In this economy, the thought of starting a small business can be very intimidating, but with the right amount of talent and perseverance, you could have a major hit on your hands. Just ask Erin Gordon.
The 32-year-old, who is originally from the East coast but now lives in the Chicagoland area, designs and creates her own one-of-a-kind vintage-inspired jewelry. What started out as a hobby four years ago has become a full-out business success. By Erin Gordon launched last September, and it hasn’t slowed down yet. Erin’s jewelry has already been featured in Chicago Social Magazine.
How did Erin’s semi-vintage pieces make it into such a modern and chic magazine? Even though her jewelry has a vintage-twang, these pieces aren’t boring or outdated. Erin carefully mixes classic with contemporary, and puts her own fun twist on her pieces to create statement pieces, as she calls them.
For example, she once had two old, but cute, vintage earrings. Instead of just leaving them as is, she morphed them into trendy cocktail rings. By updating these pieces throgu her own creativity, Erin creates truly timeless jewelry.
One of Erin’s favorite creations was a large multi-stranded necklace, consisting of amethysts, topaz and a mix of other gemstones. While it sounds fancy, Erin said that you can actually wear the necklace with a t-shirt and jeans, dressing up a seemingly plain outfit. Of course, the piece is still an obvious fit for a black-tie affair, but it goes to show how multi-dimensional her statement necklaces can be.
The truth is that you won’t see jewelry like this anywhere, Erin said, and Fit&FabLiving agrees. These irreplaceable pieces are funky and unique. While they can be a little pricey for the thrifty shopper, the necklaces run from $500-1,000, if you’re on the hunt for something edgy but still feminine, these pieces are your best bet.
Still, there are ways to get around the high prices. Erin also launched a less expensive, but still stylish bracelet line. These pieces are for the everyday consumer, Erin said. They range from about $30-50, and come in about 15 different styles.
Already, Erin sells her jewelry to boutiques and brings it to a variety of upscale events, such as ones thrown by Chicago Social Magazine. Personal orders have also been very popular for Erin’s business, which makes sense, as you’ll see
Before Erin turned her hobby into a job, people would stop her all the time as she walked down the street. They wanted to know where she was buying her jewelry from. When she told them that she made it herself, the dots started to connect for Erin.
Although her original dream was to open a boutique, it had to be put aside temporarily because of the slumping economy. But a jewelry business, one that could be begin with personal orders, could be an obvious launching pad. Little did Erin know that the jewelry business itself would become a hit.
Erin’s biggest accomplishment so far is making a name for herself and her jewelry. You never think it can happen to you, she said regarding her success. Her journey wasn’t easy, she added, but they rarely are.
Erin’s talent and hard work have catapulted her business upward, and if everything continues to go in the right direction, maybe she will have that boutique one day.
Check out By Erin Gordon at http://www.byeringordon.com or contact Erin at email@example.com .