Thank you, Baggage and Co, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Baggage and Co; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
If you have been around Bahorich Abode long enough, you know that we love our oils. We have been on a long oily road and honestly, it has been almost two years to get us to where I am proud to call ourselves an “oily family”. There are many reasons that essential oils have benefited our lives here at the Bahorich household, but at the root of it, it is truly about pursing a lifestyle of wellness without all of the chemicals and junk that we find in our world.
The more and more I use oils these days, I have noticed that we really cannot live on the road without them. We use them to support our sleep, our anxieties, and our overall wellbeing during flu season; however, since our oils come in glass containers, they are really hard to travel with. Thankful I found Baggage and Co to help me with traveling with my oils this holiday season.
Baggage and Co is a great small shop in the big Etsy world that carries handmade bags and cases for your essential oils and diffusers. Every bag is hand sewn and owner, Tracey, only uses quality fabrics and supplies. They give back to the “local” Etsy community by purchasing their supplies (zippers, tassels, etc.) from local Etsy shops and have such wonderful fabrics, including my favorite — Rifle Paper Co. inspired prints.
My new Baggage and Co bottle bag is traveling everywhere with me this season. I also have found a few to gift to others that I am super excited about. Tracey’s hand sewn quality is wonderful and the bags are so cute! She also makes roller ball bottles with labels, diffuser traveling cases, wallets, and more! It is definitely one of my favorite shops this season!
Here is a little bit more about Tracey, the owner of Baggage and Co:
How did you get your shop started?
I opened my Etsy shop in October 2014 and first, I started selling jewelry bags. I purchased a Young Living starter kit that same year and started making bags for the oils and diffuser and adding them to my shop as well. I sold my first diffuser bag in January of the following year. Being a stay-at-home mom, I was looking for a creative outlook for me to pour my energy into and sewing is something I’ve always loved to do.
What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop is the balance between home life and work life.
What is one thing unique about you?
If entrepreneurship is something that runs in the family, then I definitely have it! 🙂 My grandparents, aunts and uncles, and parents all work for themselves. My siblings as well!
What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning an online storefront is all the people you can reach out and meet.
How did you get your shop name?
My sister named my shop. We wanted it to reflect the bags but to keep it open to other avenues as well which we started venturing into this year with roller bottles and labels.
What is one way that you keep organized?
Organized? Ha! I have a team of 3 and my one coworker is definitely the one that keeps me on track and organized!
How do you balance family life and work life?
My husband works alongside with me and we help each other with balancing our businesses (he owns a law practice) and our kids. It is a team effort for sure.
Tell me about your workspace.
The space that I work in is an old factory building on the lake I grew up on. It is within walking distance to my house and is actually where my great grandpa started his business and my grandpa and dad started theirs as well!