Thursday, January 27, 2011

I prefer "frugal"

Ok, first things first...It's Sheila again. And now, for FULL disclosure before I go on...I'm a cheapskate.

Well, not a cheapskate, exactly, but I am always looking for a deal. With such a large family, I learned long ago that if it's not on sale, then I really don't need it that badly. I prefer to call myself frugal, wise, economical--take your pick. But let's face it, in the end it just sounds like I'm a cheapskate. :-)

The reason I introduce this little factoid is because you should know that even though I am always looking for value, I am willing to pay more for higher quality. Longer-lasting, more durable, softer, better made--all of these things will play into what I choose to spend on an item.

When it comes to kids clothes, as long as my kids are dressed appropriately for the weather in clean clothes that match, I've got no problems with them. (Another disclosure, though, I am loving the boutique creations I make for Gianna!)

Here's the thing, though. As SheShe Made grows and our ideas and designs keep on changing and becoming more varied, we are also seeing lots and lots of new start-ups selling the same or very very similar items to ours. Of course we don't begrudge anyone the excitement that comes with starting a business--we're still excited about it 2 years later!

Perhaps it is just the nature of competition in business when we see our exact designs, or fabric choices, or our designs slightly tweaked, pop up on the sales sites of others. I mean, sure, we all browse the same types of sites, and pick up ideas here or there. The knot dress is a perfect example. A knot dress is a knot dress, right? But I persoanlly think that Ashley has a great eye for fabric combos, and I find it very interesting when I see these same exact combos pop up a few weeks after we use them.

The "grrrr" factor comes in when we see our ideas or designs elsewhere selling for far less than we sell them! Remember, now, you're hearing this from the Queen of Low Price Seekers, and if anyone understands wanting to get more for your money, it's me!

All that to say this: remember that in all things, you get what you pay for. Furniture, kitchen gadgets, haircare products, and baby boutique items alike. Our prices are set based on materials, the time and skill required to make them, and, of course, profit.

We love what we do, from the design stage right on through to the finished products that we send out to you. We are perfectionists, sometimes to a fault! (side note: as much of a perfectionist as I am in my sewing, I still get "the look" from Ashley if heaven forbid I forget to snip a thread! ha!)

We value our customers highly, and many of you have become friends. We only offer you the finest quality, and sometimes that quality costs a bit more. Because we also value the craftsmanship you want and have come to expect from us, and we value our time, I can make you this promise: You can count on us to never sacrifice durability, workmanship, or cuteness in order to sell at a cut rate.

And speaking of a good deal....we will announce the $50 gift certificate winner tomorrow!!


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After having my girly girl in April of 08, and spending oodles of money on one of a kind boutique, monogrammed clothing (with hairbows to match), I decided it was time to learn this trade myself before I went broke! I learned how to sew, embroider, and make hairbows in a matter of 3 months. What started as a hobby has turned into a dream come true. I quit my job as a teacher and now work from home when the little one sleeps. My life as a mommy and a boutique clothing designer/manufacturer/monogrammer is truly the best of both worlds!! I have big dreams for the future of my family and the future of SheShe Made. Thanks for joining me as I blog about the journey. Let me know if there is a bow or outfit you'd like custom made for you! Email me at and thanks for stopping by!

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