Chic-a began its official manufacturing in 2010 in Mexico. Before this time, I sewed all the products for all the orders. I had six stores that I was selling to, and they seemed to re-order often. I was sewing all the time! This is actually what made me think these products might be successful, and I started to seek out manufacturing help.
Working with my manufacturer has been a good experience, and I have learned so much over the last four years. As with anything else, there have been times when mistakes are made and the products are not quite right. Chic-a started to get a pile of “seconds.” Things would be fixed, and we would be back on track — only for another thing to eventually pop up. I have talked with many other people who are involved with manufacturing, and there seems to be a consensus that problems arise, get fixed and another problem arises and get fixed. It sort of has an ebb and flow.
Chic-a recently moved to a smaller warehouse, and now really doesn’t have a place to store the pile of seconds. Many ideas and discussion have transpired about what to do with them. Some have been donated to a local non-profit called Willbridge. They help people on the street get their life back in order, and do a lot of outreach to the homeless community.
But there are still boxes of seconds. The seconds have slight damage, but are still fully functional. This is what makes it hard to throw them away. With that in mind, Chic-a has decided to have a Seconds Sale! To keep it simple, it will be at our warehouse in Santa Barbara:
Chic-a Seconds Sale
Saturday, Nov. 8
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Goleta Craft Center
375 Pine Ave, Suite 11
Goleta, CA 93117
If you are in the area, I hope you can stop by. It should be a fun morning… and I have it on some authority that there will be doughnuts!