Meet Bec, the mastermind behind Crazy Confetti, a plaster painting fun house in Grafton NSW that caters to all ages.
Around Grafton, kids’ birthday parties, playgroups, schools and even hens’ nights visit Crazy Confetti to paint their own plaster paris moulds. The plaster designs vary from PlayStation controls to unicorns and other animals. Bec also sells take-home packs of her plaster paris moulds and paints on Facebook and at the local market.
“Ofelia has helped with my books for my cashflow and how I can use my car in the business and keep a record of the kilometres. I was struggling a bit with my cash records, so this was very helpful.”
Read more about how Bec brought Crazy Confetti to life.
My business is a plaster painting fun house called Crazy Confetti. My store has been open for just over two months. I handmake plaster of paris and children and adults come in and paint them. Afterwards, I coat it with some clear gloss and then they can take it home. I started doing this about 6 years ago for friends and family on Facebook. During COVID-19, I started doing it online and sending them to whoever else wanted to buy them.
Before starting Crazy Confetti, I was a bartender and waitress for about two years but I was not working last year due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
I felt like I needed to do something for myself and being a single mum, I need to be able to work around the kids. It was just a hobby for the kids 6 years ago and I was also making piñatas out of paper mâché. It snowballed from there. My nan always said that I was creative and that I should be doing something like this and she was right because I love it!
I have a store that is open Wednesday to Sunday and I do themes such as Minion Monday, Superhero Sunday or Teddy Bear Tuesday. This is a way to make it fun and connect with the kids. I do a lot of markets as well where I sell packs of the plaster of paris and paints. The markets are an opportunity for me to advertise the option to come into the store and join a class. My packs are also available online to purchase.
I found that the workload doesn’t end after hours when the shop is closed. When I get home, I might still have to do bits and pieces, do office work and make all the plasters. I have a big garage at home where I pour all the plasters.
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Ofelia has helped with my books for my cash flow and how I can use my car in the business and keep a record of the kilometres. I was struggling a bit with my cash records, so this was very helpful. Definitely all the finance side of things.
Getting customers when it is not school holidays or the weekend is my biggest challenge. There are a few marketing activities I have been doing to try and improve this. For example, I have printed off over 200 flyers and done letterbox drops. I have approached all the preschools, daycares, playgroups and even schools to see if they are interested in excursions or purchasing bulk packs of plaster. I have also approached disability services to see if they want to bring people in for an activity.
Getting into a shop and decorating the front of the store to make it look fun and lively has been my biggest success so far. That way I don’t have to load up my car and travel with all of my equipment and stock. My house is no longer full of boxes either which has been very nice. My store has been a perfect location to host kids’ birthday parties and run sip and paint nights for the adults. I couldn’t do those events when I was working from my home garage! The plaster of paris is in all sorts of 3D or flat designs. For the kids, the number one sellers are plaster unicorns and PlayStation controllers.
My hens’ nights plasters are another one of my big sellers. I make these sales at the markets and online sales through Facebook and Instagram. Sometimes I have ladies book the store space for the night as well which is really fun. My aim is to have something for everyone.
I hope to expand to a bigger shop and expand my plaster range. I would like to have more regular customers through the weekdays when it is slow so that I can keep it steady. This will happen as I build relationships with different schools.
Thank you Bec for sharing the story of Crazy Confetti with us. We can’t wait to support you on this journey to achieving your business goals. Be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with her business journey.
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