It started with a mug.
At first it was just a gift for an faraway friend, but quickly became a creative escape from my 9-5 temp job as I started experimenting with my own hand lettered designs. A few months later, Christmas hit, and I found myself painting that same mug for nearly 100 customers around the world. Since then, I've expanded my product line to include hand painted glasses, pillows, towels, signs, and frames, upgraded to premium quality paints, and taken the plunge to start buying material in bulk.
I first realized it was time to push Glitter & Bold to the next level when ordering 200+ mugs at a time wasn't scary anymore, and buying bags of packing peanuts as tall as me seemed normal. In the last few months business has been growing and growing, but I need your help to keep up and really take it to the next level.
To show my undying gratitude, I’m ready to dole out tons of thanks, positive karmic vibes, and virtual hugs (or high fives if that’s more your thing), plus a bunch of great Glitter & Bold goodies:
With the funds from Kickstarter, I plan on buying the following to help build my inventory and prepare for future sales:
- 600 14 oz latte style mugs (my most popular style mug)
- 250 ceramic travel mugs (the second most popular, which I’ve had to limit due to how much these cost to buy upfront)
- Shipping boxes and supplies
- 50 glasses (stemless wine glasses and skinny tumblers)
- Paint (and lots of it!)
Money would also go towards advertising and vendor fees. Right now you can find Glitter & Bold on Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, but to really make the most of social media you need money (Facebook in particular makes you pay to promote any post through your page, even to people who already “like” it). Vendor fees help me get away from a computer and take my products out in the world. Craft fairs and markets can cost anywhere from $25-$250 for a day. With summer (farmers markets) and winter (Christmas fairs = crafters’ dream) fast approaching, I’d like to have the cushion to pick and choose which I think will be best for my products.
I’m inching steadily towards my goals, but have now reached the point where I can’t push forward while sustaining myself (here’s looking at you Student Loans).
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Risks and challenges
Painting mugs and other items takes time. Usually a whole lot of time. That's part of what makes it so special, but also part of the risk with hand made and customized products. While I intend to pour my heart and soul into each reward to show you how incredibly grateful I am, the more people that back me means the longer it may take. Once purchased, all mugs and supplies should be in my office and ready to go within a few weeks, and I will keep you updated along every step of the way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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