04 Mar 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.
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.
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:
An 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.
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: Need 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:
Some more pics:After 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.
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!