First off, tell me a little bit about yourself.
My name is Erin and I am the owner of a little business with a lot of heart called Girl Ran Away With the Spoon. I make jewelry and hair accessories out of vintage silver plated silverware, old keys, buttons, bottle caps, and more. On Etsy my shop name is erinschock. I was born and raised in small town Miles City, MT. I got my BFA in Graphic Design from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.
I currently have a freelance graphic design business as well as Girl Ran Away With the Spoon. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have a spirited two and half year old son-Quinn Daniel. Girl Ran Away With the Spoon started out as a fun hobby. I have always felt a need to work with my hands and wanted to take a break from the computer and do something more physical. The business grew out of a love of all things old and the feeling that I needed to do my part in being eco-conscious by using found, recycled, and repurposed materials. I really enjoy thrift and garage sale shopping as well as antiquing. My husband thinks I am a bit insane sometimes because I get ridiculously excited about old junk.
How and when did you start making jewelry and your other items?
I have been making jewelry for as long I can remember. It all started with dyed macaroni necklaces and I was hooked. I started my own business when I was 12 selling my handmade beaded jewelry to local shops and really supportive family members. I have also been painting pretty much my whole life and try to find time to do oil painting.
When and how did you originally find Etsy?
I think I was just playing on the Internet and stumbled upon it serendipitously and was blown away. I become a member in 2006 but didn’t start selling seriously until mid 2008.
What is unique about Etsy and what about the website do you like the most in regards to your shop?
Etsy is unique because it was the first and the best handmade-based site out there ever! I love how user friendly it is and it gives me a professional looking shop that I can send my customers to that I can be proud of. It also gives you a worldwide customer base that would not even be imaginable without Etsy.
What inspires you the most in regards to your creations?
I am really inspired by old junk. I have a really hard time with new run of the mill products and get a lot of joy out of resurrecting things from another era. So many things were made so much better than they are today. It seems it is hard to find good quality merchandise that lasts (unless you shop Etsy!). To me antique things have a story and soul. Like a set of antique silverware that was given as wedding gift and used for 50 years that eventually finds its way into my hands to become something new to be cherished.
What is your favorite piece you’ve created and why?
My favorite pieces that I make are the silver plated silverware handle bracelets. I say this because they transcend all age groups. The older generation appreciates them because they remember their mothers or grandmothers having a certain pattern or using the silverware themselves and the younger generation appreciate the fact that they are repurposed from something old and forgotten and turned into something new and beautiful. They are so comfortable to wear and have a heavy-duty magnetic clasp that makes them a breeze to get on. They also go with any outfit and look great layered.
I am also really excited about the new hair accessory line I have started. It includes floral and feather hair combs and clips as well as vintage bottle caps that have been made into headbands and are accented with vintage buttons and handmade flowers. You can see samples here:
I love to do custom orders as well. I do a lot of work with heritage silverware. I have been working on a lot of custom engraved and letter stamped pieces. I have a new special design where I take children’s drawings and shrink them down and transfer them onto a spoon bowl bracelet with a hand engraver.
What do you want to accomplish with your online shop?
For me right now the online shop is a go to place for current customers that I meet at the shows and parties. But I just hired someone to take my product photos and do the shop maintenance from time to time. I have found that the more time I can dedicate to Etsy the more I sell. So with my new help I would like to have daily listings and therefore daily sales.
Do you have any new creations in the works? If so, what can shoppers expect to see from you soon?
I am constantly trying new products out. Right now I am in the process of adding some new natural stone and silverware bracelets as well as some fun assemblage charm style bracelets, vintage pop bottle cap headbands, and skeleton key necklaces.
Where can readers find out about more information regarding your jewelry and other creations and possible special offers (including additional websites, blogs, facebook, etc)?
You can find Girl Ran Away with the Spoon at www.erinschock.blogspot.com, become a fan on facebook: