Heirloom quality handmade buttons

Bend, Oregon On Etsy since 2008

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Heirloom quality handmade buttons

Bend, Oregon | 10,990 Sales

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Tessa Ann

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Last updated on Oct 7, 2017

Ordering: Please contact us at shoptessaann(at)yahoo.com or send a quick private message through our www.facebook.com/TessaAnnButtons to order custom buttons or inquire about placing an order! We are closed for orders here on Etsy currently.

Thank you!
Tessa Ann

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About TessaAnn

Sales 10,990
On Etsy since 2008

About us :)

What started you in the business of making buttons? Did it start out as mostly a hobby/side business, or did you have big plans from the beginning?

In an effort to create a new idea for a scrapbooking embellishment for a project of mine, my husband and I discovered polymer clay in our local craft store aisle. We knew we wanted to make handmade buttons with it, but had no idea how we would even begin. We scoured the aisles of Michael's, pulling things that were good shapes and textures in order to possibly make buttons. I was working at my local scrapbooking store part-time during this time and my employer really loved the buttons I was creating and let me put a row of buttons up on the shelves for sale. Within the day, they were mostly sold out. This excited me. I went home, and Steve and I baked trays and trays of buttons to take and restock the shelves. Again, they sold out. A customer suggested we open a little shop on Etsy. I had never heard of Etsy, so I had to check it out. I was so impressed at the level of creativity on Etsy. I read success stories about how people were supporting themselves through their hobby. I had to try. This had always been a dream of mine. To support my family doing something I was actually passionate about and loved doing, not just clocking in at a meaningless 9-5 job, where I was just present and getting through the work day. In April of 2008, I opened my Etsy shop, selling my buttons on handmade decorative pillows. After many e-mails and messages from potential customer,s inquiring about where they could find the buttons on the pillows, I only then was confident enough to list a few sets. Again, they sold out. This little bit of success excited us and we began trying out many styles of buttons and really mastering our craft.
For your particular business, did it take a lot of capital to start up, or was that not a huge factor?

It took us literally, under $10 to start our business initially. Product cost was super low and Etsy’s fees were reasonable.

I understand this is a husband/wife effort; was it that way from the beginning? How did it come about?

Steve and I have worked on buttons together from the very beginning - always a team, but at that time, he worked full-time, managing a bank, and would come home to help me fill orders. Two years later, we realized we could do well with both of us at home filling orders and creating new designs. It was January of 2010 when we decided to see if we could make it work... if we could earn a living all on our own, making our handmade buttons. It was scary and we were unsure, but we did it, anyway. We believed in our buttons, and by that time, they had become a huge hit and we were shipping them all over the world.

Is the business now something bigger than you thought it would ever be, and what are your hopes for expansion, in terms of new products that you offer? I see, for example, that you recently came out with stitch markers for knitters - had people been asking for them? What else do you offer now, besides buttons?

I am always dreaming of expanding and taking our business to the next level. I dream of teaming with a manufacturer and creating an entire line of product based on our button designs. I can envision an end-cap at the end of Joann Fabrics, with a collection of fabric, buttons, yarn and trims that all coordinate. We really try and pay attention to what our customers are asking for, and stitch markers were something that was continually brought up. “Oh, your buttons would make the most adorable stitch markers” is what we heard over and over. We decided to buy some supplies, make a few up and see how the response was. Just like our buttons, the response was awesome and we now have a rather large list of custom orders that we are excited to create.

What makes this the best job for you and your family? How does it help and how does it hinder you when you need to make plans/go out of town? Do you and your husband work together or separately during the course of a week?

Working from home has its benefits and struggles. The benefit is we can raise our daughter together as a team, and we can come and go as we please. We can work as much or as little as we want. We can show up for work in our PJs!! Nothing is tying us down. We also love that we can literally run our business anywhere in the world. We have even dreamed of living abroad for a year or two. Travel plans have to be really planned out ahead of time, as we never close our business, and we always have pages of orders to fill each week. So, going out of town means working double time to get caught up. This means we really don’t go out of town but only 1-2 times a year. It’s a sacrifice we have to make now, but we feel it is worth it, as our business is just growing and growing. We feel we live in the most beautiful town on Earth, so just taking a drive to the river or heading downtown Bend to have

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Shop policies

Last updated on March 2, 2014
Welcome to my button shop!

COLOR: Please note: One monitor will display color differently from another; please take this into consideration when ordering. I cannot guarantee that what you receive will have the exact colors of what you see on your screen. Also buttons are completely handmade from scratch with each order, there may be ever-so-slight design differences.

CUSTOM COLOR CHANGES- Sales for custom colored buttons are final. I will not refund or remake a custom order unless an error has been made on my part. Minor variations in shades and hues will not be considered for a refund or exchange. Please provide quality photos and information for your color changes PRIOR to your order being created. We are happy to assist you in selecting the colors for your buttons and customer is always welcome to mail us a yarn snip to reference for color. We are always happy to return yarn snippet with button order.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Our items are always shipped in a bubble envelope. If there is any reason you are unsatisfied with your order, or I've grossly misrepresented the item I've sold you, please contact me and I will do my very best to resolve the issue in the appropriate manner. Please keep in mind that buttons are handmade, so please allow minor variations in you made to order item. Please also note that monitors display color differently, so if you need a particular match, contact us before you order, or leave a link to your project or colorway in the "notes to seller" when you check out and you will receive a confirmation/thank you email to let you know the color change was received clearly. Color changes to buttons and stitch markers are always welcome! We can make any color to match any project!
I accept payment through Paypal and direct checkout through Etsy.
Buttons and stitch markers are made order, please see shop announcement for updated production status. Once a complete payment has been received, I will ship purchase via FIRST CLASS USPS in the listings quoted time frame you will receive following your purchase . Once your order has been processed, created and shipped you will receive an email from PayPal with shipping confirmation for our package.

Shipping prices are based on an estimate of cost. I will always partially refund your shipping if the excess is more than $1.00 of what it actually costs. Convo me with any questions.

If you would like shipping insurance, simply contact me through convo and I'll re-calculate the cost for you.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING available. All customs fees are the responsibility of the buyer. The customs form will state the accurate value of the items included and will be marked "other". Lost packages will NOT be my responsibility nor will a refund be given.

I don't include invoices in my packages so if you need one please let me know at the time of purchase and I will happily send you one.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders ar always welcomed! Senda private message here on Etsy or feel free email us at: shoptessaann [!at] yahoo.com