One Company, Three Great Shops

Poverty Barn is the parent company of two other businesses: Roo's Remnants and 4 Left Turns. Between the three, we've got you covered when it comes to home decor, baby and kid items and anything related to racing. Visit the links on the left to find out more about what we have to offer.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Business Ramblings

Welcome back to the Poverty Barn blog.  It's been a while, and I could bore you with a list of excuses, but I won't.  So here we go!

We've been very busy with our little shop, Poverty Barn & Friends, as well as working on promoting and marketing our products.  And of course, we're always trying to come up with new items to love!

We're also trying to plan shows for the upcoming year, find new shops with which to consign and other avenues of getting our products in the public eye.

In a little over a week, some of our goodies will be featured on a local television show, called "Great Day St. Louis" on a segment called "Jennifer's Finds."  We can't wait!  The best part is that we don't have to do the spot ourselves, because we've found that to be a little bit nerve-racking!

And then there is my grand-daughter, who has stolen my heart forever.  She is a doll and it's hard to believe she's almost a year old already!

There is never a dull moment around here.

One of the best parts of owning a small business is incorporating something you love to do, with one of your favorite pastimes.  For me, that happened just last week when I created this new pallet wood sign.  Many in my family are avid Sprint and Midget racing fans, and I had been pondering a design that would incorporate our love for the sport.  After receiving a picture from a friend that showed a sign about hockey, I was inspired to create this:

Once I had the initial design, I asked for input from a couple of dirt racing's "first ladies," and they didn't disappoint.  I appreciate their input and willingness to share so much!

For those of you who enjoy racing, you get it.  For those of you who don't, trust me, it's a really fun sign!  Within an hour of listing it on Etsy, I had my first order.  Since then, it's been by far my most "viewed" listing, and I've sold several more.

Now here's where the project really gets good.

There is a wonderful place in Knoxville, Iowa called the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. It was created to preserve the history and promote the future of the sport.  They have a fantastic gift shop whose sales go to benefit and maintain the Hall.  Starting next month, these signs will be available there! Not only is it a nice little wholesale deal for us, but it makes me feel great to know that something we make is going to help the sport I love.

I'm looking for other ways to market this sign, and I'm also working on alternate designs for fans of Late Model, Modified and NASCAR racing. Keep your eyes on our Facebook page if that interests you.

Thanks for stopping by our blog.  I always say we won't wait so long to post again, but I'm always wrong so I'm not going to do it again.

Have a blessed day!
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