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besu

handmade vegan accessories bags wallets pouches

Chicago, Illinois · 1162 Sales

besu

handmade vegan accessories bags wallets pouches

Chicago, Illinois 1162 Sales On Etsy since 2006

5 out of 5 stars
(684)

Shop owner

Beth

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Announcement   HOLIDAY SHIPPING CUT OFF DATES:
For delivery by December 24th, please place orders shipping to the United States by December 16th.

For International orders, I can not guarantee your order will arrive by December 24th. Order at your own risk!

follow on Facebook and instagram @hellobesu for shop updates!

want to shop in person? click the local tab above to see what markets I'll be vending at in the chicago area!

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 29, 2016

HOLIDAY SHIPPING CUT OFF DATES:
For delivery by December 24th, please place orders shipping to the United States by December 16th.

For International orders, I can not guarantee your order will arrive by December 24th. Order at your own risk!

follow on Facebook and instagram @hellobesu for shop updates!

want to shop in person? click the local tab above to see what markets I'll be vending at in the chicago area!

Beth

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Beth

Mini Zip Pouch - Nordic Mirrored Iron
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Playful Fox
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Winter Owls
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Nordic Carbon
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Purple Houndstooth
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Nordic Diamond Iron
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Aqua Panda
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Black Cross
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Carbon Nordic Grid
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Graph Paper Doodle
$12.00
Mini Zip Pouch - Mint Check
$12.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(684)
Rochelle J

Rochelle J on Nov 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love it! Perfect for what I bought it for (as a little coupon pouch). It was also delivered quickly! Many thanks.

Karin Nelson

Karin Nelson on Nov 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Love using my new wallet!! I love how big the coin area is and easy to get cards in and out!! And of course the fabric is so fun!!

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Updates

Happy Leap Day! You get an extra day to shop at 2009 prices! Card wallets will be $8 starting tomorrow!

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Card Wallet - Teal Nomad
$8.00
New clutch wallet in the shop now! More to come this weekend!

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Reserved for Karin - Clutch Wallet - Navy Feathers
Sold

About

Indie Inspiration

I graduated from college in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Fine Art. When my teachers would ask me what I wanted to do after college, I would say, I'm going to be an artist and work at [insert well-known corporate coffee shop here]. Very ambitious, eh?

My main focus in school was photography and in my last year I really got into mixed media. I loved combining my photos into collage pieces and art books. After graduation, I started working at that well-known coffee shop so I would have health insurance and my art just fell to the wayside. I was busy working so I could eventually move out on my own and I just didn't have the time for my art. Plus, what would I do with that art I was making? It was really difficult for me to get motivated to create something when it would probably just sit in my house for who knows how long. I did a couple of gallery shows the years after I graduated. It was exciting to see my work hanging on a wall that wasn't my own, but I was starting to understand that dreaded term "starving artist."

Around this time, the now well-known Renegade Craft Fair was starting up in Chicago. I checked it out and was so inspired by everything! I was always sort of a purse/pouch/wallet addict, so I was really drawn to the crafters that made bags. After the show, I decided I wanted to learn how to sew. I bought a sewing machine and then went fabric shopping. I didn't even know where to begin. I had been a Craftster member for a while, so I decided to start there. I used different tutorials so I could learn the basics and the rest is history! Craftster is also where I first learned about Etsy. I became a member so I could buy things and secretly hoped I could one day be a seller too.

The years went by. I continued my job at the coffee shop, sewing myself bags on my days off. I was starting to get pretty decent at sewing and I thought, hey, maybe I can sell some of this stuff! I felt like I didn't have the free time to do it though, so it was still just a dream. Then I was laid off from my job. I was in a management position by that time and they started to downsize. I knew that was just the push I needed to start my Etsy shop for real! In 2009, three years after I signed up for Etsy, I had my first sale.

Right now, I am married to a guy that fully supports my shop dreams and is always pushing me to get stuff done! We moved to a house in the Chicago burbs in 2011 after we realized condo living in the city was a terrible idea with our rambunctious Boston Terrier, Panda. Then I decided we needed two pups, so we adopted Bean in 2012. I'm lucky to have a studio space in our home where I can do all of my sewing while my husband is just in the next room playing video games and the dogs get to decide which room they want to hang out in.

When I'm not making coffee or sewing, I'm cooking or baking up yummy vegan treats. I've been vegan since 2004, so everything I create is cruelty-free. I also still love taking photos, mostly of my dogs these days, but also of different projects I'm working on or other things I'm loving at the moment. I love music and constantly have Spotify playing while I work. Send me your suggestions, I'm always looking for new music! I don't watch a ton of television, but there are certain tv shows my husband and I like to watch together. My current favorite is The Walking Dead!

If you made it this far in my story, THANK YOU! I hope you find something you love in my shop and know that a lot of love and thanks goes into everything I make. I still get goosebumps every time I make a sale. It's a remarkable thing to know that someone wants to own something I made with my own two hands (and sewing machine!).

xo,
Beth

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  • Beth

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Hi, I'm Beth! I live in Chicago with my husband, Wes and our two Boston Terriers, Panda & Bean! I love spending my day creating behind my sewing machine and walking the neighborhood with the doggies!

Local

Find besu at the following upcoming markets!

  • Handmade Market Chicago

    Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western Ave

    Chicago, IL

    Dec 10

    Finish your last minute Christmas shopping by joining us at The Empty Bottle! Shop some ☃ - Eat a bit ☃☃ - Drink a little ☃☃☃ - Have a lot of fun ☃☃☃☃ - All under one roof ☃☃☃☃☃ Get something to eat at Bite cafe and your beverage of choice from The Empty Bottle. Sounds good to us. :-) We look forward to seeing you! Handmade Market Chicago is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate the unique and handmade. There will be more than 30 amazing sellers on deck! Each event is held on the second Saturday of every month, from the months of October - April. noon to 4:00 PM free admission to the public 21+ and parents with kids (same goes for sellers) Parking: Street Transit: #49 Western bus - http://www.transitchicago.com/riding_cta/busroute.aspx?RouteId=198 Transit Chicago - http://www.transitchicago.com/ The Empty Bottle starts serving at noon, so feel free to shop with mimosas in hand.

  • Holiday Pop-Up Shop at Pinwheel Records!

    Pinwheel Records, 1722 W 18th St

    Chicago, IL

    Dec 18

    You're probably going to need some last-minute gifts this Christmas. Records are ALWAYS a great option, but you'll have even more gifts to choose from at our Holiday Pop-up Shop! Participating vendors include: flipbin, besu, Pastern Craft and Meg Boys Studio. And more to come!

Shop policies

Last updated on May 20, 2016
welcome to my shop. do not hesitate to contact me with any questions!

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  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payment through Paypal and credit cards processed by Etsy.
I also accept Etsy gift cards!
Shipping
Please read shop announcement on home page about holiday shipping deadlines before placing your order!

In stock items will ship 1-3 business days after purchase.
Made to order items will ship 1-2 weeks after purchase.
If you need your order shipped out right away, send me a message!

My default shipping method is First Class with tracking for US orders through the US Postal Service. Shipping upgrades to Priority Mail can be purchased if you need your order quicker!

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS:
International orders will be shipped First Class International. I am not responsible for lost or damaged packages. If you would like to purchase insurance, please contact me before placing your order. Please be aware you may be responsible for paying a customs fee upon arrival to your local post office. I have no control over this fee and it is your responsibility. If you were unaware of this potential fee before you purchased from my shop and would like to cancel your order, please let me know.
Refunds and Exchanges
Please let me know if your order is not what you expected or there are any problems with the item. I will do my best to make you happy!