Featured Team Shop
We like to feature one of our team member’s shops each month…
Here is an interview with Julie, owner/designer at OddLotEmporium, and one of our most active new team members. She won the February Treasury Challenge. : )
How did you start your shop?
I have been an artist and an online artist for years. I got my start at a popular POD site and then heard about Etsy through some friends and decided hey why not!?
How did you come up with your shop name?
I have an offline website and blog that goes by the name of Odd Lot Weddings and my Etsy shop Odd Lot emporium was suggested by some friends b/c I offer so much more than jsut wedding printables. I do handmade wood blocks also!
What has the response been like from the (local/online) community since you opened?
Oh man, I really just thought it would be slow and Id have to build, but the response has been overwhelming! I have had my offbeat wedding invites in a magazine, featured on Offbeat Bride and been asked to exclusively design for 2 online stationery stores. So this year has been great! And of course my brides are amazing and I feel so honored that I get to create amazing design for their weddings!
Tell us about some of your favorite items in the shop.
Man, some of my favorite are my sugar skull designs, s much so that hubby has actually gotten one on his leg tattooed while we were on vacation in Mexico! Another is my Gothic skeleton wedding suite. I just LOVE offbeat weddings!
Who or what would you say has had the most influence over your craft?
I would have to say that just comes from within. I have always been told I was “unusual” and most people think I’m a little quirky. That’s fine with me!!! lol. I am the type of person that can be inspired by almost anything, especially the weird! I love a challenge!
What inspires you?
The funkier, more unusual and just weird the better. I will often be walking and have to do a double take to stop and capture an image with my phone. I just get inspired by everything and have to take notes that very second so I don’t forget it.
What is your favorite wedding trend (now or past)?
Oh man, I have always loved gothic steampunk all the way.
What would you like to see at more weddings?
I’d just like to see Brides not be scared. Take your wedding to the next level and be unusual, be yourself. Its your day and you shouldn’t live up to anyone’s expectations except your own. Let your personality shine through in everything you do and it will be a very memorable day full of fun.
Given the opportunity, which celebrity would you like to see wearing your designs?
Bah! Dita Von Tess absolutely! She would rock it!
What is your unicorn – that is, what is an object or skill that has eluded you so far?
Marketing, lol. I am good at designing but really need to learn how to get my name & what I do out there to the public.
What do you think the future holds for you / your shop?
The future is great. With hard work and dedication to being the best person with a great attitude for my brides, it can only grow! Because when it comes down to it, my designs are great but I am offering not only those but also my compassion and helping hand to my clients to make their day special and memorable.