Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Etsy Seller Profile: SuperFunPetStuff

Every pet owner is always looking for the best items for their pets, whether those items are food dishes, bedding, or toys. For those who prefer to buy handmade goods rather than mass produced items for their pets, finding what their pets need can be difficult. Etsy seller Jennifer Chang, the creative hands behind SuperFunPetStuff, has a few solutions for owners of both cats and dogs.

Jennifer has been making handmade items for ten years as a part time job, and for the past two years as a full time job. She began as a high school math teacher, but after burning out in that profession, she returned to school for an MBA and ended up running two businesses--SuperFunPetStuff and JennTile. Although Jennifer says that she spends more time, and makes more money, on her tiling business (JennTile), she has five pets of her own, three dogs and two cats, so it's not much of a surprise that she would create items for pets as well.

Although she has been selling in other venues for longer, Jennifer started her Etsy shop early in 2007, and finds that her pet feeders and "catnip canaries" are two of her most popular items there. The "catnip canaries" are small, fuzzy, yellow, and shaped like a canary. Inside the canary is nothing but catnip, and cat owners have their choice between organic catnip or non-organic catnip. Since the canaries contain nothing but catnip, there is no harmful stuffing for a cat to ingest if the canary comes open. As most cat owners know, cats are great at ripping open their toys, so giving them a toy that is safe for them to tear open is always a good idea. Of course, if you prefer a different shape, SuperFunPetStuff also offers fish, caterpillars, mice, and several other critters, all stuffed with catnip. Can't choose just one? Try a gift pack, with several different catnip-stuffed critters.

Of course, SuperFunPetStuff isn't entirely about catnip and cats. For the dog owners, Jennifer also makes raised dog feeders, which keep your dog's food and water off of the floor. Aside from looking super classy, these feeders also keep other critters out of your dog's food and keep your dog's feeding area a little more tidy. The pictured dog feeder has a granite top and a vintage base, and is designed for a larger dog. But don't despair if you have a smaller dog. In her JennTile Etsy shop, Jennifer offers a custom made raised feeder for a dog or a cat, built to the size and color specifications that you provide. Jennifer enjoys making these custom raised feeders, as she recognizes the importance of the right size feeder for your dog or cat. The color choices are a nice touch for the pet owner who wants to coordinate their pet's feeding dishes with their home decor.

Even if you don't have pets of your own, the items at SuperFunPetStuff would make great gifts for friends or family members who are pet owners. The catnip toys would make a great stocking stuffer for any pet lover, and the custom height pet feeders would certainly be a well loved gift for the holidays or any other occasion. If you are one of the rare people who have no pet lovers in their life, you may find something you or someone on your shopping list would like in the JennTile Etsy shop instead. Regardless of which of Jennifer's shops you choose to visit, you will be able to see the mix between creative and practical items that makes both of her shops so appealing.

This article is also found at Associated Content: here.


Beth Lisa Goss, Wire Tree said...

How exciting! Great job with the first aritcle Dawn!

Seattle Bead Creations (aka Classic Beadwear) said...

Jennifer.... Your doggie customers eat better than I do! Cute stuff :)

imakecutestuff said...

Wonderful job on the article! Can't wait to see more EtsyRain profiles! :)

Dawn said...

Thanks for the good words on the article! Now that I've gotten one published, I'm really excited about working on them! It's always so tenuous until that first one rolls out to the public! Once it has rolled out, it feels more real! :)

Rosalie said...

YAY Dawn! You're a genius!