Seller Highlight: Siobhan / HAHonline

As part of our run-up to the Etsy Christmas pop-up shop at the end of this month, we’d like to introduce some of our sellers to you. We asked them a few questions about their shop, how they became an Etsy seller and their golden tips for online success!

This episode: Siobhan from HAHonline

Siobhan specialises in making clothing and accessories for children but also makes a range of jewellery, men’s ties and homewares.

How did you choose your shop name?

I was making lots at home when I lost my job so HAH (Handmade at Home) seemed so relevant.

How did you decide to be an Etsy Seller?

Etsy was an easy decision, lots of friends I had met at various craft fairs were selling online and all told me that Etsy was easy to set up and maintain. It was a no-brainer as it complimented all the work we do face-to-face.

What do you love most about your products?

Most of all I love making the products, coming up with the ideas and seeing the products come together. My favourites are the tea tie towels, I love all things kitsch and retro and they are certainly both.

What have been your biggest challenges in running an Etsy Shop?

Making it look right – taking the right images, making things look consistent with the brand and knowing what’s worth listing. Etsy is all trial and error but I feel I’m almost there now.

What are your best tips for running an Etsy shop?

Make sure you promote it, get involved with #CraftHour and #HandmadeHour on twitter, post your items on facebook and make sure it’s on any business cards you give out.
Read the Etsy handbook – it’s full of so many helpful tips, I’ve learnt so much from it.

hah - tinsel haha-bobble hat hah-owl brooch hah-tie

Come meet Siobhan, and our other sellers at the Fountain Inn, 12 Regent Street, Cambridge!

29th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00

30th November 2014: 11:00 – 20:00



Hi - my name's Yvette! Originally from the Netherlands, I am a kind, lively and laid-back person with a can-do attitude. Together with my husband Sean, we have moved from the Netherlands to Newcastle-upon-Tyne (UK), Leamington Spa (UK), Sheffield (UK), Sydney (Australia), back to the Netherlands, to Dusseldorf (Germany), Cambridge (UK), Frankfurt (Germany and now Toronto (Canada) in the last 9 years. And no, I don't think this is our final stop either! I have learned most of my photographic craft whilst at Art college (quite a few years back), from the two portrait studio jobs I held in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and from assisting fine art dealer Linus Carr in Warwick. Even though I still own and use my digital camera, I mainly shoot on medium format Black and White film, using a Rolleiflex TLR. As I become more and more fascinated with old photography techniques, I started shooting wet plates in 2013. You can see some of my work on As anyone who has visited my shop or '1000crowsVintage' on Etsy may attest to, I am a big fan of carboots / charity shops as well as vintage fairs, garage sales, auctions ..... you get the idea - and my house is slowly filling up with beautiful random things - some of which I sell online, and some of which I will hoard for a while. x

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