HowellsProducts

LOWEST PRICES - handcrafted in the USA wood soap dishes

Portland, Oregon · 7683 Sales

HowellsProducts

LOWEST PRICES - handcrafted in the USA wood soap dishes

Portland, Oregon 7683 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(2089)

Announcement   Don't ask how I started my business - you wouldn't believe me...read my story in the "about" section at the bottom of the page...

SOAP MAKERS, here are 3 simple proven ways to increase your sales -
1 Use an inexpensive soap dish (thin aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish .99 cents each) as an incentive to encourage your customers to purchase multiple products from you. For example – Buy 4 bars of soap and get a FREE aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish. This has been a proven sells strategy of a soap maker who has seen the sales of soap increase significantly.

2 recommend my care instructions to your customers. Not only do my care instructions extend the life of a wood soap dish, but soap makers who have shared this suggestion with their customers have seen their soap dish sales nearly double as most customers purchase at least two at a time.
* * * * * CARE INSTRUCTIONS * * * * *
a soap dish significantly extends the life of a bar of soap - but did you know that you can also extend the life of your soap dish? Use your soap dishes in pairs to extend the life of the dish - use one dish for 2-3 weeks, and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth and set aside to allow it to fully dry out. Use the 2nd dish for 2-3 weeks while the first dish is drying out. Alternating wood soap dishes this way will prevent mold and mildew from developing and growing on your dish and greatly extend the life of the dish.

3 If you are selling or giving away my inexpensive thin dishes, also try offering a higher end more luxurious soap dish as an option for your customers. I have one soap maker who purchases both the thin aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish for .99 cents each as well as the Spanish cedar Boardwalk soap dish for $2.60 each. This particular customer resells the thin dish for $2.99 at a profit of $2 and resells the Boardwalk for $6.99 at a profit of $4.39. He sells about 500 of each in a year at a total annual profit of $3,195... or $266.25/mo....that's a car payment just from selling soap dishes!

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Follow me on Instagram @HowellsProducts - Like me on Facebook for great promotional offers

I make most all of my soap dishes and other various wood products from wood scraps that I retrieve by the pallet from one of the largest lumber supplier and mill in the Portland area. My strong business relationship with the lumber supplier goes back to the days of our family custom cabinet business. I've carried that relationship into my new business. The mill is supplying me with all short mill end pieces that are worthless to them, but to me they are the perfect manageable size for what I am making. It's a win-win...much better than sending the small pieces to China where they will be ground up and used for particle board and then sold back to the US for cheap cabinet and construction materials.


I am able to offer the LOWEST prices on natural and reclaimed wood products simply because I make all of my products in large batches. DON'T be fooled...LOWEST PRICES do not mean lesser quality. My feedback section speaks for itself...
https://www.etsy.com/people/Christopherh/feedback?ref=owner_feedback_leftnav
DON'T pay twice as much for a similar product!!


Howells Wood Products in the Media:
KATU NEWS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMsJbkoZ0r4
101 KXL FM Lars Larson Show interview:
http://soundcloud.com/thelarslarsonshow/chris-howells-howells-natural/s-OpcIT

Announcement

Last updated on May 30, 2017

Don't ask how I started my business - you wouldn't believe me...read my story in the "about" section at the bottom of the page...

SOAP MAKERS, here are 3 simple proven ways to increase your sales -
1 Use an inexpensive soap dish (thin aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish .99 cents each) as an incentive to encourage your customers to purchase multiple products from you. For example – Buy 4 bars of soap and get a FREE aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish. This has been a proven sells strategy of a soap maker who has seen the sales of soap increase significantly.

2 recommend my care instructions to your customers. Not only do my care instructions extend the life of a wood soap dish, but soap makers who have shared this suggestion with their customers have seen their soap dish sales nearly double as most customers purchase at least two at a time.
* * * * * CARE INSTRUCTIONS * * * * *
a soap dish significantly extends the life of a bar of soap - but did you know that you can also extend the life of your soap dish? Use your soap dishes in pairs to extend the life of the dish - use one dish for 2-3 weeks, and then wipe it clean with a damp cloth and set aside to allow it to fully dry out. Use the 2nd dish for 2-3 weeks while the first dish is drying out. Alternating wood soap dishes this way will prevent mold and mildew from developing and growing on your dish and greatly extend the life of the dish.

3 If you are selling or giving away my inexpensive thin dishes, also try offering a higher end more luxurious soap dish as an option for your customers. I have one soap maker who purchases both the thin aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish for .99 cents each as well as the Spanish cedar Boardwalk soap dish for $2.60 each. This particular customer resells the thin dish for $2.99 at a profit of $2 and resells the Boardwalk for $6.99 at a profit of $4.39. He sells about 500 of each in a year at a total annual profit of $3,195... or $266.25/mo....that's a car payment just from selling soap dishes!

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Follow me on Instagram @HowellsProducts - Like me on Facebook for great promotional offers

I make most all of my soap dishes and other various wood products from wood scraps that I retrieve by the pallet from one of the largest lumber supplier and mill in the Portland area. My strong business relationship with the lumber supplier goes back to the days of our family custom cabinet business. I've carried that relationship into my new business. The mill is supplying me with all short mill end pieces that are worthless to them, but to me they are the perfect manageable size for what I am making. It's a win-win...much better than sending the small pieces to China where they will be ground up and used for particle board and then sold back to the US for cheap cabinet and construction materials.


I am able to offer the LOWEST prices on natural and reclaimed wood products simply because I make all of my products in large batches. DON'T be fooled...LOWEST PRICES do not mean lesser quality. My feedback section speaks for itself...
https://www.etsy.com/people/Christopherh/feedback?ref=owner_feedback_leftnav
DON'T pay twice as much for a similar product!!


Howells Wood Products in the Media:
KATU NEWS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mMsJbkoZ0r4
101 KXL FM Lars Larson Show interview:
http://soundcloud.com/thelarslarsonshow/chris-howells-howells-natural/s-OpcIT

Chris Howells

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Angela DePriest

Angela DePriest on Jul 25, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

These are wonderful. Elegant simplicity never fails. Will definitely consider using these in my gift packages and keeping a few for myself. I will likely order more! Thanks for this amazing service and beautiful products!

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Updates

FLASH SALE going on now for a limited time. Purchase 8, 20, 60 or 110 of my most popular natural wood slim soap dish for just $1 each. Stock up now before this sale is over.

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My .95 cent aromatic Spanish cedar soap dish promotional offer is ending soon! Stock up now before prices return to regular wholesale price.
$1 soap dish special is back for a limited time! Purchase 28 natural poplar wood soap dishes for $28.

About

A thing of beauty springing out of life's ashes...

The only real job I've ever had was working for my dad and our family business right out of high school. My dad started a custom cabinet business nearly 40 years ago. I graduated high school in 2000 and jumped right in. It was the absolutely perfect situation for me. I had the privilege of working with my dad and closest friend every day, and I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge from him. I was able to provide for my family and spend every day working with family. It was some of the greatest years in my life that carry with them some of my most cherished memories!

Our business was highly successful during the housing boom of the 90s and then again in the mid 2000s. Through tremendous hard work and long hours, we employed 40+ incredible men and woman who were apart of Team Howells, and we all enjoyed the great benefits of the roaring house market in 2004, 5 and 6. And just as many others did, we suffered when the housing market came to an abrupt halt in 2007. Our business suffered, our family and the families of those we employed suffered as we had no choice but to lay off nearly every employee who worked for us.

On the afternoon of August 21, 2011 the unimaginable happened that changed the lives of me and my family forever...under tremendous stress caused by the business and failing investments, and other hardships that our family was going through, my dad - clearly not in his right mind - became convinced that he was worth more dead than alive to his family, and he took his own life. Consequently, not only did I lose my dad and closest friend, I lost my job of 11 years as our business was soon after closed down.

Having a great need to continue providing for my family and realizing that my skill sets were not worth nearly as much as they once were, I took a simple side hobby of making toy building blocks from shop scraps, and over the next several months launched my business, Howells Products LLC. What started out as kind of a therapy to help me through a season of tremendous loss and pain has shaped and grown into a thriving business that brings joy and smiles to children and families all across the country! In recent years I have discovered the world of soap making and have met some amazing people along the way. I am now making wood soap dishes by the tens of thousands and supply hundreds of soap making businesses and boutique stores nationwide, helping hundreds of other entrepreneurial minded individuals realize their dreams of providing for their families just as I have been so blessed to be able to do for mine.

Today I am so blessed to be surrounded and supported by my most amazing family. My wife Lizzy has always believed in my crazy business ideas, and she has always encouraged me to "go for it". She will even occasionally help me assemble soap dishes when large orders comes through. Lizzy is the smart one in the family. She is a part-time OR nurse at a local children's hospital. She works one day a week helping sick kids who are going into surgery, and the rest of the week she is mommy to our two children. My 9 year old son already talks of one day working for the "family business" after he retires from the NBA. His job now is to put felt pads on the bottoms of drink coasters. Our beautiful 3 year old daughter Emma has brought such tremendous joy and life into our family! We adopted Emma as a newborn in June of 2014...she truly is God's little miracle gift to us...another story your wouldn't believe...a baby girl who had more than enough drugs in her system at birth that she shouldn't be alive...but through the countless prayers of loved ones around the country and world, she miraculously pulled through with ZERO effects...and a now perfectly healthy vibrant 3 year old loving life!

In one word, my family is "BLESSED"...so tremendously blessed!! And I am so humbled and honored each time someone chooses to purchase a product from me and support this family's little "American Dream". Please know that when you purchase from me, you are not only supporting my family, but as a family we are helping to financially support friends of ours who are doing the Lord's work on SE Asia. Your purchase from me is helping to teach English classes and job skills to locals in a 3rd world nation...young men and women are learning life skills and breaking out of poverty and starting their own businesses and doing unbelievable things...know that your purchase is sending money around the world to help those truly in need.

...and for what it's worth...as if I am not busy enough...I now have a second hobby turned business coffee roasting/bean distribution. You can visit my other Etsy store at www.HowellsFiredCoffee.etsy.com

Thank you for visiting, and come back again soon!
Blessings!!

Chris Howells

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  • Chris Howells

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, One Man Business From A To Z

    I live in beautiful Happy Valley, Oregon with my gorgeous wife and two amazing kids - who are the inspirations behind my toy products and the reason why work so hard to make this business succeed. My family is the BEST!!

Shop policies

Last updated on November 1, 2014
A satisfied customer recently called me on the phone and asked how it was possible the she could purchase a set of handcrafted-in-the-USA blocks for less money than a set from Toys R Us that consisted of few pieces manufactured in China. The answer is simple...handcrafting natural wood blocks, puzzles and novelty gifts is ALL that I do. Most people who make similar products do it as a hobby or side job, thus making their products in smaller batches and must charge more. After the recession, coupled with the untimely passing of my dad and employer, put our custom cabinet business out of business, I utilized shop space and equipment and streamlined the production of handcrafted wood products.

Rather than making 2-3 sets of blocks at a time, I will make 2,000-3,000 blocks at a time, piece them out into dozens of set and stack pre-packed boxes to the ceiling. Because I personally make all of my products in large quantities (some items are still made to order) I am able to offer rock bottom prices for high quality handcrafted hardwood products.

All of my puzzles and novelty gift items are made of reclaimed wood. I am fortunate enough to have a good relationship with a nearby cabinet door company who allows me to come and pick through their enormous scrap collection anytime I need material...walnut, maple, cherry, mahogany, ash, white oak, red oak....etc...most all of my reclaimed wood comes from their shop.

All of the scraps I generate that are no longer useable for any of my products I use as the fuel for the fire over which I fire roast coffee, which is also available for sale in my Etsy shop.

My business started out of extreme pain when I lost my dad and my job in one horrible day back in 2011. Needing to do something...anything to support my family and needing an outlet for dealing with my loss, this business was unintentionally born. I now cannot imagine doing anything else than what I am doing today. Although my dad is gone, a piece of him and his entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the creativity of my work. Everything I do, I do with him in mind, and I do in such a way that would make him proud.

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I accept Paypal, credit card, gift certificates and cash or checks also for local pickups.

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If you purchase an item that is listed as "RESERVED for..." and you are not named on the reservation, I WILL cancel the sale and refund you the purchase price. If you would like a reserved listing for a custom order, contact me.
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Shipping
Most products that I have in my shop are pre-made, packaged and ready to ship. Most purchases are shipped within 1-2 days. If you purchase an item that cannot be shipped within 1-2 days, I will message you to give you a timeline. All orders are shipped within 3-4 days.

Most all of my products are shipped via USPS Priority Mail. a few of my items are shipped USPS First Class mail. Please message me if you have concerns or questions about how your item will be shipped.

I ship ONLY to buyers address unless this is being purchased as a gift and sent to gift recipient. I do not do drop shipment. I do not allow sellers to sell my products on third party websites, purchase from me and ship to other buyer's address.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, I will refund you your money.

If for any reason you are unsatisfied with your purchase, return it within 60 days of purchase for your money back. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are purchasing any of my items to resale, please use your OWN pictures of my products. Please DO NOT copy and paste my photography onto your own website.