The lovely ladies behind Preloved Baby Boutique are on my blog today, have a read of their interview and then pop over to their website or facebook page and find out more about them 🙂 Thanks so much for your time ladies and I wish you every success with your new venture!
Who are you?
We are a group of 6 mums who met at an antenatal course 5 years ago. 10 children (between us) later most of us have returned to our careers or ‘jobs’ and decided that we should put our heads together and work on a ‘baby business’ which we could build up.
What do you do?
We are a baby / children’s nearly new sale with a difference. We wanted to pitch our business as more of a pop up boutique (shop). We had all tried to sell our quality baby goods and clothing on eBay, at shops who offer to sell baby goods and equipment for you, given things to friends and other table top children’s sales but felt there was a real gap in the market for something that looked fantastic as was very well organised and laid out.
We love the idea that toys and clothes are being given a whole new lease of life too.
When did you establish your business?
We ran our first sale in April this year (2013). We had over 70 sellers sign up to take part and over 300 customers through the door on the day. It was a great success.
What made you start your own business?
Having all amassed a lot of baby ‘stuff’ which was too good to throw away etc we decided that there was a real gap in the market for a Boutique type sale. Having all tried various other outlets which we didn’t really feel worked or were too much hassle we thought why not give it a go.
What do you love about working for yourself?
It’s a really fun day running the sale, we collect entry money at each sale for a local children’s charity as voted for by our Facebook Fans for each sale. So aswell as recycling, we’re raising money for charity and having fun.
Is there anything you do not like about working for yourself?
Evening working can be tough with young children and ‘day’ jobs, but we are working hard to get established and eventually grow.
What advice would you give to a Mum considering starting her own business?
Go for it! If you’re lucky enough to have the opportunity to be in a position to start your own business, don’t let anything hold you back. Who knows where it may lead.