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From: CarolWI
Date: 09-18-2004, 06:20 PM (1 of 6)
Anyone out there doing sewing for kids/business, like wash mitts, bibs, bath towels, etc.?
If so, what is best market area and how is it doing? Got some ideas but not sure where to begin.
User: CarolWI
Member since: 04-03-2003
Total posts: 33
From: Linda in Colorado
Date: 09-19-2004, 01:56 PM (2 of 6)
Are you thinking of sewing items meant for kids, then selling them someplace? I would think you might want to start at crafts shows. They could give you an idea of what is needed/wanted and you could produce your line from that information.

Or you could consider wholesaling to children's shops, or try consignment shops, boutiques and so forth.

Ask around in your area. Visit children's shops to see what is now offered. Could you do something different? Or a better quality of something already offered? Or a new color or style?

Afraid this isn't as much help as you might have wanted, but I'm hoping it gives you a place to start.

Please let us know what you decide.
User: Linda in Colorado
Member since: 03-27-2000
Total posts: 102
From: CarolWI
Date: 09-19-2004, 07:49 PM (3 of 6)
Thanks for the input.
I have thought of these ideas, but I guess looking for a "niche" of something different, but needed I guess. Trying to either think of something different or a way to market that I haven't thought of. One of those "stupidly simple "things to get out there with. Aren't we all, LOL!!!!!
Is there someone or something out there that seems to be really working more than others?
Looking for ideas.
Thanks again,
User: CarolWI
Member since: 04-03-2003
Total posts: 33
From: barbeelady
Date: 10-10-2004, 06:54 PM (4 of 6)
CarolWI, at a lot of the craft shows I've done, there's a lady who makes pillows out of plain color fleece. Before stuffing, she'll machine embroider sayings or names on them. She takes orders for personalized pillows but has an assortment of ones that say "Angel" "Diva" "Princess" or whatever would be hot now. I think she did pet pillows too. I haven't caught up with her lately to see her newest items. My daughter picked up an order form from her last year--she wanted a pillow to say "University of Connecticut" (her dream school) but we never got around to ordering. The lady seems to do ok and this particular thing doesn't seem to be flooding the market, at least around here anyway. You could always add fleece throws to this mix too. Just a thought.
Tari in Ohio
User: barbeelady
Member since: 10-08-2004
Total posts: 21
From: allie-oops
Date: 10-11-2004, 02:49 AM (5 of 6)
Carol, I have a friend that took some children's clothing samples that she made to an exclusive boutique in a VERY ritzy part of town. They loved them. She now has a business, just like that! Get out and go shopping, see what's out there and more importantly, what's NOT. Then make a few samples and take them with you.

You may also want to consider a "niche", like dance, swimwear, karate, etc.
"onward through the fog"
User: allie-oops
Member since: 10-25-2002
Total posts: 282
From: paroper
Date: 10-11-2004, 08:56 AM (6 of 6)
A lot of the trick is to find the right PLACE to sell. What will sit on the shelf on one side of town will fly off the shelf someplace else (go figure). The privately owned stores, especially children's boutiques are a great place to market. A friend of mine made a very nice amount of money selling simple long scarves through a moderarely upscale private chain in Oklahoma City a few years ago. It has also been recommended to me by a pretty good source that you should pretty much stay one line of product. If you choose to go to clothing, market there, if you do wash towels and accessories, market there. I've been told that it is far better to specialize that try a broad scale business.

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User: paroper
Member since: 02-03-2004
Total posts: 3775
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