By Justin Adam Brown - jbrown@timesleader.com

SORRY MOM & DAD: George Schirra has bandanas you need in your life

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Etsy seller, George Schirra, from Pittston, sporting his handcrafted, one of a kind cat bandana.
Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra
George Schirra’s handcrafted sugar skull bandana, available on Etsy.
Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra
George Schirra’s handcrafted arrow bandana, available on Etsy.
Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra
George Schirra’s Justin Bieber bandana.
Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra
Justin, rocking an original, handcrafted, one of a kind George Schirra bandana, from his collection on Etsy.
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    I just want marijuana to be legalized already so I can quit my job and sell weed on Etsy. Sorry, Mom and Dad.

    For those who aren’t familiar, Etsy is an online marketplace where people around the world connect to buy and sell unique goods. Creative entrepreneurs have the opportunity to get their work out there, and shoppers can find personally crafted merch they’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

    LeiLei Secor, from upstate New York, paid for college by selling handmade jewelry on Etsy. The University of Virginia undergrad combined her artistry and business acumen to raise more than $100,000 in three years on her shop, DesignedByLei. Now she doesn’t have to stress over student loans. Is anyone else questioning their life choices right now?

    One inventive Etsy seller is local. George Schirra, 25, is from Pittston and you totally need his bandanas in your life.

    Schirra’s Etsy shop features one of a kind items that range from handcrafted apparel to home decor and re-purposed creations. I ordered a bandana recently and was impressed with the design, material, and packaging of the product.

    I ordered the art deco bandana. I was drawn to the print.

    It came in the mail wrapped like a gift, neatly placed inside a blue envelope festively wrapped in blue tissue paper. Inside was a handwritten thank-you note from Schirra. That personal touch symbolized the time and attention the curator spent producing the product. Right away, the buyer is made to feel as if the product was hand-made just for them.

    Admirable customer service aside, it really comes down to the value of the product. The quality of the material is what makes Schirra’s bandanas a must have. Most often, bandanas are made thin and look cheap, or made with thicker material and look even worse. Schirra’s bandanas are noticeably upscale in quality, not to mention striking. My bandana, black and gold in color, had bright green stitching on the corners that really stood out. The product effortlessly illuminates good vibes. I wear mine all the time and people are always asking me where I got it. When I was hanging out with Silento after his concert recently, he complimented how dope it was.

    Prices range from $10 to $15.

    Schirra currently has 16 bandanas for sale, and there seems to be something for everyone. Designs feature everything from tie-dye print to cats to sheep to Raggedy Ann to Justin Bieber. (The Raggedy Ann one is my favorite. My least favorite is the cat bandana. I just don’t understand why people like cats.)

    When I rock a George Schirra bandana, I feel inspired to be creative, think differently and focus my energy on my passions and how they can make a difference in the world. Sometimes my passion is finding a compelling story to write about, sometimes it’s finding a new sangria recipe. Nevertheless, it’s important to support passion and creativity, especially from innovative entrepreneurs like Schirra. The more we support people looking to do things differently in the world, the better off the world will be.

    So go buy a George Schirra bandana, rock it, and maybe you, too, will feel inspired to think differently and tackle your social and entrepreneurial passions.

    Reach Justin Brown at 570-991-6652 or on Facebook.com/sorrymomanddad. Follow him on Instagram and Snapchat @justinadambrown.

    By Justin Adam Brown

    jbrown@timesleader.com

    Etsy seller, George Schirra, from Pittston, sporting his handcrafted, one of a kind cat bandana.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_GSbandana.jpgEtsy seller, George Schirra, from Pittston, sporting his handcrafted, one of a kind cat bandana. Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra

    George Schirra’s handcrafted sugar skull bandana, available on Etsy.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_GSbandana3.jpgGeorge Schirra’s handcrafted sugar skull bandana, available on Etsy. Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra

    George Schirra’s handcrafted arrow bandana, available on Etsy.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_GSbandana4.jpgGeorge Schirra’s handcrafted arrow bandana, available on Etsy. Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra

    George Schirra’s Justin Bieber bandana.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_GSbandana5.jpgGeorge Schirra’s Justin Bieber bandana. Photo from www.etsy.com/shop/GeorgeSchirra

    Justin, rocking an original, handcrafted, one of a kind George Schirra bandana, from his collection on Etsy.
    http://www.theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_GSbandana2.jpgJustin, rocking an original, handcrafted, one of a kind George Schirra bandana, from his collection on Etsy. Selfie

    Reach Justin Brown at 570-991-6652 or on Facebook.com/sorrymomanddad. Follow him on Instagram and Snapchat @justinadambrown.