Who are you? Claire Baker
What is your Etsy Shop Name/link? Copabananas http://www.copabananas.etsy.com
What tag categories do you specialize in? toys, repurposed, bags
Do you create for children or adults, women or men? I'd say kids and adults, women are my main customers.
What do you like about Etsy? I'm a Treasury addict right now, it appeals to the merchandiser in me and I believe it's a fun way to market. I also appreciate the easy listing capability of Etsy.
Where do you find inspiration for your products? I find inspiration in things around me. For example, the gLove Story Dolls are made from gloves that I find while I'm walking around town, my repurposed books are made from file folders and papers from my daughter's notebooks, and the sock monkeys are inspired by the monkey theme of my shop.
What do you love about your business? I've owned my brick and mortar shop in Montclair for 10 years. When I graduated from college as a textiles major back in the 80's, I did craft shows. I eventually burned out on traveling all over the east coast, and always wanted a shop. Finally I realized my dream when I opened Copabananas. In the past year I've rediscovered my love of textiles and my creativity has returned. I love the fact that I can produce my handmade goods while I'm in my shop!
What is your favorite product right now? The Market Bags are my favorite product. I love using the vintage fabric to make them. They have so much character and are really practical!
What makes you unique at Etsy? I think the fact that I have a brick and mortar makes me unique since Etsy is web-based.
What are some other sites to find out more about you and what you love to create?
Copabananas has well over 150 items in her shop! Way too many to share all of my favorites, but here are two that I really like.
Pink and red Sock Monkey:
Ice Cream Pillow: