3/6/13

My Design is in a Catalog! {Plus a Sample Sale}

If you have been following along, then you know that last season was my first for apparel. Since my first daughter was born I have always made hair accessories. Last year I began selling them on Etsy and wholesale through a showroom at the Dallas Market. And then in August of 2012, I debuted my girls apparel line under the same name, "Samantha Conner Designs".

Photos Courtesy of Kristie Mills Photography
The world of girls apparel is super competitive and then throw in the fact that I don't have much experience, or a company or actual employees (it's just me!)-- well it has been challenging to say the least. But despite all that, one of my outfits was picked up by the well-known children's catalog "CWDKIDS". You can imagine my excitement when the Spring 2013 catalog arrived- with my outfit in it!!





I wanted to cry. Really, who would have thought that my first season out, I would see one of my designs in a catalog.



**SAMPLE SALE**
To celebrate the first catalog appearance of "Samantha Conner Designs", I am hosting an online sample sale. Select outfits from my Spring/Summer 2013 collection will be available to you at reduced or wholesale pricing. (You won't find these low prices anywhere else)  Whoohoo!

Here is a peek at some of the items offered. Quantities are limited- so if you like something, snatch it up. The prices are low, the quality is high and it is all made here in Dallas, TX. More styles are available in my Etsy shop and I wil continue adding them. So check over there for more "SCD goodness".




8.) White Daisy Shirt $18 Size 3t (Coordinates with Pink w/ Yellow Accents Frilly Capris)
9.)Pink Chambray Flower Shirt $18 Size 3t (Coordinates with Chambray Beach Capris)
10.) Pink w/Yellow Accents Frilly Capris $22 Size 3t (Coordinates with White Daisy Shirt)
11.) Chambray Beach Capris $22 Size 3t (Coordinates with White Chambray Flower Shirt)
12.) Chambray Flower Soft Headband $13

13.) Peasant Dress $30 Size 3t (Coordinates with Pink w/Yellow Accents Frilly Capris)

So where am I on my journey now? Well my Fall/Winter 2013 collection is being sold in Dallas and Jackson markets this month. From there, it will be available in select boutiques and I am hoping to also offer it to you on my website- in sizes 2t-10.

Fall/Winter 2013 Photos by "Splendor Photography" 
When people ask, "So how are the clothes going?". I tell them honestly-- it is hard work. Starting your own company (with no business background) is HARD. But the creative, design part is SO amazing. I feel so energized when I create.

Right now, my current dilemma is over offering future designs exclusively through my website and in home shows vs. wholesale at market. The world of wholesale, sales reps, boutiques is tricky. I can offer my clothing at a better price to customers when I sell it myself, but I am not sure I will get enough traffic to my online shop. There are positives and negatives to both ways of selling. I just need to see what works best for me.


Thank you for your support. As always, please email me with any questions. I am composing a post right now with answers to the questions that I have received so far. Don't be afraid to add yours to the list as well--I am happy to help!

Want to catch-up and see how I started my business in the first place?  
Check out the "Dream a New Dream Series"
 
You can find the entire "Dream A New Dream Series" here.


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13 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Samantha! I know that must be so exciting for you! So cool - and I love your designs! :)

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  2. This is a thrill for me to see!! I know your heart must be singing right now! Just to view your creations in a major clothing catalog is incredible!

    Your designs are truly amazing!!!

    xoxo-Mom

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  3. Can't believe I just found your blog ~ but so happy I did! I'm in Bedford so we're really "neighbors". :) Your home is gorgeous ~ I so love black and white myself!

    Congratulations on your designs and getting them out there!

    Will be looking around more. Stop by and say hi when you can.

    Pat

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  4. Congratulations! Your designs are adorable and they will sell well!

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  5. It's no surprise that your designs are featured, they're so adorable! Congratulations!

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  6. Your designs are beautiful! You put your whole heart into everything you do and I am so thankful the beauty you have created is recognized by others! Can't wait to see where this takes you! So proud of you!

    Love,
    Amanda

    PS Boy clothes next pleasee!!? :)

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  7. Thank you all for your sweet words of encouragement!
    :) Samantha

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  8. WOW Samantha! Just stopped by to see your designs and I am in awe! LOVE, LOVE, your cute clothes...although I have two boys, if I have a girl someday I am SO coming your way! :)
    Great work!
    Mackenzie :)

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  9. Samantha, your designs are just darling! Congratulations on the catalog!

    Jeanette

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  10. Congratulations! How wonderful, truly smiling from ear to ear for your wonderful success. Hugs!! P.S. Hopping over to your sweet blog I am already a happy follower. Hugs

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  11. Too funny...I had never heard of CWD Kids before. And then a day or two before this post I was at my mother-in-laws and she gave me the catalog to look through. I had seen the outfit and thought it was cute, but hadn't realized it was yours!

    So exciting!!

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Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment! I love to hear from you and will do my best to answer questions and comments by 'replying via email'.
:) Samantha

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