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loveabargin
01-17-2008, 09:44 PM
I just wanted to send a "shout out" to my Dis friends. I have been on these boards (specifically the Budget Board) for about 2 years now and I have asked questions, gotten great ideas and advice,and hopefully helped a few people too. :goodvibes

I finally started my own business a few months ago painting glassware (wine glasses, iced tea goblets, etc) and it is really taking off. I launched my website last week and I've already gotten three appointments to sell my stuff to some local businesses. I could never have done it without all the support and answers I get here on the Dis. I really love coming here everyday and seeing what's going on with everyone.

Anyhow, thank you, thank you, thank you. :lovestruc

LSchrow
01-17-2008, 09:48 PM
WOW! :thumbsup2
that is so great!!
sounds like a great idea ~ best of luck with the business!:banana:
can we see pics?

loveabargin
01-17-2008, 09:50 PM
I don't know how to post pics, but you can go to my site...and take a look. I guess it's okay to post that, not sure.

AnninIowa
01-17-2008, 10:08 PM
Congratulations!!! I have my own business, too; and while it can sometimes be hectic and a struggle, being your own boss is SO worth it!!

loveabargin
01-17-2008, 10:22 PM
Congratulations!!! I have my own business, too; and while it can sometimes be hectic and a struggle, being your own boss is SO worth it!!


What type of business? I'm always curious. I know I have a lot to learn. I have a background in marketing, so that's been VERY helpful...but there are many things I'm learning as I go!

Imzadi
01-17-2008, 10:26 PM
Congratulations!!! party:

Your designs are very unique & original. :thumbsup2

You should think of selling on Etsy.com when you get a chance. it will give you more exposure & bring more clients to your own website.

One of the mods, Obe Wan started an Etsy thread. I meant to post to it with more info.
http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=1683261

Also, check out this email forum. On there are some of the top professional ceramic artists, to very beginning amateurs who post emails on this list. They give their various experiences about Etsy.com:
http://www.potters.org/SEARCH.ASP?QU=Etsy&titleorbody=body&maximumResults=150

hipchickie
01-17-2008, 10:35 PM
Those are so cute! I love the mommy juice :laughing:
I have my own business too - the funny thing is but I actually have MORE time with my child now that I have my own business than when I had a regular full time job

good luck - BTW I don't know who you are using for a website host but I have an *awesome* website host company, LMK if you need the info - she is really reasonable and geared towards start up WAHM moms

LSchrow
01-17-2008, 11:04 PM
LOVE the mommy juice :rotfl2:
you're very talented ~ wish you the best of luck with the new business!! :thumbsup2
(& what a great idea for a "special occasion" ~ birthdays, 1st day of school, graduation, new baby, weddings.....the possibilities are endless & fill that niche of "something different" & thoughtful. definately can be a really unique & profitable fundraiser too!!)
:banana:

HeyIt'sMe
01-18-2008, 06:50 AM
Good for you! That's great. :goodvibes

My cousin started a painted glassware company several years ago and did very well. She made my DD a painted "Cookies for Santa" plate and cup and they are SO cute! I love items that have that personal, hand-made touch!

Here's to continued good luck with your dream business!

Debbie

eowensby
01-18-2008, 10:00 AM
etsy will get you even more exposure. I sell on etsy and have just started a website this week. It's no where near finished, but I'm excited about it. I do monogramming, custom embroidery and childrenswear. Best of luck with everything!
Elizabeth
I'm sure I can't post my etsy site, although it is posted on the linked thread associated with etsy a few posts up.

java
01-18-2008, 10:05 AM
Shoot I missed the link can you PM me it! I love to see what others are painting. And CONGRATULATIONS for taking the leap!!! You may inspire me to do it too!

loveabargin
01-18-2008, 03:40 PM
Thanks so much for all your feedback! I will check out etsy, sounds very interesting. I haven't sold on ebay because it's hard to know how well glassware is going to ship! I'm afraid it would break? Something to consider though.

Update: today I had two more calls about my products (wholesale buyers)...I swear my site has only been up a week! I'm soooo excited! Does anyone know if Disney buys hand painted items? I know it's a longshot, but we'll be there next week, so why not? Hey, the sky seems to be the limit (can you tell I'm on a high?)

Thanks again friends for your encouraging words!

Imzadi
01-18-2008, 05:37 PM
Thanks so much for all your feedback! I will check out etsy, sounds very interesting. I haven't sold on ebay because it's hard to know how well glassware is going to ship! I'm afraid it would break? Something to consider though.

Update: today I had two more calls about my products (wholesale buyers)...I swear my site has only been up a week! I'm soooo excited! Does anyone know if Disney buys hand painted items? I know it's a longshot, but we'll be there next week, so why not? Hey, the sky seems to be the limit (can you tell I'm on a high?)

Thanks again friends for your encouraging words!

Probably not unless you have some written legal contract ahead of time with them, because you'd be in violation with their copyright infringement. Same with the various sports teams. Be careful of directly copying their logos. You could get smacked with a big lawsuit & lose all the money for your business in legal fees defending yourself and having to pay them back.

As for packing fragile items to ship, as long as you pack things so they don't shift, move, or clang into another object - including the walls of the box, you will be fine.

If you need to, send yourself a few test trial boxes & see how they fare. It's better to do your experimenting on yourself than to have an unhappy customer. It takes a long time to build up a good, solid reputation. It can take 1-2 bad incidences to lose a customer quick.

Another avenue to think about is getting a MySpace page of your stuff. Your girlfriend glasses are in the perfect demographic for the MySpace crowd. Also, other college age gals blogs. Get the word out with pics in a few well chosen blogs & other people will do the advertising for you as they post their latest finds.

I'll look for the webpage later, talking about blogging as the newest, fastest way of getting the word out. There are blog search engines that link to other blogs, so a person can type in a keyword & be brought to other people's blogs to read & also see your glasses at a "girlfriends party" or dorm room party where they are laughing & drinking out of your glasses.

Also there is one ceramic artist I found who was able to do this tastefully & successfully. And she got a magazine blurb out of being found on a blog.

I had Googled for directions on a clothing dye I am interested in using. Up came a blog of a woman who successfully dyed a few lovely thrift store finds of antique lace clothing. The before & after pics from faded antique cream dyed to a pretty, zesty orange that gave a modern spin of the lace was incredible. This personal affidavit with home shots of one person actually using the dyes sold me on the dyes better than any manufacturer's ad could have. :thumbsup2

Java: scroll up about 7 posts. I posted Obe Wan's Etsy thread link there. :)

loveabargin
01-18-2008, 08:14 PM
:) Probably not unless you have some written legal contract ahead of time with them, because you'd be in violation with their copyright infringement. Same with the various sports teams. Be careful of directly copying their logos. You could get smacked with a big lawsuit & lose all the money for your business in legal fees defending yourself and having to pay them back.

:)

I hadn't thought of that. I guess you just see all types of things like this (hand painted items with team names) that I never thought about the infringement. I'll check on that. Thanks for the advice!

loveabargin
01-20-2008, 06:27 AM
Thanks again for the advice. I've registered to sell on etsy, planning on putting everything on there today.

spalady
01-20-2008, 08:29 AM
Whats the web site? I would love to see them.

DisNeeFans
01-20-2008, 10:22 AM
Congratulations!! could you please send me a pm with the website so I could see your beautiful creations??

MickeyP
01-20-2008, 10:35 AM
Could you pm me your website too? Thx.

FirstTimertoDiz
01-20-2008, 10:55 AM
I would love to see your designs- will you please pm me with your website?

aka-mad4themouse
01-20-2008, 03:28 PM
Please do not put the OP in the questionable position of advertising here on the DIS. Those who wish to know more about her website and business should PM her to ask for a link. Please do not here to ask for it.

loveabargin
01-20-2008, 04:54 PM
Please do not put the OP in the questionable position of advertising here on the DIS. Those who wish to know more about her website and business should PM her to ask for a link. Please do not here to ask for it.

Sorry everyone, apparently I broke the Dis rules when I told you the name of my business...so, just PM me if you want to know. I really,really appreciate all your interest, well wishes and ideas. I will respond to all PMs. You're a great group of people!:thumbsup2

strasfamily
01-20-2008, 07:13 PM
Could you pm me as well? Thanks!

loveabargin
01-20-2008, 07:44 PM
Everyone who PM'd or requested my website, I've PM'd you all back! Whew! Thanks for such an overwhelming response! Right now, there are no prices because I'm hoping to wholesale and drop ship mainly to other sellers. So far, my plan is working. I'm now in three locations in just 3 weeks...with more inquiries everyday.

This is all happening very fast, but I really am ready for it. I feel like I have sat back and researched, looked into many different avenues and found the best thing for my business and my family. I'd love a storefront (but I think that's my vainity speaking)...to be home and paint in my kitchen is really ideal for me (and of course, my family).

If you have a dream,go for it!