You know what we love? Art. You know who we love? Our customers. Can you imagine how we feel when we get to combine our two very favorite things? Bliss! We are super excited to feature Sarah of Dandelion Paper Co. this week. To get to know her and her company more, keep reading!
Tell us a little about your company:
Dandelion Paper Co. is my little Etsy shop that sells whimsical illustrations using a strong influence of botanicals and animals. It started as a fun side project while finishing up my BA and turned into my full time job! I first started selling just 8×10 prints and now my inventory includes over 100 prints in 4 different sizes, greeting cards, wedding invitations, and I just finished illustrating my first book!
What makes your product unique?
I would say with most of my paintings I try and create fun illustrations while also making sure they are technically sound. I use a lot of realistic imagery and then add some quirky elements!
How do you package your products and what ClearBags™ products do you use?
I use ClearBags for ALL of my packaging needs. I use the clear sleeves as a protector of my prints and cards as well as the backing board as inserts to make sure the art print doesn’t get creased. I also use the rigid mailers to send out my Etsy orders and I love that the envelopes are white so I can do fun hand-writing on all of them!
Where do you sell your product?
I sell my products on Etsy as well as local craft fairs and pop-up shops at Pottery Barn and West Elm. More recently a few of my prints are now being sold in the West Elm’s in California.
How long have you been working with ClearBags™ and how does ClearBags™ help you succeed?
I have been working with clearbags since I first started selling artwork – about three years ago. My mother-in-law (who sells decorated cookies) told me about ClearBags and how they have EVERYTHING I would need for packaging and mailing my art prints. Originally, I did try purchasing rigid mailers through the Post Office, but they weren’t reliable in terms of stock and their pricing was high for having low quality products.
What one piece of packaging advice would you give to other business owners?
Don’t be afraid to ask other retailers where they get their supplies, I am so grateful that my MIL shared ClearBags with me, and if anybody asks me where I go for packaging supplies, I send them right on to ClearBags, it made my life so much easier in terms of packaging supplies! I think that most people starting out are afraid of trying to figure out the details of shipping of packaging, it is intimidating because it is not something that is familiar! But it is worth it to ask around and see what works for other retailers.
How can people connect with you?