You guys. OMG. Big news! The Paper House now sells pillows! I’m literally jumping up and down with excitement about this.
Ever since I started TPH I’ve wanted to get into the interior decor business (duh, have you read my blog?!) But one does not just start making pillows, blankets, wallpaper, rugs, etc. one day. It’s a much more complicated process than that. One which involves finding vendors, shopping pricing, placing orders, creating mockups and photographing the product. And all of this happens before I ever sell one item.
So there’s always a little voice in the back of my head saying, “Eek, I hope people like this.”
Paper products are a little easier since I can print them at home. I do work with a lot of larger scale printers who can do more things than my little Epson, but still…paper is paper. And paper is a LOT cheaper and easier to work with than many of the materials I’m hoping to one day sell.
So anyway. Pillows.
I have found a vendor who will custom make pillows with a no minimum order. This means I don’t have to buy in bulk up front, so I can sell pillows in my shop and order as needed. Although this is awesome and means that I can finally sell pillows (yay!) there are two negatives.
First is the cost. If I was confident enough to buy in bulk, I could save (and in turn make) a lot more money per pillow. And I could still do that while lowering the cost of them on my site. That’s how overpriced they are buying one at a time. Second is the quality. I’m just not thrilled with the quality of the pillows. I understand that 99% of people out there would be, but as a decor nerd I’m also a perfectionist with this kind of stuff and I’d want to make some changes (different consistency of the fill, some various size offerings, etc.). These are changes that, right now, I can’t make.
Because of these two compromises, I took my time making the decision to sell pillows (or not). At the end of the day, I decided to give it a green light! It’s something I REALLY want to get into and the best way to get started is…to get started. If there’s anything I learned from originally starting TPH it’s just that. I wasn’t ready to jump in when I did, but at the end of the day it was the right decision. I decided one day just to start and I’ve been learning ever since.