The New England Girl
Tell us about your business.In 2011 I thought that my short bout with unemployment was surely the end of all days. I found that it was entirely what I needed. I rediscovered what I loved to do, spent more time in my studio and started painting furniture instead of paper. I was always a crafty person but felt that push to go into the corporate world after school. Soon after I started painting furniture for my own interests, friends and neighbors began to ask me to paint theirs. Soon I was building custom furniture and home decor. We quickly expanded and moved to a larger home with a better shop space. I see myself going onto television. My goal is to inspire others to recreate and reinvent not just their furniture but also themselves during the process. :-) My motto is "let the sun shine on recycled style". I would love to share my ideas and designs with bigger companies and be able to "re-invent" the way we know manufacturing in the furniture industry.
What makes your business stand out?When I began my business, I branded myself versus the business. I am The New England Girl-- I did this so that I could be flexible with the ever changing times and learn new skills to incorporate into the business. I felt that If I named my business i.e "dream decor" I would be tied to the decor and have a hard time branching out... I am unique in my approach to business--I care about the people, i'm always in my community and my goal for the business is not money--its recognition. I strive every day for growth in knowledge, getting to know my community and showing others how they can transform and create too!
What's the best business advice you've received?I have had been given so many pieces of good advice over the years. You know, going to the Flea Market you meet some old timers, new timers, and just in general amazing people who always have something interesting to say. I think I can narrow this down to 3 things: 1. Always, Always put the people first. 2. Buy Low, Sell High. 3. If you see something you cant live with out, buy it! There is no such thing as "if its meant to be" at the flea market" 4* if you are passionate about what you do, that will reflect and others will follow you and be inspired.
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