If there is one thing I feel is lacking in the handmade community, it is empowerment and support from others. So, to help fill that gap, I’ve decided to begin a monthly series called, “Artist of the Month” where I feature handmade artists in multiple fields and host a fun giveaway with them to help spread the word about their gift and their mission within this community.
So, to begin this series off with a bang, let’s meet Rebecca Koops, who five years ago, combined her love of vintage clothes & hand stitching to create a small business smoothie of all things rehabbed and all things handmade. Thus, (yes, you guessed it) Rehabbed Handmade was formed and, to this day, is a thriving venture featuring everything from hand stitched hoops to vintage 90’s rompers. She does it all and she does it well and I decided to pick her brain a little on her process and her background in a quick interview below.
7. Is it tough being your own boss or is it the easiest job you’ve ever had?
I love my job more than anything and I can’t imagine doing anything else. Our jobs take up so much of our lives, so I find it silly to do something that you don’t like. Although I miss the steady paychecks from having a full time job, I will never miss that feeling of dreading going to work at a job I hated. Being my own boss means I can stay in tune with myself and focus on my own needs. If I am feeling overwhelmed and stressed, I’ll give myself a day off to relax and recharge. This way, I am more productive and present on a work day. It’s also nice not having to answer to anyone else, but I do hold myself accountable. I know that the success of Rehabbed Handmade relies on me and me only. Somedays, it can be completely overwhelming, but other days I feel so empowered looking back on how far Rehabbed Handmade has come. Knowing that I’ve done this all on my own feels really good.
8. Name one job within Rehabbed Handmade that you wish you could hire out to someone else.
If I could hire someone to do one Rehabbed Handmade job, it would be measuring the vintage items that go in my shop. It’s really important to provide accurate measurements and descriptions of the items so the customer knows what they are getting, but sometimes I wish I could just say “It’s a size small and it’s blue” and be done with it. Measuring is definitely my least favorite part of the job. I’d much rather be thrifting!
9. Any advice to those out there wishing to start their own handmade business?
I think the number one piece of advice I would give to someone who is thinking about starting their own handmade business is to have patience. Success does not happen over night. After five years of being an etsy seller, I am still learning about what it means to run a small business. Some days will be great, some days will be bad, but it’s important to keep going! If you are passionate about something, don’t give up!
Rehabbed Handmade is giving away the above featured, “Whatever” hoop as well as a $20 shop credit to their shop (good for any vintage and handmade items). Gulush Threads is giving away a $20 shop credit to their shop.
To enter, leave a comment below with either your favorite decade of clothing or your favorite ‘salty’ phrase. For an additional entry, head on over to Gulush Threads IG and like the giveaway photo and tag a friend. Don’t forget to follow both @gulushthreads and @rehabbedhandmade to be entered!
Giveaway ends Sunday, June 13th at midnight CT with winner announced on Monday, June 14th.
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