Story by Brianna Willis, Contributing writer
Extracurriculars, classes and work all keep Murray State students busy throughout the year. But, how many students have the added responsibility of managing an online store? Murray State student Abby Murdock does all of this and more.
Murdock, junior from Murray, is an art major at Murray State.
She owns an Etsy stop called Flux and Fibers. According to Etsy’s website, “Etsy is a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods.”
Murdock fits right into this description.
“I sell hand-knit items including headbands or turbans, hats, scarves and hand warmers,” she said.
In the fifth grade, Murdock learned to knit. She joined a 4-H knitting club and went to a retirement home once a week for an hour to learn the skill.
Murdock opened her Etsy store in December 2014 because she really enjoys knitting and had some extra time to spare.
She also thought it would be a good way to make money on the side, she said.
Murdock said she chose Murray State because of its proximity to her home.
“I enjoyed the campus and wanted to hang around my family for a little while longer,” she said.
When it comes to inspiration for opening her own store, Murdock said her family and friends are biggest supporters.
“My friends and family are constantly asking me to knit stuff for them and were very encouraging and helpful when I decided to open the shop,” she said.
She said when it came to actually opening a store, other Etsy store owners have been very helpful.
“I am often inspired by other Etsy business owners,” Murdock said. “Many of them blog about their businesses and are very helpful to those wanting to start their own.”
Many people have a hard time balancing work and school alone; however, Murdock finds that her hobby is more of a benefit than a burden.
Knitting is not only a way to make money, but it is also a stress reliever. She acknowledges that being an art major and participating in her sorority can be hectic, but she enjoys it.
“It helps,” she said. “Knitting is a stress-reliever for me and I can relax and watch a little Netflix while I’m making money.”
Her busiest times are the fall and winter, but she does want to expand her item listing for the summer.
Etsy makes opening a shop simple. Etsy.com has a page of advice and frequently asked questions for those who are interested in opening their own store.
Murdock’s store can be found on Etsy.com.