Today’s entrepreneur is Melissa of The Smocked Swap.
When and why did you start your business?
To offer other moms a way to purchase high-end smocked and boutique clothing as resale items from the comfort of their homes. After having my daughter, I saw the many hours it took to find great, smocked resale outfits at consignment sales and knew there must be other moms looking for the same clothing that I wanted to find at a price that works for everyone. I also appreciated the effort it takes to drag the infant to a consignment sale and wanted to create a shopping experience that moms could access from home anytime of the day. What I didn’t anticipate, but what has been a real blessing, are all the moms also wanting to sell their items from the comfort of home. Let’s face it – it takes alot of effort to tag and take clothing to a consignment sale. Plus, I was always really worried about my high-end items getting damaged or lost in the mix. This way I know they are in my home until shipped to the buyer. So much easier for moms to sell online!
What do you love about being an entrepreneur?
The rush of creating something unique that I know is an original idea.
Describe your business in 20 words or less.
The Smocked Swap is the original place to buy, sell, or swap new and gently-loved smocked and boutique darlin’ children’s clothing.
Where do you get your inspiration from and how do you stay inspired?
I get my inspiration from my daughter and close friends. I am constantly inspired to find the latest trends for our website and have fun keeping up with what is current in children’s fashion.
What advice would you give other entrepreneurs when they are first starting out?
Be creative, take a chance, and hang in there. There will be bumps along the way, but if you are passionate about what you do and are willing to change with the tide, you will thrive!
Where do you see your company in three years?
Growing and expanding to international customers.
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