Doing crafts a sew-sew business, and more

July 22, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Sally Giannini, owner of Sally Giannini Designs, came all the way from Binghamton, N.Y., on Saturday to participate in Celebrate! the Arts at Old Market Day in Chambersburg.

"This is the first time I've done the summer event," said Giannini, who usually comes to Chambersburg for the fall craft show. "It's a good size, one-day show."

Giannini began her business 16 years ago, making women's and doll's clothes.

"I had my daughter, who is now 17, and I wanted to stay home," she said.

Sewing was something Giannini learned from her grandmother, and she decided to sew all of her daughter's clothes.

"It worked out well," she said. "I like what I do now - I like the flexibility."

Although it took a couple of years to get her business started, Giannini now goes to arts and crafts shows in New York, Pennsylvania and Ohio almost every weekend.


"I started doing local shows in my area and then met people next to me and through word-of-mouth, I heard about other shows," she said.

Giannini no longer sells doll clothes because it was difficult to make and the women's clothes sold better.

To keep her business going, Giannini sews for eight or nine hours every day from the end of March to the end of November.

She also sews during the weekends if she is home.

The busiest season for Giannini's business is the fall, when she sews between 12 and 14 hours each day.

"Everyone thinks a home-based business is easy, but it's always there," she said.

Giannini recruits family members, especially her mother, to help her in the fall, which is busy because it is the holiday shopping season.

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