Little Luvins Has Gone Retail!

Little Luvins Has Gone Retail!

Remember when JB and I braved the blizzard back in December to be a part of Made Local Marketplace?  It turns out my last minute entry not only was a safe place to enter the world of craft fairs, but also a way to get my products into a shop in Columbus. *Sidenote/Squirrel moment:  I would love for someone to make a “Best in Show” movie about craft fairs.  But that’s for another day.

Shortly after the new year, I was contacted by Andrea Archibald from Simply Vague telling me she would like to have my baby goods in her stores in Columbus. She is the organizer of the craft fair and owns two stores: one at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing and the other at Polaris Mall.DSC_0120
I composed an email back to her asking what the details of the agreement would be (pretending to be a responsible business owner), while in reality I was jumping up and down like these fools and would have taken any offer she gave me.
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When I started this business, I hoped that someone would find value in the products that I was making.  Andrea’s email gave me a small sense that this journey might lead to something great… if only to say that I  once had products in a store.

I still question my decision to start Little Luvins everyday:  Is this financially viable?  Are my products unique enough to make it?  Is this fabric obsession going to lead to food stamps?
I guess the only thing I can do is continue to put myself out there and hope for the best!

The only tricky aspect of this whole agreement was that I only had a couple of weeks to get my products ready for the grand opening of their new store at Tuttle Crossing.  I felt like Ethel and Lucy at the Candy Factory trying my darnedest to keep up with the demand of what was needed.  I focused on minky blankets, bibs, burp cloths, crinkle toys, and onesies.  Here’s what I ended up with: DSC_1920DSC_1919DSC_1915DSC_1912
DSC_1909An added bonus of all of this is that my sister already sells her cards in this shop.  A couple of weeks ago, we decided to take a mother-daughter trip up to Columbus to: 1. Go wedding dress shopping for Boo and 2. To see if our products were really in the store.

We were not disappointed.  Simply Vague is an adorable shop that features local handmade goods and supports small businesses in the area.  You can find all sorts of goodness there: t shirts, cutting blocks, posters, cards, jewelry, baby goods, etc. DSC_0121
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I located my products in the “baby corner” (Nobody puts baby in the corner…except apparently they do).  My neurotic side definitely came out when I found myself mindlessly rearranging the shelves and refolding my blankets.  Here’s a terrible diagram to show you where some of my products ended up: Store SetupNeed to work on my Microsoft Paint-ish drawings.

Boo and I got a little giddy when we saw that our stuff was practically touching on one side of the store:Boo and I
Some more pics:DSC_0110DSC_0103DSC_0105After about a million paparazzi photos of our goods, we walked out pretty proud and got our picture taken together in front of the store like huge nerds.  DSC_0122
If you’re ever in the Columbus area, you should check out Simply Vague.  There are amazingly talented local crafters out there and this is a great place to showcase their goods.

*Boo and I will also have side by side booths (they should’ve known better than to put us together) at the Made Local Marketplace on March 29th.  We would love to see you there!made_local_marketplace_poster_spring2014

4 Comments
  • SeamstressErin
    Posted at 16:52h, 04 March Reply

    Congrats!!! That’s so exciting!

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 20:40h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks Erin! I hope you are doing well and can’t wait to hear about your amazing quilt.

  • Kate G
    Posted at 19:05h, 05 March Reply

    Congratulations! So exciting! And yes, I’ll sign a petition for someone to make a “Best in Show” movie of craft fairs… wow the things you see and hear there! 🙂 Congratulations! You deserve it. Best, Kate

    • Shannon Woodruff
      Posted at 01:14h, 06 March Reply

      Haha! Thanks Kate. I think it would be hilarious 🙂 Are you going to any sewing conferences/events in the future? I would love to see you again.

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