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 thingsâ€¦that is if we get past the buying part. We are addicted to the latest crafting trends but not to the price tags.Â Our quest to bring beauty to all brought us to the realization that bulk is cheaper. We canâ€™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!
Tell us about your background and how you started your business?
We started as a means of bringing foot traffic through a local builderâ€™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 Maeâ€™s Market came to fruition. Weâ€™ve enjoyed getting to know vendors and being a part of the â€œcreative crowdâ€ 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, â€œI can do that,â€ or â€œI bet I could do that for less moneyâ€. Trend Two: Itâ€™s rare that we EVER DO those things. Insert here whatever reason that that is, money, time, talent, ability, patterns, etc. Â 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 youâ€™ve spent more, time, effort and frustration than you ever anticipated â€“if you even complete the item. Â This is how Mindyâ€™s Minute Market was born.
What are you most excited about in your business right now?
Weâ€™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. Â Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s Mindyâ€™s MINUTE Market. It can go two ways: minute as in small amounts or minute because thatâ€™s how long it takes to make a purchase! We will follow trends on websites and blogs. Then weâ€™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. Â 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 craftsâ€¦in a word, success.
How do you balance work and family?
We donâ€™t. Itâ€™s mass chaos. Itâ€™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 outâ€¦even if it is by the skin-of-our-teeth.
Today Mindy’s Minute Market is offering a prizeÂ to one lucky Whipup.net reader.
For our Giveaway we’d love to offer you a TWO MONTH SPONSORSHIP PACKAGE.Â What does this mean to you?Â 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 dÃ©cor! This means you get everything our sponsored crafters get – without any commitment, contract or timeline!Â 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! Â Â Congratulations to Jessica!
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