Dateline: 4 September 2015
I am working these days on getting this year's "crop" of Classic American Clothespins finished and ready to sell. I hope to have them (or most of them) ready to sell later this month. But I'm also looking beyond the clothespins to a new product.
I don't need to create a new product. I have more than enough to do managing and selling the Planet Whizbang products I already sell. But I have a creative and entrepreneurial urge that compels me to want to create new products. The fact is, creating new products is a whole lot more fun than droning away at selling them after they are created.
The new product is a tool for gardeners. I've searched the internet and Google images, thinking that such a tool must have already been made by someone in the past, but I haven't found evidence of it.
There are a few tools on the market that do what my tool will do, but they are made of plastic and are not as downright simple in operation as what I will be producing. This new tool will be handcrafted by me and made to last more than one lifetime. My "mystery tool" for gardeners will be made out of wood and metal.
This new tool will sell for less than $20. My first production run of these tools will be 500. My first production run may also be my last production run. After making 500, I may not want to make any more. There is also the chance that 500 of these tools will be a lifetime inventory. One never knows for sure how a new product will be received.
While I'm not ready to reveal what the tool I've created is at this time, I am pleased to reveal the nifty telescoping tubes that I have purchased to package the tools in. The tubes (pictured above) were custom-made to my diameter and length specifications by a company in California. 500 tubes arrived here yesterday.