Today we’d like to introduce you to Erin Spear.
Hi Erin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A friend of mine had always gone to estate sales and auctions and I decided to go with her to one or two. I was hooked! She and her sister-in-law started a business selling antiques and had been having fun and doing well. I noticed as I went to different sales that I always gravitated toward jewelry. I started buying several pieces and pretty soon my collection was overflowing! A few months into the pandemic, I started to look at online auctions, marketplace, or anywhere that might sell costume jewelry as going in person wasn’t happening. I had in mind that I would like to start to sell my collections, but wasn’t really sure how to do it My kids encouraged me to start a shop via Instagram, and open an etsy shop. I started small and didn’t really tell my friends right away. I wanted to make sure I could actually do well. I had just started and my birthday was coming up. My daughter, who is very creative, decided for my birthday that she would redesign my Instagram page. She taught me how to take better pictures, how to use an editing app, and how to generally streamline my look. People started to notice my pictures and commented how cohesive and pretty they were. As I grew my following, I started to have “mini” sales. I would record myself wearing and talking about each piece and tell them the price. That was the beginning of everything.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It had its challenges. I have a retail background, but didn’t really know how to work social media that well, and didn’t realize how important image and style were. I think the more I got used to making videos and posting pictures, things started to smooth out.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I specialize in vintage jewelry. Dating anywhere from the 1940’s to the early 2000’s. I’m known for finding unique pieces that are in very good condition. I feel like I really try to offer a number of price points. I can go for as little as $25 to $500 or more, because I’m a firm believer that you can be fashionable at any price. I also feel like one piece at a time, I’m changing the way people see sustainable fashion. Helping the planet, the world, and seeing beauty in pieces with a story to tell. Who knows where that necklace has been?
I’m most proud of my integrity and quality. I really try to give a great product for a great value.
I spend a lot of time curating my collection, and it comes from all over the country. I also am contacted by individuals and estate companies to look over many of their finds. Many people contact me after a loved one has passed away, and I’m able to help them either sell or go through the items to deem what they might like to keep. I have found some real treasures for them!
What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The most important lesson I’ve learned is that you need to be your authentic self. People can tell if you aren’t. Believe in what you are selling, and enjoy the ride! I really love what I do.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://etsy.me/33MC8qD
- Instagram: @erinsvintagejewels
- Facebook: Erin’s Vintage Jewels