Q: Why “pretty smart”?
A:  It’s “pretty smart” because the stuff is both pretty and smart… or at the very least, pretty smart.  Form and function, having your cake and eating it, a girl with a great rack and a great personality. 

Q: Where’s the stuff?
A: It's here-ish! I've been working on building an inventory of products before I put up any of them for sale on the website. Additionally, I need a place to build the stuff, so right now, my "workshop" is my bedroom and the basement workshop, which needs a lot of work (like walls, for example). I've been working on arranging/building workspace, as well as making stuff, but that means the “stuff” is sort of in limbo, strewn about my bedroom, barn, garage, basement, attic, lawn… it’s sort of like that scene in The Labyrinth with the junk pile. For now, I'm sticking to small things.

Q: Do you have a store?
A: Physical, no. Online, yes. Maybe soon I can also start selling a couple things in artisan shops and maybe hit a craft fair, but unless I fall into a lot of money, it’s going to be awhile.

Q: Where is prettysmartstuff located?
A: Five miles west of Oberlin, Ohio. At Trina's mom's house (fondly called "The Mothership"). And allow me to reiterate: there is no physical storefront.

Q: What can I do to help?
A: Let’s see…

Q: [insert the name of another company here] is already doing repurposed stuff.
A: Awesome!  Everyone has different tastes, and I know my aesthetic isn’t for everyone, and it’s also not economically or environmentally feasible for me to transport products around the country, so I’m glad other people are!

Q: I have a chair/couch/pillow/table/clock/bustier that could stand to be refinished.  Can you do that?
A: Yes!  Send me an email, and I’ll tell you what I can do!

Q: What’s with the pink?
A: I like pink.  My love of pink often surprises people, since I have a tendency to wear mostly dark colors, but I think pink is seriously underrated in the world of badass colors.

Q: I have an idea about something I want made; will you do commissioned work?
A: Probably... let's talk about it.

Q: Are you hiring?
A: I wish.  When I’m set up a little more, I’d love to get some help (maybe an intern? or a website manager, receptionist, personal assistant, marketing associate), but for now, I’m basically a one-woman show.  I am all about bartering services, though.

Q: What do you do for a real job?
A: I’m really trying to make this my job.  I might like to get a part-time job at a hardware store or something at some point, but up until recently, grad school kept me pretty busy, so for the time being, I'll stick to fixing stuff, babysitting, and substitute teaching.  

Q: So, do you have the skills to do this stuff?  Like, do you know how to sew/use tools/ paint/ carpentry/ upholstering/ etc.?
A: Um, yes… yes, I do (and yes, I'm actually asked this question quite frequently).  For more info on my tremendous range of fantastic ability, look at my bio.

Q: Do you deliver?
A:  Do I deliver on my promises? Always. Do I deliver products? Maybe.

Q: Where do you get your supplies?
A:  Everywhere!  Favorites include:

As for stuff like glue, staples, paintbrushes, and dye supplies, Dick Blick is my baby – my enormous, educationally priced baby.  I also have a newfound love of Dharma Trading Company, as well as hardware stores.  I <3 my local hardware store.

 

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Last updated: January 29, 2011 3:38 PM