Business Name: Little Bits & Things Co. Website: N/A Established: 2020 Questions answered by: Andrea Lagassé
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
I make decor pieces from wood, using my saw & scroll saw; I enjoy making something new look old. I also make lip balm, scrub, perfume oil, lotion bars, reed diffusers, room sprays & anything I see that interests me!
With the Winnipeg local maker community continuing to grow, what is the most important thing you’d like potential customers of your company to know?
With the growing maker community, I think there is room for all of us. Instead of looking to big box stores, choose to support your local maker in your own backyard/community. Little touches & details are important.
What inspired you to start your business?
I see an idea & make it. For the past few years, I would do one local craft sale a year just because I liked making things & couldn’t keep everything I made. Many people were asking for me to start a website, so this year I decided to put myself out there and really concentrate on selling my products. I’ve started small with just an online Facebook store, but long-term I’d love a little retail space.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
I struggle with not being good enough. My products aren’t perfect & I get scared that no one will buy anything. I’ve had to put my fears aside & just go for it, taking one little step at a time and trying not to rush things.
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
My biggest success is when someone buys one of my products & loves it!!!
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Start, but on your own terms & do what you feel comfortable with. I started by just creating first, then one craft sale per year for several years, until now when I’ve opened a Facebook store.
Please share any upcoming events (virtual for the time being, of course) as well as the best place(s) for people to purchase your product!
I will be involved in The Dawson Trail Museum Spring Craft Market May 1st from 11-4 in Richer, MB.