Sponsored Giveaway: Mindy Mae’s Market

by KateG on 20/11/2011

in Sponsored giveaway, Whip-Up

We would like to welcome advertisers Nikki and Courtney of Mindy’s Minute Market to whipup.net today, to feature their business and to offer a fantastic giveaway to our readers.

We are two gals with a penchant for finding, making and buying amazing things…that is if we get past the buying part. We are addicted to the latest crafting trends but not to the price tags.  Our quest to bring beauty to all brought us to the realization that bulk is cheaper. We can’t buy bulk on our own. (Our husbands will KILL us!) So, we are trying to make new friends that want to endeavor after the same crafts we do (and others- we are open to YOUR ideas, too!) while we spend less, accrue less and create more!

Where to find Mindy’s Minute  Market online: store :: blog :: Facebook

Tell us about your background and how you started your business?

We started as a means of bringing foot traffic through a local builder’s model homes. Our area is full of local artisans and vendors that had very limited opportunity to showcase their work. We united the two concepts and Mindy Mae’s Market came to fruition. We’ve enjoyed getting to know vendors and being a part of the “creative crowd” as a business.

We noticed some trends in this crowd. Trend One: We think we can re-create everything. As folks walked around our boutiques and showcases we would hear, “I can do that,” or “I bet I could do that for less money”. Trend Two: It’s rare that we EVER DO those things. Insert here whatever reason that that is, money, time, talent, ability, patterns, etc.  Trend Three: When we DO DO these things we generally accumulate way more product(s) to justify the expense. We then have to 1)store these items 2)give them to every neighbor we know 3) attempt to sell them in some other way. This is all because we wanted to save a couple of dollars on an item we wanted in the first place. So now, instead of saving a couple bucks you’ve spent more, time, effort and frustration than you ever anticipated –if you even complete the item.  This is how Mindy’s Minute Market was born.

What are you most excited about in your business right now?

We’ve decided to end the madness. We want people to be able to DO things themselves and ONLY as much or as little as they want to.  That’s why it’s Mindy’s MINUTE Market. It can go two ways: minute as in small amounts or minute because that’s how long it takes to make a purchase! We will follow trends on websites and blogs. Then we’ll take those trends and break them down in to affordable, manageable pieces. MMM will sell those pieces at a sane price and post ideas along with them.  We want to quit being craft supply hoarders. We want to actually complete the projects we have committed to and we bet you can relate. Think of us providing a public service to all craft supply junkies. Your husbands will thank us.

What is your dream for the future of your business?

More friends, less clutter and more finished crafts…in a word, success.

How do you balance work and family?

We don’t. It’s mass chaos. It’s fun mass chaos, however.

I think the main components that make this work for us are supportive and helpful husbands and a balanced give-and-take in our business partnership friendship. It always seems to work out…even if it is by the skin-of-our-teeth.

Today Mindy’s Minute Market is offering a prize  to one lucky Whipup.net reader.

For our Giveaway we’d love to offer you a TWO MONTH SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE.  What does this mean to you?  Well, anytime we put up an item and meet our ‘quantity quota’ – you get that item SHIPPED to you free of charge! This means craft supplies in just the right quantity to try something new, find a new fad or design a new décor! This means you get everything our sponsored crafters get – without any commitment, contract or timeline!  PLUS we’ll be sending you any other goodies and jewelry pieces we feature that have overages from orders during that two month period! This means free stuff with the approximated value at $245 at Mindy’s Minute Market – $512 retail! Things like custom stamps, tulle, chicken wire, diy custom chalkboard paint kits, finials, magnets, buttons, ribbon, corks etc, with ideas for how to use them!

So please leave a comment here to be in the running to win. You have 48 hours to enter. Winner will be chosen at random, announced here and contacted via email. Good luck!    Congratulations to Jessica!

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{ 93 comments }

1 Mhairi November 20, 2011 at 7:38 am

What a brilliant idea. I love the fact that you can share your ideas with other like minded people. Thanks for bringing this to my attention – yet another blog to keep up with but one that is worthwhile.

2 Catherine November 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

What an interesting concept. Love the ideas to go a long with the materials. Thanks for the chance!

3 kadusey November 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

Well, that sounds like a fun idea.

4 neko November 20, 2011 at 9:43 am

Bravo!

Really enjoyed reading this blog.

I am a teacher who incorporates fabric in her lessons. Stop by to see what my 6-9 year old students have done with fabric scraps, would love to here what you think.

http://bagitup4me-neko.blogspot.com/

Cheers Neko

5 Ali November 20, 2011 at 11:06 am

AMAZING profile and what a great concept.

6 ccherry November 20, 2011 at 11:21 am

Ooooh fun, Sorta like our local craft co-op but on a larger scale.

7 Gillian November 20, 2011 at 11:27 am

Wow, sounds fun! I like your taste in crafting and decorating… I’d love a chance to play with new materials! Thanks!

8 Meigh November 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

Oooh, things. I like things.

9 Allie November 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Love the ideas! So cute

10 Katherine of Kitten's Lost Her Mittens November 20, 2011 at 12:34 pm

What a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.

11 Ginny November 20, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Mindy Mae’s is such a great business. I love the new route they have decided to go with it. Kudos Nikki and Courtney!

12 Brandi Raddatz November 20, 2011 at 1:04 pm

very cool idea! i love it!! i’m always searching for new, cheap craft projects. thanks for this opportunity.

13 Natio Radison November 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Well this sounds interesting, tell me more!

14 Roxanne R, November 20, 2011 at 1:12 pm

Excellent plan, if I win I will definitely be reaching out to my crafty friends to purchase items. ;-)

15 Jami Wright November 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm

What an awesome giveaway! I’ll support Mindy Mae’s Market any day :)

16 Tracey November 20, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Wow! This is wonderful, count me in!

17 Cinnamon November 20, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Wow, this is such a cool idea!

18 Lorrie-loo November 20, 2011 at 3:59 pm

Aww. What a great giveaway!!!

19 jessicac November 20, 2011 at 4:53 pm

This is a ridiculously good idea. I have so many times said those same …”I could do that!” words and it never happens! ;) Keeping my fingers crossed!!

20 Jennyroo November 20, 2011 at 6:25 pm

This sounds great!

21 Heidi Staples November 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I would love to be entered in this giveaway. What a great idea!

22 Natalya Hoak November 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm

This is such a great idea! I have not heard of this being done before. Sign me up in a heartbeat!

23 Rebecca November 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

SOunds like a great giveaway! Count me in!

24 mountain girl November 20, 2011 at 7:14 pm

mmmm….sounds good to me!

25 Christi November 20, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I love that they have their product and Ideas with what to make with it!! Awesome stuff.

26 Carol Huff November 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I love Mindy’s Minute Market – great giveaway, I hope I win!

27 kim November 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm

i love mindy mae’s market!

28 Janice November 20, 2011 at 8:02 pm

What a fabulous concept and a GREAT giveaway!

29 jackie November 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

sounds like fun!!!

30 Michelle November 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

What a great giveaway! Can’t wait to spend more time browsing through your blog.

31 Jennifer B November 20, 2011 at 9:03 pm

fabulous concept – thanks for the opportunity to win!

32 Bryn Melo November 20, 2011 at 9:14 pm

shut the front door!! awesome!! I would love to win this!

33 Dani November 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I love co-op type things- especially when it helps keep the craft clutter down and inspire me to actually finish projects! thanks, ladies.

34 Carftykaren November 20, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Best of luck with the new venture. I will be following your progress!

35 Lisa C. November 20, 2011 at 10:34 pm

What a GREAT idea! That’s so cute about the husband thing, mine would definitely LOVE if I could stop buying craft stuff…but, man, I just love ribbons! Never use em, but still feel the need to buy them!

36 Heather Getson November 20, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Awesome concept! Thanks so much for the fantastic give away opportunity!

37 Charissa G November 20, 2011 at 11:00 pm

Fantastic idea! I’ll definitely add the website to my list of websites I check daily!

38 tara November 20, 2011 at 11:46 pm

love the idea! mindy mae’s has some great stuff!

39 Rachel November 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm

What a great concept!

40 Caley Cordova November 21, 2011 at 3:23 am

What a great concept. I love the practicality of giving regular crafters access to bulk prices. I’ve only peeked at the site and I already have a long wish list :)

41 Kate November 21, 2011 at 6:03 am

Looks like a really interesting concept!

42 Deborah November 21, 2011 at 8:14 am

Sounds very interesting

43 mimi November 21, 2011 at 9:17 am

What a great idea. It never occurred to me that there is not only a world of folks who enjoy being creative, but also that they all have a ton of supplies left or not yet used at all- just like me!

44 Crunchy Con Mommy November 21, 2011 at 9:36 am

I admit it: I’m intrigued by the idea of $500 worth of tulle and chicken wire ;)
Fun giveaway!

45 Tera November 21, 2011 at 10:10 am

Wonderful ideas!!! Thank you!!! : )

46 Judy November 21, 2011 at 10:12 am

Oh my, you found me out-collector but slow to produce!
Thanks for giveaway.

47 Emily November 21, 2011 at 10:30 am

I love the idea, my craft room is overloaded with leftovers that I just don’t know what to do with!

48 sangeetha November 21, 2011 at 11:17 am

Like this concept – solves a lot of issues that home crafters are in today

49 Megan November 21, 2011 at 11:46 am

Very inspiring! Thanks for the opportunity to win and give it a try!

50 Sheena LaRose November 21, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I love all things MMM andI am so excited for all the new things they have in store for us! No pun intended :)

51 Sara November 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Fun! I need a good excuse to be more crafty!

52 Brittany November 21, 2011 at 12:51 pm

What a wonderful giveaway. I love Mindy Maes.

53 Kris November 21, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Love it! Thanks for the chance to start being crafty!

54 Deb November 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I love your new online store. I’ve already bought and received items through your site. Super quick delivery. I know it will be a great success!

55 Sheila November 21, 2011 at 1:11 pm

I’m glad I came across this website. I even bookmarked this site. My mother-in-law wants to try to get together with her daughters-in-law to have a craft day once a month. We can get inspiration from the Whip up Tutorials.

56 Kristen Young November 21, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Way to go girls at starting your own business and doing what you love! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

57 Liz B. November 21, 2011 at 2:04 pm

What a great giveaway! I am a huge fan of Mindy Mae’s, and this new Minute Market they are doing is just awesome!

58 Kristine November 21, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I am the jack of all crafts! Love to dabble and this is a perfect way for me to give everything a try! Thanks for your generosity!

59 Jonesy November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

Amazing, amazing, amazing! Nikki & Courtney, you are two brilliant ladies, really. Who needs 1000 yards of velcro? Or 5000 popsicle sticks?? I’m all for bulk prices w/o bulk storage! :)

60 Micah November 21, 2011 at 2:09 pm

ohhh i wanna win this!!! thanks for the chance cute girls:)

61 Kellee November 21, 2011 at 2:18 pm

This is such a creative idea. I love it! Count me in for this awesome giveaway!

62 Jen Roberts November 21, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Great idea Nikki! I love seeing what u post. Maybe one day i’ll get creative! :-)

63 Jenn November 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I’m excited to check out your website!!! Love your pic–nic!! :>

64 Cristin November 21, 2011 at 4:01 pm

You are both brilliant! I love watching all the cute ideas you have.

65 Rachel buchanan November 21, 2011 at 4:02 pm

Pick me :)

66 Holly November 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I love MMM! Way to go girls! :)

67 Beth Ellen November 21, 2011 at 4:39 pm

Great, but don’t you mean “a penchant for finding …..”? (not a pension, unless you have a special (financial) PENSION for just this purpose.) Sorry to nitpick your usage, but there are a few English majors left in the world!

pen·chant/ˈpenCHənt/
Noun:
A strong or habitual liking for something or tendency to do something.
Synonyms:
inclination – tendency – leaning – liking – propensity

68 kath_red November 21, 2011 at 4:41 pm

quite right! now fixed

69 Tausha November 21, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Fabulous giveaway gals! Love it! I so want to win. Pick me, pick me!!!

70 Kristina B November 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I love the ideas! You girls are Awesome!

71 Becky November 21, 2011 at 4:56 pm

This is the coolest idea!!! You were so talking about me with the hoarding of craft supplies and never even finishing the darn thing! This is a brilliant idea! I love it. I’m super interested! Brilliant business idea girls! Thanks for sharing! :)

72 Jen R November 21, 2011 at 5:05 pm

This giveaway is awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

73 Angela November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Would it help my chances if I told you that it’s almost my birthday?

74 Emily dahl November 21, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Fun! What a great idea!

75 Megan November 21, 2011 at 6:11 pm

As a crafter, there are things that I am willing to pay for at boutiques. It’s too bad that Utah has that frame of mind but we’ve all been guilty of it. This new concept looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

76 Lindsay A November 21, 2011 at 6:29 pm

What a creative business idea! I’d love to win and try some fun new things to make my house beautiful!

77 Leah Smith November 21, 2011 at 6:32 pm

This is a brilliant idea! I never win anything but this us worth a shot!!

78 julia carter November 21, 2011 at 7:44 pm

This sounds amazing!!! I so want to win !! Yay.

79 dulcet November 21, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Brilliant! Husbands everywhere thank you.

80 Holly Thompson November 21, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Fun! Fun! Fun! Can you bundle extra time to make all these great craft ideas? JK…..looking forward to making some awesome stuff!!! Good luck!!!

81 Alysia November 21, 2011 at 8:20 pm

That is a good idea, It sounds like fun!

82 char carlson November 21, 2011 at 9:21 pm

Oh why not? It would be fun, besides Nikki you are the best ever!

83 Sunny November 21, 2011 at 10:17 pm

I have loved Mindy Mae’s Market! Great idea!

84 Amy (vintagefern) November 21, 2011 at 10:41 pm

How fun! Thanks for the chance!

85 Pamela Weiner November 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

this is such a cool idea!

86 andrea m November 22, 2011 at 1:22 am

sounds great! hope I win!!

87 Jenny Lay November 22, 2011 at 3:01 am

Keep up the good work Nikki! So creative and smart.

88 Anna Koziol November 22, 2011 at 4:15 am

What an absolutely fabulous idea. My toes and fingers are crossed!

89 Sharon November 22, 2011 at 6:21 am

What a fab idea! Off to explore links!

90 Vyky S November 22, 2011 at 7:06 am

Ooooh the ideas that could facilitate!
And what a great idea in the first place – definitely bookmarking :)

91 Britney November 22, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I love all the cute ideas you ladies have on your blog! Can’t wait to try some!

92 Nissa Ulven November 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm

cool idea. I hope I win.

93 melinda November 23, 2011 at 2:07 am

Congrats getting your site up and running. Love some of the ideas!

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