I spent many late nights searching for clamps and peculiar hardware on Goggle images. I ordered all sorts of clamps that looked like they might work, only to discover that you really do get what you pay for; and only the best would do for my umbrella. I found an umbrella manufacturer in China with a good reputation. I scanned diagrams and sent them to China as email attachments. After several months and hundreds of emails, I had my first of three prototypes. More design issues needed to be worked out and the umbrellas were tested on windy days. Next I secured a freight forwarder, a letter of credit, and a company that would inspect my order in China. Slowly, my obsession was becoming a reality.
I think my husband was flabbergasted when the umbrellas actually arrived. Once the umbrellas were delivered, I had to work on suppliers for the clamps, the rotating arm, and hardware items. I installed a drill press in my kitchen and had an expensive drill press fixture (jig) made to order. I began doing light assembly work and web site design in my “spare” time.
Now I have two more products and a warehouse/art studio down the hill from where I live. Every girl needs a warehouse. I’m thinking of writing a novel called “A Warehouse of Her Own. Stay tuned.
How did I think of the Palette Garage? That’s a story for another part of the blog. It involves grizzly bears and a long drive across the Great Basin.