Win It Wednesday!
It's a pretty simple concept. Come by on Wednesdays to see the new giveaway, visit the next Wednesday to see who won. Then, the following Wednesday, we'll start all over with a new giveaway debut. Sound good? Sounds good!
This week I am really excited to introduce you to an awesome shop on Etsy and the two lovely ladies behind it. Many of you know I used to sell things on Etsy back in the pre-three kid days, and that I've always been a proponent of handmade goods. So I'm really excited to introduce you to various shops and their owners throughout the year and first up is Gina and Audrey a mother-daughter mastermind team behind Elastic Hair Bandz.
I found Elastic Hair Bandz early last year when I was looking for neon hair ties. I love all their different styles and color combinations and think it's fabulous that they dye all of their own hair ties. I talked to Gina and welcomed her to tell you about her and Elastic Hair Bandz.
Tell us about yourself and your shop:
I am a mother of two daughters ages 16 and 14. I have worked most of my life for someone else and always had the desire to work for my self and have my own business. About a year and a half ago, my daughter Audrey and I began making hair ties.
We absolutely love elastic hair ties and could never get enough of them. Our favorites were the tie dye hair ties, but the colors were limited and not very bright and vibrant.
We started making hair ties for ourselves and started experimenting and learning how to dye the elastic. It was a lot of trial and error and we were persistent and determined to figure it out. We finally figured it out and I decided I wanted to try and start selling what we had created. I was still working at this time, so there wasn't a lot of pressure. We were just creating, experimenting, and having fun.
We opened up shop in November 2012 with just a few collections. It took about 5 months of figuring Etsy out and refining what our vision was for our shop. We began posting our collections to Wanelo, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Instagram, WeHeartIt, Picsity, Polyvore. Things started to pick up and I soon found that I couldn't continue to work and run Elastic Hair Bandz, so I quit my day job and started working full-time for myself. I work harder and longer hours and sometimes it's trying, but I wouldn't go back, and I hope that we can grow our business even more in 2014.
What's it like working side by side with your daughter? What's the best thing about getting to do this?
My oldest daughter, Audrey, works with me pretty much part-time right now as she is a full-time student and athlete. It's quite fun, we get along very well and I rely on her a lot for input and her creativity. It's a joy to work with your daughter and spend time together, words can't explain it.
We both do a little bit of everything. It really depends on demand and our schedules. I do most of the social media, dyeing of elastic and business stuff. Audrey helps with mailing, putting new collections together, and Instagram. That's her job. I am banned from Instagram posting. I guess I just don't get it yet.
Where do you go or what do you do when you need inspiration?
So far, we haven't been without any ideas. In fact, we have so many that there just isn't enough time to create everything we want. It just comes to us, or maybe we see a cute outfit and we think we could make a collection to match that. Inspiration is all around you. You just have to keep your eyes open.
Where do you get the names of your color combos (i.e. The Bridget? The Jane? The Talia?)?
When we put new collections together, each collection has its own personality. We try and pick names that fit the personality of the collection. Sometimes the collection reminds us of someone we know like friends, relatives, tv personalities, or just a name that seems to fit the collection.
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What an awesome duo! Thank you so much Gina, for sharing with us. And as an added bonus, Gina is offering one lucky reader one of her super fun hair tie collections! Which is awesome just after Christmas when you've spent all your money on other people and it would feel good to get something just for yourself. Or, if you just can't help but be a giver, there are fun collections for Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Easter, or a just because occasion. I'm kinda bummed I just cut all my hair off. But I'm still ordering my collection soon! But enough about me... there are tons of ways to enter so have fun and good luck!