For almost a year now, my wife and I have been selling art
toys of my wife`s design on the internet. These creatures are known as
amigurumi (ah-mee-gah-roo-mee)- fancy Japanese word that essentially means
cute, crocheted or knitted doll. Click here
to see some of her work. My wife has received alot of attention for her dolls
including several gallery shows, an upcoming article in Make Magazine, various
offers to lead amigurumi workshops and a even "how to" book deal with
So, as we start our second year as entreprenuers, we are looking for solutions and ideas to some of our more persistent problems.
In this post, we are looking for packaging solutions.
This has been a problem from the very beginning. Since the majority of our business is done over the internet, our packaging up until this point has been based around shipping supplies, laying a doll on a bed of packing paper in a USPS Priority Mail box and sealing it up with a short thank your note on a business card. At upwards of $175.00 a doll though, this packing seems a bit crude. The dolls come in a number of sizes - anywhere from 14" high to 3" high and weigh approx. a pound for the heaviest. We`ve considered clear tubes or long envelopes with little windows, but anything we get will most likely have to be custom ordered. And custom orders brings up another problem: finding reliable packaging suppliers who are willing to produce small runs of these goods.
Thanks in advance
Tbakems - a wearer of many hats.