Episode 69 - Amy Kinslow - Southern Fried Design Barn on Working with Wholesale Reps, Selling at Craft & Barn Markets, & Building a Product Line

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On today's episode, Amy Kinslow walks us through her journey of transitioning her side hustle to a full time career. She shares why being slow and steady has been so important to her growth as an entrepreneur. Amy also gives us some great tips for selling at a craft and barn market and the difference between a showroom booth and her craft booth. She goes over how she's decided what products to develop and what made her decide to go beyond stationery. This is a jam packed interview loaded with great takeaways.




About Amy Kinslow:

Southern Fried Design Barn is a full-service design studio and southern-inspired gift company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Owned and operated by graphic designer, Amy Kinslow. Amy offers graphic design services including logo design, product design, social media graphics and much more. SFDB’s gift company ranges from stationery products, art prints, gift tags, zipper pouches, shirts, and kitchen towels. Sold retail and wholesale, SFDB is currently carried in over 250 stores nationwide.

Amy graduated Middle Tennessee State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design. She has held corporate designer positions for Fortune 500 company, Country Music Television and for the gift industry leader, C.R. Gibson. Her work has been featured on the CMT Music Awards, in Southern Living Magazine and sold in T.J. Maxx, Target and Staples. In addition, she has collaborated on gift products for Nashville restaurant, The Loveless Cafe and ABC’s The Chew star, Carla Hall and her Brooklyn, New York based restaurant, Carl Hall’s Southern Kitchen.

Since a very young age, Amy knew she wanted to be in the art field for your life career. Growing up on a cattle farm in Middle Tennessee, Amy understood hard work and also learned to appreciate the priceless things in life; such as, summers outdoors, family, and her faith. The stories her grandparents and parents would share about their life growing up never grew old to her. In college, she began to really take interest in southern history and culture. It helped to revive those family stories she was told as a child.

SFDB products are proudly designed and printed in Nashville, Tennessee. Amy has teamed up with local silkscreen studios and printers to help produce products. Many of our kitchen towels and shirts are still hand-silkscreened today. Not only are you supporting Amy when purchasing a SFDB product but you’re also supporting these fellow Nashville artisans and businesses as well.

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