I can't believe it took me so long! But then I remember the hours and hours of work that happen behind the scenes: finding items, transporting them, researching, photographing, cleaning, fixing, measuring and weighing. Not to mention all the admin tasks: PayPal, shopping cart set-up, domain name (x3 since I kept changing the name!), business bank account, marketing, surveying potential customers, and more research than I care to mention. It might look effortless, but there's a crazy amount of work involved!
The interesting thing about an online store is that you never know who is going to find out about your products or who is going to buy them. Will my first customer be a friend, a friend of a friend, or some random woman from, say, Connecticut, who stumbled upon my site while looking up Holt Howard ceramics (I have two of those, Ms. Connecticut, hope you saw them both!)?
The store is heavily in favour of local (Toronto and GTA) buyers, since larger (ie: furniture) items are for local pick-up and delivery only. I can't imagine anyone spending more than the price of a dresser itself to have that particular item shipped halfway across North America.
I'd like to point out that this is a consignment shop. So if you have any mid-century modern furniture or houseware that you're looking to sell, please contact me! For more details, read the "how to sell" page on the kipkoo site.
So, let it begin.
|For posterity sake this is what the kipkoo homepage looked like upon first launch.|
The image behind is the site my desktop image, "Wood Grain Crowd" from Veer.com