14.4.10

Small Business, Small Steps: Me + Shak-Shuka

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I'm so happy to let you know that English Muffin prints are now available at the adorable eco-friendly online children's boutique, Shak-Shuka. This is my second wholesale account and it was such a pleasure to work with them from start to finish. In fact, it's a perfect example of how social media, in this case Twitter, can increase your business' visibility and facilitate relationships and opportunities.

I can't remember how I found Shak-Shuka on Twitter, but something must have piqued my curiosity and I decided to check out their website. I loved the look of the shop and decided to follow them. Joslyn, one half of the Shak-Shuka team, followed me back and sent me a message asking for my wholesale info. Luckily I had created a line sheet (wholesale catalog) a while ago for another potential account and forwarded that to her. From there it was pretty much smooth sailing, she placed her order and I filled it, and followed up with product shots for their website.

I feel pretty lucky that both of my wholesale experiences have been really positive and (to be honest) with very little effort on my part. I have yet to approach any shops on my own and I think that's where it will get a little scary. However, before I do that I am going to do some serious research on developing the wholesale side of my business. Don't worry, I promise to share all the goodies I find.

How about you? Have you had any success with wholesaling your products? Have your experiences been positive? Any tips for me?!

Bess

ps. Go visit Shak-Shuka!


8 comments:

  1. Hey congrats! Shak-Shuka is awesome.

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  2. thanks Bess! Shak-Shuka (mama, papa, and baby) all think that English Muffin is AWESOME too!

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  3. Wow, congratulations! The only thing I've been able to do so far is put a few of my paintings in a brick and mortar store. It's a very small gift shop in a very small town...but it was still an extremely exciting moment for me!

    And guess how they found me? Looking through Etsy when browsing by location. Yay etsy!

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  4. congrats bess! how exciting!! yay for you. also. can someone please tell me where i can get that adorable red dress in my size? ;) xo

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  5. Hey Bess,
    congratulations! Certainly sounds exciting. My shop is still new and I'm still developing it...so it'll have to wait!

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  6. Congrats for your wholesale order!

    In my case, it was not a good experience. The client was so demanding to request I designed a special line of jewelry exclusively but with a relatively low wholesale price... Anyway, the deal was pull over at the end.

    And I understand how hard to complete a wholesale deal smoothly.

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  7. How wonderful!

    I've only done consignments so far and two of them have been below my expectations. The third shop is located on a campus in Rhode Island and it opens in May so I'm hoping for the best.

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  8. Thanks for all your well wishes everyone :) I'm so excited too, and will definitely keep you posted.
    x bess

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