Find something special
In 18 months, Cindy Hamson’s small hobby, based out of her home, has gone from a pipe dream to a fully-fledged operating small business.
Scent In A Box, at 93a Punt Rd, Cobram, opened its doors on October 8.
‘‘I started this about 18 months ago, working from home, online and doing the local market,’’ Ms Hamson said.
‘‘I just loved making my own products and found that I could actually sell it at the markets and people liked it as well, that’s pretty much how I got started.’’
While a big decision financially and emotionally to open a business, the decision to set up properly became a necessity more than anything for Ms Hamson.
‘‘I’d outgrown the house. My work stations took over three rooms, so I simply needed more space,’’ she said.
‘‘This building is good because I’ve got a kitchen area and plenty of storage as well.’’
Scent In A Box has an eclectic mix of items, ranging from candles, melts and the Made with Love range, which are all products Ms Hamson makes, including bath bombs, bath salts, bubble baths and bath cakes.
Since opening at the start of the month, the Made with Love range had been undoubtedly the hottest seller.
‘‘Those items are very popular with the teenagers as well as with the older people, which is great because it shows they appeal to different demographics,’’ Ms Hamson said.
While it could be difficult establishing a small business in a niche market, Ms Hamson believes she offers a point of difference to other similar shops.
‘‘I think my price point is a big one,’’ she said.
‘‘I try and keep my price at a range that suits everybody. I also have items that make great gifts but that people will get a lot of enjoyment out of themselves.’’
As a reminder as what could be achieved when starting out, Ms Hamson buys products from two specific suppliers for the items she did not make.
‘‘All my products are from Australia and two of my suppliers actually started out as markets themselves, so I chose to use them for that reason,’’ she said.
‘‘They were little people once and grew into great big commercial suppliers.’’
Since starting her adventure, Ms Hamson had been encouraged by the community’s reception to her business.
‘‘It’s been amazing so far, fantastic,’’ she said.
‘‘The feedback has been awesome and I think the fact the shop offers something different has played a big role in that.’’
Come in and say hello: Cobram. Cindy Hamson has just opened her own store Scent In A Box, in Punt Rd,