3 random facts, huh? Well, everybody sells t-shirts, or so I thought. So, my small business began with the bright idea that I would only sell mugs. Trying to be different, I guess. The t-shirt market was oversaturated, I heard. Your business model will never work long-term, they said. Nobody cares about that stuff you wanna sell, someone else offered.
But I took my idea for a mug business and tried anyway. These are the facts.
FACT ONE: I started out with a few black history mugs. I thought Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois, and Frederick Douglass were gonna be my money makers! I laugh now, thinking back, but we all gotta start somewhere. What I notice most about these designs is that I tried hard to work those "afrocentric" patterns and backgrounds in more than necessary.
FACT TWO: I didn't have my first sale until 2 months after opening. Notice the tribal pattern in the back again. I almost lost hope, but I sold 1 Kaepernick mug for barely $12. Not much profit, if you can imagine. Then, after 1 sale, I assumed I knew what people wanted and proceeded to design more bad Kaepernick mugs that nobody wanted. I'm sorry. lol
FACT THREE: I do not own a kiln or pottery wheel, so I do not make the ceramic mugs sold in my store by hand. However, the art and designs shown are created by me or personally selected from other artists/designers. I've tested the quality. I know the quality. I enjoy the quality. I drink out of one of these mugs everyday! All mugs also print/ship from the USA--unless you live in the U.K., then I can ship from the U.K.. ;-)
To date, The Trini Gee has sold well over 5,000 mugs, but we now offer so much more. I can even customize these special gifts and products to your liking. That's why I'm excited to share my collection with you.
Hey! Before you go, please enjoy 10% off my Frederick Douglass mug with code: FDouglass10.
Frederick Douglass Mug
Do you really need another Black History mug? Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, leader, and statesman. Now you're considering whether he's worthy enough for your next mug purchase. Drinking your morning coffee, your evening tea,...Read More
The WEB DuBois mug features the noteworthy black leader. Also known as an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, founder of the NAACP, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor, DuBois had his bases covered. You may be most familiar with his...Read More