Although its been a while since we've updated the blog, it doesn't mean we haven't been busy. Our wholesale business has been growing fast and this week we added a shop in Alaska to our retail partners! Its hard to believe that Wehgo launched a year ago.
In the past couple of weeks, we've been working hard to gear up for the holiday shopping season. We have several new kits planned and I've been up late designing new kits. However, over the last week, new planned designs have been temporarily shelved. After watching the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and then amazing acts of love and kindness that have come out of Texas, I knew I had to create something to show our support for those affected in Texas. In addition to personal contributions, Brian and I would like to support recovery efforts through Wehgo. I hope that our new Houston paint by number kit, not only spreads some joy, but also does some good. 100% or proceeds from this kit will support local nonprofits in Houston Texas.
Please check back here for updates on funds raised and donations made.
In addition to a bunch of spring craft shows, we've been busy adding retail partners. A couple of months ago, West Elm invited us to participate in the West Elm (WE) Local program. WE Local partners with artists and makers that sell products that WE customers might like. It helps connect WE to the communities where they do business, and helps artists and makers expand the reach of their products. Its truly a win-win! We got to know one of our WE store by selling our kits during one of their pop-up events. WE employees have been amazing. They really want their store to be a part of the community and they genuinely want to see local makers succeed. After a couple of pop-ups the WE Baltimore, the store manager recommend us for WE Local, which enables WE stores in our region to buy and sell our kits wholesale. You can now find a selection of our kits at West Elm Baltimore and West Elm DC!
We are so thankful to WE for working with small businesses like ours. Having WE as a wholesale partner has helped us to connect with other wholesale buyers. By June our kits will be in three new shops - one in Frederick, MD, another in Chesapeake, VA, and one in Denver, CO!
If you have a shop and are interested in carrying our modern paint by number kits, shoot us an email (email@example.com), We'd love the opportunity to work with you.
So I'm pretty sure that I've mentioned that we also have an Etsy store. We have all of the same kits there, for the same prices. Its just another way to reach craft loving people that may like our kits. If you are not familiar with Etsy, it is the best known online market place for handmade goods. Etsy does a lot to promote and support handmade makers. Recently they launched a contest to help a couple of lucky businesses. The grand prize of $10,000 is intended to help a small handmade business grow. We've entered, and if we win we will use the money to help purchase a substrate printer. This fancy, and very expensive, printer would enable us to offer larger kit sizes (beyond 8 x10) and produce more kits in a shorter period of time. Unfortunately, this contest isn't based on merit, or compelling story, or having a unique product. The winning shop is the one with the most votes.
So if you like our kits and like the idea of supporting a small handmade business, consider casting a vote for Wehgo - http://wshe.es/6itjLxdh.