Today we’d like to introduce you to Hollie Zabroski.
Hi Hollie, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
My small side business started with a pair of earrings I ordered off Facebook. When I received the order I began to think about making them myself at a much more affordable price. I created a pattern and purchased supplies and began making earrings for myself and for gifts. Lots of friends and family suggested that I start advertising and selling them. I had originally started with a very basic style and had success when I first launched. Not quit your day job success, but enough to help pay for the little extras that popped up for our children’s school and band. As a teacher, I had been looking for a way to make a little money on the side. I eventually started experimenting with different designs and materials to come up with items are more unique!
When the pandemic hit, my small earring business took a turn. People weren’t venturing out so there was not really a need or a want to purchase jewelry. I began looking at different ways I could still earn a little extra. I made a few masks for my family and posted them on Facebook. Once again others said they would order masks from me if I would be willing to make them. The next several months and through the height of the pandemic, masks were selling and we had steady orders.
As things began to open back up, masks sales slowed and I began to think of new ways to use all of this fabric I had purchased. I began making other things and added them to my list of items that I sell! As of now I have added things like bowl cozies, oven mitts, hot pads, bandana bibs, bracelets and much more.
I love my little side business because it merges my passion for crafting with a way that allows me to relax.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
The pandemic really threw an obstacle in my path. Many people didn’t want to purchase jewelry when they were working from home and not going out anymore.
Since Covid hit, there have been weeks orders are steady and weeks where orders are slim.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I actually teach 6th grade in the Lee’s Summit School District. I am also a Pastor’s wife and mom of 3. 1973 is a side business for me. It gives me an extra creative outlet that works with my schedule and family responsibilities.
I love that I have been given the gift of creativity. I still love to make gifts and bless others. I have been able to donate my products to different fundraising events. Having my side business isn’t always about profit but giving back to others.
Before we go, is there anything else you can share with us?
The best place to order is to visit our Facebook page. Message us to order.
- $5-$10 earrings
- $7 bowl cozies
- $10 bracelets
- prices vary on other items
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: Instagram.com/Holliesearrings
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Holliesearrings
- Other: TikTok @holliezab