What Inspired Me To Start Salem Style

Salem Style started almost 10 years ago. Yes, you read that right, 10!

I was inspired to start this business when I was starting to design my own hats. I had been crocheting for years, but never really designing my own thing. So I made a practice one (a prototype if you will) and wore it when I went to work.

One of my coworkers at the time complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it. when I told her I made it, she asked if I could make her one too, and then asked how much.

How much? I’d never thought of that before. This was the first time someone wanted to buy one of my hats!

She bought a hat and loved it, and my other coworkers said I should sell them online.

I didn’t know where to start. I had shopped on Etsy before, but I felt that I wasn’t experienced enough to sell on there. (Even though I had been crocheting for over 10 years at that point!) So I clicked “open a shop” on December 28th 2011, and just started. I had five items listed, and the photos were super blurry that I took myself.

The first item I ever listed

From then on, I kept making items, taking blurry pictures of them, and listing them on Etsy. I figured it would last about a year, tops. I had such imposter syndrome (okay I still do sometimes) that I thought I would just be posting things to nobody. It wasn’t until a few days after I opened, that I received my first sale from someone I didn’t know. A complete stranger wanted one of my items. Now don’t get me wrong, I love all my friends and family who have purchased from me, but this hit different. This was what I needed to see. This made it REAL.

I never in my wildest dreams thought that people would find me online and want to purchase items that I designed and made by hand.

and they still do. ✨

New Exciting Things :: 2019 – Year of Growth

Happy New Year! 2018 was such an exciting year. Chris and I got married, I turned 30, and Salem Style also totally rocked it.

This year, I really wanted to focus back more on Salem Style. This adventure has been great, but I think it can be even better. This year the theme is growth. I absolutely love making handmade knitwear (and will continue to do so!) but as you can see, more items are popping up in the shop. Everything that is available has been purchased from a wholesale distributor and intentionally curated by me, with you in mind. I did not make these items, I wanted to be able to offer a larger variety of accessories that you would think are awesome. Everything I selected will complement the cozy knitwear and goes with the Salem Style brand.

turban twist headbands :: $12

So I will continue making making making like crazy, but just wanted to give you the scoop on the other really cool items that you will see being added to the collection.

moon tote
moon tote :: $18

Thank you again for the love and support. You’re so freaking awesome.

– Julianna