1. Tell us a bit about yourself.
My name is Kate Smith. I live near Allentown, Pennsylvania with my wonderful husband, Aaron. Other than being an Etsy shop owner, I am a homemaker, graphic designer and office manager at my husband’s business.
2. What made you open your shop and why Etsy?
I have always wanted to open my own antique store, but I wanted a global market, not just a local shop. I stumbled across Etsy and decided this was the place for me. I love the easy format and simplicity of the shops.
3. Do you sell your vintage items anywhere else?
Nope. I am 100% dedicated to Etsy.
4. How did you choose your shop name?
I wanted something catchy and self-explanatory, so “Jadite Kate” stuck.
5. What are your favourite things to do?
I love searching for glassware! It’s like treasure hunting for me. I also love to bake, knit, and watch movies with my husband.
6. If you could learn one new craft what would it be?
Well, I am in the process of learning how to knit. Right now I can only make scarves and cowls. I would love to find someone in my area who would teach me how to make other things (hint, hint).
7. While antiquing what has been your favourite find?
I found a pair of Mckee square canisters for $60. One is jadite and one is custard colored. They are each worth about $250 each, so I was beyond thrilled to find them at such a great price.
8. Which type of item is the most popular that you sell?
I’ve found that I sell quite a bit of teacups and saucers. They make great gifts, but are also fun to collect.
9. Which handmade possession given to you do you most cherish?
My maternal grandmother used to be an avid sewer, so she made me a quilt that I love. It’s a simple block quilt, made of fabric from vintage dresses. It’s worn and torn in a few places, but it is so comfortable. I know it sounds silly, but I sleep with it every night.
10. Name 3 other Etsy shops you love to visit.
Spinning Wheel Studio
Thank you so much to Jadite Kate for being my favourite Etsy shop this week. How can you not love these vintage pieces. The colours are so beautiful and vibrant. The glassware in this shop would be wonderful even if you just displayed them but how could you resist not using it as well. Looking at this shop brings back many memories of visiting antique shops when I was little. So many times the brakes were applied when the new discovery of an antique shop was found and we just had to stop and take a look. So many treasures can be found doing this. Take a look in this shop, take a stroll down memory lane and hopefully you will find some treasures of your own. You dont even have to leave the comforts of home.