so i assume by now most of you know i own and run a bed and breakfast. inside that bed and breakfast, in what used to be the living room and entryway, i have a little gift shoppe. again, if you’ve been around for a while, you already know this.
so, this weekend i’m finally packing away all the unsold christmas items. yes, they are still up. but don’t worry the rest of the house is christmas free. i’m been thinking a lot about the direction i want to take the shoppe, what items sell well, what makes people happy, etc.
right now i do order from a couple wholesale companies who products are mostly made outside of the united states. they do have nice things and the price is right, but i just don’t enjoying seeing all this stuff coming in that says made in china. nothing against china, but i’d like to start supporting more local and/or small craft businesses, artists and designers. make sense?
also, over the years i’ve built quite the inventory in my shoppe and it’s becoming a little too ‘full’ for me. my goal for this year is to simplify. i need more empty space. i’m feeling overrun with ‘stuff’.
anyway, back to my point. i need your help. i’ve tried searching the internet and places like etsy for great products but i’m feeling a bit overwhelmed. so i thought i could turn to you for some help and input.
how, you ask?
well, are you an artist/crafter/small business person person that has really cool products and are willing to ship products for me to sell in my shoppe?
if you are not an artist/crafter/small business person, is there a product you love that is made by a small shop (or larger business located in the US), local artist/crafter/designer that you think i should carry?
if you answered ‘yes’, then you can totally help! …keep reading.
i do attempt to have some sort of theme or feeling in my shoppe. the look is contemporary/traditional meets rustic/vintage. … i guess that’s the best way to describe it. i’m not a country store. though i do have a touch of primitive (more vintage) here and there. i love more contemporary things that’d you’d see in west elm. but i also love traditional things like that of pottery barn. i also love crafty, colorful and whimsical things that you’d see at a local craft fair. (though, no crocheted toilet paper roll covers.) again, if you scroll through my blog or my pinterest account you’ll get a pretty good idea of what i’m looking for. i also included some pictures in this post for inspiration. oh, and the look of things is very important to me. i love pretty unique packaging.
i’m really hoping to find an amazing line of bath and body products: lotions, bath salts, bath bombs. i do sell this soap from indigo wilds – a company based in kansas city missouri. Also looking for maybe some crafty/stationary things? possibly a jewelry line? unique wall decor? home decor? some sort of hard candies?
i’m aware that the response to this may be limited but you gals and guys are so amazing i figured it was worth a shot. and i know most of you can’t visit my shoppe (due to distance) and that’s a really bummer, but i hope you can help me out anyway. maybe, just maybe, i can start an online shop some day. wouldn’t that be awesome!?
with so many talented people and artists right in my own backyard i kind of feel ashamed that i don’t have more ‘locally’ made things available. and there is not better time to change this than right now. i came across this quote/image the other day and it’s really what got my brain in a tizzy.
i’d really appreciate, if you can’t help, if you could pass this post/message along to your friends or someone you think may be able to help.
feel free to leave a comment below with any response or suggestion. you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d prefer to keep things on the down low. if that’s how you roll.
i thank you in advance for all your help. and always remember to support small business and all things local.
and please know i’d love to sell everyone’s work, but i do have a small space and i’m searching for a specific look, so please, please don’t be offended if i am unable to sell your products. thank you again.