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Old 07-29-2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Pitching my WAHM business- Feedback Please & Help Name it!

I've been trying to find my nitch as WAHM and I think I have found it! :Goodvibes: I started out by making a few shirts for my boys and a friend of mine suggested I go WAHM. The idea that I might be able to create pretty awesome, handcrafted, one of a kind, cool kid stuff, and keep it affordable... is a vision of sugar plums dancing in my head. I began hoarding up sale fabrics from my local craft store, but then it hit me. Like a side arm throw in dodgeball- I am not going to stock up on new fabrics- but I am going to do it all with recycled clothing or notions (sheets, blankets, etc.) I got to researching and here is what I found: Over one million ton of textiles are discarded annually, mostly from domestic sources, of which 25% are recycled. (Cupit 1996) so without further a due... Here are some of the things I have done:

My first shirt, the skully monster truck, was created using a pair of old boxers, a stained l/s shirt, and an outgrown onesie!


Some questions I have:
Hyena Cart Vs. Etsy Pros and Cons?

How much are you willing to pay PPD for a fully custom shirt?

Business Name suggestions, something neat and catchy- I want you to remember it! I would like for it to at least give you some kind of idea what the product is (repurposed tshirts... and would prefer if it wasnt kiddy because I want to leave me door open for other opportunities )

Shirt supply- Would you prefer a "new" shirt or do you like the idea of a completely recycled shirt? (I will probably offer both options- the benefit to new is availability of size/colors)

Prim and proper look Vs. Wonky wares- I am no professional seamstress and my designs are drawn and cut by hand. Do you think that will turn people off from buying the product?

Any other suggestions for me? I would greatly appreciate it- Thanks for your time and whew! sorry for keeping you here so long...


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Old 07-29-2010, 11:33 AM   #2
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Re: Pitching my WAHM business- Feedback Please

wow. i am really nervous about this-
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:56 PM   #3
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Re: Pitching my WAHM business- Feedback Please

Some questions I have:
Hyena Cart Vs. Etsy Pros and Cons?
Still figuring this one out myself!

How much are you willing to pay PPD for a fully custom shirt?
$18ppd


Business Name suggestions, something neat and catchy- I want you to remember it!
Not good with this either- my DH named my store

Shirt supply- Would you prefer a "new" shirt or do you like the idea of a completely recycled shirt? (I will probably offer both options- the benefit to new is availability of size/colors)

I would do both, just to appease both sides. I like fully recycled, but I would pay less for it. maybe $12-14ppd

Prim and proper look Vs. Wonky wares- I am no professional seamstress and my designs are drawn and cut by hand. Do you think that will turn people off from buying the product?


I think hand drawn and cut is individual! As long as they don't fall apart in the wash or anything, I would see this as a plus!!

P.S. Your shirts are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Pitching my WAHM business- Feedback Please

Hyena Cart Vs. Etsy Pros and Cons? Hyena Cart - I have tried both and Hyena Cart is not only better priced, but they have a larger customer base for handmade goods

How much are you willing to pay PPD for a fully custom shirt? Tops $20ish for L/S

Business Name suggestions, something neat and catchy- I want you to remember it!
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Shirt supply- Would you prefer a "new" shirt or do you like the idea of a completely recycled shirt? (I will probably offer both options- the benefit to new is availability of size/colors) I like recycled things. I buy my woolies and my soft shoes from WAHMs that use recycled materials

Prim and proper look Vs. Wonky wares- I am no professional seamstress and my designs are drawn and cut by hand. Do you think that will turn people off from buying the product? As long as your sewing is solid and your stitches hold up over time then wonky is fine.
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Old 07-29-2010, 04:12 PM   #5
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Thank you!
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Old 07-30-2010, 02:04 AM   #6
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Re: Pitching my WAHM business- Feedback Please

I think the HC vs Etsy debate will continue on, but I will say that when I had my store designed by another WAHM, she did do trades with me. So, that is sometimes an option. The great thing about HC is that the fees are so much lesser, which is so awesome when I feel like I keep putting more money into my biz, but fortunately, not too much into my store. If you can't pay that month immediately, you don't lose anything. And the store stays up for quite a while. Although, I am considering to do Etsy too, since my items take a while to do, it won't be a lot of items, so therefore, lesser fees. But, more exposure. Etsy may be good for that, if it doesn't get lost in the searches. It was said that Etsy is good for search only when you list at least 1 thing a day. Ya know, Ebay isn't ever in any of those discussions anymore. Hmmm.

I think your shirts are adorable. I think that upcycled, repurposed, recycled is gaining popularity and you should get yourself established before it becomes commonplace. Kymberli
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Thanks Kymberli! You offered up some great advice!
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