• Retailer Spotlight: Quinstance

    Get to know Quinstance, the latest Retailer in our Main Street series of shops who stock products from The Grommet Wholesale.
    What's special about Quinstance
    Spreading cheer and delight with its collection of U.S.-made and Fair Trade items. That’s the mission of Quinstance, a newly-opened shop in the Boston suburbs. Quinstance is a word owner Erin Sandler invented. “A mashup of the words coincidence and instance, it’s a serendipitous find that makes you happy each time you use it, put it on or look at it.” Passionate about filling a store with exactly such kinds of things, Erin started planning to open one (leaving behind her pursuit of a PhD). As she curated the future Quinstance collection, Erin was surprised by what moved her most: the stories and creativity of the small Makers, the artisans, the people pursuing their dreams one piece at a time.

    She added another dimension to her plans: selling only Made in the USA and Fair Trade products. We find Erin as inspiring as the Makers featured on the shelves in her shop.

    Quinstance's favorite Grommets:
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    DUKE CANNON
    I haven't met a man yet who doesn't love these Big Ass Bricks of Soap. Smells like a perfect fit.
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    KEYSMART
    One of my customers said, "That's the smartest thing I've ever seen! For keys." I replied, "And that's why it's there in the name - Key. Smart."
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    PocketMonkey
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    POCKET MONKEY
    One for me. One for you. One for Dad. One for my sister. One for Ben. One for . . .
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    INDIEFLIX
    One of the coolest items we carry. It's literally a film festival in a box! To see these movies without IndieFlix, you need to go to Toronto or Sundance.
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    The Coin Laundry
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    Gorgeous designs, absorbent towels. My grandmother had towels like these, and I remember us washing and drying dishes by hand.
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    FORMATICUM
    To find the best way to store cheese, the Maker of these cheese papers and bags went on a pilgrimage to France. How can you argue with research like that?
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  • Meet the Maker: Diana Wright of Pulleez

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Diana Wright, the Maker behind the sliding hair ties, Pulleez. Launched on The Grommet last June, the Grommet community has rallied behind this fashion-forward problem solver. Diana came up with the idea while working as fashion producer when she needed a backstage solution that would slide out quickly and easily leaving models’ hair runway ready in no time. We recently caught up with Diana to learn more about her experiences bringing her product to life. 

    Meet the Maker: Pulleez

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    A veterinarian. I loved animals! Still do.

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

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  • Feeling Lucky? You Could Win a $2,000 Shopping Spree.

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    Looking for cool tech & gadgets to improve daily life or simply the task at hand? Here at The Grommet we're always looking for the next discovery that will help make your life easier –from the Internet of Things to analog accessories. And we want you to have the chance to get your life in gear with new innovative products of your own.

    We've teamed up with Refinery29, an independent lifestyle platform that helps you live a stylish and creative life, to bring you a sweepstakes bound to get the tech-geek in you giddy. They appreciate, like we do, solutions and gadgets that make day-to-day life easier. Up for grabs? $2,000 to spend on your favorite Grommet gadgets and gear. Enter here for your chance to win.

    Want to plan how you'd spend your winnings? Check out these 6 Grommet gadget picks on Refinery29.com.

     

  • 10 Great Gifts for the Outdoorsy Type

    Have an adventurer on your gift list? Help them make the most of their camping, hiking, and fishing trips with these outdoor finds.

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    Fishing Pole Roaster

    Enjoy roasting your hot dogs and marshmallows in a whole new way with a roaster that looks and feels like a fishing pole. With a quick flick of the wrist, flip your food to roast evenly. Shop Now

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    Kelly Kettle
    Camping Kettle

    Quick and easy to boil water, even in extreme weather conditions. Since only natural fuel is used you don’t have to worry about carrying gas or batteries or other types of fuel with you. Shop Now

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  • 8 Ways to Have Fun in the Sun

    Take advantage of sunshine and warm weather with these toys, games, and activities –for all ages. These products are bound to keep you busy this summer. Go ahead, have some fun.

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    Castakite
    Kite & Kite Flying Handle 

    Get your kite airborne with the press of a button, and cleanly reel it back in just like you’re fishing. No more running into the wind. No more burns from the string unraveling against your palms. And no more knotted up string, either.  Shop Now

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    Pocket Disc
    Crocheted Throwing Disc

    Pocket Discs are colorful throwing discs made from 100% cotton, hand crocheted by Maya artisans in Guatemala using Fair Trade practices. Suitable for everyone from kids and grown-ups to pets, the Pocket Disc Beast edition floats and is perfect for water play. Shop Now

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  • Meet the Maker: Carol Bildahl of Lofti

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Carol Bildahl the founder of a Lofti –a clothes-drying rack that suspends from the ceiling by an easy-to-use pulley system. Inspired by the laundry drying habits she witnessed during a trip to Ireland, Carol decided to reinvent the clothesline making it simpler than ever to let your clothes air dry. We recently caught up with Carol to learn more about her journey as an entrepreneur and what business is like since launching on The Grommet.

    Meet the Maker: Lofti

    What three personality traits do think have helped you become a successful entrepreneur?

    I am fearless, determined, confident, and always thinking out of the box.

    What lessons have you learned over the years that might help other entrepreneurs who are just starting out?

    If you are not good at some aspect of the business, hire someone to take care of that part, i.e. bookkeeping. And be prepared to work very long hours.

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  • 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Packed Lunch

    Upgrade lunchtime with these six new products. Whether you're packing your own lunch for the office, or looking for a better way to send the kids' lunches to school –we've got you covered. These innovative lunch solutions just might be the best back to school (or back to the office) supplies you pick up all year.

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    Takenaka
    Lunch Bento Box

    This deep dish style lunch bento box is the perfect container for carrying your homemade food. Pack and organize your lunch your own way. Shop Now

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    LunchSkins
    Sandwich and Snack Bag Set

    Reusable, food safe fabric lunch bags. Eliminate the need for single-use plastic baggies. Durable, quick drying and dishwater-safe. Shop Now

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  • 4 Father's Day Gifts Made by Dads

    Becoming a father bears innumerable responsibilities. You wear the hats of a provider and protector, teacher and friend, all while dressing the part of role model for leading a happy and healthy life.

    The crown jewel of fatherhood is creating a better life for their children. At The Grommet, we have Dad Makers filling that role in more ways than one. Here are just a few.

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    Moff
    Moff is a wearable smart toy infusing technology into the limitless capacity of a child’s imagination. Moff snaps to a wrist and adds realistic sound effects to arm movements via a Bluetooth connection to the Moff app. Instead of imagining the sounds of their spoon drum set or a pencil magic wand, kids can hear it themselves.

    “I take it as a responsibility as a father to make the world better for my daughter, “ says Moff founder Akinori Takahagi. “When she was born I made up my mind to make a great playing experience for her. I want her to enjoy face-to-face interactive and imaginative play. That's why I'd like to invent and produce more products with an active user experience. One of those examples is our Moff Band. To be an entrepreneur and Maker is tough job, but for my family, I do my best all the time.” 

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  • Meet the Maker: Gina Locklear of Zkano

    Here at The Grommet our mission is to put an end to nameless, faceless business and highlight the people and the stories behind the products we launch each day. And it's in that spirit that we're continuing this series to further share the stories of our Makers with you. Get to know them better, learn more about their journeys as Makers and entrepreneurs and learn how you, The Grommet Community, have changed their businesses for the better.


    In this installment we're catching up with Gina Locklear the Maker behind Zkano.  We recently caught up with Gina to learn more about her journey as an entrepreneur, what advice she has for other Makers, and what's next for her business.

    Meet the Maker: Zkano

    What did you want to be when you grew up?

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an actress. In middle school and high school, I was almost always participating in a community play, it was my favorite thing to do. I played Alice from Alice in Wonderland in my senior play and have even been inspired by that character in some socks designs in the past.

    Can you tell us more about your design inspiration?

    It changes from season to season. Lately, bold is better. Our spring collection incorporates a lot of geometric shapes and patterns. Using unexpected color combinations is always a favorite of mine. I also love incorporating black and white stripes or designs into a sock pattern, a signature design detail for us that we use in some way each season.

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  • Kick off the National Week of Making with a local shop

    After last year’s National Maker Faire, we were delighted when the White House declared June 12-18 would be the national “Week of Making." Here at The Grommet,  we're kicking off National “Week of Making” with meetups at local shops from coast-to-coast.

    The Maker Faire, is the “Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth” and embodies the pulse of the Maker Movement as hundreds of Makers and tens of thousands of attendees take part in this “family-friendly festival of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness." Now, dedicating a week to celebrate Maker communities nationwide is the perfect way to continue embracing the Maker economy.

    National Week of Making

    To celebrate during the week of June 13-18, The Grommet is hosting a series of “Maker Economy Meetups” at independent Retailers from coast-to-coast. We're excited to keep growing the Maker Economy with you and other shoppers, Makers, and supporters.
    The Meetups will connect local and regional Makers, Retailers, and consumers much like a local farmer’s market, where shoppers get to know the people behind the items they buy. Makers and shoppers will also get a chance to meet local Retailers who are working on the front lines to drive the Maker Economy forward.

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