Kraftykash grew from a love of vintage and a nostalgia dating back to childhood in rural Nebraska. Grandma’s house always begged an adventure, full of old toys, furniture, buckets, a shop full of tools, or bookcase full of old books.
As the years went by, owner Kashoan Ward grew more fond of these vintage treasures, especially after receiving several boxes of old books from Great Grandma’s bookcase. Beneath the dust was a 1932 Webster’s dictionary that led to the creation of Kraftykash’s first necklace nearly 13 years ago, but it wasn’t until 2007 that Kashoan started creating unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry for her daughter’s school teachers.
From Teacher Gifts to Etsy
What started as a hand-made gift quickly grew to a home-based business. Teachers, friends, and friends of friends were emailing orders. It wasn’t long before we opened an etsy shop and began expanding our business, both online and at vintage fairs/craft shows.
A Family Affair
Kashoan brings the entire family along on the vintage jewelry journey. Kiley, her husband and right hand man, formally joined her team in 2012 and helps with everything behind the scenes. Kalen, the 18-year-old son who can lift just about anything, loves to go with Kiley to auctions & farmsteads to help shop for one of a kind home decor. Fourteen-year-old Korby travels to shows and can often be found helping customers design necklaces. She enjoys helping in the office with packaging and writing thank you notes.
If you walk around our home you will see a bit of our family history in our own eclectic style. We love decorating our home with a vintage flair. An old wooden box, a collection of antique soda bottles, repurposed vintage office equipment, and many world globes.
We love our customers!
We love hearing from our customers about all the amazing stories of where our jewelry and home decor end up. We feel truly blessed to be able to do what we do. Together, we travel to about 6 shows a year to set up our kraftykash designs storefront. This is where you can shop for home decor and vintage jewelry. We’re currently working on expanding our online shopping platform, so who knows what will come next!
And if you’re wondering, we do still have the 1932 Webster’s dictionary. Every time we look through it, we think of Great Grandma