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Being Different Is Okay
Unique Things and Valentine’s Day can go hand-in-hand. Valentine’s Day is all about showing love. We love our parents, sister, brother and so on. We have somehow gotten away from that meaning in Valentine’s Day, and it’s become a holiday where we only show love to our spouse or significant other. Well, I want to put an end to that, because with kids getting bullied to the point of hurting themselves or others, there seems to be a disconnect somewhere understanding love. Valentine’s Day should be a time when we show love to everyone. It is a holiday when we should say it’s okay to be Unique. Uniqueness is a quality that each of us possess because there are no two people who are the same. There will always be differences somewhere. We here at Unique Things don’t just want to sell you things, but we want all of you to become family members. We want your children to be able to come to our website and in the contacts, go to comments, and write out what’s bothering them.
You have a recipe you want to share, then put it out there for others to try. Unique Things wants to be there for you. We want to have a relationship with our customers that is Unique. I know it’s hard to open up to other people, but isn’t it time that you embrace your uniqueness and put it out there for help and validation? I just hope one person – an adult or a young person – reaches out to Unique Things. The hardest thing will be putting the first words on the message and then letting all others follow. Don’t think; just do. I know some might ask what does this have to do with selling items online.
When I was young, I would go to the corner store for candy, sodas, chips and other snacks. The owner of the store got to know me, as well as all of the kids that came in. He would always ask “How’s school?” How’s your mother, father, sister, and brother by name. If you came in looking sad, he’d try to make you smile or take the time to try to get you to tell him what was going on. If there was a fight, he broke it up and had the fighters makeup. When we needed snacks, guess where we went? Yep, always to him to spend our money. This is why Unique Things is not like other places you shop. We want a relationship with you, so when you need a gift, you won’t want to go anywhere else but to Unique Things for that Unique gift. We want you to come to our website take a look around, think of all of the unique people in your life, and get them a unique gift.
Checkout a few items that we thought you would like for this Valentine’s Day. You can now order right from this page with PayPal. If you want to say something in the comments, go to our website at uniquethingsonline.com. I promise, I’ll reply, so let me hear from you. I hope you enjoyed this newsletter. You can go to retirementanddogs.blog to read about me being retired with a crazy dog!
I would first like to thank all of the Unique People who have taken this journey with us. It hasn’t always been pretty, but somehow we’ve gotten this far. I can say this far, because sales have picked up and K is now thinking of starting a side hustle, to side hustle, to side hustle, I want to reiterate a few things I think are worth repeating.
It is not easy doing business with your spouse, especially if the communication isn’t there. You have to be on the same page, or get there. K and I have finally gotten on the same page. There must be a lot of listening and actually hearing what the other person is saying. We sometimes listen, but there is no hearing. I mean you have to understand what someone is saying. I think that research is important, so that you have an idea of what’s involved. We didn’t do the research, and it probably cost a lot of money and time that was unnecessary. You should know who you are targeting, so that your website, blog, or advertising will reach that group. At one time, we were so busy trying to make a sale that we forgot what Unique Things was really about. It would be nice to have a mission statement to look at daily to stay on point. I want you to realize that there will be disagreements when doing business with your spouse. It is okay to have disagreements, but just don’t let it become part of your relationship. When you find that a disagreement is carrying on into your relationship, you should step away from the business and plan a date night or some alone time. We didn’t do either, but it would have been so much easier if we had. I will say that advertising, to me, is the most important part of a business. K was buying, buying, and buying, and while we now have a lot of products, it does us no good if no one knows Unique Things exists. There are all types of advertising out there to spend money on, but if money is limited, choose carefully. We had web designers who said that, yes, they could do what we wanted, but in the end, there was nothing of our vision. They wanted the money, but also wanted to do what was easiest for them. Don’t ever feel that you can’t say no or fire someone who is not giving you what you want. We lost a lot of money not speaking up for ourselves soon enough, because people will have you believe they’ve spend hours on your site when the reality was they finished it in a couple of hours. Speak up for yourself and your business. The avenues that worked best for us were the flea market (after we understood how it worked), eBay, Ad Words, and of course, blogging. It doesn’t matter if you are just starting a business with your spouse or best friend – it takes time. Our expectations were high because we felt that Unique Things sold items that you didn’t see everywhere, therefore, we only had to put it out there and people would be knocking down our door. Well, we were so wrong. Unique Things does sell different items, but enticing people to buy our different items has been a challenge. The business is finally turning around after a year of learning. The American dream is entrepreneurship, but there’s no guarantee that every business will make it. You have to keep putting yourself out there, so people keep seeing you. It’s not easy to get people to spend money on a new business because of credit card fraud and people who misrepresent themselves. It’s a process of trying this and that to see what sticks. It’s 2018, and what I see for Unique Things is a store where people can actually come in and see how our products work. The best I can do right now is videos to show how our products work. I will keep you up to date on any significant occurrences at Unique Things. Again thank you
The first product I want to show you is a backpack with a hard shell speaker. I hope you come over to Uniquethingsonline.com when you need that special gift for a unique person in your life.
Glance Clock-not your ordinary clock. Get your notifications while glancing at the time. Uniquethingsonline.com
The holidays have come and gone, and for Unique Things, we were hoping for big money. Did that happen? Nope. While we did make some money, it wasn’t the hundreds on hundreds of dollars that we thought we’d bring in. I have to take some of the responsibility for not getting the word out. My mother got very sick, so the last thing on my mind was Unique Things. K and I did talk about what was going on, but I just wasn’t there to give her the push she needed to stay focused. Up until the time my mother got seriously sick, we had reached out to Valupak for mail-outs, scheduling a meeting with the representative for our area, but for one reason or another we could never get together. A Valupak, in case anyone doesn’t know what it is, is an envelope that comes in the mail full of discounts and business advertisements. They used to come every week, but it’s been some time since we’ve gotten the Valupak in my area.
What we were able to get out was business advertisement distribution through UPS. You pay based on the number of locations you chose to target. The target locations could be a mixture of houses and business, or just houses. You design your own postcard, or they can assist you. The price was in the $400 price range for the mixture of businesses and houses we chose. The bad thing about UPS mail-outs is you don’t know when they actually get sent, and there is no way to know how many customers visited Unique Things from the postcards. It was November, and the sales were trickling in, but we weren’t as focused as we should have been. K decided that not knowing how much visibility came from the postcards was to huge a problem,so she didn’t want to do that again. She decided to try Facebook ads, but the money for that was adding up from clicks and impressions. We just couldn’t afford it. I was no help my mom was getting sicker, and I had moved to her house to help my sister.
You just don’t realize how much impact your family life can have on starting a business. I realize now that family life has a great impact because it can take away your focus and drive. When things are wrong, you just don’t give the business 100 percent. A new business needs 100 percent of your attention to get off the ground. I just didn’t have it to give, and K was trying to keep the business afloat, while also being there for me. We had some surprise sales from Ebay and Groupon that came right on time. We were feeling depressed up until that time because it was Christmastime, and if you’re going to make sales, that is the time.
Glance Clock and all the features you will get
With all that was going on, K was still buying products, and came up with the idea to to see whether we could partner with a few of the Indiegogo and Kickstarter campaign owners. We created a form letter requesting to do business selling their products on our website. One response we received was for a product called the Glance Clock. The pictures I am showing are of the Glance Clock and all the features that you can have, just for connecting to your phone. The clock would be perfect for a small space, such as a den/office or small bedroom. I won’t say living room, unless it’s a space that covers your living room and dining room. The clock would then go nicely in the dining room part. I just want to be as upfront as possible with our products because we want satisfied customers, but more importantly, repeat customers. The Glance Clock and other unique products can be found on the Unique Things website.
Everything has calmed down family-wise, but I lost my mother during this holiday period. I’m still finding my way back to blogging, but more importantly, back to Unique Things. I hope you enjoyed this blog.
If you have any questions about my blog or any of our products, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you enjoyed reading about how Unique Things got started, then give a read to my Retirementanddogs.blog to find out how my family got together. Be safe out there. Please look for my blog next week, as I continue to tell the story of the good and bad sides of starting A business with your spouse.
I know that I promised to talk about our second trip to the flea market, but I realized that I would have skipped over something that was important to K, not necessary to Unique Things or me. I blogged previously about two very different personalities entering into a business, also those two different people are married. I blogged about the importance of advertising and I’ll say it again: cut down on your products and spend the money advertising.
My spouse still had a hard time with the concept of less products more advertising. What she came up with was a side hustle to her already existing side hustle.
She wanted to sell Funko Pops. What are they? I can’t describe them, but you can see them in the pictures. I’m biased and see no value in these items, but she was again excited, not about Unique Things, but about selling these Funko Pops on the Unique Things website. Funko Pops on Unique Things was a big nope. Why? Because they are not unique to me. They all look the same; imitations of some character. I just described them, but for any more detail please refer to our website UniqueThingsonline.com. The fight begins. She gave me all of the reasons they should go on the Unique Things website, such as her collection, which had swelled to some 80 of these things was worth a lot of money. During my morning coffee, I heard again about the value of her Funko collection. I, in return, said, “Prove it sell some and let’s see if they sell for that much.” What I was trying to get her to understand was that, just because a Funko Pop Marketplace says, “Carson Wentz is worth $20″ doesn’t mean anything until you get a buyer who’s willing to pay that amount. Okay, this is where I talk about our second visit to the flea market.
We had everything packed and ready to go to the flea market, including Funko Pops. The weather was pretty good, and it was packed with vendors when we got there. We found a space, not paying attention to the vendors on either side of us. When we were about finished and I had a minute to checkout the vendors next us, I couldn’t believe it. There was a guy selling nothing but Funkos. I am thinking this is some kind of omen; not good. The second flea market experience was better because the weather was warm enough for outdoor traffic and the wind wasn’t blowing things all over the place. The people were friendly and helpful, which they were the first time too. You would not believe the first item to be sold was an autographed Herschel Walker Funko Pop. Herschel Walker had come to Fort Dix and he was nice enough to sign his Funko Pop for K. We did a lot better selling all of our items, and even though the guy next to us was selling Funko Pops, K was making a killing selling hers. I had to compromise on these Funko Pops, to be fair. When you go to our website, there is a category for those of you who are collectors of Funko Pops.
The setup and take down of all that is needed to sell in a flea market is just short of being an outdoor store for a day. It’s a pain, but once you’re there and people start coming over and buying, you forget all about the pain of setting up. The guy that was on the other side of us came very late and he sold birds, real birds. I found out he had a store, but on the weekends he shut down his store and came to the flea market. The flea market is a great place to sell. I’m not saying that every time you go out you will sell, but I will say it’s good for a weekend day when you have nothing to do and you want to take a chance on enlarging your customer base. We used flyers and business cards for people to take for future contact with us. The next blog will be after the flea market. Unique people, stay safe and blessed.
BEING DIFFERENT IS OKAY
A fact is that people are unique, and it is okay. Would you really want to be like the person in the next cubicle, or sitting across from you on the bus? I think not, because there would be no intrigue or mystique to you. A fact is that we are afraid of what’s different, because that means we have to take the time to invest in knowing someone who is different or unique. A fact is that bullying is being of afraid of what’s unique or different. It is easy to go along with the status quo because it means everything is the same, no effort required.
My middle grandson likes purple socks, and lots of colors. I called him strange and he told me “I like what I like, and I don’t care what people think.” Wow, he told me. He is so right, because being unique is special, and it is just who you are. It’s not that you said “ I want to be unique.” Nope, doesn’t work like that, we are just who we are, and each of us has a certain uniqueness. It is not up to the person that recognizes he/her uniqueness to change, it’s the people that are to lazy to get to know that uniqueness who has to change. That change doesn’t just mean getting to know the unique person, but also embracing their own uniqueness. We at Unique Things embrace our gifts as being different, and we would like you to gift one of our gifts, to say to someone “ I know you are unique and I want to take the time to get to know your uniqueness.” Our gifts will not be seen everywhere, or understood for its uniqueness, but by giving a Unique Things gift you are saying so much to that unique person. Go to uniquesthingsonline.com to see our unique things. Thank you.
Some of our Unique Things.
One wheel skateboard
Fake A Ling – Same As Fingerling
Moves, Squeals. We sell the playground also
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