Spotlight On: Candy Coated Bags plus a Giveaway

7 Jul

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Stephanie Valentine, owner of Candy Coated Bags.  Stephanie and I met through The BOSS Network and Twitter.   I am a huge fan of social networking because of the e-friendships I’ve built over the years.  I’m happy to say that Stephanie has quickly been added to this list. 

It only took one visit to Candy Coated Bags’ website for me to become a raving fan!  I instantly fell in love with a lime green handbag.  So much so that I’ve already sent a link over to my sweetie in hopes that he’ll purchase it for me :-).  I’m also in love with their pricing! As a budget fashionista I am always looking for a good deal and Stephanie definitely delivers.

Take a moment to get to know the woman behind the handbags…

MGS: What is Candy Coated Bags?
Stephanie Valentine: Candy Coated Bags is an online handbag and clutch store. We offer New and Gently Used, but definitely worthy handbags and clutchs at very reasonable pricing. It also focuses on the colorfulness of some handbags and the certain pop it can bring to any outfit. I also sell locally, in Buffalo, NY, and offer purse parties to my customers.  I named the company Candy Coated Bags to symbolize the joy one finds in a sweet piece of candy is the same joy that I find in handbags.
 
MGS: When did you discover your passion for handbags?
Stephanie Valentine: As a little girl in the 6th grade, I LOVED purses. I remember I had a bright blue purse and my Mom would ask every time I carried it, why did you pick that bright blue thing? And I would say because it makes people take notice, LOL. Since then, I’ve collected handbags that warrant a look or conversation because of the color or style.
 
MGS: Why did you decide to start your own business?
Stephanie Valentine: The company came about because my personal handbag collection is quite unique and colorful. Friends and family would always ask to borrow my purses to go with whatever outfit because they knew I would have the right one to match. In 2008, I started hosting handbag parties as a way to make extra money with my friends. Wine, snacks and the opportunity to purchase a cute bag will get any girl out to mingle. I decided then that I wanted to make the business official and Candy Coated Bags became an official business in September of 2009. The website was officially launched on July 1st, 2010.
 
MGS: Any advice for other women that may be thinking of starting their own handbag business?
Stephanie Valentine: I would have to say research the market, see who and what’s out there already selling. DO YOUR HOMEWORK! Find your style and take it from there. I select handbags that I personally love and think others will like as well. Keep an eye on fashion trends and offer those as well. I also advice to Network, Network and Network some more. Most times word of mouth is your best advertising. Also find and join a local networking group to learn from and bounce ideas off of. That in itself can be very helpful when starting up your business. Take your time and nurture your business idea, make sure its a good fit and something you love to do.
 
MGS: Which of your current pieces is your favorite?
Stephanie Valentine: My absolute favorite is the one I call “Over the Rainbow.” Its trimmed in black and multi-colored, hobo style bag. (see attachment) I own it myself and everytime I carry it, I get asked “Where did you get that bag” or “Wow, that bag is colorful”.  It gives me a chance to say, I got it at Candy Coated Bags and give them my 60 second elevator speech, with business card in hand!

 
MGS: Do you offer custom pieces for those wanting to match a certain outfit?
Stephanie Valentine: At this time I don’t offer custom pieces, but if there is something specific that customers would like to see on my site, they can email me and I will search it out for them to be able to offer it on the site.

You have the chance to win one of Stephanie Valentine’s Candy Coated Bags – this beautiful Teal Clutch Wallet would make a great addition to your handbag collection…do you think?!?

 

MAIN ENTRY:

Follow Candy Coated Bags on Twitter and leave a comment below letting us know for one entry.

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES:

Subscribe to My Glam Squad by entering your email address at the top of the side menu.

Subscribe to What’s in Your Handbag (Candy Coated Bags’ Blog) and leave a comment below.

Follow My Glam Squad on Twitter and then leave a comment below for an additional entry.

 Tweet either of the following messages and leave a comment below with your tweet URL:

Be Candy Coated! Win a Teal Clutch Wallet from Candy Coated Bags – http://wp.me/pWnRT-2g

“Be candy coated! Go to http://candycoatedbags.com NOW!

Blog about this giveaway and then come back and leave a direct link to your blog post.

You MUST add a comment for each of your entries.  The winner will be selected by a Random.org based on the comment numbers.

 WHEN DOES THE CONTEST END:

 THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. 

The winner will be announced on My Glam Squad on Friday, July 16th

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84 Responses to “Spotlight On: Candy Coated Bags plus a Giveaway”

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