Our second shop comes from Greensboro, North Carolina: Hailey Allen Designs. One of my favorite items is the Burgundy and White Glass Pearl Alternating Pattern Bracelet on Silver Chain with Lobster Claw Hook. It's very pretty.
Q: How did you come up with your shop name?
A: I simply took my name and added “Designs” at the end. Simple and
possibly not very creative but I wanted to brand myself as a designer
and expand from there.
Q: Do you only sell on Etsy?
A: I sell through quite a few venues, both online and in person. Most of my
sales, so far, have been through people I know but I have my jewelry up
on a few other websites such as MadeItMyself, Zibbet, and Bonanza.
Though, I originally began selling on Etsy.
Q: What inspires you?
A: I am most inspired by architecture and all forms of design. I have an
interior architecture background so I naturally look at the aspects of
design within structures and interiors. I look at the principals and
elements of design – line, color, shape, texture, form, unity, balance,
hierarchy, scale, and rhythm – and apply them to my work.
Q: What is the hardest part of what you do?
A: I have the most difficulty with advertising. I can make jewelry for
hours but, when it comes to getting out and selling it, I lack patience.
Q: What is one of your favorite items from your shop?
A: I adore the black and white lace inspired necklace. As soon as I made
it I fell in love. It has pattern, texture, and shine while being
Q: What made you decide to use Etsy instead of sites like ArtFire and MadeItMySelf?
A: I think Etsy is the most popular so I began with it. I knew other people
who were selling and doing well so I thought I would join in.
Q: Is Etsy your only "job", or is it something you do on the side?
A: Currently, it is my only job and I am working hard to make sure it stays that way.
Q: Are you attending any art shows in the future?
A: I plan to. It is on my “to do” list. My city holds an indie market on
the first Friday of every month so I plan to sign up for the October
event. There is also a huge craft event that takes place after
Thanksgiving that I’m looking into if it isn’t too expensive.
Q: Any future projects?
A: I have quite a few planned actually. I just started a crowd funding
campaign to raise funds for these new projects. I’m hoping to start a
line of custom hand stamped metal jewelry that is a bit different from
the rest that I’ve seen. I have quite a few designs brewing for that. I
also have a line of ornaments that will be up in the shop in the next
couple weeks for the holidays. 20% of profits from the ornaments will be
donated to Camp Carefree, a summer camp for children with disabilities. If you would like to help me reach my goal and help an amazing charity, check out these links!
Hailey Allen Designs : Jewelry for all Occasions (igg.me/p/200341?a=995178)
Camp Carefree (www.campcarefree.org/)
"Getting sales take time so be patient. You may spend a lot of money on
the way to that point but if you stay confidant you will begin to see
sales and growth." - Hailey