Pet Sitting, Feather Crafts, and Other Business Startups

In this installment of an ongoing business startups feature, readers describe their pet sitting, feather crafts, typing, and button making businesses.


| January/February 1983



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A selection of feather crafts from a business startup established by one of our readers.


Photo by MOTHER EARTH NEWS Staff

The following are business startups that readers established after reading articles in MOTHER EARTH NEWS.

Feather Crafts and Apparel

My husband and I recently (and finally) settled on our eight-acre homestead in Arkansas, whereupon we were immediately faced with the cold realities of financial survival. So after reading Elizabeth and Allan Boyer's article, Fine-Feather Hat Bands, I decided to try my own hand at creating with feathers. A neighbor raises pheasants, peacocks, oriental silkies, and other beautifully colored birds, and I was able to trade one of my pieces of homemade feather finery for some plumes to make more of these unusual articles. We both appreciated the exchange.

I invested $12 in a glue gun and adhesive sticks. After I'd rounded up the scrap leather I already had, I got down to business making hatbands that I later sold for $10 to $25 apiece. Gaining confidence, then, I began crafting other types of feathered wear: lapel and hatpins, combs, barrettes, belts, and braid ties ranging in price from $3 to $25 each. My first month's sales brought a $500 profit and several satisfying trades as well.

Soon I began arranging with retail outlets (western-wear distributors, hair-styling boutiques, and dress shops) to accept my work on consignment. Most such businesses deduct from 10% to 20% for handling the sales, so I take that fact into consideration when setting my prices. The business is really moving, and I can't even keep up with the orders coming in!





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