UniquelyBySarah

Uniquely Sarah

Illinois, United States · 3 Sales

UniquelyBySarah

Uniquely Sarah

Illinois, United States 3 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Uniquely Sarah is growing up! Having finished college and entered the real world, it's high time that my business do so too. To that end, I am returning to Etsy, but this time my shop won't be simply a place to sell dolls, as those are only a small portion of what goes into making my artwork "unique". Uniquely Sarah will now be a place to showcase my WHOLE self! I invite you to explore and enjoy and hope that what you find can help you to enrich your own unique style.

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Last updated on Jun 27, 2016

Uniquely Sarah is growing up! Having finished college and entered the real world, it's high time that my business do so too. To that end, I am returning to Etsy, but this time my shop won't be simply a place to sell dolls, as those are only a small portion of what goes into making my artwork "unique". Uniquely Sarah will now be a place to showcase my WHOLE self! I invite you to explore and enjoy and hope that what you find can help you to enrich your own unique style.

Sarah Helmich

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Sarah Helmich

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Anonymous on Oct 1, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Very fast shipping, got my dolls to day, and they are awsome

Anonymous on Oct 1, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

This is adorable and so well made, thank you

Anonymous on Sep 28, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Wow! Super fast shipping, thoughtful packaging and excellent customer service! The thrum doll is well-made and charming -- thank you very much! ♡

About

I've always known that my true passion was to create...

But I've also always been told that this could never been more than a hobby, and that I should grow up and get a "real job." However with a job market stubbornly refusing to open up, rising college tuition bills, and skyrocketing student loan rates, (plus limited access to the use of the family car), I knew that I had to try something else. Thus Uniquely Sarah was born!

When I was five my mom helped me make my first thrum doll. It was very simplistic (no hair, no clothes, loose strings for arms) and I didn't know any of the history so I just called it a yarn doll, but at five, I was happy with the result. In fact I was SO happy that I started making them out of all the excess yarn I could find. I ended up with a whole yarn family and even gave a few to my cousins.

But, unfortunately, little girls grow up, and I decided that I was to old to play with dolls anymore. So I gave my Barbies to my sisters, put my American Girl dolls on a shelf, and stored my first thrum doll in a box with my baby things.

Flash forward to Summer 2011: I had just finished my first year of college and was working at Lincoln's New Salem as a camp counselor for a group of 5th through 7th graders when someone gave me a large box of yarn. I used some of it for crafts with the kids, but had no clue what to do with the rest. Then I remembered the little dolls I'd made as a child. I hadn't made one for years, but I was pretty sure I still remembered the process. So I made a few and gave them away as prizes. The girls LOVED them! And their mothers loved them even more. Several people asked me if I would make dolls to sell. I told them no. The dolls were to simple.

Then I got the idea, "What if I could make them less simple?" I started looking online for patterns...there were none, or at least none beyond what I was already doing. I don't think it ever occurred to me to get frustrated; I just made my own pattern. So now I had a working pattern, but I still wasn't serious about selling them. That came later.

Flash forward again to Summer 2012: I was back at New Salem as a volunteer. I'd brought a couple of finished dolls with me as examples, and I was all set up to make them as a demonstration. Once again people loved them. I gave a couple of my little demos away, and then I got the question again. Only this time it was from a seasonal worker, and it wasn't just about selling, it was about selling at the New Salem gift shop. I still wasn't sure of the idea, but I let her talk me into speaking with the manager, and to my amazement it was an immediate "yes!"

That prompted me to consider other places to sell them, and then I remember my Etsy shop. I was already getting the shop set up, but I had envisioned Uniquely Sarah as a place to sell my artwork and handmade bags. Still I thought "why not?" I put just two dolls in...and my views skyrocketed!

Since then I've continued working to perfect the pattern, I've researched more into the history of the dolls, and I've started creating even more styles so that you can have even more variety to choose from. My inspiration comes from many different places. I'm an artist, and each doll is the product of my own unique creative vision. Originally it was just, "Oh, I like those colors. I'll try that," and now though I've also started to do more research into popular color palettes as well as historic styles, that is still the main criteria for each new style.

Hundreds of years ago a little girl picked up the strings of her mother's weaving project and tied them in the shape of a doll. Today your little girl can experience a little of that history whenever she plays with a Uniquely Sarah thrum doll.

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    Owner, Maker, Designer

    I am a firm believer in the idea that it is possible to be a strong business woman without sacrificing your femininity.

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