my heart remains with the wilderness and snow (I sign my text messages "the ice queen"). I study Creative Writing, Music, and History and would love to be an Egyptologist someday. I currently work various temporary jobs (as well as having two Etsy businesses) such as singing opera, chroeographing, cooking crepes, working for the government, etc... My life is like a crazy quilt that is barely staying stitched together! Every day I have the exciting and terrifying thought, "Where and what will my next job be?"

2. How did you get started on Etsy?  I got started on Etsy because my friend started a shop and I just had to one-up her!

3. How did you come up with your shop name? . I chose my shop name because it refers to my eco-friendly lifestyle and it had a good ring to it. I like the idea of the Green Man, the nature protector. I like to think that I am a modern nature guardian.

4. What is your goal? Hmmmmm... to be what I believe in.

5. What would you like to improve upon? Such a loaded question. I want better photography, and good quality supplies for a cheaper price so I can lower my prices. I want to improve my ability to bake successful bread loaves, and to speak with a Russian accent. And so many other things...

6. What is your favorite item in your shop? 

 My favorite item of mine (right now) are my "Diana and Orion Bath Salts." They are made for romantics, lovers, heartbroken lovers, and earth mothers, like me. Using them is like having a good cry and feeling hope at the same time. They comfort me and remind me that for every crack in my heart, there is a band-aid.

7. Do you remember your first sale? What was it? When I was little, I went around the neighborhood selling snow that I had flavored with sugar and cupcake sprinkles. My mom said that from then on, she knew I would be an entrepreneur.

8. Do you have any promotion tips? I love to blog, and I think it is a great way to promote yourself and let any future customers get to know you a little better. It is always good to build personal relationships with customers and other sellers.

9. What is your favorite color? Green. And black. And teal. And purple. Sometimes orange.

10. How can others contact you (facebook, blog, twitter, etc)?  I can be contacted most directly with Etsy convos. I blog and here, and have a twitter account (@robbiebyjewelry). I love to do custom orders, so please convo me at Etsy to chat about any zany bath and beauty ideas you may have!


  1. I grew up in Cali, so I have no idea if sprinkles on snow is a legit thing--but that is still super adorable. PS these photos are amazing!

  2. Nice feature, very neat seller. His bath salts all look very tempting.