Today I want to introduce you all to one of my favorite shops on Etsy and the two amazing women behind it! True Having is a home furnishings shop on Etsy that has an authentic, Pacific Northwest style and a cozy, ‘fit in every home’ aesthetic. With a range of products from sweet baby blankets to pillow covers and coasters, this is truly a one-stop shop for every gift you’re needing to buy or home decor update you’re wanting to accomplish.
I could go on and on about these products, but I don’t want to steal the spotlight so I’m just going to let the ladies behind True Having introduce themselves and tell you why they started the shop, what you can buy, and how your purchase extends beyond just a home decor purchase.
P.S. Keep reading until the very bottom for a special promo code for Some Pretty Thing readers!
Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
True Having is a joint effort between my mom (Joan) and I. My mom has years of sewing experience, and has owned her own sewing and pattern businesses, taught sewing for 17 years (to middle schoolers!), and made more wedding dresses than I can count, including mine. She lives in the Pacific Northwest and has access to Pendleton’s mill-end warehouse, where we source all of our fabrics.
I have a background in writing and marketing, and I’ve always loved to be creative. I recently left my desk job here in Greenville, SC, to slow down and pursue more creative opportunities, including True Having.
Can you describe your product in three words?
Classic, Inviting, Distinctive
What’s the meaning behind the name True Having?
The name comes from a Charles Spurgeon quote that says, “Giving is true having, as the old gravestone said of the dead man, ‘What I spent I had, what I saved I lost, what I gave I have.” It’s a great reminder for us to have a heart of generosity in all that we do.
What inspired you to create this business?
We started True Having after creating pillows from Pendleton fabrics for our own homes last summer. We then sold a few of our pillows wholesale to a local shop in the fall, and decided to turn our efforts into an Etsy shop, which we opened in December 2016.
What’s your vision for the business?
What began as a creative outlet for us is now something that we’d really like to see flourish. We love creating products that bring richness to our customers’ homes with hard-to-find prints and one-of-a-kind patterns. We also see this as a vessel through which we can give back.
For every sale, we donate 15% of the purchase price to One Day’s Wages, an organization doing incredible work around the world to end extreme poverty. Ultimately, we want to see the business grow, but only if we’re creating quality for our customers, giving back to a world in need, and having some fun along the way.
What’s your process for making sure your products are the highest quality they can be?
Because we live across the country, our process is a little unique. My mom sources all of our fabrics from Pendleton Woolen Mills, a company based in the Pacific Northwest that dates back more than 150 years. Pendleton is known for high-quality wools, and also for a long heritage of community involvement and social responsibility. We’re able to take remnants from Pendleton’s production process and turn them into pillow covers, blankets, table runners, and coasters to give them a second life. All of our products are one- or two-of a kind, which we love, and our customers know that they’re buying a product that no one else has.
Once my mom has a batch of products made, she ships them to me. I love delivery day because each batch is totally different than the last. I photograph each item and add it to our shop, and I keep our customers updated through Instagram and Facebook.
We’d love to share a special offer with Some Pretty Thing readers. Now through March 1, if you make a purchase from our shop, mention Some Pretty Thing in your notes to the seller and we’ll throw in a free set of coasters with your order. We also offer free shipping on all orders, all the time.