Saturday, March 15, 2008

A Mold-y Existence

I'm so excited that I got my first wholesale order, but I have no idea what I'm doing. I know I've probably cheated myself in the pricing of my merchandise, but this is great exposure for my business. This was a particularly large order for me. The client wants one of every bakery-style soap or candle that I sell, and I am a one-woman show, and I only had a limited supply of items. I openly admit that I had been buying my 3-in pie shells from an outside supplier, but not only does that compromise my whole philosophy of handmade, but it's expensive as hell buying these things from an outside source. To remedy that, I went on a little shopping spree the other day at one of my latest discoveries, Van Yulay. What an odd name, but Monica makes some of the best damn silicone molds out there on the market, and I've acquired quite a few since I've started dedicating myself to this venture. I probably have at least 20 molds if not more. Many of them are silicone, but the majority of them are made of polyurethene which is a more cost effective solution for the small business person like myself. I buy all my molds at Mold Making Handyman. I get all the molds I want and pay only $10 flat-rate shipping. But back to my purchase the other day. I contained myself and only purchased three molds from Monica this time. I finally bought a 3-inc pie shell mold for only $19.99. Very reasonable in my opinion. Next, I bought a small ice cream scoop. It was a little smaller than I anticipated. I'll have to try it with my A La Mode Pies to see if it's too small. I may end up having to use it with a new product I'm launching, but we'll see. Lastly, I bought a peanut butter cookie mold. I am dying to try these all out, so I'm gonna go make a few sample batches then check in with ya'll later. Peace!

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Hello! I have also used molds from bothe the suppliers you mentioned. If you haven't tried www.flexiblemolds.com yet, you may want to. She carries so many cute molds and they are top quality. Just thought I would mention it!

Mocha Girl said...

I'll check it out. Thanks!