Stationery Business: Research Tips for Finding New Wholesale Accounts

Stationery Business: Research Tips for Finding New Wholesale Accounts | Sycamore Street Press

GETTING YOUR GOODS INTO MORE STORES

If you want to grow your company, it’s imperative that you take the initiative. Find shops you’d like to be carried in and reach out to them. Make sure you only contact those shops that would be a good match. Try to find interior shots of the store. What other lines do they carry?

Here are some of the ways we find new shops…

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8 Pieces of Art for Summer

8 Pieces of Art for Summer | Sycamore Street Press

As summer approaches, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite pieces of wall art that remind us of sweet summertime. And we’re excited to be coming out with a new collection of our large scale printable posters in June!

From left to right, top to bottom.

  1. Let’s Get Cool in the Pool by Léa Maupetit
  2. Everything is Cool Print by People I’ve Loved
  3. California Cactus No. 15 Printable Poster by Sycamore Street Press
  4. Farm Horses by Kevin Russ
  5. Black Floral Print by Leah Reena Goren
  6. Sunsets Forever by Ashkahn
  7. Green Cacti by Kate Roebuck
  8. Marta’s Summer Poster by Marta Fromme for Fine Little Day

 

Sycamore Q&A: Sarah K. Benning

Everything we do at Sycamore Street Press is with the goal of living a simple, beautiful & creative life, and in helping others do the same. There are so many people who have inspired us on this path, and we’d love to learn more from them! So we decided to start an interview series on the topic. Today we’ll hear from Sarah K. Benning, an American fiber artist currently living in Menorca, Spain.

Sycamore Q&A: Sarah K. Benning | Sycamore Street Press

Tell us a little about how you got starting doing botanical fiber art.

My stitched plant series (can it still be called a single series when it is actually now 98% of what I make?) started about 2 years ago when I was living and working from a small apartment in Albany, NY. If you’ve never been to Albany, it’s freezing cold and dark for what feels like 10 months out of the year. Definitely not super conditions for a thriving plant family, but those conditions didn’t stop me from amassing a large collection of potted houseplants and cacti. Unfortunately, only a few of them feebly held on until spring. Their stitched counterparts became a lasting memorials to the lost greenery and served as a kind of wish-list for future plants.  

Now, living and working from a sunny apartment in Menorca, Spain, the abundance of greenery, foliage and cacti alike, has only fed my passion for plants. Botanical subject matter continues to be a source of inspiration and a major character in my compositions.

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What We’re Loving This Month

What We're Loving This Month | Sycamore Street Press

A little late to the party, Kirk and I are just finishing up the final season of Parenthood. I’ll be a little sad to say goodbye to the Bravermans. What I love about that show is how it really celebrates family — and a big, multigenerational, sometimes wonderful, sometimes messed up family. It feels real — at least more real than the way most TV shows depict families.

I find myself wishing that all my siblings lived in the same town and that they’d pop by my work just to ask me a question (instead of texting like normal people) and we’d have sibling dance parties and hang out in hospital waiting rooms together. (Okay, maybe not that last part.) I can’t believe we’re all grown up and that my brothers and sister and I are all adults and are married and have children.

I also can’t believe my baby just turned 3, because it means that I don’t really have a baby anymore — just kids. But they’re pretty awesome kids. And I feel incredibly grateful to be a mother and a sister and a daughter and a wife.

Happy Mother’s Day to all you mothers and nurturers and sisters and daughters out there! xo

And for this month’s list…

  1. Happy Mother’s Day!
  2. Uplifting, witty, and wise quotes from 12 amazing women.
  3. What food is in season in May.
  4. One of my favorite new podcasts. What podcasts are you listening to?
  5. Looking forward to seeing this.
  6. For the travel lover.
  7. I recently switched up my hairstyle, which is always a scary step to take, but I’m happy I did!
  8. Will definitely be making these.
  9. 5 life lessons from one of my favorite films.
  10. Always up for a classic diner.
  11. Planning a party just so I can make this.
  12. Celebrating 100 years in America’s National Parks.
  13. Yes.
  14. Teeny tiny treehouses.
  15. Next time you’re in Minneapolis
  16. I’m excited to try my hand at Nordic home cooking.
  17. Love the colors and shapes of these illustrations.
  18. 5 unexpected places to travel this summer.
  19. Major style inspiration.
  20. Have you seen our new collection?!

 

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