Featured Designer: Little White Church Antiques
It’s a new month, meaning that we have a new Featured Designer-Peggy Landau! Peggy Landau of Little White Church Antiques, gives true meaning to the saying, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. If it’s not beautifully repurposed or vintage items that Peggy is creating, it’s handmade items that are bursting with individuality. Want to know what kind of products I’m talking about? Read on to see!
I rent a tiny space at a popular antique/gift shop on the Oregon Coast (Little White Church Antiques, Rockaway Beach, OR Facebook page). A big part of my business is the unbleached flour sack towels I design, create and sell. I print the designs on ink jet transfer paper and apply them to the towels.
2. What is the history behind your business?
Two years ago I moved to the Coast, leaving a ten-year career as a retail manager. Because I finally had time to create for myself, I knew I’d need an outlet, so I rented a space at a vintage market. I specialize in handmade, repurposed and vintage items. My repurposed apron created from men’s shirts was the first item to draw customers in, the addition of the dishtowels naturally followed. I plan to keep the business small enough to be able to create nearly all the products I sell.
I peruse similar towels on Etsy and read reviews to see which ones people like most. Many of the designs I use are from Etsy and recently I’ve begun designing my own. Taking special orders also leads to new ideas. I like clever and humorous designs and put them on unbleached towels for a more ‘vintage’ look.
4. What is your favorite part about your business?
How the towels enhance my tiny space and how much people love them. Every month I’m blown away by how many towels sell, even if it’s a slow month in the shop. When I’m working, sometimes I hear people cracking up, and almost always they are shopping my towels.
The aprons are always fun to create! Because I use men’s shirts and various trimmings, every apron comes out differently, each with their own personality! In the last six months I’ve created my original, new design, which fits better, has a flounce and a cute little half circle pocket. My easiest craft is the towels; I can make a good ‘batch’ in a morning.
6. Do you have any future plans for your business?
Currently I’ve got a tiny Etsy shop, (Go Around Again) which sells only aprons. With bustling summer business at the vintage shop, it’s sometimes hard to keep up with both. I do hope to add different items to my Etsy shop so it’s more of a presence. I also plan to add more wholesale towel customers; currently I supply two additional businesses with my towels.
7. What advice would you give to someone who is aspiring to get into the craft business?
Do something you love, you may end up making tons of your product. Feel good about yourself even if your ideas don’t always work. It’s all a wild, fun ride!
Interested in seeing more of Peggy’s shop? Be sure to “like” their Facebook page so you don’t miss out on any of the vintage sensations!
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