It all started with Pinterest, as many amazing DIY projects do these days. I saw a hand crafted wire ring that spelled out "love", and I thought to myself, I could make that! I've always had an entrepreneurial mind--anything that I made myself, I wanted to sell. But these rings were the turning point. Yes, there were hundreds like them on Etsy already, but I didn't care. Having something of good quality that was worthy of being posted on Etsy, I felt, was reason enough in itself to open a shop. It got my foot in the door, which was then followed by a large gust of wind, pushing me in at full force.
I started my Etsy shop in June of 2012. I didn't sell a large variety of products, just a few different wire rings I had made and some fabric button earrings. The earrings, though I tried, never really sold. Granted, there were thousands of them for sale already, and no, that is not an exaggeration (10,713 to be exact). But the rings, the ring that started it all, sold like crazy. I sold my Love Ring for $7, just a fraction of what other sellers had the same ring listed for. It didn't cost me much to make, so I didn't see the point in listing it at $16 or $24 like some other shops. Etsy shoppers agreed with me, I guess! And Hint of Charm was up and running.
I was getting 20+ orders a day, all wanting the Love Ring. No one could believe that I had been selling a simple wire ring at that volume. I would wake up and work on orders until about 4pm, just so I had time to finish up what I had started and get them to the post office, just to go home and keep working until 3 or 4 am every night. I went on a family vacation to Ocean City, MD, and had to find a Michael's Craft Store with my Mom because I wanted to work on orders I had gotten. I was stressed, tired, and beaten down, but I was loving every minute of it.