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!!!