How did you come up with your business idea?
It all started with our wedding. Well, actually planning the wedding. We are a husband and wife team who love - you guessed it - wine! We wanted to have a wine theme throughout our wedding (nothing over-the-top though) so I, the wife, started searching for wine-theme wedding ideas. A lot of it was DIY, as you can imagine, and there were also lots of items on Etsy. I searched and searched and searched...
Our family and friends started saving up wine corks for us and we ended up with more wine corks than we knew what to do with. I bought a shadow box that could hold 200 corks - we used that as our guest book. People signed corks and dropped them in the box. We loved this idea! As for everything else, I ended up making it myself. I made place card holders, table number holders, and the wedding favors. I thought I may be able to sell my wedding items, so after encouragement from my husband, an Etsy shop was opened. After more product ideas were developed, our own online shop was opened.
But you don't sell any wedding items...
That's true. We didn't have good luck with selling our wine theme wedding items. We had other ideas though that were much more successful. Our wine cork chalkboard was one of the first best sellers.
How did you come up with your store name?
Lots of brainstorming! We wanted something unique, kind of general, but a name that still had a theme to it. We tailor our products to not only wine lovers but to lots of other specific interests or "quirks," such as animal lovers, coffee lovers, and beach lovers.
What do you hope to accomplish?
We want to create unique items that will make people happy when using the products. We hope that our products will bring up happy memories - such as when looking at a picture in a wine cork picture frame or using a magnetic glass charm that holds a special meaning.
Also, we want to help you find special gifts for those hard-to-buy-for family and friends. I have always struggled buying gifts for some people - I won't name who - but I know I'm not the only one. Many people use picture frames and coasters in their daily lives, so we hope that these gifts are simple enough that they are actually useful. As for those that like to entertain guests in their home, our magnetic glass charms can be a fun gift for them!
- Hope you enjoyed our first blog post and thanks for checking out Uncork The Quirk!