I'm so excited to share with you this Etsy seller feature and giveaway today! Rhea is a sweet lady with a sweet shop, SweetsNThings where she sells awesome handmade luxury soaps, lotions and balms. I've enjoyed getting to know her and can't wait for you to as well! She is generously giving away two of her lovely items to one of our lucky readers - One of her bars of Lemon Rosemary Shampoo and pumpkin spice whipped soap in a jar (two of her favs). What perfect items to go in your newly remodeled bathroom space! You can check out below how to enter to win!
A little bit about Rhea:
I live in Aztec, New Mexico, the northwest corner of the state. I live with my husband, and my three youngest children who are still in school.
What do you create?
I create a lot of things, but on Etsy, I sell my bath and body products. I am also a yarnaholic - I knit, crochet, and also sew. I always have several projects in the works!
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in nature, in television, in music - just about everywhere really! I normally start with the scent first, and after I mix one I love, it really does lead me through the rest of the process.
Why did you choose your shop/company name?
When I first came to Etsy, I was as a buyer, but I did put some thought into what I would do if I transitioned to a seller. Of course, I would sell my super awesome handmade candies, fudge, and perhaps some baked goods. And they are awesome, but my state does not permit online sales of any home prepared foods. I can sell them at the farmer's market, or out of the trunk of my car, but not online. But the name "SweetsNThings" has stuck, and while many of my items look good enough to eat, they mostly taste like soap. My best friend, my little brother, suggested that since I couldn't sell the best candy on the internet, I could still sell the best soap, and maybe he'd lose a little weight in the process. And he has, I haven't had time to make candy in over a year.
Do you have any advice to share on how you have made your business grow?
Just to keep making new things, and keep seeking your customers. My most popular products have been the shampoo bars. If I had stopped trying new things, I would have never though to use soap on my hair, and if I hadn't been looking for people who have similar hair problems, I would have never found my customers. I wasn't afraid to say, I made this, I like it, and I think you'll like it too. Always keep your business in your mind, and take it with you, to the post office, to the grocery store, and to your online communities.
What are your goals (personal and/or business)?
I had a long term goal of slowly building my Etsy business so that I could do it full time eventually, but due to cutbacks at my day job, it is my full time job now, and I love it! I used to think about new things all day at my job, and come home too tired to do anything but package orders. I'm working hard now to expand my business, and hopefully, I'll never have to return to the rat race. My new goal is to join the "petite bourgeoisie", and someday have a B&M store with well paid minions.
What do you do when you are not creating?
My youngest three children (3, 10, and 18) are still at home, and they tend to occupy my evening hours, but I also have a small flock of chickens, and a darling husband. He breaks us away from the home at least once a week, so we can go golfing, or trolling the dollar store. The toy aisle at the dollar store is a huge adventure for us - you can never have enough water balloons or cap guns!
What is your most cherished handmade item?
My grandmother's quilt. She made it especially for me when I bought my house, as a housewarming gift, and it is just perfect, peach and green triangles. It's never too warm, never too light, and always reminds me of her.
To Enter to Win:
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Thanks so much for joining us today - you have until Sunday to enter and we will announce the winner on Monday! Winner will be picked from random using an online randomizer. Have fun!