Hi, my name is Nancy. When I started this, I was dreaming out loud… thought I’d make and sell buttons of my own designs both online and at local venues, take orders for custom buttons, reinvest profits into additional machines until I can offer every shape and size, and eventually land in a storefront location as Youngstown Button Works.
Oh yeah, I was totally dreaming.
Reality woke me up. I’m a disabled non-driver who is physically incapable of hitting the festival or craft show routes, online sales were few and far between, and I was too much of a copyright bitch to make custom buttons for just anyone. Amazing how many people wanted sports logos, Disney characters, and other images they “found” on the internet. I also encountered what I call “bakery” requests for custom buttons.
Yeah. If I’m in the custom button business, then I’m obligated to make whatever is requested as long as it doesn’t promote illegal activities. People were asking me to make custom buttons expressing Alt-Right views, when it was obvious from my stock designs that I am a liberal Democrat. Each request made me stop and think, debate whether or not to do it, like where exactly do I draw the line? When I said okay, they bailed on their order so I know the request was just to see if I would, perhaps to sue me if I refuse. Then came a request for something that was covertly racist (a design that, to the ignorant and unaware, would seem totally innocent) and I was like bump this, I’m done… pulled my listings and stopped posting adverts.
That’s okay… it’s more fun as a hobby biz. I can sell buttons with my own designs online and just make custom buttons for family and friends, &c.
Thanks for reading!