Business Name: Ginger Toad Handmade Website: www.gingertoadhandmade.com Established: 2021 Questions answered by: Brina Langevin
Can you please fully explain your business or product line?
Ginger Toad Handmade is a small shop of handmade kids’ clothing and accessories with a focus on using organic and sustainable materials when possible without having to compromise on fun prints or comfort.
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?
Each sale, picture, or story of a little one in something I’ve made makes my day and means the world to us. Sure, I’m the one doing all of the sewing but my kids play a huge part in my business. They help pick the prints and are my little supervisors when I am sewing. They help me pack every order and get so excited to drop it in the mailbox.
What inspired you to start your business?
I grew up with my mom being a seamstress and maker, so I spent a lot of time in and around fabric stores. I watched my mom do something she loved while also being able to help provide for her family and I’ve always had that same creative itch.
I had worked in the retail and buyer arena of clothing & fabric, which was fantastic and I loved it, but being laid off from my full-time job because of COVID gave me the push to get my dreams off the ground. I’m now able to do what I love and spend more time with my kids while they are still little.
What was the biggest struggle you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest struggle has been trying to be realistic with what my limitations are. I have big dreams of what Ginger Toad Handmade could and will be, but being patient and realizing I can only sew so fast & so much is hard sometimes. There’s just too much cute fabric and I want to make all the things!
What has been your biggest success as a maker?
Pushing myself outside my comfort zone and actually starting my business (especially during a pandemic) has definitely been my biggest success. I’m also super proud to have some wholesale orders coming up and to work with other small businesses & artists that I admire.
Do you have any advice that you would pass on to someone hoping to start up their own business or product line?
Just do it! Start small and work your way up. There are lots of wonderful people and support in the local maker community, who are always there to cheer you on and want to see you succeed, too!