Tell us about your business.After years of making and selling handmade crafts and refreshed furniture, I decided to turn my hobby and passion into an official business. In 2012, Urban Patina was officially launched. I transform things that are old and tired into something fresh and useful once again. Together with my husband, we search flea markets, garage sales, and estate sales in hopes of finding products that deserve a second chance. Occasionally, I have even pulled a treasure from a dumpster or picked up an abandon piece off the side of the road. There is great joy in hunting for a piece, hauling it home, contemplating its new look, completing the transformation and then sending it off to a new home. We currently sell our crafts through social media, referrals and locally attended art/craft sales. Our goal is to find a storefront where we not only showcase our crafts but also provide an outlet for other crafters and artisans to sell their handmade goods.
Tell us about your workspace, shop, or studio.Urban Patina is completely run out of our home. Nothing fancy about the studio, aka the garage. It's piled high with projects that are at various stages in the creative process. We are never just working on one thing at a time, so we have several makeshift work stations setup. Our pole barn serves as the staging and storage facility and our porch is the showroom.
What inspires you?I have found that if you open yourself up to new ideas, inspiration is everywhere. Whether I'm on a hike with my dog, walking through a flea market, or having coffee on the patio, I'm always on the look out for creative inspiration. I have to constantly remind myself that it's critical to step away from the workshop in order to refuel.
What makes your business stand out?There's a lot of passion, pride and love that goes into the creation of each and every item that we make. Not only are we constantly searching for unique items to work with, we are continually thinking of ways to keep our designs fresh, unique and appealing to our customers. We like to research and learn the history of each component we use for every project so that we can pass that information on to our customers. It's very satisfying to share the story of a piece with a customer and feeling that they truly appreciate the product that we supply. Whether our customers pick up a piece of furniture from my home studio or buy a one of a kind craft at a show; I hope that they will appreciate the piece as much as I have enjoyed giving it a new beginning.
What advice would you give an aspiring creative entrepreneur?If you are passionate about something you will find a way to succeed. It’s frightening to put yourself out there, but you will never know what you might be capable of if you don’t try!
What does American Made mean to you?American Made is creating and producing a product locally and doing so with passion and pride.
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