Meet Jaime of Vintage Metal Co

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We were lucky enough to chat with Jaime, busy mom and owner of Vintage Metal Co. to hear about her thriving business, how she keeps the balance and so much more! We love her beautiful signs and know that you will too. Be sure to check out her shop and use our code INSPIRED25 for 25% off your order!

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PI: We absolutely love your story. Where do you draw your inspiration for new designs from?

JB: When we first started the business I had the idea to have brand reps on a two month rotation so that we would get to work with new ideas at a regular pace. Having brand reps has pushed me to try new things that I didn't know possible. I also continually add custom pieces that I think other customers would love.

Every time I see a new photo from a customer or brand rep I think, “This is my favorite!”
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PI: How do you balance being a homeschooling mom, wife, and successful business woman?

JB: We have homeschooled our two children  for eight years now. I have it kind of easy in that our girls are only one grade apart. The only subject we do separately is math, and all of the other subjects we are able to do as a group, which saves us a lot of time because we aren't doing two of every single subject. We always do school first thing in the morning since it's the first priority, and my kids learn best in the morning anyway. It helps that we are all early risers! My husband and I have some family guidelines that we live by and it helps keep everything in order. We try to never ever work past 4 pm and we have dinner together as a family every night. Weekends are for fun, rest, and family. I always put work into perspective of being something that adds to our lives, but doesn't control our lives.

PI: You have such a wide variety of styles and colors in your shop! What’s your favorite piece?

JB: Oh gosh, this is a HARD question! Every time I see a new photo from a customer or brand rep I think, "This is my favorite!" Ha ha! I have several pieces up in my own house. My favorites always seem to be the special, custom pieces because I love to see them come to life.

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PI: What would be your number one piece of advice for someone looking to start their own business from the ground up?

JB: I would say to go all in! It can be scary, but it has been the biggest blessing to our family. One of the best parts are the relationships that you will build along the way. Find a mentor, and learn from someone who is willing to teach you. Join The Rising Tide Society (it's FREE!) and meet other local entrepreneurs at a Tuesdays Together monthly meeting in your area. You will learn a new aspect of business every month and it is completely free.

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Vendor Spotlight: the American Farmhouse

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We sat down with Meghan Ashman, the owner and creator of The American Farmhouse, where she creates handmade, custom signs for your home. Meghan weighed in on style influencers, favorite items in her shop, and advice for anyone looking to start their own Etsy shop. Be sure to take a peek at her gorgeous shop!

 

 

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What inspired you to start The American Farmhouse?

I started The American Farmhouse in the beginning of 2013 when I was in school and trying to make a small side income while doing something that I loved. At the start in 2013, my small business wasn't signs, but repurposing furniture (dining room sets, hutches, dressers, etc.). Last year after my daughter was born, I was blessed with the opportunity to stay home with her and thought it was the perfect time to re-open The American Farmhouse! I jumped in with new styles, a new logo, less furniture, and more home décor signs!
 
What's your favorite item in your shop?

My favorite signs are my large custom song lyrics signs. Most people use them for over the bed. They can customize the lyrics from their weddings, special Bible verses in their life, etc. It really gives me the joy to see something so special to someone!

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Who are your biggest style influencers?

There are so many amazing people I look to for style! Some of the top ladies I can think of on Instagram that I look to daily for "inspo" are Liz Marie Blog (@lizmariegalvan), Erin at Cotton Stem (@cottonstem), and Sarah at Dreaming of Homemaking (@dreamingofhomemaking).

What would be your number one piece of advice for someone just starting up their own Etsy shop?

My number one piece of advice for someone would be to just not be afraid to start and jump all in! Starting a new business, whether a brick and mortar store or an online store can be extremely nerve wracking! You always have the thought in your mind like "what if people don't like my stuff?" Once you jump in and get a feel for things, then you start to feel comfortable branching out, learning more, networking, and so on. Networking is the best tool for your business! Whether it be Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc., the more people you are connecting with, the better your business will be.

My number one piece of advice for someone would be to just not be afraid to start and jump all in!

Want to win one of Meghan’s gorgeous signs?! We’re giving away this lovely Home Sweet Home sign to one of our readers. Head over to our Instagram account for all the details!

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