After that minor digression, here's our real quandary (and it's one we're very lucky to have): our wonderful and beautiful Ginger Pye reusable sandwich wraps are selling so well at the moment that we are having to spend almost every minute of each day making them up and posting them out to our extremely discerning customers.
|Our first school fundraising order, for Anderson's Bay School.|
|Wraps ready to be posted to Objx on Dalton, in Napier.|
While this is unbelievably fantastic and makes us feel like this:
...and we'll officially be Bad Parents with Neglected Kids - which doesn't tie in with our whole child-friendly, family-oriented, clean, green, soft and cosy, healthy-lunch-eating image at all! So we've decided we need help, at least with the actual sewing part of the business, and we've begun to look outside of our own living rooms.
This week we had a meeting with David Quinn from the local council's very helpful Economic Development Unit. David was really positive about our products and our little business. We'd already identified that we definitely don't want to be having our wraps made overseas - made in New Zealand is really important to us (and we even have a bit of a soft spot for the idea of keeping our products made in Dunedin). We would hate the Ginger Pye name to be attached to the sweat-shop, child-labour concept (although my own children are so desperate for pocket money that lately they've been begging me to let them make wraps too - last night they were fighting over who was allowed to cut the metres and metres of Velcro up for me. I don't think they quite understand the evils of work yet).
We'd also decided that we'd really like to support the cottage industry labour. Rather than sending our wraps off to be made by the hundred in some impersonal factory, we'd love to be able to supply work to people who only want or need a few hours a week: single parents with their new work requirements, retired folk who have a bit of spare time, new immigrants who might not have found their feet in a new city, but still need to earn some money. Luckily, our brand spanking new advisor, David, saw the beauty in our plan, and is now trying to connect us to some interested folk. Sadly, he straight-out admitted that we were probably not going to become millionaires this way (which was a bit devastating - my plans for world domination are not coming along very quickly), but we will have the warm glow of feeling ethically/politically/morally correct, and hopefully a bit more time to spend with our kids, before they all grow up and leave home. And if that warm glow cools off, we'll be able to snuggle up to all the many, many sandwich wraps that our lovely new bundle of sitting-room-sewers and sewing-room-stitchers will be churning out. Any minute now.