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YUMYUM BUBBLEGUM JEWELRY

American Made Since 2009

Tracey Miller

Sumrall, Mississippi
My shop is a metal menagerie of silver, brass and copper pieces all handmade by me in my little home studio, here in the deep South!

Tell us about your business.

YumYum Bubblegum actually started 4 years ago after I saw stamped jewelry on Etsy. There wasn't much of it being offered then but I just knew it was going to be a big hit! It kept me awake at night thinking about the opportunity.. something kept leading me back to thinking about it. As we all know, every mom always wants something special with their child's name on it so I ordered my supplies and that's how it all began. I absolutely love making this jewelry! I work alone in my home studio and each piece is designed and stamped, polished, oxidized and packaged by me. My business has flourished... starting out as an Etsy shop (which now has more than 2,000 sales) to a growing retail brand being sold in stores throughout the South. My products have been featured in Mississippi Magazine, GetMilkshake.com, Zulily.com, Signature magazine, and countless blogs and websites. In May, I was featured in the On The Move section of the "Hattiesburg American" news publication.

What makes your business stand out?

My business is unique because the pieces I sell can be custom made to mean something very special to the person purchasing them. Whether it's a necklace with a child's name on it, a remembrance necklace for someone who has lost a loved one or a sports necklace to support your favorite Little Leaguer, they all hold a special place in the heart of the purchaser. Makes my heart happy :) I love giving back...I designed and donated angel wing necklaces for all the moms that lost children at Sandy Hook Elementary and have donated percentages of my earnings to things such as helping tornado victims in my home state of Mississippi. (For this, my items were featured on the "giving back" website, GetMilkshake.com) I believe my business opportunity was God-given and as the Bible verse states, "To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected".

What's the best business advice you've received?

The best advice I've every received or could give would be to follow your instincts and your dreams... Don't be afraid to try and if it doesn't work out, try something different. As a matter of fact, I started YumYum Bubblegum as a business of making vintage pillowcase dresses and selling them to retailers in my area after seeing Martha's vintage pillowcase dresses in her magazine years ago. It was a great venture but soon others started making the dresses out of just regular fabric which made them much less costly and the market wasn't really there any longer for the more costly, vintage ones...so that dream kind of died out, but I didn't give up and waited for the next one and it's paid off! Good things come to those who wait :)

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