Friday, January 23, 2009

The Coffee Cup Sleeve Saga

Well this is it- the journey I have embarked on to complete a large volume order of Coffee Cup Sleeves....

Last Tuesday I was contacted by a person who said they were a marketing rep for a company and they were interested in purchasing 200 of my recycled sweater coffee cup sleeves to use in a promotion that the company was doing to launch a new environmentally-friendly line of their products. Of course I was both skeptical and elated! She wanted to set up a time to discuss this with me and so I told her that I would be happy to speak to her about this opportunity. Before I went any further though, I did some research to verify the legitimacy of the company (of course you want to be safe and this was a huge order). We chatted the next day and she expressed her delight in finding a person who not only made coffee cup sleeves (as she had been considering other ones) but ones that were made out of recycled sweaters- it was perfect for her product launch and she was so keen to use someone who sold on Etsy as she has been a fan of the site for ages. We continued to chat and then got down to business and discussed the arrangement for payment, etc and then I asked the question- "When do you need the order filled?" Oh she said, by the first week of February... What?!?!? OMG that was only 2.5 weeks away and I also needed to have them shipped. I still felt confident that I could do it- she also encouraged me to include with each one a story about how I made them and the value of a coffee cup sleeve. We finished the call and the next thing you know I get another email for an additional 20 sleeves- bringing the order to 220!! OK- I was already going to do 200 in 2 weeks so what's another 20?!?!

Well I got started:



This is a photo of the pile of sweaters I started out with. I am very fortunate to have my BF's mother- she loves this and went searching for sweaters for me and found a ton of them- most of them were ripped and so they were really inexpensive!!!




I worked diligently each night and all weekend:



This is a picture of me working away in my basement. I tended to cut and prep everything in my studio and then in order to be sociable I would gather everything up and head downstairs to assemble the sleeves.









One week into the job I have 171 sleeves assembled!!!













This has been such a great experience and I am so happy to have had the opportunity to help out such an environmentally conscious company and get my name out there! I love to take orders of any size!!!

10 comments:

Erin, maker of chimes said...

WOW!! That is super exciting!

copernicus said...

Wow, that's incredible. Congrats!

Debra said...

Cool! Those look great.

200....are your hands hurting yet??

EAST COAST KITSCH said...

ha,ha... thanks! My fingers are a bit numb!!

byrheea said...

That is alot!! Wow.. If I can come out with so many paintings in one week... haha. Good luck in your sales. :)

Cheers~
Rheea

kae1crafts said...

Congratulations and thanks so much for sharing this story. We all need inspiration to upcycle and you provided it!

Eco Craftiness said...

awesome work! i'm curious what the product is that the company is launching. please give us an update when it's launched so that we can all find out!

Lavender Dreamer said...

I looked at your blog AND Etsy! You make some really cute things! Love your bags and little felt animals! Everything is super cute!

Debbie~ said...

Congrats on your A*W*E*S*O*M*E* order and Kudos to'YOU' for all your hard work!!! They look fabulous!!! Debbie~
http://BaublesButtonsBeads.blogspot.com/

FishStikks said...

Congratulations!
These look wonderful!