Hey, welcome to my blog! Let me take a moment to familiarize you with my blog and who I am.
What is the Girl Who Makes Lemonade Blog?
This is my corner of the internet where I can share life and business skills that I’ve learned to help empower you to live courageously and consciously. I am passionate about empowering people, living frugally, creating less waste, and choosing faith. I believe that we have the glorious responsibility to direct our own lives and make a difference in the world. And if I can help you do that, I’d be honored to. And let’s face it, my Instagram captions were getting a little long.
Who is the Girl Who Makes Lemonade?
If you’re new around here, you might be wondering “Who is the Girl Who Makes Lemonade?” Well, that would be me! Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Christine. I’m an entrepreneur with the heart of a teacher. There’s not many things that I enjoy more than turning around a bad situation, hence my moniker “GirlWhoMakesLemonade”. I adopted my moniker on Instagram (where a lot of great monikers are born) in October of 2016.
At the time I was just getting into reselling. Reselling is where you take something that was already sold at retail once and you sell it again at profit, usually you’re selling it used but not always. Reselling was my first official entrepreneurial endeavor. I started reselling just to get rid of some items of my own, make a little bit of cash, and pay off some student debt. I discovered that I actually liked what I was doing and my customers seemed to like it too. I loved running my own mini-business (aka side hustle). Eventually I started asking the question “could I start a business for real?” That question led me down the rabbit hole of learning about business, specifically scaling and expansion. When you’re reselling individual items, once you run out of energy or time to list, ship, and sell your items, you’re done making money. I wanted to find a way to earn the most money without working myself to death. One of my goals in life is to be able to stay home with my (future) kids, so I knew that if I wanted to keep doing this, I’d have to find a way to cut back my active workload per item.
This led me to start my own boutique of new items! Instead of hunting for one individual item and then listing it and selling it once, I could purchase the same item multiple times and sell it multiple times. Bingo! Unfortunately when I first started looking into my available options, I thought why is it that I can buy ten dresses for $50? If the company selling it is making a profit (which I assume they are, or they wouldn’t be selling it), that means that the dresses actually cost way less to make. Let’s say the wholesaler (the person I would buy it from for $5 each) is making 50%, that means they bought it or paid for its manufacturing for $2.50 a piece. Since these dresses have a lot of material to them, I figure that about half of that went to material costs (-$1.25). And I can’t forget that the factory owner needed his cut. And that’s not even considering shipping costs, exporting fees, and taxes! But is there anyone I’m forgetting? Hmmm… oh yes! The seamstress! The person who actually made the item. How much did the seamstress earn for making this dress? No matter how hard I tried to wrap my head around it, I knew that the seamstress was at the bottom of the barrel and wasn’t getting paid what she (or he) earned.
My conscious won’t let me willingly sell something for $80-$100 knowing that the woman (or man) who made it was paid pennies and probably doesn’t have enough to feed her family.
There’s a great short poem called “Beautiful” by British poet Hollie McNish that sums this up for me quite nicely:
You can watch a narrated version below on Youtube.
What’s a girl to do who wants to start a boutique but doesn’t want to take advantage of people? She starts an ethical boutique! And instead of taking advantage of people, she empower them!
I filed my LLC for The Lemonade Boutique, my online ethical clothing boutique that empowers women around the globe, on the last day of 2016. And in 2017 I launched the website, and in 2018 I launched my first collection of clothes that were made by women overcoming injustice like domestic abuse, drug addiction, extreme poverty, homelessness, physical disabilities, and sex trafficking.
Through my journey of starting my ethical clothing boutique and other various side hustles, I’ve learned quite a few things. I’ve learned about frugal living, starting and growing a business, living consciously of people and planet, and more. And here is where I can start to share these thoughts and lessons I’ve learned (the good and the bad). I hope I can help you feel empowered to start your own adventure as I live mine.
What’s going to be featured on the Girl Who Makes Lemonade Blog?
Look, I’ve got a load of great ideas to write about! I’m so excited to get this blog published so I can finally have my own little space where I can pursue new things. I am eager to talk about some of the causes that are important to me like sex trafficking and plastic pollution and how you can help. I am also planning on sharing some of the highs and lows about business that I’ve learned in my short time starting and growing my own business. I want to be able to offer myself and my experience as a big sister in business to someone else just getting started. I will also occasionally share things and resources that make my life easier, healthier, or more enjoyable-- this could be a DIY project or my favorite podcast. Mostly, I think I’m excited to connect with others who have similar passions and pursuits.
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Hey! I'm Christine, I'm an entrepreneur and small business owner who has learned by trial and error. I write helpful articles that help you take your next steps in business. Occasionally I like to mix things up and dash in a bit of lifestyle topics. Thanks for being here!