Ever since I was a teenager I’ve had a thing for collecting bottle caps. I believe it started when I was in junior high (same building as the high school) when the seniors pulled their senior prank. The school was interviewing potential superintendent candidates and the seniors littered the halls with beer caps. It kind of backfired when a bunch of smelly 7th graders (me and my posse) thought the caps were cool and started picking them off the floor before the candidates arrived. Growing up in the time of the can and plastic bottle I didn’t really have much exposure to bottle caps so it was my one of my first times seeing all the colors and logos. From then on I was hooked and (after I turned 21 of course) started keeping beer caps from the times I was classy enough to drink beer that came in bottles.
Now in my 30’s and with spring cleaning upcoming I could see my wife circling around my giant bowl of bottle caps ready to use any excuse to help find them a new home in the recycling bin. After some negotiations it was decided that I can keep a few caps for display purposes, but the rest of the bowl had to go. Since we own a laser engraving business we turned it into project which resulted in our own Ohio Bottle Cap Holder. This is by no means a new idea, but this is our design and I can keep 59 of my favorite bottle caps safely stored within Ohio’s borders.
If you would like one of these for your home we sell them on our Etsy & Amazon sites.
As we build toward having our own website we’ve relied on many different platforms to interact with people across the world. Soon we’ll link everything up together but part of our mission to keep overhead low right now is to rely on free spaces to advertise and sell.
The Valentine’s Day episode of ABC’s Fresh Off The Boat hit a little too close to home last night. In the episode when given the chance to go out for a romantic dinner the main characters pretend to go out but end up staying in to do their taxes. My wife and I laughed because that seemed outlandish. However last night, the night before Valentine’s Day, we sat in the basement with her prepping taxes and me painting signs. I guess that’s just what they call “small biz problems.” However, getting the taxes ready was a good reflection back to our first six months in business.
Looking at our receipts we remember when a 2′ x 2′ birch plywood sheet would last us several weeks. Now about five 4′ x 8′ sheets lasts us that same amount of time. The same thing is true about paint, we saw a bunch of purchases for pints of paint. At this point we’ve graduated to gallons and are considering purchasing in five gallon containers for our more popular colors. We’re also buying all our other supplies in a higher quantity than before and in most cases we’re finding places to buy wholesale and in bulk instead of just going to Lowe’s.
Needless to say looking back at the first six months of business is like a first grader looking at their kindergarten pictures and saying, “I’ve really grown up since then.” However, it’s good to reflect and realize that we would never grow without the support of our friends, family, and amazing customers. We have a long way to go with this little business and tax time gave us a good chance to reflect on where we are going and how we have got there.
So to anyone who has purchased anything from us, seen us at a festival, visited us on any of our site, or just stumbled across this post on accident. Please stay tuned to what we have in store for the future. Interact with us and help us to always be creating.
Kevin & Cara Canfield