Find some­thing spe­cial

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS - By Pa­trick Tansey

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,

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