Loving Local and Supporting Small (6) Sapphippo

Sapphippo

Eloise and Gosia got engaged last year in December and moved to Bath in June. Eloise is a Barista and Gosia is a student at Bath Spa University studying Commercial Music. Together they have set up an Etsy shop where they sell handmade Earrings and super cute jewellery! 

Why earrings? There are so many accessories so why did you choose to make this particular product?

We think earrings pull an outfit together! We both always wear a pair of earrings when we leave the house and they are our favourite accessory, so we thought we would bring our own twist to our favourite accessory. 

All of your designs are so creative! How many pairs have you made so far?
We’ve made around 100 different pairs of earrings so far, all unique in their own way.

How did it feel hitting 200 sales?
It was absolutely insane hitting 200 sales. We couldn’t believe it, we only started our small business in April and didn’t think we would get as many sales as have done. We may have also shed a few tears of joy! 

Which is your favourite design? All of them are so fun!
Eloise – Strawberry Cow Shrinky Dink Earrings 
Gosia – Baby Earrings

What motivated you to set up your own business? Did it start as a passion project?

It actually started to let out some creativity and boredom during lockdown as both of us were furloughed. We’re both really creative people and we wanted to do something to express that and we decided to get some earring making supplies to have some fun and then one thing led to another and we ended up creating it into a small business.

What was the most challenging part about setting your business up – or did you find it a breeze?
Definitely the social media side of things! Trying to connect with the right audiences and get our brand out there has been the most challenging part about setting up our business. 

Do you think that your earrings reflect your creativity?

Our earrings definitely reflect our creativity, we make a lot of our earrings based off of our interest and likes, that way we don’t get bored by our product. Luckily other people like them too and it’s so lovely! 

What would you say to other young people wanting to start up a business?

Just go for it – there is no time like the now. You never know what could happen from just listing one item that you love online.

Where do you want your business to go?

We want our business to flourish into something wonderful, and hopefully we can start selling in stalls/ markets sometime in the future. 

You can find Eloise and Gosia’s online Etsy shop here and browse through their funky designs on their instagram!

Loving local shops and supporting small businesses really isn’t that hard, plus with such gorgeous products, like the ones highlighted in this blog, how can you say no? Seeing businesses grow is beautiful, especially for the people behind the products who work so hard at developing and creating them! Be sure to give these small businesses a follow and check out their websites!


Look out for another ‘Loving Local and Supporting Small’ blog next time! 

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