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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bibs - Baby Bibs - Adult Bibs - and more!

In 2010, our goal is to expand and sell wholesale to stores along with selling from our website store. If you own a shop, are involved with eldercare, seniors, nursing homes, baby stores, or Christian shops, let us know if we can help you. Our items are unique, fun, and make special gifts for all. Our manufacturer is local, and we will be able to handle large orders in a short turn-around time.

The Bib Shoppe had a wonderful fall season selling our wares at craft fairs. We love meeting all our new and returning customers at these craft fairs. It is our opportunity to hear what you like, what you don't like, and how we can improve our manufacturing.

Our newest items are our heirloom "Jesus loves Me" bibs. They are great for churches to have in stock for hospital visits and/or gifts for baptisms, dedications, and more.

We want to thank you being our customer, looking at our blog, checking out our website, recommending our website and even reading this blog.

Patti and Evelyn
The Bib Shoppe
1795 N. Fry Road #448
Katy, Texas 77449

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Ribbon Blankets-CLEARANCE Price of $9.99

Check out our website to see the LOWEST prices ever on our "Sweetie" ribbon blankets.


Doggie Sweetie
our price: $9.99

Duck Sweetie
our price: $9.99

Jungle Babies Sweetie
our price: $9.99

Ladybug Sweetie
our price: $9.99

Numbers Sweetie
our price: $9.99

John Deere Sweetie
our price: $9.99

Friday, October 30, 2009

Katy, Texas Craft Fairs - www.bibshoppe.com

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Holy Covenant Methodist Church, Katy, Texas

Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, Katy, Texas

We can't believe our craft fair season is almost over. The Bib Shoppe has already been part of 5 craft fairs this 2009 fall season, and we love it. We get to hear what people love; we get ideas from our customers; and we get to see all the other wonderful crafts other people sell. We specialize in adult bibs and baby bibs!

Baby Bibs

Matching Baby Bib and Burp Cloth sets

John Greene - customer checking out The Bib Shoppe

This season we have two more craft fairs, and we want to be sure you mark your calendars for them (see dates above.) All our items are discounted at these fairs. We look forward to seeing you there!

St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Katy, Texas Craft Fair

Have a great holiday season.

Patti and Evelyn
The Bib Shoppe

Sunday, September 13, 2009

How to Have a Successful Craft Fair

Before the Craft Fair

Make your craft fair reservations and pay your dues in a timely manner.
(There is nothing worse than having a craft fair only to realize you signed up too late to get a decent location.)

Order all the materials you need ahead of time to make your products.

Have your products made and ready to go at least a week before the craft fair.
(There is nothing worse than having a customer’s hand encounter your wet glue!)

Ask questions if needed of the craft fair sponsor so there is no misunderstandings of what to expect.

Know what you are doing for lunch before arriving at the fair.
(Can you purchase a lunch there or do you need to buy one?)

Know the tax base of the area of your craft fair. Charge appropriately.

Only bring items to sell that have been approved by the sponsoring organization.
(Many craft fairs are careful to only admit a certain amount of vendors selling the same product.)

Before leaving home on the day of the Craft Fair

Have the directions of the fair and a phone number with you as you drive to the fair.
(You never know if you will encounter traffic or another problem making you late to the event.) If that occurs, call the person in charge of the fair to notify them. Not only will they appreciate the call, but if you can’t get there, some organizations may have vendors on a waiting list to take your spot.

Have supplies accessible for the fair, i.e. invoices, pens, pencils, tape, business cards, signs, banners, ribbon, scissors, enough money for your cash drawer, stapler, tables, chairs, display stands, tablecloths, d├ęcor for setup, credit card machine or information, bank stamp for back of checks, cell phone, bank bag, markers, rolling carts/dollies, plastic bags, calculators, laptops, sale bags, etc.

Be on time for set up.

Bring a notebook to take notes of ideas you think of during the fair, ideas from customers, etc.

Leave your young children at home unless they are truly a help to you and won’t disrupt any other vendors at the fair.
(Follow the rules of the fair regarding children.)

Remember what Paris Hilton’s quote in the latest edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations says, "Dress cute wherever you go, life is too short to blend in."

Arriving at the Craft Fair

Follow correct procedures for parking and entering the craft fair.

At the Craft Fair

At check in, introduce yourself to the personnel in charge of the craft fair.

Learn where the bathrooms and concession areas are as soon as you arrive for set up.

Never leave your booth unattended.

Introduce yourself and be pleasant to the vendors on each side of you.

If a silent auction or donation is required, give an item that meets the requested amount.

Be friendly with your customers. Ask them if you can help them find something, but don’t be overly pushy.(Don’t sit at your booth looking uninterested in making a sale.)

Get appropriate information from customers writing checks or charging on a credit card.

Have your business cards available for everyone at the craft fair not just for your buying customers.(You never know when a call might come requesting thousands of dollars worth of your inventory!)

Follow all the rules established by the craft fair sponsor, i.e. if they don’t want tape on their walls, don’t put tape on their walls.

Never talk disrespectfully about other vendors or the sponsoring organization.

Fill out any surveys from the sponsoring organization. Your ideas will help them plan their next fair.

Never leave the craft fair early even if you aren’t selling anything. You promised to be there, so keep your word and reputation.

Packing up

Don’t start packing up your area before the designated time.

Clean up your area totally when leaving.

After the Craft Fair

Go to the bank immediately and deposit your money!

If the fair was a good one for you, sign up early for the following year.

Pictures taken at The Copperfield Women's "Shop 'Til You Drop" Craft Fair at the Berry Center, Cypress, Texas - September 12, 2009

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Quick and Easy Items to Make for Craft Fairs

Everyone loves craft fairs - families love to go shopping together - Women love to have a girls' day out and find the best holidays gifts for the family.

But, what if you are a vendor with little time to make some products for your next bazaar?

Here are some quick and easy ideas for what you can make in a hurry. With just a little thought, a little work, and a little creative thinking, these crafts can be on your display table making people smile within days!

1. Homemade Christmas bags

2. Christmas ornaments

3. Stamped Christmas shirts

4. Painted flower pots topped off with a nice poinsettia plant

5. Decorative wooden garden tote filled with assorted gardening tools

6. Painted mugs

7. Wall decorations using precut wooden pieces

8. Homemade decorative note card sets with envelopes

9. Festive holiday basket; filled with pine cones, berries, decorated with ribbons

10. Toy or Tote bags (using pillowcases are great for these)

So, if you didn't have time this year to start planning for your next craft fair, ponder these ideas and you can be can be making money in no time at all.

Patti Greene

The Bib Shoppe - specializing in baby bibs, burp cloths, adult bibs, and oven door dresses

www.bibshoppe.com - bibshoppe.blogspot.com

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby Burp Cloths: Babies, Disabled, Elderly - So many uses!

Do you know a spitter-upper?

Regarding babies, most babies up to 4 months or beyond, do spit up. Many moms have burp cloth in every room, in the diaper bag, at Grandma's house, in the bathroom, on the couch, at the babysitter's house, and in the car. Burp Cloths can be used to clean up babies and/or as a lap pad. They soak up drool and spit, but they can be cute. Here are some of the new burp cloths made by THE BIB SHOPPE. They are packaged in a strong vinyl snap bag that can be thrown in a diaper bag to keep it nice and clean for your darling baby. Some of the prints come with coordinated baby bibs.

To check out The Bib Shoppe, go to www.bibshoppe.com.

Nicely packaged for cleanliness!

Sorry sideways - Just wouldn't go the right way no matter what I did!

Upcoming Prints for Bibs and Burp Cloths!

Copperfield Women's Club Craft Fair @ The Berry Center

Come and visit The Bib Shoppe at the following Craft Fairs. Lots of "cool" items to keep you and your loved ones clean!

Recently added Craft Fair
Saturday, September 12, 2009 - The Berry Center, Cypress, Texas (Copperfield Women's Club)

Sunday, October 11, 2009 - St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 17, 2009 - St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Katy, Texas

Saturday, October 24, 2009 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Houston, Texas

Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Holy Covenant Methodist Church, Katy, Texas

Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, Katy, Texas

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Keeping Clean - Adult Bibs, Burp Cloths, Oven Door Dresses, and More!

Dear Friends,

We hope you are enjoying your summer.

The Bib Shoppe has been busy this summer - getting new ideas and producing new items to keep you and your family clean! To see these items, just scroll down this page.

If you are interested in purchasing any of these items, they can be found at www.bibshoppe.com. We take PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard for your convenience.

The Bib Shoppe will be at the following craft fairs this fall. We hope you will join us at these fairs as they are excellent fairs to get unique and fun Christmas gifts.

Sunday, October 11, 2009 - St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Houston, Texas
Saturday, October 17, 2009 - St. Peter's United Methodist Church, Katy, Texas
Saturday, October 24, 2009 - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Houston, Texas
Saturday, November 14, 2009 - Holy Covenant Methodist Church, Katy, Texas
Saturday, December 5, 2009 - Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, Katy, Texas

As always if you have any questions, please email us at bibshoppe@gmail.com.

Patti and Evelyn

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Why use baby bibs?

Why use baby bibs?
1. Because they are cute!
2. Because they catch messes!
3. Because parents like to take pictures of their children eating and a cute bib helps the picture turn out better!
4. Because the babies like to pull on them!
5. Because it is an acceptable thing to use! Remember etiquette!
6. Because "bib pictures" are good pictures to include in baby books!

Here are some cute pictures of some new bibs by The Bib Shoppe. There are also matching burp cloths to go with these bibs.

Just check out www.bibshoppe.com!

We love babies, but we also love the elderly, so you can check out our adult bibs too!

Patti @ The Bib Shoppe

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Starting a business!

Hi All,

Do you remember about 20 years back (if you are that old), your kids were sitting in the back seat while traveling saying, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" What memories!

Well, here at The Bib Shoppe, we have been saying, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" And, each time, it seemed like we were one step closer to being there, then we experienced two or three steps backward. The road to making The Bib Shoppe an online reality has now become an "honest to gosh" fact.

WE ARE THERE. WE ARE ONLINE AND READY TO TAKE ONLINE ORDERS! Some of the highlights of our journey include...

1.Setting up a name with Go Daddy - Deciding on a name was very interesting. You wouldn't believe some of the name possibilities we came up with, i.e. Sunset Bibs, Les Bibs.

2.Going to the courthouse to become official in July, 2008.

3.Setting up a bank account and being asked when we expect to be on the stock exchange.

4.Signing up for a Post Office Box - #448!

5.Finding and using home sewers. Bless their hearts. They were what kept us going in our beginning stages.

6.The many trips to fabric stores and the joy of finding the perfect fabric.

7.Being a vendor at 5 craft shows. There we learned even more - about our customers and our products. We have also met some wonderful friends through the process.

8.The MANY hours researching online - packaging companies - label companies - binding companies - printing companies - fabric companies - ribbon companies - bag companies - towel companies - Senior citizen groups - and the list could go on and on.

9.Discovering that we were using the wrong zipcode on everything (UPS error - not ours!) We had to get new business cards made up along with contacting EVERYONE to tell them the correct zipcode.

10.Choosing Microsoft as our web hosting service and Store Manager as our Shopping Cart.

11.Deciding to make our own website. (We wanted to know all the ins and outs of it ourselves.) Many times, it was so difficult, we questioned our sanity, but we really learned a lot by challenging ourselves to grow and learn.

12.Finding a sewing manufacturer to do our sewing. (We still do all the designing and pattern making.)

13.Learning how to do taxes and keep records.

14.The disappointment to find out Microsoft was no longer going to support Store Manager right at the time we were about to launch our new website.

15.HR 4040!

16.Starting all over with Zoovy as our new web hosting service and shopping cart.

17.Getting set up with authorize.net for our payments.

18.The joy of realizing on Sunday, May 17, 2009, that our website is set up and ready to take Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal. Yes, we know it really works. We did test runs!!!Yes, that is TODAY!

The journey has been interesting to say the least. We have done a lot in 10 months. Now, we are ready to really sell and grow The Bib Shoppe..

We started out 10 months ago with the idea we would sell only adult bibs, but have expanded now to include adult bibs, towel bibs, baby bibs, button bibs, decorative burp cloths, sweeties, and oven door dresses.

We want to give a special thanks to all who have helped up get this far - especially our husbands who have supported us through this entire process. You are the reason we have reached the milestone we have reached today. We cannot thank you enough.

To all - Keep in touch. We love comments from both established and new friends. If you found our blog or website, please let us know how you found us. We are curious as to how we are being located!

Patti and Evelyn
1795 N. Fry Road #448
Katy, Texas 77449