… As a stay-at-home mother who also works from home, I have always struggled with keeping the balance. Since my youngest child is still so young and not in school it’s important that I spend the day caring and playing with him and work on a night. However, the busier I get the more challenging this is becoming since it means I work into the early hours of the following morning. This is still something I am overcoming 5 years later.
… Hello, my name is Sara! I am an Art historian and traveler lover. I am a treasure hunter I would like to say. I’ve always been very restless and traveling. I had many wonderful pieces that I had been accumulating throughout my travels. Soulless objects purchased in markets, craft shops, ateliers, and native villages from remote locations.
… I had heard of Etsy since 2014, I used to buy quality one-off pieces on the platform but it never occurred to me I could be a seller myself. Then along came the pandemic which encouraged me to try and give never looked back. The sense of gratification when someone expresses how pleased they are with their purchase is all worth it.
… Mercer Leathers was created out of a passion for luxury goods. When the opportunity to purchase a large inventory of beautiful Italian leathers came to light I immediately jumped at the chance to get in the business. I have always been involved in Home Design and leather is one of the upholsteries I have used in my homes over the years. I believe your home should be your sanctuary.
… I sell handmade Moroccan carpets, they are made by hand and natural wool with 100% natural materials such as saffron, henna, and natural colors such as Indico, a naturally blue color …. and also herbs and all of this. Wash it three times and work in the sun for five months more or less, and after that, it is ready for the market and sale.
… We only buy and sell hand-woven Turkish and Anatolian rugs. They are all hand-knotted, made from organic wool, mohair, and cotton. All the products we buy and sell are woven at least 30 years ago, which makes all of the vintages. We cannot say that these rugs are our creations, however, preparing them for sale, washing them, cleaning them, repairing them could be seen as a part of the creation process.
… Hand-crafted products are expensive to make because of the time that goes into making them. In addition, the UK guidelines are really strict in quality control of wood products, so we can’t and don’t want to cut costs there. But we hope when volumes increase we will be able to cut some of the other costs such as transportation and storage etc.
… The most challenging part was learning everything from the ground up. I had no prior experience in online sales. And at the beginning, it was difficult with the language, since English is not my native language, I can communicate, but I didn’t have experience in narrow areas (sales, product descriptions), I quickly fixed it.
… Our products are all made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton. I have carefully chosen the weave and thickness of the fabric to ensure it is not only easy to wrap with but will also be durable enough to last a lifetime. All our designs are exclusive to FabRap. I personally design each print we use.