1GreatThing

Saving the world from cancer, one Etsy sale at a time!

Oklahoma, United States · 1437 Sales

1GreatThing

Saving the world from cancer, one Etsy sale at a time!

Oklahoma, United States 1437 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Thank you for visiting my shop and supporting my mission to support The American Cancer Society via Relay For Life! My goal is to provide you with awesome fundraising kits at an affordable price, things to show your cancer fighting pride, and gifts that show support.

"Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible." Harvey Milk

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Last updated on Jul 10, 2016

Thank you for visiting my shop and supporting my mission to support The American Cancer Society via Relay For Life! My goal is to provide you with awesome fundraising kits at an affordable price, things to show your cancer fighting pride, and gifts that show support.

"Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible." Harvey Milk

Cassi Selby

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Supplies came early! We are spending our Saturday getting wish bracelet kits ready to ship out! Yay!

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My Story.....

I'm Cassi, and I have tie dyed over 50,000 garments over my bathtub. No kidding! I want to tell you my story in hopes that it inspires you to follow your dreams.

I never knew what I wanted to be when I "grew up". To be honest, I felt like my options were pretty limited. The expense of college wasn't something my parents could undertake, so I graduated high school at 17 (a year early), and moved to the ghetto of OKC (the only place I could afford to live), and worked at Kmart. A few years later, Kmart closed, so I went to work for Walmart. Even then, I knew that I did not want to be there forever- there had to be something better for me out there- my life was not meant to be spent slaving away for a large corporation for crap pay. It was like an endless cycle though- when you can barely afford to eat, how can you pull yourself out?

I have always had a creative soul- in fact, during those hard times, being creative and artistic was about the only thing I could do to find a break from the hard times around me. I spent a lot of time painting- I would paint anything I could get my hands on. The other thing that got me through those rough times was volunteering, and giving to others in anyway I could. It made me feel like even if times were hard for me, I could still make a difference.

I got married young, and even though that was NOT a smart idea, I got the best gift I could ever ask for from that relationship- my son, Wes. When I found out that I was pregnant, I started dabbling in tie dye- it was a fun way for me to make something really neat out of things that I already had. I didn't have anyone to teach me, so my creative personality kicked in, and I spent hours testing and trying new things- never in my life could I have imagined that I was giving myself an education for what would eventually become my career.

In 2007 I found myself a single mom of a one year old son. As fate would have it, I ended up falling in love with a hot shot manager from Arkansas. We had met when I was pregnant with Wes, and became fast friends. He was my age, a bad boy, and NOT the kind of guy you would ever consider settling down with. In a strange turn of events, we seemed to make each other better people just by being friends. When we started dating, we were the oddest couple- no one who knew either of us would have ever put us together- we were complete opposites.

Chad saw the artist in me, and encouraged me to follow it. "Why not?" he said. So, I went back to my tie dye adventures- spending every extra penny I had on supplies. I begged anyone and everyone to look at my work, and to buy stuff. I started trying new techniques that I thought MIGHT work- and refined, and practiced.

My sister told me about this website called Etsy- she described it as- the most amazing thing ever- all handmade, and perfect for people like me. Chad suggested that I try it- just to see what would happen. I specifically remember saying, "No one who doesn't know me is going to buy my stuff." When I got my first Etsy sale, I literally thought I had broke my computer, or something was wrong- where did this money come from? When I realized that I had actually sold something- to a stranger, no less- I took the money I had made and invested it right back into my creations. Thanks to word of mouth, my shop was getting steady sales, and with each new order, I got better- I was determined to refine my technique, teach myself how to do new things, and to make my clothing something that people would love. I wanted to break the barriers that tie dye held- I wanted to make clothes that were gorgeous, and unique.

The hard work paid off- before I knew it, my shop was keeping me busy full time, and I was living the life that I was determined to get! In turn, this gave me more time to fulfill my other passion- giving. Life was good.

Now, you think this is my happy ending- but it is not. You see, I made a stupid mistake when I opened up my first shop. I was selling TONS of Mickey Mouse tie dye- everyone loved them.. well, everyone except for Disney. I woke up one morning and found that my shop- everything I had worked so hard for, had been shut down for copyright infringement. This fueled my creative fire- instead of giving up- I started over and reinvented my line. I thought my dream was over, but I refused to quit. After a few VERY scary weeks, my new line caught on like wild fire, and that leaves us where I am today.

If you have a dream- FOLLOW IT. If you want to change your life- CHANGE IT. It won't be easy, and it feels scary, but you will never know until you try! You might just find your ONE GREAT THING :)

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