Thursday, February 25, 2010

NOT made in China


Guess what an indecent proposal I got today. I have been contacted by a Chinese firm. They studied my designs and proposed to make large quantities of my stuff for a competitive price. They can deliver within a week...
Can you imagine tons of my designs necklaces travelling the ocean in one of those huge containers? (probably made by teenage Chinese girls for half a dime in doubting and unhealthy circumstances)
I - certainly - NOT!

More then ever I am convinced to thrift, recycle and repurpose and to make one of a kind or small series of designs, like I always have done...
I know, that way, I will never be rich, and I am not good in big bussiness, but I love what I do and it makes me happy!

So hereby I want to thank my sweet customers and my EST and Etsy friends who are supporting my small handmade business!
I have said :-)))


This said, I want to mention a proposal which I am much more into!
The Eco webshop Kudzu asked for a bunch of my cat brooches, but they liked them to be made with ecological woolroving.(they even gave me the website where I could find that woolroving) I do like these kind of proposals!! Kudzu rocks!

So I am very proud to announce that my felted creations will now be made with ecological woolroving. I am very happy about it. What a great way to reduce my ecological footstep ( and the one of my customers!.)



In the meantime you can already find my fabric earstuds at kudzu's.

17 comments:

Juanita Tortilla said...

Wow. You certainly are famous enough to draw their attention. And your work is lovely enough to warrant a copycat. You have made a wise decision by not accepting this indecent proposal.

If I could even attain 10% of what you have achieved with Etsy, I would be resting on my laurels happily :)

vadjutka said...

You can consider the Chinese offer a compliment as well. They see a big business potential in you...it is a different question, that you dont see a business potential in them :-)))

A perfectly understand Kurzu shop for being in love w your cat brooches :-)))

NorraSud by ROROISM said...

definitely - a complement!
and definitely - creating amkes me as happy as sales itself...

ira said...

Thumbs up for you darling Greet and congrats for selling your cute kitty on that lovely eco site!

karuski said...

Oh, what news:(
Actually, I had been contacted by a Japanese wholesale company a couple of years back. They proposed they could find a manufacturer for some of my stuff in China. Of course, I turned them down. Chances are these companies will copy your work anyway so be aware.

zsazsazsu said...

I don't think they understand that we are beading and creating for our own fun and not for massproduction, it's really indecent, but a little bit ego-caressing anyway !

Dawn of LaTouchables said...

I am the happy owner of Fleur's earrings, and I consider her a wonderful success the way she is!

katia said...

hi, you're completely right! i'm following you from ages and i appreciate your handmade one of a kind work. you must be proud of it! greetings from italy..

Rabamata said...

I salute you for that decision, I am trying to avoid MiC in general and have left lots of things in shops because of that (certainly, my wallet was happy at least).

But I think Karuski is right, they are probably just going to copy you now.

eNVe said...

oh my goodness! that is troubling about the china proposal.. so glad you turned them down! I guess it's an insulting kind of flattery. :) But huge congrats on your other proposal!! Those cat pins are super fun and adorable. :)

Jenifir said...

I guess it is one of those thanks but no thanks compliments. Maybe a book proposal would be more welcoming as it would encourage more people to live by the ideas and ideals that you share. I have bought books by other crafters whose work I like but do not necessarily want to copy but feel I can be inspired by and learn from.

Antico Valore said...

good!!
Brava, brava, brava!
everything is made in China!
I hate that it seems nobody in the world is able to do something!

bye

Monica said...

It certainly doesn't surprise me that you have been contacted by so many businesses as your products are amazing!

I'm so glad you turned down the first offer, but am so happy to hear about the second :)

Congrats on your well deserved success!

Andaje said...

Commodities with out the stamp "made" in China is a rare thing. So glad that you are sticking to your own thing and not having them mass-produce your items.... your design is unique and beautiful :o)

lucinda reemi turandot said...

you are the best for saying NO
stay yourself dear!

made in belgium! :)

x

Babongo Handmade said...

Yay for handmade and strong women like Greet!
Good luck on Kudzu, I'm sure your catbrooches will be a succes, they are wonderful and cute!

Trishia said...

Way to go! Quality over quantity. Made in China -- NOT! Honored to have met someone with such integrity like you through the Web!