Meet a Community Market Day Vendor: Chickie and Lulu
Meet the Community Market Day Vendor: Chickie and Lulu
Where do you live?
McDonald, PA (South Fayette)
How many years have you had your business?
15 years. Started in 2006, took a few years hiatus, and relaunched in May 2021.
What made you want to start this business?
I loved to draw stick people my whole life. In 2006, my family was experiencing hardship. People were making greeting cards using rubber stamps, so I thought, “Why not draw cards myself, and try to sell them?”. I set up inventory in a local shop, took orders and had “card parties” in homes. Over the years, I’ve sold thousands of cards and they’ve traveled around the world! My creations helped my family get through a difficult time back then, while bringing joy to others.
What’s your favorite part about what you do?
I cherish working from home. I listen to 80’s music, draw, color, and create all day…without missing out on family stuff! I can drop everything if I’m needed, and pick it back up anytime. Community Market Day is perfect because my husband, Shawn, helps me set up & usually stays to keep me company! I’m technically “working” but it doesn’t feel like work! Bedner’s is the perfect outdoor atmosphere. I’ve met so many talented, handmade vendors and connected with lots of new & returning customers!
Do you have any employees?
I make all the cards myself. However, it’s become more of a family business. Shawn developed my website and our 3 daughters help with packaging, social media and marketing.
What are your future goals for the business?
I’d love to get my products into additional shops & local boutiques.
Interesting facts about you and/or your journey as a business owner?
Everyone asks me about the business name, Chickie and Lulu. Back in 2006, it was the nicknames of my young daughters, Elizabeth (5) & Caroline (2). My youngest, Penelope, wasn’t born until 2009.:)
Besides our Community Market Days, how else can the public buy from you?
You can visit my website, chickieandlulu.com for hundreds of designs, custom orders and free shipping. You can also shop in person at the cutest little boutique….GIFTED 3847 Washington Rd. McMurray, PA 15317.