Archive for September, 2010
OK, things are moving on little by little. I have requested another sample to be made at a fraction of the cost of sample #1 in order to compare. One is cast in metal the other in resin so that figures but another resin quote was pretty huge PLUS minimum order was 2,000. Give me a few months, I’m sure I’ll get there 😉
I have also been learning the lingo: MOQ, T/T, OEM etc. & looking at storage facilities. Turns out there’s something suitable only a mile away – fantastic. I am terrified that I’ll have pallet trucks in my front garden & the street wondering what on earth is going on!
I have also bitten the bullet & opened an account with a well known logistics company so things are really starting to feel real. Address labels & date stamps are resting in online baskets waiting for payday! Not long now.
Actually, that’s a lie. I have lots of time. That’s the problem.
I have taken the plunge & placed an order with Mr Gandhi for a sample which is being made RIGHT NOW! I should receive it in a couple of weeks. In the meantime my brain is quite literally buzzing with so many ideas. Lists have been made & everything.
Business cards, address labels, paper bags & logos, storage & eBay stores … you get the picture.
Without the actual product I am forced to take things slowly which is undoubtedly for the best. Time to think things through & consider the wacky ideas my wonderful friends have come up with. These include coat hooks, mug trees & potato peelers.
Time also to gather information on 2011 tattoo conventions around the country. Kinda tricky to explain my product when there’s nothing to show but with my trusted sidekick we will blow them all away!
G has a successful business & gave me lots of advice & the encouragement to continue with my idea which is feeling less ridiculous by the day.
Galvanised, I spend the following day online finding small business sites & timidly look around Alibaba.com & run away scared. I return the next day to sign up & send email queries to those who take on new designs. I get responses! It just might work!
i) might just work
ii) someone other than me would buy
I have to knuckle down to the basics & not get carried away with what the future may hold.
*The future btw is AWESOME & involves lots of photos of me & my knockers with Ozzy, Rob Zombie & Wednesday 13*
Do I make them by my own fair hand? Do I find a nice metal worker? Do I find a nice company in China? So many questions.
Much time is spent searching local art classes & designers, queries on lost waxing & relieving the headache. After some quotes of £500 for one-off pieces I realise this is the wrong path to take!
This may not make sense initially (or at all) but this is my way of sharing a journey into the world of rock n roll, door knockers & a new business venture.
The idea came about 3 years ago whilst on holiday in Barcelona noticing these wonderful door knockers in the shape of a lady’s hand. “I’d LOVE one for our front door in a heavy metal pose!” I declared & proceeded to find nothing.
A recent plea for ideas on iron mongers & casting fell on deaf ears however many friends wanted one for themselves. My thoughts turned to making them myself & creating a business empire!