Once I decided to specialize in locally made items I had to find them!
My next-door neighbor is pretty famous for her peanut brittle (and truffles, fudge, turtles, etc) – so I started there. She has her goodies in a number of local stores and was happy to let me be included among them so I was off to a delicious start!
I told friends and acquaintances what I was up to and asked if they – or anyone they knew – made interesting, unique things that I might sell. I went to local craft shows. I talked to people. I went to the Farmers Market. I talked to people. I gave out business cards. I talked to people. I admired all sorts of handmade items. And pretty soon people were calling me! It didn’t take long until I had enough unique, interesting, delicious, and fun items to open up my shop!
I’ve been open almost two years now. And I continue to look for new and interesting handcrafted things to add to my shop. I must say I do have some commercially made products and, yes, a few things that are made in China, but my specialty remains locally/regionally grown, handmade, and written products.
Next time I’ll begin highlighting some of the great items I carry.