Let’s get something straight: summer is NOT over. (Can you hear the panic? ;)) But really–the official last day of summer is September 22nd, so as far as I’m concerned, we still have a ton of quality beach time left. To be exact, we have an entire month. Which is why today, I’m teaming up with Fancy Things By Nancy–an Etsy seller specializing in handmade beach-themed accessories and bags–to give away a gorgeous starfish tote.
Nancy Egan, owner of Fancy Things By Nancy, is based in the New York City beach community of Rockaway–a place that is near and dear to my heart. Whenever Mitch and I felt overwhelmed by the city, we would venture out to Rockaway Beach. For years, it was our escape from the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple, and we were absolutely heartbroken for the community when it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. While Rockaway is now on the road to recovery, it’s incredibly inspirational and heartwarming to see its small businesses (like Nancy’s) doing well.
Nancy, who grew up by the ocean, started making beach-themed hair clips for herself in 2010. At first, it was just her friends who inquired about them. But soon, nearly the whole Rockaway Beach community wanted to know how they could get their hands on the cute, beachy accessories… and that’s how Fancy Things By Nancy was born. Now, Nancy produces a variety of products, from hair clips and rings to wine bags and earrings. And she ships them internationally. (Go Nancy!)
Are you a beach girl at heart, too? Check out Nancy’s Etsy page here, and be sure to enter the beach bag giveaway below! (And be sure to live up the last month of summer! ;))