We’re excited for you to meet Katie McKinney of Katie’s Crafts at Saturday’s Indie Trunk Show!
We asked Katie and her mom a few questions about her products, her business, and herself!
How did Katie’s Crafts get started?
Katie started making plastic canvas crosses about 8 years ago. The money raised from that was used to send several kids from the metro area to a summer camp that is made just for kids with special needs in Missouri. Four years ago, Katie’s Crafts for Special Needs Inc was created and is a registered non-profit organization. All donations and purchases assist children with special needs and their families in the OKC metro area. Through the years, Katie’s projects have grown to include crochet and knit afghans, paracord bracelets and keychains, cotton loom hot pads, dish scrubbies, and her most famous of them all, the duck tape flower pens.
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We are so excited to have Prairie Flower Boutique at the June 10th Indie Trunk Show! Brandie Ferguson creates adorable clothes for both women and kids! We asked her a few questions about her blooming business.
How did The Prairie Flower get started?
The Prairie Flower first originated as an outlet/online shop for me to sell vintage items. However I quickly transitioned it into clothing and gifts when I started making clothes for my oldest daughter five years ago. She was my first girl and I really loved dressing her up in frilly boutique outfits. The cost of the outfits and sometimes the fact that they seemed poorly made for the price, drove me to start making her one of a kind creations. At the same time my sons really wanted me to make them jam style shorts with cargo pockets, so I started creating for boys as well. Since I had gotten quite a few complements on their clothing I decided to create and sell so other children could enjoy their own one of a kind outfits. Continue reading “Indie Vendor Spotlight: Prairie Flower Boutique”
One of the most hoppin’ booths at Indie Trunk Show is Lucy & Co Curvy Boutique! Owner, Lisa Prickett, tracks down some of the cutest, most on-trend fashions in sizes that fit curvy women! From jeans to tops to dresses and accessories… this booth is FULL of curvy sized boutique fashion that you’ll love!
We asked Lisa a few questions about her business. Here are her answers!
How did Lucy & Co get started?
I’m a curvy girl and was tired of shopping through endless racks of boutiques to find a few plus-size styles.
One of our favorite regular vendors at Indie Trunk Show is Surprise Gift Co! We absolutely LOVE the owners, Lisa Goins & Shannon Shaffer. Their business is one of the most unique local concepts we’ve seen lately. They love Oklahoma, and they love surprises! We asked them a few questions:
How did Surprise Gift Co. get started?
Lisa is also a realtor, and in her line of work she sends lots and lots of gifts out to clients. It’s hard to find that perfect gift to fit everyone, so she started creating her own gift boxes to send. That launched her dream we call Surprise Gift Co!
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If you are an Oklahoma artist, crafter, maker, designer, or boutique owner- we want you to apply for Indie Trunk Show Tulsa! Clear those calendars for April 8th!
This time we will be at Tulsa’s Expo Square (fairgrounds) in the Central Park Hall building. Setup is the day before, and the show runs from 10am-5pm. Admission for shoppers is only $6!
Indie Trunk Show does not accept any direct sales/multi level/party based products. There are also no vendors from out of state. Every business represented is independently owned right here in Oklahoma! Continue reading “Tulsa Applications Open!”
Brand new to the Indie Trunk Show lineup this holiday season is the sister-in-law duo, Merry Mistletoe!
Rachel and Shana Shropshire are Oklahoma natives who have a love for all things crafty. In 2015, these sisters-in-law opened their Etsy shop “Merry Mistletoe.” Their shop mainly features handmade gifts and décor for the holiday season.
The most popular items in their shop are the reusable pocket hand warmers and fabric envelopes, which are perfect for giving gift cards in.
Stop by their booth at Indie Trunk Show on December 10th, at the OKC fairgrounds! Continue reading “Indie Vendor Spotlight: Merry Mistletoe”
It’s very likely you’ve seen OKcollective around the metro area at markets, festivals, and craft shows. They are one of the busiest local businesses around! If you’ve yet to meet them, let me introduce you to married couple, Jessi and Kelli Newsome! These ladies are the proud owners and makers behind OKcollective.
We asked Kelli, what do you make and why?
Jessi focuses primarily on candle making and I make jewelry, but we both design and work on new concepts together. Our company initially started in July of 2015 with handmade baby shoes and repurposed furniture, but adding candles to our product offering in early 2016 quickly took our company a different direction that has been a better fit for us.
We started experimenting with different products and really fell in love with the mix we have now. Jessi puts her everything into each candle and I love handling the business side of things while making jewelry and sewing. We both share a passion for building relationships with our customers and wholesale accounts, coming up with new accessories and home decor pieces, and brainstorming ways to take our company to the next level. We make everything that we sell by hand and want to keep it that way for as long as we can, but we want our products to look professionally made and well thought out. We spend a lot of time fine tuning and day dreaming.
Are you both from Oklahoma?
Jessi grew up as a military brat and has lived in Oklahoma for the past 13 years, considering herself a proud Oklahoman. I moved around growing up but have spent the majority of my life in Oklahoma.
Why do you value handmade items?
We think it’s important to incorporate items into your home that are not only functional but also hold value. Knowing that your coffee table was made with someone’s bare hands from reclaimed wood that would have otherwise gone to waste or the candle you bought from us helped us start a family, is huge. It holds meaning and substance. It has purpose.
Why do you love Oklahoma?
Because it’s our home and we feel supported here. We are in a maker community that encourages each other and shares trade secrets to help the whole community succeed. It’s not everyone for themselves and we think that’s really helped us grow in our business so quickly. Oklahoma has the nicest people and it’s the only place that feels like home.
We are truly inspired by other makers in our community that we’re proud to call friends. We are a part of such a small creative community, but everyone is putting out products of extremely high quality and attention to detail that sometimes gets overlooked when products are commercially manufactured. You aren’t as likely to find a hand stamped canvas drawstring bag around your bath soap or a personalized thank you note from anything you find at a chain store. There is something really special happening right now in our city and we’re grateful to be a part of it.
Find OKcollective at Indie Trunk Show, December 10th, at the state fairgrounds in OKC!
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What if you committed to shopping locally this holiday season? What if you bought as many gifts as possible from only locally owned, independent shops?
More of your dollar would stay in Oklahoma! You would be supporting the art and work of local Oklahomans who in turn spend their profits at local businesses.
At Indie Trunk Show you can shop from over 220 locally owned businesses. Shop local this season! Continue reading “Shop Local this Christmas!”
Can you believe how close 2017 is?? This morning we opened applications for our first 2 shows in 2017!
April 8th in Tulsa, at Central Park Hall (Expo Square)
June 10th in OKC at the Cox Pavilion at the state fairgrounds!
If you are an Oklahoma artist, crafter, maker, or boutique owner: we want to see your application!
Not sure about selling your products yet? Thinking about starting out at a smaller show? Indie Trunk Show can be a GREAT show for a first-timer! We keep prices low (as low as $100 for some booths!), so that new vendors can jump in on the fun. AND we love catering to new makers. Have a boat load of questions? We’d love to answer them for you.
Looking forward to all of the great Oklahoma apps!!
-Stacy & Karen