Interview With Stacey Young Of STUFF Etsy Shop
Stuff is a little shop on ETSY that offers all sorts of groovy handmade things for kitty and you. Home of the world famous BINKY cat toys. Ok maybe not famous throughout the whole world yet, but they are working on that. Being animal advocates STUFF donates 25% of all their Binky Cat Toy sales to a monthly animal charity. That is a cat toy that not only makes your cat happy but helps animals in need.
STUFF has been featured in Pet Magazine New Zealand (http://www.petmag.co.nz/) and in the fantastic blog of “The World According to Misha” (http://gorgeous.co.nz/misha/). Binky Cat toys are also included as some of the fabulous prizes in New Zealand’s Net Top Cat Model (http://www.topcatmodel.co.nz/) which is a grand fundraiser for the SPCA, Lonely Miaow and Cats Protection League, proudly presented by SPCA Premium Pet Food.
STUFF also is working on a new animal charity project… The Fabulous Animal Rescue Project. It is a global effort to raise awareness and fund for rescue groups, shelters, and sanctuaries. They are looking for artist to join in and help. (http://fabulousanimalrescueproject.blogspot.com/)
Esty Shop: STUFF
All answers are copyright of Stacey Young.
1. How did you get interested in cats? How old were you when you had your first kitty?
I adore animals, all animals, but cats have always been my favorite. Growing up my mom made sure there was at least one animal in the house at all times. But I always wanted a cat of my own and then my sister gave me one for my eighteenth birthday. His name was Soko, a dashing tuxedo cat. Now I cannot imagine how I ever lived without one.
2. How did you discover Etsy? Did you consider other ways to sell your products?
Purely by accident. Don’t you just love accidents like that? I was just browsing some favorite artists of mine and clicked a link and there is was. Before ETSY I did have a shop on Ebay. In July I will have a booth at my first festival, which I am both excited and nervous about.
3. Do you sell your products in a local store in your area?
Not at this time but I hope to some day. There are never enough cat toys in pet stores I think.
4. Have you been successful at selling your products on Etsy? Have you always been successful, or did you end up getting a lot more traffic after being featured on a specific blog?
I have been very lucky on ETSY and I am so grateful. I have made sales all over the planet which I think it very groovy. Right now there is a kitty in France playing with one of my toys. I love that. Blogs have also been very helpful by connecting me with some wonderful people from all over whom I owe much of my success too. Blogs have also made it possible for me to connect with many animal charity groups. I am an animal advocate and often help rescue groups and shelters with donations from my shop.
5. Do your customers ever give you new ideas for products?
6. Have you thought of featuring a Ragdoll cat is some way? (Had to ask.)
I have sold toys to Ragdoll cats. I would love to! See me after the interview. *wink*
7. Are you a one wo/man show?
STUFF is three woman show. My lovely mother Debbie, Leslie, my partner, and myself.
8. Do you have a blog?
Why yes….. http://stuffforkittyandyou.blogspot.com/ and a Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/STUFF/189300041570?ref=mf
9. Do you do custom ordering? Can someone return it if they don’t care for it?
I have in the past for pals, but you have to know the secret password. So no, not at this time.
10. Can you share a story with us behind any of your products that you especially enjoyed working on? Maybe because of the story behind the kitty?
Gosh…. …. I really enjoy working on everything. I can say that the orders that are destined for charity are always inspiring. Oh and this is going way back, but once I was contacted by a gal who wanted a Binky mat. She said she had been trying all sorts of toys but has yet to find one that her cat would play with. Her kitty was rescued from a testing lab where he was experimented on. After she got the Binky mat she contacted me and was delighted. She told me that her kitty initially was not impressed but then later that evening walked over the the box and started to investigate. To her amazement he played! She said every night he sleeps only on the mat. It is a happy place that is all his own she said. I still tear up over that story.