Interview With Deb Bormann Of Rescue Paws Etsy Shop
I grew up on a farm with lots of animals in South Dakota. Met my husband in college, we have 3 boys and reside on a farm. My mother taught me to sew when I was very young and have been sewing ever since. I also like to create beaded jewelry, bead lampworking and sewing quilts with my mom….But my “real” job is a RN at the local hospital on the Surgical/Pediatric floor.
Etsy Shop: Rescue Paws
All answers are Copyright of Deb Bormann.
1. How did you get interested in cats? How old were you when you had your first kitty?
Growing up on a farm, we always had cats and baby kittens to name and tame. My challenge was to crawl up the barn loft and check for new kitties in the hay bales. Of course I grew up with other farm animals too such as a dog, ducks, chickens, cows and pigs.
2. How did you discover Etsy? Did you consider other ways to sell your products?
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I actually had a store on ebay selling my beaded jewelry, but with ebay fees increasing and sales slumping I turned my creations to this new and upcoming site, Etsy. I don’t remember how I found Etsy, but I am sure glad I did. I love to shop there too!
One day I was going to order new collars for my pets and decided I can make these. This all happened when a local newspaper article appeared about a young gal that was rescuing dogs from the local pound, hmm this got me thinking, I didn’t need anymore pets but I could help her raise money to care for the pets. That started the Rescue Paws Shoppe. This young gal has now moved on in her life and there is a new rescue group in the area that are very active. The Mitchell Animal Rescue has been a very successful group in finding forever homes for dogs, cats and some guinea pigs. They are now fund raising to put a no kill shelter in our area. They also have started a pet store that features various pet products and the Rescue Paws pet collars (that are all donated to raise money for the rescue animals).
3. Do you sell your products in a local store in your area?
I donate collars to the Mitchell Animal Rescue pet store and collars are available at the local vet office, where 100% of sales are used for vet bills for the rescued animals. I have had numerous inquiries to carry my collars on internet sites and pet boutique stores, so in process of expanding business.
4. Have you been successful at selling your products on Etsy? Have you always been successful, or did you end up getting a lot more traffic after being featured on a specific blog?
I have been quite busy with orders starting last fall and more than likely I would give features on blogs the credit of exposure to my store.
5. Do your customers ever give you new ideas for products?
I have had actually ideas for expanding products in my store, just need to find more time in the day to do that 🙂
6. Have you thought of featuring a Ragdoll cat is some way? (Had to ask.)
I have been a farm cat gal, so I am not sure what a Ragdoll cat is? but I would love to feature one pictured in a collar from the Rescue Paws Shoppe!
7. Are you a one wo/man show?
10. Can you share a story with us behind any of your products that you especially enjoyed working on? Maybe because of the story behind the kitty?
I love to hear customers stories of new adoptions. I had one customer this month order a collar for her blind/deaf kitty, that warms my heart.