Brooklyn Etsy queen opening DIY jewelry school

Tracie Howarth, an Etsy success story. Photo by Patrick Fagan.
Tracie Howarth, an Etsy success story. Photo by Patrick Fagan.

Success can come in many ways these days: a promotion, a new job, finally paying off your roommate for dropping her blowdryer in the toilet last summer, finding $20 in your jeans on laundry day; or, by our standards, getting four retweets in the space of twenty minutes (it’s the little things that count). For crafty entrepreneur Tracie Howarth, success has translated her successful Etsy jewelry making business into a real brick-and-mortar storefront in Billyburg.

Howarth, featured in our “How to Make Money on Etsy” post was one of the intrepid few making serious coin off her creations. Now all Brooklynites can share in her knowledge of online success — while also pawing through a treasure-trove of vintage jewelry odds and ends.

At Howarth’s new shop, Brooklyn Charm (145 Bedford at N9th Street), she will offer consulting services for people looking to expand their Etsy sites, plus jewelry making classes for beginners. The rest of the store will feature local designer’s wares, and Howarth will provide thousands of bits of vintage jewelry supplies so anyone walking in off the street can feel comfortable in the Basics of Jewelry Assemblage and Wire Wrapping sessions. The classes begin the first week in April.

She’s also giving away some prizes to help you get your own Etsy empire going: Customers at the store from Friday through March 26 will automatically be entered into a raffle for a $100 gift certificate, a custom piece by Howarth, a free class, or a grand mystery prize to be handed out at the official grand opening on March 26.

While we all don’t have the patience to create an Etsy empire — or would simply prefer to use the internet to screw around on Tumblr image blogs — Brooklyn Charm at least offers the opportunity to be a little blingier IRL.


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