Custom jeweler transitions to full-time

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The last couple weeks have been chaotic for Megan Hammond.

Megan Hammond, owner and designer of elizabeth Lyn jewelry, shows off her handmade work. The Moose Jaw product was in Wakamow on Saturday for a one day pop up sale.

“I know this isn’t the norm but I don’t think I have worked so hard in my life as I have in the last two weeks, Hammond told the Times-Herald”

The Moose Jaw native and owner of elizabeth Lyn jewelry was in Moose Jaw on Saturday for a pop up shop, where she set up a mini store of her handmade jewelry at the Kiwanis River Park Lodge. It was a steady day for Hammond in her hometown.

“It’s been great because I have had a chance to visit with people all day,” said Hammond. “I think a lot of the draw is that I am from Moose Jaw and people love to support local.”

April has been Hammond’s first month working full-time and it’s been busy. Last week she launched her online store at www.elizabethlyn.ca, this weekend she had a pop up sale in Moose Jaw and on April 12 to 13 she had a pop up sale in Saskatoon at the Modern Woman show.

“Based on the past two weeks full-time looks like zero sleep,” she said laughing.

Prior to the last couple weeks Hammond was working full-time and would craft her jewelry afterhours.

“I would basically work eight hours and come home and work until the early hours of the morning,” she said. “Maintaining regular hours is something I’m going to have to slowly get used to.”

She has now been able to focus solely on her jewelry line, which has caused sales to go up.

“I like to keep my prices really affordable too and I think that draws repeat customers really well,” she said. “Because it’s not super expensive you can buy a few pieces at a time instead of saving up to buy one.”

Hammond’s collections of jewelry are in 15 stores throughout three provinces and can be found in Guys ‘n’ Dawls stores here in Moose Jaw. She also has her jewelry in Vancouver, Saskatoon, Regina, Red Deer, Humbolt and Lumsden.

Hammond’s three collections are named lovely, elegent and bold and are all distinct.

“I have a little something for everyone. That’s why I kind of split it into collections, because I am not necessarily one style. I love the look of bohemian, but I also like to where delicate necklaces,” she said. “We all have different aspects of our personality. We aren’t just one thing, we are several things.”

Nathan Frank can be reached at 691-1263

Organizations: Times-Herald, Kiwanis River Park Lodge

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Saskatoon, Vancouver Red Deer

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