Announcement New pricing: 1 chair $84.95. 2 chairs$159.95. 3 chairs $229.95. 4 chairs $294.95 Add a table for $99.95
New pricing: 1 chair $84.95. 2 chairs$159.95. 3 chairs $229.95. 4 chairs $294.95 Add a table for $99.95
Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013
What a great table! It was exactly what i was looking for and my girls are loving it in their playhouse. Kazoinks was awesome and rushed my purchase so i would have it for xmas! Thank you!
Buy a Chair, Clothe a Child. Artist brother, writer sister team up to clothe children in Haiti
Our story. The short version. I make chairs to sell and make money. My sister makes dresses to send to needy kids in Haiti. Some money from my chairs helps my sister make and send more dresses and shorts to kids in Haiti. Buy a chair, clothe a child.
Read on for the long story....
Several years ago I had the idea to turn letters of the alphabet into chairs for kids. I started developing prototypes in my art studio and eventually filed for design patents and we are now patent pending. I thought it would be cool if people could order the letters they want and choose the colors they want. However, doing this cost effectively is very challenging.
While I have others supply the parts which I designed, currently I finish everything by hand in my art studio/work shop. I built a small spray booth to speed up production as well as set up a small assembly line when finishing parts.
From the very beginning I knew I wanted the chairs to do more than just make money. Until recently I wasn't sure how.
A couple years ago my sister, Kim Harms started a little project to send dresses to girls in Haiti. She went on a mission trip there while in high school and it changed her life. She returned with a passion to help those whose lives so impacted her. She also returned with a very cool hand carved chair for me as a souvenir that I still have in my living room. Her family sponsored a child who is now college age, so she has always had a heart for the people, especially the children of Haiti.
Wanting to do more, but not sure what, she thought she'd use the sewing skills she learned from our talented seamstress mother. So she started to make some dresses and it started to take on a life of its own.
Recently I read the book "Start Something That Matters" by Blake Mycoskie the founder of Tom's Shoes. I was motivated by his "One for One" business model. For every pair of shoes they sell, they donate a pair. I thought what could I give every time a chair sells. I actually contacted Samaritan's Purse to find a specific need which I could meet through sales of chairs. I received a very helpful response. Come to find that there are numerous stings attached when trying to work with a charitable organization.
Of course you can always write a check which is great, but I wanted something more tangible. Buy "this", someone in need gets "that", was the idea. After pondering it for a little while, I thought, Kim's dresses. People donate and volunteer, but there are always expenses not covered. That seemed like something my chairs could help with.
Originally she thought sending dresses would be a one time thing. But when people kept asking her about it, she thought she'd do it again and try to send more dresses than she did the first year, and so 500dresses.org was born. She just thought 500 would be a good goal to shoot for on the second time around. It seemed like a lofty goal, but we have a big God, and my sister has a strong faith.
Year one she shipped 121 dresses. Year two-452 dresses, 105 pairs of shorts for the boys. The shorts came about because of a comment by her blonde hair blue eyed son who didn't think it was fair that the girls got dresses and the boys didn't get anything.
Back to my chairs. We are adopting the "Tom's Shoes" "One for One" business model. For every chair we sell a dress or pair of shorts will go to a child in Haiti through my sister's charity. They will actually be dispersed by Mission to Haiti, a family run organization based in Miami, Florida.
Since we are still early in our development, it is the perfect time to build into the foundation of our company a spirit of giving. If you wait until you have enough to give, you miss the opportunities to see how your generosity can grow, and you may never start giving at all.
Even with all the support for Kim's 500dresses there will always be expenses. I am building my business in the hopes that we can help cover some of those expenses. At this point our sales are slow, but things are progressing.
We have dozens of retailers interested in carrying our chairs, but do to the custom nature of our production, it is currently not cost effective. However, I have been speaking with a furniture manufacturer to potentially start producing a handful of standard, non custom designs which we will sell through retailers nation wide. We also just heard from the 2nd largest furniture store in the USA that they are interested in our chairs.
We are both out of our comfort zones with our mutual endeavors, but opportunity is great and our God is big. follow our stories at
500dresses.org and kazzoinks.com
Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Paint Brush And Power Tool Player With-er.
Husband, father, son, brother, artist, handyman, painter, sculptor, lawn mower, goof off, church goer, Bible reader, patent holder, business owner, fun having, motorcycle riding Iowan who surfs, like a guy from Iowa. Oh, and I make stuff too.
Wife, mom, daughter, sister, friend, accountant, cook, project manager, book reader, netflix watcher, husbands business receipt adder upper, little boy and big boy care for-er, twin carrying super mom. Please buy our chairs, I need a raise.
I'm a son, grandson, soon to be brother of twins, cousin, Mom Dad entertainer, Dad's art studio stuff get into-er, 3 1/2 year old genius. Don't believe me? I will tell you, Stubborn, opinionated apple of my parents eye. My mom and dad are lucky!
Maker, Writer, Dress Giver
Sister to my brother. I make and give dresses. He makes chairs to make money, some of which helps me make and give more dresses. See my website 500dresses.org. or my blog kimharms.net
I oversee day to day operations from any of the comfortable locations I choose to relax either in the house, yard, or studio. I have it rough.
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