Welcome to WESTie Wednesday, where each week we get to know a proud WEST member and their Etsy shop! Learn about Andrea along with her husband Graham and their shop Eighty8 Eighty9!
"It all began one Christmas when I wished for a custom peace sign bracelet from my husband Graham, who works with metal in his 9-5."
"He created and gifted me a beautiful peace sign bracelet and earring set and so began our interest in creating jewelry. We opened our Etsy shop in the spring of 2014 and we have been creating jewelry and evolving our brand ever since. We strive to create jewelry that has meaning and that reflects beloved aspects of a woman's life.
"Lake Winnipeg is a particular inspiration for us and we have created a number of pieces that reflect the peace and joy that the lake brings to so many. We also want our shop to raise awareness to the water quality issues that Lake Winnipeg and many other lakes face. We source our metal from scrap pieces at Graham's workplace and our chain and other notions are sourced from Etsy."
"We sell stainless steel necklaces and earrings. We design and cut all necklace and earring pendants from stainless steel. Our earrings are made from 100% stainless steel and we are transitioning our necklaces to 100% stainless steel also. Stainless steel is good for people with metal sensitivities and it will not tarnish or fade over time. Our product is targeted to women who are looking for timeless and meaningful pieces of jewelry."
We asked Courtney “Why Etsy?”
We run our Etsy shop as a creative outlet. We enjoy having something that we can work together on as a team, both bringing our skills and abilities to create a product and brand.
"Thank you for letting us share about our shop and we hope you check us out on Etsy and on social media! Our jewelry can also be found at Savior Faire, a lovely locally run gift shop located at the corner of Henderson Hwy and Johnson Ave in Winnipeg."
Want to see more? Be sure to check out Eighty8Eighty9 on social media!