Sam’s Stuff: Tacoma Artist, Blogger, and Etsy Seller
Connecting with other people and putting yourself out there is so important to growing your network, skills, and business. That’s why today’s blog post is featuring Sam’s Stuff – a local Etsy seller and blogger right here in Tacoma. Shelley and I met in an Etsy forum for Puget Sound sellers. We both love and blogged about the Tacoma Farmer’s markets (my blog was about Proctor and hers was on Puyallup).
WHY I LIKE HER CREATIONS
The arts and crafts at Sam’s Stuff are mostly made in an Eco-friendly manner. If you sell finished goods on Etsy, your products must be either handmade or vintage. Shelley likes to creatively make things by hand, repurpose vintage and found objects, and transform natural materials.
STORY OF SAM’S STUFF
Shelley shared that her grandparents were a big influence on her mindset and talents that led her to blog, sell on Etsy, and feature items in local stores and shows. Her love for re-purposing vintage and found items comes from a number of sources. Shelley’s grandmother, who lived through the 30’s and lived with Shelley’s family periodically throughout her childhood, taught her many crafts, about recycling old clothes, and even how to cook. Farther back, her great grandfather, who was born in the 1890’s and lived very nearby during her childhood, was an entrepreneur and inventor. He built several businesses for himself in the southwest desert. At a young age, Shelley was also inspired by her teachers, who taught the importance of saving the environment. She was impressed and motivated by theater and music teachers who didn’t have huge budgets for costumes and sets, but still managed to put on great productions with thrift store finds. The punk/grunge movements, drawn from street style have shaped her art and love for re-purposing and thrifting.
Facebook: Sam’s Stuff page
Pop-up shop (until June 2014): Seattle Handmade