You may have noticed that recently, a “shop” button has appeared on my site menu. And that is because Runcible Spoon is now on Etsy!!! I think it’s important to keep myself accountable for keeping up to date on my blog and this new business, so I want to share what drove me to begin selling as a #independentseller.
I became enamored by enamel pins about a year ago. It was my 20th birthday, and my friend presented me with a tiny enamel pin of the cover of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (available from www.idealbookshelf.com). I thought it was the cutest idea and began to notice little pins being sold everywhere – in bookshops, boutiques, and all over etsy and instagram. I saw artists that I admired beginning to sell their art in this form that I hadn’t really seen before. I’ll admit, I’ve always kind of had a thing for shiny things and trinkets, and I began collecting them before I even realized it.
The obsession really took off when I went abroad. As a sentimental person, living in London and visiting new countries every weekend made me eager to start gathering little reminders of everywhere I went. Pins were an easy thing to find in most places – and more importantly, they didn’t take up a lot of space in my luggage. So the collection kept growing and I started to think about what I would design if I were to start creating these things for myself.
Having a few friends who are independent artists and sellers to reach out to for advice, (check out the wonderful Jennifer Elizabeth Design Studio and The White Swan Co.) I thought I would try it out. My first three pin designs – a series of kitchen-themed affirmations – are actually based on chalk drawings that I had done on the wall of my apartment.
Attempting to start a business as a senior in college isn’t the easiest thing, but it’s been so cool to turn an idea into something tangible.
Though I’m still in the beginning stages of figuring out what I want this business to be and where I want to go with it, it’s been fun to try to figure out ways to combine all of my slightly odd passions into something cohesive.
Hopefully, this will take the shape of more pins, embroidery, commissioned cakes and pastry, and (maybe one day far in the future) a brick & mortar shop somewhere in the British countryside. A girl can dream, right?