Meen Erin from thesolarium

Can you sum yourself up in 3 sentences? Give it a go!
I’m a twenty-something year old who suffers an addiction to thrift stores – I sneak away to them like a kid stealing cookies when her mom isn’t looking. Halloween is a daily celebration for me. I work full-time at a used bookstore in addition to The Solarium.

Tell us about what you sell:
I design mostly one of a kind jewelry. I love the idea of one person falling in love with a piece and buying it, and there never again being an identical copy. I also have a sideline of handmade mourning jewelry, since while I see plenty of the antique mourning accessories, nobody really seems to actually make new designs. I sell vintage and antique jewelry as well to fill in the cracks.

garden quartz, hessonite garnet and sterling silver necklace

What is your favorite thing about creating?
I enjoy spreading out all my beads and pairing up different ones at a time to see what finally clicks into a new design. It can take days sometimes of tweaking wire and stones to get what I want but the results are always worth it.

Where do you find your inspiration?
I never create without listening to music. My stash of tunes includes everything from Bach to random movie and game soundtracks to Bauhaus and Rose of Avalanche. My favorite time periods are Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and the 80s, so I take a lot of ideas from design details of those eras as well.

futuristic amethyst and carved bone earrings

Do you have any advice for other sellers?
Don’t be a copycat. It’s fine to be inspired by other people’s designs when you start out but in the long run nobody will feel compelled to buy anything from you if you design and advertise like everyone else. Find yourself a niche and exploit it to make your work memorable in others’ minds.

Do you have a coupon code for us?
Receive 20% off your purchase from my shop with the coupon code “SOLARIUM20”!

Where else can we find you?
Follow The Solarium on Facebook and Twitter to see new arrivals and coupon codes.

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