In the first days of One Loved Babe, I bought a $10 plastic rack from Walmart and set it up in my living room. I ordered my first batch of clothes and hung them on the rack. The rack quickly became too weak, and would occasionally tip over as I kept adding new items to it (I always love this memory because at the time I didn’t know how quickly clothes add up in weight!).
We moved in with my in-laws for a few months, along with my little business. By this time, I finally upgraded to a metal rack, which was a game changer--it could actually hold over 10 lbs, which was amazing haha! That one rack turned into 2, then 3. We were quickly filling up our little space in our basement apartment--I still kick myself for not taking a picture of my little set up!
At this time, I was a one-man band (with occasional help from Chad after he would get home from work). I would put Duke to bed at night and stay up for hours and hours studying and learning my market. I was a determined little workaholic. Seriously though, I had my mind set that I was going to make this work. Because I was OBSESSED. SO MANY HOURS were put into this little business that wasn’t bringing in that much money, at the time.
Our little space maxed out at 8 clothing racks, and we were itching for more room. We found an amazing deal on a house that had a built-in walk out basement, that we immediately saw potential. 1450 square feet of unfinished basement = warehouse. We quickly closed on our first big purchase and hands down, it’s been the best investment + house for us.
2 months later, I was at my wits end--I came home from the hospital after having my second son, Wells, and was completely overwhelmed with the amount of orders and work that needed to be done. Thankfully, my sweet husband and parents were angels to help relieve some of the stress off my shoulders. Within the next month I hired my first employee, which was so amazing! It was nice to be able to pawn off some of the work load and focus on other areas of the business.
Fast forward 2 years and here we are! 5 employees, over 30 racks, and a maxed out basement, we’re reaching toward bigger goals (cough cough warehouse)! This business has turned into something I never expected, but better than anything I’ve ever imagined. I’m so grateful for the ups and downs and everything in-between, that’s made it what it is today. I’m so excited to see where it’s at in another 3 years!