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Business Insider: Etsy's Top Seller - Alicia Shaffer

Business Insider explores Three Bird Nest's success on Etsy. How this woman became the biggest seller on Etsy with $80,000 a month in sales ASHLEY LUTZ FEB. 18, 2015, 11:37 AM Alicia Shaffer is the most successful seller on Etsy.  The mom of three started selling boho-inspired hats and scarves through her online shop, Three Bird Nest, in November 2011.  Shaffer wanted to bring in some extra money after the clothing store she and her husband managed in the San Francisco Bay shut down in the recession. "I would have been thrilled to make $100 to $200 a month to pay for my daughter's dance lessons," Shaffer told Business Insider. "I was really just trying to make a couple of sales a week...

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NY Times Features Alicia Shaffer Top Retail Expert

Etsy’s Success Gives Rise to Problems of Credibility and Scale By HIROKO TABUCHIMARCH 15, 2015 Photo  Depending on whom you ask, Alicia Shaffer, owner of the hit Etsy store Three Bird Nest, is a runaway success story — or an emblem of everything that has gone wrong with the fast-growing online marketplace for handmade goods. With the help of up to 25 local seamstresses and alluring photography, Ms. Shaffer takes in upward of $70,000 a month in revenue selling twee headbands and leg warmers via Etsy. But as her business has grown, she has been harshly criticized online and accused of mass-producing goods, of obtaining wares from China. Detractors consider her a blight on Etsy’s hipster cred. The dispute over how...

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How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy

Fast Company talks to Alicia about tips for starting on Etsy. Find it here How One Woman Makes Almost $1 Million A Year On Etsy ALICIA SHAFFER'S BUSINESS, THREEBIRDNEST, MAKES $80,000 A MONTH SELLING HANDMADE LEGWARMERS, SCARVES, AND HEADBANDS ON ETSY. HERE'S HOW.   Knitting socks, scarves, and headbands doesn’t have much in common with performing orthopedic surgery or governing a country. But this crafty hobby earns mother-of-three Alicia Shaffer’s business $80,000 a month, in part via her Etsy shop—which adds up to an annual revenue of $960,000, she claims. That’s about as much as top orthopedic surgeons make, and more than twice as much as the United States president makes. Shaffer, based in Livermore, California, sells her knitted wares...

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