Meet the Vendor: UPPER METAL CLASS
Who are you and what do you do?
Hi I’m T based out of Portland, OR and I love designing Upper Metal Class. I pretty much spend 90% of my time working and making jewelry.
When I’m not working or making jewelry I hang out with my family and 2 old dogs Gizmo and Koi. I also believe in giving back however I can and I donate my time as a hospice volunteer which is basically spending time with terminally ill or people in their last stages of life. I find it to be one of the best gifts to be there with them and an honor to be able to be a part of these peoples lives.
How far will you be traveling to come to UCU?
I will be traveling from Portland so I feel lucky to be neighbors with Seattle as it’s only a drive away.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
My favorite thing about being a vendor is the connections that are made with customers and other booth mates. I’ve met so many amazing people through these shows and I love every minute of it.
How did you get started in your business
When I was “in between jobs” or when I didn’t have a job at all, it always lead me to that thought of, “What the hell am I going to do now?!” That feeling of being lost and down on your luck while not knowing what to do next in life. Like it’s the end of the world or maybe not, but it’s just a scary thought of knowing that starting over is never easy. I’ve gone through many horrible jobs and some that were really great, but nothing I was passionate about or could see myself doing for long. So one day I finally gave up trying to figure everything out and fell into a hobby learning about the different processes of jewelry making to keep myself busy having fun. And I have been enjoying every minute of it till this day.
Is this a full-time business for you?
I’ve been in business for 5 years and full-time for at least 3 of them.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
What I’ve heard most from my customers is that they love the well crafted designs as they go easily with their everyday style.
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