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01 February 2005 @ 10:25 am
The Purple Store  
O:) Who started a new business? Oh yeah, that's right, me and A. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! And Lauren and Russell, it's a month for new businesses :>

I hereby present The Purple Store, LLC at www.purplestore.com


You feel a sudden urge to buy something purple ;)

p.s. Goth is under "Fashion"

1. We needs purple hair photos of you, if you've ever dyed your hair purple and want to share. Send it to me, and include what dyes you used and any other helpful tidbits that kept it purple longer or helped clean up the mess. I also so need help with what purple makeup is good and what sucks. Have any opinions?

2. A told me this idea a few months ago. I was like, "Cool". And then, after 2 weeks, I came back and said, "No, that's brilliant, let's do it". So we did it. The current site is market research to see if this is a viable business. We currently receive a small commission as an associate of Amazon.com which allows us to access most of their inventory and third party seller inventory so we can figure out what purple people neeeeeeeed.

3. This is so beta rev 1. Does it break? Quick, tell me. I wrote the whole site by hand in Perl and A handled the actual editorial content and layout. Also, the hosting company we're using has had some really crappy problems with our database over the last few days that has me worried. Suddenly, the left nav and content will stop displaying. I'll have a user-friendly error up in a few days in the event that that does happen. I'm hoping the problems fixed, but honestly I don't think it is yet.

4. Once our friends and family have had a chance to poke around and provide feedback and suggestions, we're going to start doing real promotion. This is a fully functioning site (except for bugs I haven't found yet) so if you buy something, you are really buying it.

5. If we have a decent success rate with the site, one of our promotional methods is going to be to collect unique purple objects from local artists and do trade shows and conventions. We missed Norwescon for this year :( but have our eyes open for other opportunities. Victoria, Blue Jay, I'm already thinking of both of you. I also have several local Fremont artists in mind - designer light switch plates, jewelry, the funky recycled coasters and bathroom tiles of one local glass recycling company, leather & fetish wear... check out the Contact Us page if you have something purple you make that you're interested in pimping with The Purple Store. I also have an upholsterer in mind if we get up the bank to do a crushed velvet violet wingback chair like my burgundy one and/or a metallic purple vinyl chair.

6. I'm having way too much fun with this. GRiN. Now, what would rock is, if it's successful enough that I never have to get a REAL job again ;)

We're doing something at The Purple Store called The Purple Council. We're asking purple lovers to do a product review and recommendation from time to time in exchange for a purple bribe of some kind at the end of each successful business year. It could be a purple highlighter or a massive purple gift set of cool random stuff, just depending on how well we do and what kind of contacts we make in the next year.

Let me know if you LOVE purple and are interested and aren't already on this list: mcobweb, ocicat, Black Maru, misspurplepearl, Sadee.
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intrepid_reasonintrepid_reason on February 1st, 2005 11:12 am (UTC)
You should add artvixn
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 11:14 am (UTC)
I'll make sure she sees this on SeaGoth when we do the more public announcement, or I'll let her know if I see her at the clubs in the meantime :) Thanks!
Wheeeeeee!!!!! - artvixn on February 28th, 2005 12:36 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Wheeeeeee!!!!! - burgunder on February 28th, 2005 02:23 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: Wheeeeeee!!!!! - artvixn on February 28th, 2005 02:40 am (UTC) (Expand)
indie: catindiefic on February 1st, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Kriskfrye on February 1st, 2005 11:27 am (UTC)
Yay! That site is awesome. And I love PURPLE. You should someday add a warring green component to it someday. (Yes, I am that much of a geek. But you already knew that.)
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 11:28 am (UTC)
I knew about "I Shall Wear Purple" by Jenny Joseph (we'll have an ode to the poem up in a few weeks) but this warring green thing ... I'm totally ignorant. Do I lose geek points?

p.s. Meg Cabot rocks. She's been my saviour when I've needed a break from purple ;)
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Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
Thank you and yes ;> Esp. if we do any fetish or goth conventions!
Lawstlawst on February 1st, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC)
While not a purple person myself I LOVE the store! I'm digging the purple wheelchair...they's jsut too cool.
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:33 pm (UTC)
I was so psyched when I found it. There is another one that's even more of a screaming purple, but I haven't found a reputable seller of it yet.
Stray Catocicat on February 1st, 2005 12:34 pm (UTC)
Very nice! I'm sure I'll be coming up with all sorts of purple things to add to your store.

Like, if you're working with Amazon.com anyway, you really need to sell copies of Harold and the Purple Crayon"
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)

AND "I Shall Wear Purple". Have you heard of the poem?

A has this crazy fabulous idea of having a Purple Bookshelf at some point ... his original idea was just books with purple spines but being all about literacy I immediately saw the possible opportunity of doing something like a real purple 2-3 shelf bookshelf plus purple-themed and purple-spined books where everyone donates $10 to get in on the drawing... the money goes to a literacy program and the winner gets the bookshelf with all of the books.

Which got us on to having a product or two where all of our proceeds go to a literacy program ...

... which is still very much an idea in progress and it'd be a few months before we were in a position to reach the number of people we'd need to make it worthwhile, or have the $$ to do it. I will say that the new Harry Potter cover is purple and I can think of few better products to support literacy ...

If the business has any real success, the cool thing is, I can actually be Ethical and Idealistic every once in awhile, as long as I'm not jacking the bottom line. Pretty cool.
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Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
I so thought of you early on while we were working on this project :) Thanks for the bug report, Ms. A! I'm now officially your personal slave for finding purple things you can't find ;)
Zen_Cowboyjakeaidan on February 1st, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
First set of bugs.
Very nice!

-- Check your hotmail email account

Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:40 pm (UTC)
Re: First set of bugs.
GRiN, I was going to call you to see if you had time to give it a once over - THANK YOU!
VAXhackervaxhacker on February 1st, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
Very cool. Good luck with the business! :)
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
RocketGirl: The Thunder Roadeonen on February 1st, 2005 01:43 pm (UTC)
Well...purple at least contains my favorite color... :)
Kburgunder on February 1st, 2005 03:41 pm (UTC)
OK, I give up... lupe? rupe? pure? purple the word or purple the color and its children hues? Don't leave me hanging, woman!
Laurendj_stitch on February 1st, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I so wish I had pics of the purple spiked hair that almost got me kicked out of private school in 7th grade.

You rule, and this rules, and omigod wouldn't it be rad if our businesses totally took off and we made tons of money and never had bosses again?!?
Ichiban Chandomichan on February 1st, 2005 05:33 pm (UTC)
This is AWESOME. What a perfect, perfect thing! I'm very happy for you.

Now, when are we getting together? I have some updates for you...
yvetteserpentmoon on February 1st, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)

That's awsome! I wish you guys much success!
Pegaxpegax on February 2nd, 2005 03:39 am (UTC)
Purple chocolate

Hey... no purple covered chocolate there?
or licorice cat

Also I was trying to find a purple robe... the kind that kings wear, but
didn't find one...

Granted these are a bit harder to get purple items.

On the other note, I just banged my hand on the door and it has nice purple colour in it. Free Purple! :)

Nice shop, hope it turns out to be worth the work load. :)

kensal on February 3rd, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Very clever idea :) nice site, good luck with it.

now off to start my own business.. the Green store! (b5 thing)