Rachel Analiese Yakubik
Describe what you sell.
I make and sell image pendants. I started making them out of Polymer Clay and now I make some using Glass Tiles - I love making both and the each have their own unique style. I also sell Magnet sets, finished beaded jewelry, and some other random things. I also sell a tutorial on how to make the polymer clay pendants as well as a few digital collage sheets.
What are the best sellers in your shop?
The image pendants are the best sellers - it is even between the polymer clay and glass ones. I also make custom photo pendants which are a big seller as well.
What is your real life like?
I am married with a 7 year old son - who starts 2nd grade next week :) I am also a certified Elementary teacher. I have been looking for a full time teaching job for over 3 years - it is very competitive here. In the meantime - I teach an Adult Education GED Prep class 2 days a week and substitute in my local elementary schools. It is nice because it gives me the flexibility to work on my business and spend more time with my son - by being a room mom, etc. But - I really need to find a full time job soon :)
What do you offer that sets you apart from the other sellers on Etsy?
I think my custom products are different - especially "your child's art on clay" - that seems to get a lot of attention - and has been featured on a lot of shopping websites. I also do custom photo ornaments at Christmas. I try to keep a unique style and have even started creating my own images. Image pendants have become so popular on Etsy - so it has become very competitive. I still have a good customer base - and I hope that my customer service and quality sets me apart as well.
I have a blog, an Flickr page and another website that I try to keep up with - but not too much. I hand out tons of business cards, and I do some local craft fairs. I currently have some items in some local shops as well. I am also proud to have one of my pendants currently in a catalog called "What on Earth" - that was a nice bonus for me. My target market is hard to pinpoint - I get jewelry designers who use my pendants for their own designs - and people who just want the pendant on a chain. I have some wholesale accounts for people who sell them in their shops and people who order the custom pendants as gifts. I get both men and women - all ages :)
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Believe it or not - I have also done some videos on YouTube - my latest is on my Blog.