Rick and I made a decision when we had Brady....that I would stay home to raise our son. This was and has been the most amazing decision.....but we have had to work very hard to grow our home business so that I could continue to be at home!! We both absolutely love creating.....it truly comes from the heart for us.....however....the name of the game is making money!! In order to do this.....we work very hard to create original ideas.....inspired by days of olde....but completely our own thing!!
Imitation is NOT flattery!! In this business....copy cats run rampant!! Each business works hard to make their mark.....create wares that speak to the buyer!! And it's not unheard of to see several vendors come up with similar ideas. Honestly....this can happen from each of us trying to recreate the vintage....well worn look. These accidental similarities are understandable!! HOWEVER......when one sees folks posting pictures of items completely the same as items you know they purchased from you.....this is NOT an accidental similarity!!
The past few years.....Rick and I have sold our wares locally at a farm market. We stopped when we started seeing exact duplicates of our wares being sold side by side with our own. This year.....this market is selling wares under their own name......that are complete and utter knock-offs of the wares we sold there last season!!! This is not flattery!! It is down right ripping us off!!
Please do not read this as me saying arrogantly that our work is amazing and everyone is trying to copy us!! That is not my intention at all!! My point is that each of us......ALL of us work too hard to be original.....to be creative.....to set ourselves apart from everyone else to have someone come in and copy the idea with no effort!! It's not right.....it's hurtful.....and honestly......if you have to copy others' work.....how creative are you really? Stick to patterns.....or send me the profits from the items you're trying to knock off!!
So.....c'mon folks.....let's be creative......BUT let's also be original!!!
For all the local folks that have been asking......NO we are NOT selling anywhere locally!! Call us directly for our original wares!!!!