I get this question a lot. I do two things that don't really go together, but are somehow still about the same. In short, I buy large wholesale and/or liquidation lots and then sell it piece by piece.
In 2010, I was working full-time and handmaking jewelry as a hobby. I started selling earrings, funky necklaces, and gem bracelets on Etsy. Soon, I was making more on Etsy than at my day job! I quit my job in the summer of 2011 to focus on my jewelry. About this time, I started buying my supplies from a manufacturer to cut down on my production costs. The only problem was, I had too much materials for just one person! I started destashing some on Etsy, and that took off very quickly. Not too long after that, I was selling supplies full-time. I mostly cater to other small businesses and creators on Etsy and I really enjoy being a part, albeit small, of someone’s creative process.
In 2013, we opened a small online boutique called The Northern Sea. While that didn’t last long in the grand scheme of things, we sure learned a lot. We ended up closing the online portion and selling out of a huge shop on Historical Route 66. That was super fun. Our space had clothing and curated antiques and vintage items. We closed our space in 2016 and decided to sell our remaining clothing stock on eBay, which quickly turned into a “side gig” to Etsy. I started going to thrifts to find things to flip, and soon started buying liquidation lots.
In 2020, I started a Facebook group where I post all of my new clothing items first at a significant discount. Most of our group members are local to us, and we offer free porch delivery. This route allows me to sell my items with significantly less fees while also having a personal relationship with my customers. Another benefit of this is not storing my items in inventory for an indefinite amount of time. This has become my favorite part of my business.
My shops have helped me be able to stay at home with my babies full time, and I am so thankful! Everything we do is for our children. We want to give them the best childhood and life we can, and this helps us achieve that.
The Northern Sea is my husband and I's play on the vast prairie plains of North Texas, our forever home; and our love of all things nautical.