Upcoming August Events Denver & Castle Rock

We are getting ready for our local August events and we are SO EXCITED! August is a great time to shop Shabby because we are cleaning house to make room for the 2016 collection AND releasing new goods! We hope to see you soon. Here are two great reasons to attend our August events: BIG SALES! We are clearing out …

Big Magic: An Invitation to Create

Big Magic Elizabeth Gilbert

For those who wish to create Big Magic in your own lives- this post is for you. I originally posted this on my personal blog, but I feel like it really applies everywhere! I recently read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert and it is for sure going to top the list of favorites this year. This book reminded …

Inventory: Fresh From Peru + Gab with Shabby

alpaca inventory sale

We recently got a fresh shipment of inventory from Peru. We have a total of 12 HUGE boxes coming from our main supplier, but we like to sort, tag and store all of our goods as they come- it is easier to tackle things as they arrive than it is to have goods in boxes sitting around for weeks and …

Market Worries + Gab With Shabby

unloading car market

Market worries: if you are small business selling at craft events and other pop up markets- there is a whole hell of a lot to worry about. I recently conducted a poll on a Facebook page for vendors about their market worries and the responses for things to worry about were as varied as the goods being sold. We can …

Gab With Shabby:Mother/Daughter Shopping

shabby video series

For those of you who truly love Shabby Alpaca- we’ve got something special for you that we really think you will enjoy. Introducing our newest feature: a Shabby video series. Appropriately, it is titled: Gab With Shabby. We went through a few titles, but none of them stuck with us like Gab with Shabby and we hope you’ll stick with …

Thinking of You! Easy to Ship Small Gifts

finger puppets small gift

There are lots of ways to let your loved ones know you are thinking of them, but by far my favorite is to send a small gift in the mail with a handwritten note. In this digital age, a handwritten note is a gift in itself, but sending a small gift alongside makes it even better. I’m not talking about …

Mother and Daughter Shopping: Love or Hate?

wedding selfie

Mother daughter shopping- it’s either something you love or something you dread. There is no in-between. This is an invitation to bring yo’ mama to the Denver Flea, but first a little about how my mama and I do our shopping. My mother and I love to shop together. We love wandering around a market, a mall or a store …

Craft Fair Booth Display

craft booth 10 x 10

A lot has changed with Shabby’s craft fair booth display. When we first started all we had was some tables. We’d try every kind of container to hold our socks and nothing looked good. So then there were giant grids with socks, which makes an OK display, but it’s a bit generic. Then there was nicer table cloths and tables …

Colorado Alpaca Farm Visit

hucayua alpacas

Last week we visited our friend, Sue Lindh’s Colorado alpaca farm to answer our most frequently asked question. Shabby Alpaca’s most frequently asked question is (drum roll) “DO YOU HAVE AN ALPACA FARM?” Other variations include: “do you raise alpacas?” “do you have your own alpacas?” etc. The answer to this question is, “No.” But here is the extended story …

Wool Dryer Balls Healthy Dryer Sheet Replacement

multi colored dryer balls

Wool Dryer Balls are the healthiest replacement for chemical-filled dryer sheets. Did you know that dryer sheets are FULL of chemicals? Yes, they smell good, but they are also totally unhealthy. They contain chemicals such as: Alpha-Terpineol, Benzyl Alcohol, Camphor, Chloroform, Ethyl Acetate, Linalool, and Pentane. Do you know (or can you even pronounce) any of these things? Several of …

Building a Small Business Without Debt

In yesterdays post, I mentioned that we don’t use debt- let’s talk about building a small business without debt. When we started our small (teeny-tiny) business, we decided that we were going to grow our business without the use of debt. This was an easy decision for us because we’ve heard enough stories from people who built too fast and …

Lessons in Building A Small Business

This post originally appeared on my (Celina’s) personal blog http://www.notesfromtheneighborhood.com. Now that Shabby has her own blog, I am reposting it here in it’s original format which I wrote nine months ago, but here is the original. And by all means, if you need more reading material, do check out my personal blog. 🙂 My mom and I have been …