My name is Amber Geremia. I am the owner/operator behind Tree Hugger Boutique. Prior to Tree Hugger Boutique, I taught elementary school for 7 years. Unfortunately, I developed a chronic and debilitating auto-immune disease. Ultimately, at age 29, the chronic pain and unpredictable nature of my illness forced me to give up on my love of teaching. I struggled with trying different ways to make enough money to afford medical costs (as teachers that start at age 22 do not qualify for Medicare), keep busy, and stay hopeful. It is complicated but I knew I had to do something that would work around the unpredictable nature of the disability. That is when the idea of working online started.
How It Started
I have been selling online for over 10 years (starting with textbooks) as a part- time hobby and way to declutter. The financial stressors and my now limited abilities meant I had to get creative. More online selling seemed like a great way to work at my own pace from home, pay for meds, and allow me to feel fulfilled by doing something I am passionate about. So that’s what brought along the idea to share my collection of rediscovered, reimagined, and repurposed treasures with the creation of TreeHuggerBoutique.com.
Why an Online Shop?
I first became a teacher because I wanted to help people. Helping others is my greatest passion in life. Tree Hugger Boutique has provided a way that I can help others with chronic pain and invisible illness know that they are not alone by sharing my story, providing affordable prices, and providing a format that would allow others with mobility issues to get what they need with ease through a online shop. It is also a good feeling to know that I am not only helping others, but also the Earth. Tree Hugger Boutique takes pride in reducing landfill waste by finding items deemed as "trash" by others and using those items to make something new and beautiful. Tree Hugger Boutique is also proud to use recyclable, re-used, or compostable packaging whenever possible. Tree Hugger Boutique means I can fulfill my passion to help others, the community, and the Earth.
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