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Contact: Kim Di Maggio
Rose Blossom Cottage
E-mail: [email protected]
YESTERDAY’S PIECES BRINGING HAPPINESS TODAY
IS ROSE BLOSSOM COTTAGE’S ENDURING JOY
It started with a field trip to historic Williamsburg and Jamestown, Va., and a shard of unearthed blue-and-white pottery that a school girl wanted so much but knew she couldn’t have – because it was a priceless, authentic piece of America’s history.
Kim DiMaggio still remembers the field trip. And she remembers her grandmother’s love of beautiful china. Now her business, RoseBlossomCottage.com, an affiliate of the shopping site and women’s business network Make Mine Pink, helps others live every day with the beauty and spirit that radiate from such simple things as a piece of china or glass button set in sterling jewelry, charms that feature old postcards and photos, and plaques made with vintage prints.
Not everything she sells is so small, however. “One of our best-selling lines is furniture appliqués based on a several-hundred-year-old art. Even the molds used to make them are antique.”
Rose Blossom Cottage started as a bricks-and-mortar store in 1991, sold things on E-Bay for a while and now is a website-based business that attracts customers who, like DiMaggio, draw inspiration and energy from even the smallest antiques.
“We are a cottage industry and we make our broken china jewelry from scratch,” she explains. “We take pride in our `Made in the USA’ tag. We use fine silver and sterling in our pieces and we are huge believers in repurposing items.
“Of course, we engrave on site so that each piece can be personalized.”
Her rare talent and delightful products and her commitment to customer service are basic to her success, but DiMaggio also sings the praises of Make Mine Pink. “MMP has really helped me grow as an online business,” she says. “The women there have helped me with advertising, organizing my business, and helping the business to continue to grow and evolve.”
To make the wares, Rose Blossom Cottage employs just over a handful of people – DiMaggio prefers to call them friends and family who get paid, rather than “employees.”
Customers quickly become friends, too. “We laugh and celebrate with our customers.
“We have had several customers who purchase broken china pieces that remind them of their mother or grandmother. Many of the charms we engrave, and the photo charms, have been so loved and had such meaning that our customers take the time to write.”
“Support the Troops” is more than a slogan for this business. “For four years, a very important thing we do is sterling photo charms for soldiers serving in Iraq or Afghanistan,” says DiMaggio. “We only ask that the soldier be in uniform and currently serving. We also want to extend this offer to those who were wounded or to the family of those killed there. Our service is free, but we accept donations of any amount, most of which then goes to Operation Homefront or the USO.”
For Rose Blossom Cottage, the bottom line is more than what the bank can see. “We want to share our love of yesterday, today, and have our pieces carry into tomorrow.”###