Month: May 2017

A Victory for Small Business VS a Big Business Patent Bully

Yesterday, the Supreme Court officially ruled that printer companies can no longer block retailers from re-selling their stuff at a discount, as their patent rights end at the first point of sale. Who cares about this? You should. That is if you enjoy cheap ink and don’t want to start dipping into your retirement account … read more

Yesterday, the Supreme Court officially ruled that printer companies can no longer block retailers from re-selling their stuff at a discount, as their patent rights end at the first point of sale.

Who cares about this? You should. That is if you enjoy cheap ink and don’t want to start dipping into your retirement account to print that color report.

Yeah actually, why is ink so expensive? 

It’s kind of by design. Printers are sold at cost, or even at a loss to the manufacturer.

Which means the money’s gotta come from somewhere, hence charging premium prices for ink and cartridges to offset the initial deficit. It’s a lot like the razor club model, where the first razor is cheap, and replacement heads are about 1 gold bar per blade. Or the Etsy and Facebook  models, where membership is free,  listings are $0.20 and then they bury you until you pay to unbury them.

Did you know some printers (*cough cough* Lexmark), even have microchips in their “official” cartridges to prevent people from using third party products. (Sounds a lot like the hustle Keurig runs on k-cups, doesn’t it? I hope they’re next!). On Tuesday, a scary case reached a surprisingly positive outcome in the Supreme Court of the United States. Impression Products, Inc. v. Lexmark International, Inc. was seven-year-long standoff between a small business and an international corporation that stood to upend the world of consumer rights, especially for tech and pharmaceutical companies. Guess what: the little guy won!! Woohoo!!

For now. Manufacturers can (and probably will) still hike up new printer and cartridge prices. But for those of us who already own one, looks like we’re sittin’ pretty.

At least until the next paper jam.

Here’s some more detailed information

At its core, Impression v. Lexmark was a tricky patent case. Impression Products, a 25-employee outlet, built its business by buying used printer cartridges, refilling them, and reselling them to consumers. This introduced some welcome competition into the otherwise twisted and monopolistic world of consumer printers and, as a result, made it possible for consumers to save some coin. Obviously, the massive printer empire that is Lexmark did not like this and started suing small companies like Impression a few years ago, based on an idiosyncratic piece of patent law. Impression, the only company that refused to settle, took the case all the way to the Supreme Court and emerged victorious. YAYYYY!!!

In a quasi-unanimous decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Lexmark exhausted its patent rights as soon as it sold printer cartridges both domestically and abroad. (Quasi meaning: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg dissented on the international issue, and Justice Neil Gorsuch was not involved in the case~because of the date of his confirmation.) The implications of this ruling aren’t just positive for small printer cartridge-refilling companies either. Had Lexmark won, the decision would’ve changed the way aftermarket sales work in all kinds of industries, namely the pharmaceutical industry. (as well as the upcycle market!!)

But let’s back up a second. Lexmark’s lawyers argued that it retained patent rights on its used printer cartridges because it sold them to customers under a so-called “shrink-wrap license.” That meant that customers could pay 20-percent less for the printer cartridges if they agreed never to resell or reuse them after they’d opened the package. In the past, courts have been okay with this as long as the manufacturer “clearly communicated” these rules. However, until this year, the issue never bubbled up to the Supreme Court. That’s the domestic part of the case.

You might be thinking, “Well, who cares about printer cartridges any more?” But this case reaches well beyond Lexmark’s inkjet revenues. It’s a huge deal for tech manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies, each of whom took different sides in the case. International tech companies are surely thrilled by the Supreme Court’s decision, since they would be faced with bureaucratic hell if the justices had ruled that US patents were valid for goods sold abroad. There are so many different components in any given gadget, from so many different companies, the tech manufacturers would have to secure countless licenses to obey the law.

Big pharmaceutical companies, on the other hand, must be pissed right now. Giants like Pfizer and Eli Lilly and Co. PhRMA wanted the court to protect US patents abroad because that would help them prevent Americans from buying their drugs for much cheaper prices in countries like Canada and Mexico and then bringing them back to the States. When a single Viagra pill costs over $60 in the US, you can only imagine how much money was at stake here.

 All things considered, consumers and advocates for their rights won today. This case has been called the Citizens United of products, but this time the Supreme Court actually came down on the side of the people instead of the corporations. That means you can keep buying cheaper printer cartridges, cheaper smartphones, cheaper drugs—the price of pretty much anything that’s protected by a shady patent isn’t going to skyrocket any time soon. The decision itself sets a precedent not only for ink cartridges, but in Goosie’s interpretation, this could also have some implication in the post sale clothing market as well~ and also plays into the first sale doctrine!
I say hurrah in honor of the win by the underdog, I also say YAY for small business, and am happy overhead costs can be kept at a sane level when it comes to buying ink to print your shipping lables, this decision also makes me WONDER what this holds for patent bullies in the future?

Hip Girl Clips Joins the Tribe (Coupon Code Inside) Summer Savings for Gypsy Spoonful Members and Friends

We’re so stoked to welcome another sponsor to Gypsy Spoonful’s Tribe! I’ve been a happy customer of Hip Girl Clips for years now.  I’ve been buying ribbon, clips, headbands, tulle, elastic and other cool supplies there since back in the day.  As most of you know I love to support fellow #WAHMs and I also like to #shoplocal … read more

We’re so stoked to welcome another sponsor to Gypsy Spoonful’s Tribe! I’ve been a happy customer of Hip Girl Clips for years now.  I’ve been buying ribbon, clips, headbands, tulle, elastic and other cool supplies there since back in the day.  As most of you know I love to support fellow #WAHMs and I also like to #shoplocal and when I shop for things I need for my business with Hip Girl Clips, I can do both!

Their website store is offering 15% off ANY order now through August 31st with coupon code Gypsy-May

Get on over there and show them some love!

Fat Quarter Shop: Coupon Code Inside

uh-oh… Did you HEAR that?! It was the sound of your fabric stash expanding! If you’re addicted to fabric, like I am, then you don’t NEED another excused to buy more, but I’ll give you one anyway! …’cause I’m an enabler like that! How does a 10% discount sound on ANY order through The Fat … read more

uh-oh… Did you HEAR that?! It was the sound of your fabric stash expanding!

If you’re addicted to fabric, like I am, then you don’t NEED another excused to buy more,

but I’ll give you one anyway! …’cause I’m an enabler like that!

How does a 10% discount sound on ANY order through The Fat Quarter Shop?

Yep, we’re all about saving our members and followers moolah, so use coupon code: gypsy at checkout

The Fine Print: (coupon code exp. 6/25/2017, can only be used 1 time per customer, not applicable to gift certificates or sale items including flash sales.)

Want to save more and see even more super-dee-duper deals I’ve secured for our members? Head on over to our Tribe page and take a look… It’s chock full of friends, supporters and sponsors of Gypsy Spoonful just waiting to have you stop by! Click HERE

Entrepreneurship Ain’t For Sissies

I’ve often said it takes a special breed of person to be an entrepreneur. Being your own boss, starting your own business and growing that venture will test you to every limit you have. Personally, it will either make or break you. In the boutique and handmade world, we see trends come and go, we … read more

I’ve often said it takes a special breed of person to be an entrepreneur. Being your own boss, starting your own business and growing that venture will test you to every limit you have. Personally, it will either make or break you. In the boutique and handmade world, we see trends come and go, we see hot products everyone wants… supply and demand ebbs and flows, but what makes a small or micro-business be able to stand the test of time?

I’ve personally been the owner of my own small business ( Goosie Girl) for almost 14 years now. The Wall Street Journal reported in September 2013 that 56% of Americans thought that they were capable of launching their own company while 9% actually took the plunge and took steps to start a business. Against this backdrop of optimism and confidence stands another set of sobering statistics that outline the causes of small business mortality. Small business failure rates vary, but from 50-70% fail within the first 18 months.

To gain insight to the contributing factors to business mortality, researchers at the University of Tennessee studied failures of thousands of small businesses and attempted to identify the primary culprit leading to demise. They grouped their findings into broad categories but “drilled down” within each to identify root causes of failure.

The leading cause of business failure was determined to be “Incompetence”. Fully 46% of failures could be explained by this broad-brush term. The specific behaviors that underlie this headline, however, are fairly specific and revealing. These include:

  • Taking an emotional approach to pricing
  • Non-payment of taxes
  • No knowledge of industry pricing conventions
  • No knowledge of financing requirements and conventions
  • No experience in record-keeping
  • Living beyond the means of the business
  • Lack of planning

Next in line as a primary contributor to business failure was “Unbalanced experience or lack of managerial experience”. This condition explained 30% of small business failures and was manifested primarily by poor credit-granting decisions.

Eleven percent of failures were attributed to “Lack of experience”. Specific shortcomings that proved lethal included the failure to maintain adequate inventory, no knowledge of suppliers and wasted advertising budgets.

*Source http://isbdc.org/small-business-failure-rates-causes/

The point is that few entrepreneurs, especially first time entrepreneurs, are ready for what comes at them from a people perspective when building a business. In order to succeed, they need to be able to step outside of their comfort zones and reinvent themselves – finding the courage to do things they never thought they’d have to do, or that they’d be capable of doing. I have often said, in business you must constantly reinvent yourself, or find new products, or find new ways of doing the important things which keep a small business afloat such as promotion, networking and marketing.

So how can entrepreneurs get out of this conundrum and learn to reinvent themselves while at the same time reinventing their business?

  • The first step is two-fold: recognizing that reinventing yourself is just as important a task as reinventing your business. Then, once you’ve convinced yourself of the imperative, doing an inventory of your challenges. No one likes to admit weaknesses, but just as you look for the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) in a business deal, use that same rubric on yourself. Where are your blind spots? What do you struggle with? Be honest.
  • The second step is to assess your own personal motivation. You’ve done your personal  analysis and find that you struggle with sales, or networking or at delivering bad news. The next step is making sure that this is something you actually care about improving. What’s in it for you to get better at this? Will it help your company grow and thrive? Probably. Will it help you become a more effective businessperson? Will it help you achieve your goals and ambitions? Definitely. Embracing your internal motivation is an essential step for making anything happen, especially personal transformation.

  • Finally, the last step is to beta test your newly reinvented self. Try out the new behavior. Look at how others do it, and ask friends for help. Maybe even enlist the help of a coach. If beta test number one doesn’t work, try again. Tinker with the behavior, or try it in a different setting. Remind yourself of your motivation to go out there and do it, and just like you’d beta test and improve a product, do the same with this new version of yourself.
  • *Source: Linked In Article by Andy Molinsky

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

there are many reasons to tweak your business model–or to try out a whole new one–that make perfect sense. If you do it thoughtfully, it could be the best business decision you ever make. ~ Entrepreneur Magazine

If this information has urged you in the direction of reinvention of your small business,and tipped the scales for our readers who are makers looking for a new venue, such as Gypsy Spoonful here are the top three tips on HOW to do it sourced from Entrepreneur Magazine and some experienced business coaches such as Karyn Greenstreet, a Philadelphia-area small-business coach specializing in self-employment and business reinvention as well as Steve Strauss, a business speaker and author as well as a columnist for USA Today

  1. 1. Know When to Make a Change : Timing Is crucial. The first step is deciding if it’s the right time for a change. (Every.Single.Day. I receive applications from makers wanting to abandon the venue they are currently selling on and joining up with Gypsy Spoonful. A popular marketplace has definitely changed, and many are jumping ship. If it’s working for you, I’d advise to keep selling there, but NEVER keep all your eggs in one basket. A variety of marketplaces are GOOD to reach different customer bases. By all means, if it’s not working for you anymore due to policy change, lack of support, mass produced or imported items being sold on the same venue and undercutting your pricing… then it’s time to move on. We are entering a new season for handmade~ and the time is ripe for a marketplace solely dedicated to handmade goods.)
  2. Decide What You Want
    After the decision is made to change, you need to decide what type of change is necessary to meet your goals. “Once you decide there’s something you can do better, you need to decide whether to make a little tweak or a major overhaul,” Strauss says. “You have to decide what’s best for your brand.  (Learning a new craft and/or adding a new item to your product line up can bring new life to your handmade microbusiness. Once you decide what it is you truly want out of your business, It is so true to say “Entrepreneurs have more ideas than they have time for. The absolute first stage is deciding to cut off all those other ideas and focus on one. Making a decision to make a decision is the hardest thing for entrepreneurs to do.” Once you have clarity on your goals and values, making a decision should be easy. (We often ask potential new members to read what Gypsy Spoonful believes about handmade, and small business, and doing business in America before committing to applying as a maker. You can see this our ideals and values by clicking here.)
  3. The next step is something every business owner should be experienced at–making and following a business plan. “You need to act as if you’re starting from scratch,” Strauss says. “You need to think it through thoroughly, figure out who the competition is, how you are going to beat them and what the costs are. Strauss and Greenstreet suggest sharing your plans with other business owners or a mastermind group. “Entrepreneurs tend to rely on intuition a lot, but you need to make sure other people think your plan is a good idea,” Strauss says. (This is why Gypsy Spoonful has been built around the concept of “community”, we rely on our “mastermind group” to support, share and build each other up. Being an entrepreneur can be a lonely venture, if you are in community with other like-minded small business owners, it makes it more enjoyable, less stressful and you can learn from other’s successes and mistakes as well).

“Business owners sometimes need people to bounce things off of to keep them from going off in crazy directions,” – Pamela Wilson

During the transition, you’ll likely be running two shops at once as you phase out the old business model and ramp up the new one. “Sometimes reinvention means running two businesses simultaneously for almost a year,” Greenstreet warns. “It’s overwhelming, and business owners are often so excited about the new model, they want to let go of the old model. It’s like going through a long divorce before committing to a new relationship.” The solution is to create a detailed exit strategy. (Gypsy Spoonful doesn’t want to be the only venue you’re a part of, we just want to be the best and favorite one 😉  )

Entrepreneur’s article suggests to : “Be transparent through the whole process with vendors, customers, employees and, most important, your family. Give everyone notice that changes are coming, when they will happen and what it means for them.”

If it’s time to reinvent your business and switch venues, and hop aboard the NEW home for handmade, we encourage you to go through the application process: Get the process started here

 

 

 

News: Congressional Microbusiness Caucus. Mom and Pop Shops Matter on Capitol Hill

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces the Founding of the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) announce the founding of the bipartisan Congressional Microbusiness Caucus. The Small Business Administration considers microbusinesses to be any firm with one to nine employees. There are 3.7 … read more

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces the Founding of the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus

Washington, DC – Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA) announce the founding of the bipartisan Congressional Microbusiness Caucus.

The Small Business Administration considers microbusinesses to be any firm with one to nine employees. There are 3.7 million microbusinesses in the United States, providing 10.8 percent of private –sector jobs and making up 75.3 percent of all private-sector employers.

The purpose of the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus is to define and elevate the narrative of microbusinesses in Congress and provide a forum for micro business owners to have constructive conversations about obstacles and regulatory barriers preventing entrepreneurs from starting and scaling their business in the United States. The Caucus seeks to empower U.S. microbusinesses in an effort to strengthen competitiveness, foster economic growth, and promote entrepreneurship in America by holding briefings and other events to facilitate discussion on relevant issues.

The founding co-chairs of the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus are Representatives Tim Ryan (D-OH), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Barbara Comstock (R-VA).

“Technological and entrepreneurial innovation is accelerating at an unbelievable rate, and even though there are immense challenges ahead of us to ensure that our country works in a way that benefits everyone, this is an exciting time to be a participant in the American economy. The very nature of work is changing, and microbusinesses are a driving force behind that. Congress must stand ready to rapidly respond to the needs of workers and employees of micro businesses. Our economy will be stronger for it,” said Rep. Ryan.

“Microbusinesses are today’s mom and pop shops with an even greater potential for success thanks to advancements in technology. It is remarkable that with a click of a mouse or on a smart phone, a one-person business can potentially reach millions of customers across the country and globe,” said Rep. Tiberi. “We must ensure that burdensome government regulations and other barriers to growth aren’t holding them back. I look forward to working with my colleagues on this caucus to advance solutions to empower our microbusinesses and entrepreneurs to succeed and contribute to a thriving economy.”

“This new bipartisan Microbusiness Caucus will provide entrepreneurs with a platform for their voices to be heard in Washington,” Rep. Eshoo said. “Microbusinesses are becoming a critical piece of our national economy’s backbone, constantly creating new jobs and fostering innovation. While this new business paradigm brings its own set of policy implications and challenges, the Caucus will help navigate those challenges and allow businesses to thrive and promote economic growth.”

“I am pleased to join with my colleagues in the formation of the Congressional Microbusiness Caucus where we will work together on commonsense policies that provide small start-ups and innovative initiatives the opportunity to begin, thrive, and grow.  We know that women comprise about one-third of business owners so this is also a way to expand opportunities for women business owners.  It is critical that we forge policies where small business owners can develop and boost our economy and create new jobs to provide opportunity throughout all of our communities.  We can be a hub for initiatives to allow our entrepreneurs to have a voice for commonsense policies for microbusinesses,” said Rep. Comstock.

On Gypsy Spoonful, all of our shop owners are considered independent microbusinesses. The development of this committee and caucus is hopeful to the growth of not only our nation’s economy but also, it hits home for all of us involved in the #makersmovement and #gypsyspoonful. Unnecessary regulations, stipulations and rules that impede growth are not helpful. We encourage our lawmakers and especially those four mentioned in this caucus to focus on the true issues that affect handmade. Please visit these elected officials websites to voice your concerns, hopes, goals and ask questions. It’s encouraging to see this topic is on their “radar” and it’s of national importance. Thank you!

Uber On The Move with Uber Freight. Solution for Small Business?

From the Desk of Goose, Owner/Founder of Gypsy Spoonful, and GoosieGirl See a need and fill it. I like how Uber thinks. This is the way I think. Gypsy Spoonful was created because there was a desperate need for a new home for handmade; the most popular reason for new products or businesses to be created … read more

From the Desk of Goose, Owner/Founder of Gypsy Spoonful, and GoosieGirl

See a need and fill it. I like how Uber thinks. This is the way I think. Gypsy Spoonful was created because there was a desperate need for a new home for handmade; the most popular reason for new products or businesses to be created is because there is a NEED in the consumer realm.

Recently Uber announced it was getting it’s piece of the pie in the billion dollar shipping industry in the United States. They are innovators at seeing needs and filling them with awesome services and products. Hats off to the Ube!

Yesteday, Uber soft launched Uber Freight, it’s newest app. Ever since Uber bought the self-driving-truck firm Otto: people have been talking. This is a service which aims to connect shippers and trucking companies in much the same way as the original Uber app connects riders and drivers.

How it will work: Drivers pick an available load through the app, sorted by payment, destination, or deadline. Within seconds, the app confirms the booking. According to the company’s announcement:

We take the guesswork out of finding and booking freight, which is often the most stressful part of a driver’s day. What used to take several hours and multiple phone calls can now be achieved with the touch of a button.

Uber promises to pay drivers within 7 days. Unlike the ridesharing app, Uber Freight won’t charge its drivers a commission, which has been a major point of contention with the company’s business model.

This is not Uber’s sole freight hauling project, as the company is also working with Otto on self-driving trucks. (How cool is THAT?!) Uber Freight is available for iOS and Android, but it won’t be available to everyone. Uber is vetting drivers before they join the platform, presumably to check they have the right insurance, license, and equipment.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been clear for a while now that his company is interested in getting into trucking. It makes sense—in the trucking industry, brokers usually help someone who wants to ship goods find a truck to do the hauling. Uber has risen to global prominence using almost exactly this model, acting as the middleman between people looking for a ride and drivers working on contract.

This kinda reminds me of the A & E Television show, Shipping Wars (does it not?) I think it’s brilliant and would love to look into possibly making Uber Freight a viable shipping option for members of the Gypsy Spoonful community.

Anything we can do to make the user experience more friendly, we are all about that. This could broaden our maker base to upcycled/reclaimed furniture pieces and more! I think it’s an exciting thing in the business world. In addition , everything we, as a creative community and company can do to provide jobs for independent business people (truckers in this case) we’d love to do~ as it fits in with our “small” philosophy! Gypsy Spoonful = made in America if we can ship using independently contracted Uber Freight drivers, I’m all for it!

 

 

Blue Lives Matter EVERY week

Gypsy Spoonful is observing National Police Week (May 14-20 2017) . We salute our awesome officers across America this week and every week. What is National Police Week you may ask? It’s an opportunity to recognize the dedication and hard work, and often thankless occupation of those who keep us safe everyday. In 1962, President … read more

Gypsy Spoonful is observing National Police Week (May 14-20 2017) . We salute our awesome officers across America this week and every week.

What is National Police Week you may ask? It’s an opportunity to recognize the dedication and hard work, and often thankless occupation of those who keep us safe everyday. In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

We’re joining in and using our creativity to salute our women/men in blue!

#bluelivesmatter #nationalpoliceweek

Click here to see this adorbs hairbow

by Gypsy Spoonful maker: Beeccas Boutique Bows

The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

Click here to take a look at this awesome “Always Come Home To Me”  keychain by Gypsy Spoonful maker:

DCD Jewelry. What a sweet sentiment, and the quality shines through!

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other.

Unfortunately the list gets longer every year, here’s a roll call of HEROES who made the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow officers and citizens. #respect . So sad 🙁

Available on the new home of handmade, Gypsy Spoonful is THIS sweet hair bow for daddy’s little girl…

Click HERE to see it close up

It’s from Bows and More by T, she has 5 stars/5 stars on her shop, check her out today.

It’s hard to imagine what survivors of police officers have faced and deal with on the daily. C.O.P.S. is a website which supports these folks and helps raise awareness about the programs this organizations offer to the people directly affected by the loss of one of their loved ones who wore the uniform.

Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.  C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives.  There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.

C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members.  Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 37,000 survivors.  Survivors include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria.  C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors.  All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri.  C.O.P.S. has over 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.

C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors’ Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, “C.O.P.S. Kids” counseling reimbursement program, the “C.O.P.S. Kids” Summer Camp, “C.O.P.S. Teens” Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, extended family, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs.

C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor’s level of distress is directly affected by the agency’s response to the tragedy.  C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession.  C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations. To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit their website: C.O.P.S.

Blue Lives Matter bow by Gypsy Spoonful maker:  Daniela’s Bow Shop

 

 

 

 

May The 4th Be With You

Gypsy Spoonful is celebrating international Star Wars Day in style! Where else but a small business such as the shops owned by a Gypsy Spoonful independent maker who creates one of a kind, or small quantities of their products is it more possible to find something totally unique? We can tweak , personalize, and customize nearly … read more

Gypsy Spoonful is celebrating international Star Wars Day in style!

Where else but a small business such as the shops owned by a Gypsy Spoonful independent maker who creates one of a kind, or small quantities of their products is it more possible to find something totally unique? We can tweak , personalize, and customize nearly anything you can imagine, it’s just a matter of reaching out to the maker and ASKING. Our businesses depend on our abilities to offer awesome customer service, and willgness to give our clients what they’re looking for. That is something a big box store CAN NOT and WILL NOT do.

May the 4th Be With you all! We have items you can not find ANYWHERE else on the internet. All of our maker’s items are made with the utmost attention to detail and skill. You definitely can’t beat a handmade item’s quality, when a maker creates an item by hand the piece is excellent quality. It will last much longer than a mass produced, factory made item. The care that is given to each piece when a maker creates things in small quantity raises the bar for all products. When you shop the maker’s of Gypsy Spoonful, you’re supporting a small business owner with dreams and hopes that stretch the galaxy!

Luke, I am your father!

Bathtime just got real my friends! Take a peek at this hooded Darth Vader Bath Towel from Firefly Threads

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Everybody’s new roly-poly favorite ! A BB-8! Grab this chunky bubble gum bead necklace before it’s gone!

Click on the picture to get all the details and to see this item created by BuildABraceletBeadDesigns :


 

Your little Battlestar Baker needs this awesome apron, dontcha think?

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This skirt is on sale TODAY! Snag it before the price isn’t $15 anymore! What a GREAT deal for such a CUTE skirt!

Click on the picture to go to this listing from PlayPatch

Rey is in the house! Click on the picture to check out this embroidered hooded towel from JustBobbinAlong

This BagLadyAmI bag is so amazing, not only is it the trendy cross-body style, it’s got so many details!

Click on the picture to see it now

We’re glad you’ve joined us for our May the 4th product showcase. The Gypsy Spoonful Marketplace is reeling with independent small business owners. We’re a creative community, and we would like to ask for your support of our small businesses. The next time you’re on an online shopping bender, or have a gift to buy, need something for a special occasion, we invite you to search for what you’re looking for by clicking HERE

 

 

3 Things You NEED to Know About Shopping on Gypsy Spoonful

Things you need to know about shopping Gypsy Spoonful: 1.We have 40+ independent makers. They design, create and sell all of their wares BY HAND. There is nothing mass produced, everything is MADE IN AMERICA. There is NOT one thing imported. When you buy something, you are supporting a REAL person with dreams, hopes and … read more

Things you need to know about shopping Gypsy Spoonful:
1.We have 40+ independent makers. They design, create and sell all of their wares BY HAND. There is nothing mass produced, everything is MADE IN AMERICA. There is NOT one thing imported. When you buy something, you are supporting a REAL person with dreams, hopes and goals. You’re not funding a corporation or conglomerate, or a super rich CEO lining their pockets. Your purchase helps support a work at home mom and their family incomes, your purchase may buy dance lessons, swim or piano lessons.. pay for cheer competitions, or let a mom take her kids to the movies… or in some instances, this may put FOOD on the table for a family, it may pay the light bill or car insurance. Shopping Small puts real money into the hands of real people, it also puts money back into local economies in towns all across this great country.

 


2. We have fully automated, secure checkout. We have encryption that is fully safe, all forms of payment are accepted through our checkout system, each transaction is safeguarded and you have automatic protection built into each purchase. Our site is locked down like a motha… haha… Active McAffee, GoDaddy and iThemes Security 24/7 ~SSL certificate and monitoring. We lock up your info like Alcatraz and we will NEVER share it with ANYONE.


3. We believe in handmade and the people that MAKE. We are a curated site, meaning we don’t accept everyone who applies to open a shop. We have screened and vetted each and every maker~They each go through a rigorous application process with lots of grilling by our admin team. We look for stability, professionalism, quality of product, honesty and trustworthiness.  (Want to apply? Go HERE: and click to JOIN )

Those are just the top 3 high points of what my vision has brought to life… There are a bazillion other reasons to shop Gypsy Spoonful but these are some key points


Thank you for believing in the “vision” of a completely handmade marketplace like nothing you’ve ever seen before. We’re about community before competition.#GypsySpoonful #itsLaunchDay #SHOPPING #handmade #sewing #crafting #customboutique #boutique #grandopeningtoday #bethereathighnoon