Happy Holidays! We are running a week long series of blog posts featuring a few of the 2015 Handmade Holiday Marketvendors. Last year we had a blast over at The Uniun in Union Square and we're thrilled that our future home, the old Inman Square Supermarket is ready for visitors. (Forgive us for not having more done but building a store is like herding cats!)
Today we'd love to introduce you to Liz Smith of Smith Dry Goods. We adore Liz's work and have our own collection of her needle-felted ornaments and pin cushions. We think no tree is quite complete without one of Liz's ornaments.
I changed my name from Made in Lowell to Smith Dry Goods in January. Someone wanted to use Made in Lowell for a larger mission in the city and since I was looking to change and I liked his project, I agreed to sell him the name. Smith is a family name, it's my mother's name and also my married name, Dry Goods evokes the old timey shops I remember as a kid where you could buy linens and objects for the home. I've been sewing a lot the past 4 years and I plan to include sewn items in the future, inspired by and including vintage textiles.
When did you decide to launch your business? <PREVIEWEND>
I've been making and selling thing since I was a little kid. I'd set up a table in the living room with miniatures I'd made and my mom would buy them. I did my first craft show outside the home in the late 1980s.
Where do you source your materials/product?
I love buying vintage at flea markets and thrifts stores, I love buying from small shops and other makers who dye the wool and spin the yarns I use.
How do you stay inspired?
I follow my heart's fondest interests. Whatever has me excited I go down that trail and see where it leads. Not everything becomes an item for sale, but it all informs my creative process.
Do you have any advice for other small business owners or would-be-small-business-
Listen to your instincts about what really interests you, make what you really want to make. That's where the spark lies that illuminates the work you present to the public.
What do you want this holiday season?
I want my friends and family to have peace and joy and relaxed, quiet moments.
Any exciting things coming up in 2016, business or otherwise?
You'll find Liz and her gorgeous handmade items on Saturday, December 19th at 1343 Cambridge Street along with 25 other local vendors. We can't wait to show you the new location and introduce you to the makers! See you on the 19th!