March 6th, 2009, 08:10 PM
Well, I think this might be happening after all! Yikes! I had emailed a few of my collars just for fun to some co-workers who also love dogs and unbeknownst to me, one of my co-workers is friends with a woman who runs a local boutique. She showed my collars to her, and the woman wants to try selling them! So my co-worker just told that to me yesterday and the woman from the boutique is going to call me next week to go over details and see if it's something I want to do! She has some kind of show at the end of March that she wanted me to have some collars made for as well. So I'm not entirely sure I can take something like this on, but figured I might as well make up a few for her show thing at the end of March to see if there's interest and such. I can't handle anything too high of volume (I already work a good 60 hours/week), but if it's just a few here and there, it would be kind of cool!
But anyway, I would need to come up with a "business" name and create a lable for my collars. I'm not worried about the label, I know a place that I can have them made in bulk for a good price and can then sew them onto the collars. But I don't know what to use for a name and then how to make sure that name is available for use. As someone mentioned in my other collar thread, something with PB&J would be fun for a name! But I'm not sure what to use.
Design by PB&J
And then how do I know if that name can be used or not? I might be getting totally ahead of myself as I'm not even sure if I'm going to do this yet. I don't have much time at all, and I'm still very new to sewing and so would rather get more experience in first. But at this point, I don't think it would hurt to make up a dozen or so for her and see what she thinks and if there's any interest. It wouldn't mean I'm committing to anything yet or am committing to a certain volume or whatever. She would just put whatever I make out on the shelf. My Mom is an accountant and does my taxes so I know she'll know how to handle it all from a tax perspective as well. Ugh, I don't know if I want to take this on or not! Yikes!
March 6th, 2009, 08:18 PM
How about PB&J Designs?
To do a name search try this-
I don't know if it will work. Canada's is easier to find.
And this is a fantastic idea for you!!!
March 6th, 2009, 08:20 PM
CONGRATS!!! Will you take pets.ca orders? ;)
I like PB&J Creations....or Collection.
March 6th, 2009, 08:21 PM
I like PB&J Creations and PB&J Designs the best.
Oooh how exciting. A budding entrepreneur. :thumbs up
March 6th, 2009, 08:27 PM
PB&J designs gets my vote :thumbs up
March 6th, 2009, 08:36 PM
Thanks guys! :) I think I'm leaning towards PB&J Creations or PB&J Designs at this point. Simple and to the point. :) It doesn't show up on that link either, so that's good. :) I did a general search for PB&J and a handful of business names around the US popped up, so it seems to work. Thank you for that!
But of course, if anyone would like one, I can definitely try to make one up for you as well. I just need time to get more supplies and I have to get samples made by the end of March for this woman first. :) But before all that even, I have to PRACTICE more! LOL! Once I'm all set, I can post pics of my fabrics and ribbons and you can let me know what you want and in what size. :) I just ordered various Japanese Import Fabrics that are really cute and fun and I got more ribbon last week as well. I picked up several yards of regular cotton fabrics as well a few days ago too. I got it all for just my dogs, but should have plenty left over to make several more collars from it all as well. The ribbon and regular cotton fabrics are pretty inexpensive, and the Janpanese and Asian Import fabrics are more expensive and are very limited in supply. Most came in only 1/2 yard so I can get maybe 4-5 collars out of each fabric. So it might have to be first come, first serve for some of the patterns. :)
March 6th, 2009, 08:46 PM
My vote goes to PB&J Designs too.. Its catchy! That is sooo cool that someone is interested in carrying them!! A person on my flyball team makes collars and sells them (10$ of the proceeds to a local rescue too) and another person makes Jammies!! I swear I would have enough collars, leashes and Jammies to fill a rubbermaid! I cant wait to see your designs!! If you do decide to sell some I would love to get one! They are amazing!
March 6th, 2009, 09:07 PM
I like PB&J Designs, sounds fun and sophisticated :) make sure you think the pricing through and incorporate your labour time in the price as well, a lot of people often just price the materials. Good luck!!
March 6th, 2009, 10:16 PM
How exciting! :goodvibes:
madame hazel's crystal ball is showing PB&J Boutiques opening across the upper midwest. :cloud9: I'll run the franchise in this neck of the woods, k? :thumbs up :laughing:
March 7th, 2009, 08:30 AM
I like PB&J Designs.so that gets my vote.
March 7th, 2009, 12:40 PM
I like PB&J Creations. You can even make little tags that look like PB&J sandwiches.
March 7th, 2009, 12:59 PM
PB&J designs is awesome or creations.. the collars are very nice I would love to order some too!!!!!!! Someday I would like to try making them also!..yeah right.. never enough time to make what I want to!
just a tip, when I make something for sale I multiply my costs X 3.. I usually make paper stuff but it seemed to be the industry standard for items.. Good luck I hope it works for you, they are very nice!!
March 7th, 2009, 01:00 PM
PB&J Creations and PB&J Designs both sound good to me. :thumbs up
Good Luck. :goodvibes:
March 7th, 2009, 01:33 PM
Personally I like PB&J Designs best :D I think it's because 'design' reminds me of 'designer'.. so designer collars for dogs! They are wonderful, I think I might have to buy some in the future because they look great! :goodvibes:
March 7th, 2009, 02:45 PM
I like PB&J Designs better also.
When my husband went into business the attorney did a name search for us. We gave him three options and he began with the first name on the list. Years ago he had a smaller part time business and for that we went to the county seat and spent an hour or so going through the books of registered business names in order to find out if the one he wanted was available.
March 20th, 2009, 08:47 PM
Here's what I ended up going with. :) Pretty plain and simple, but that's okay since these are just for fun for now anyway. :)
March 20th, 2009, 09:18 PM
Excellent choice, Smiley! :thumbs up
So will you be selling the collars at the shop on consignment? I think they're going to go like hotcakes! :goodvibes:
March 20th, 2009, 09:19 PM
I like,plain and simple just like you said.it has a nice ring too it for a buisness.
March 20th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Very neat! :thumbs up
March 20th, 2009, 09:44 PM
Very Cool!:thumbs up
March 21st, 2009, 01:51 AM
Thanks guys!!! :)
I couldn't resist sewing them on my last few sets of collars. Look how cute! :) I love them! :) I feel so proud of myself, LOL!
March 21st, 2009, 07:59 AM
Cool .:thumbs up
March 21st, 2009, 11:43 AM
That's a great name!
March 21st, 2009, 12:16 PM
I'm so excited for you :thumbs up. :goodvibes: for you .
March 21st, 2009, 01:44 PM
I think it looks great!!!!! Hope you will send some to canada!!! :laughing: My guys would look great in them!!! Congrats!!!!!
March 21st, 2009, 02:13 PM
I love the name you decided on and the collars look great. :thumbs up
March 21st, 2009, 04:10 PM
love the name and I love the collars,
everytime I see PB&J I keep thinking of peanut butter & jelly:D:thumbs up
March 25th, 2009, 09:06 PM
VERY COOL! :thumbs up I love them already!
Molly has a "Bark and Fitz" collar that looks similar... check out their website to see - its a high end pet supply boutique store in Canada.
Watch out- you just may have to quit your day job to keep up with the demand from the pets.ca members alone! :D
March 26th, 2009, 11:47 AM
WOOO HOOO I am so happy for you, the collars are beautiful and you should be very proud!!
March 26th, 2009, 11:51 AM
You are very talented and I wish you the best of success - you deserve it!
I know you will do very well...and once you do - don't forget about your friends here at pets.
Once you are in a magazine - I can point and say "hey I know her....":)
March 29th, 2009, 01:13 AM
Thank you all SO much for your encouragement!!!! Here's the latest batch of collars! :)
March 29th, 2009, 01:14 AM
And some more. :)
March 29th, 2009, 01:15 AM
And the ones I just made tonight. I'm trying to make at least one of every fabric that I have for examples and of course for my pups! :)
March 29th, 2009, 10:11 AM
Hard to pick a favorite here. But, I really love the first one, with the green stripes. The polka dots are very nice too. They're all gorgeous!
March 29th, 2009, 02:32 PM
You have a great assortment there :lovestruck: ....something for everyone. :thumbs up