If a teen can start a business you can too.

If a teen can do it so can you. Heres a little insight on how 329 became a self funded business by such a young entrepreneur.

Have you ever thought about making some side cash by utilizing that awesome and crafty mindset of yours? We aren’t going to lie, starting an Etsy shop is not the easiest thing to do in the world, but it’s worth it.

When 329 Dorm Decor started, there actually was no hesitation. I knew I wanted to make some side cash while going to college and still be able to maintain a flexible schedule. Sure there was a lot of doubts and roadblocks. But one of the keys to starting an Etsy shop, much like any other business, is to overcome roadblocks and maintain a little bit a faith ( a little bit of starting cash always helps too).

As a teen, I took my $100 paycheck I made while working at a local frozen yogurt stand and cashed it in. From there I started a Etsy account, started doing research, and brainstormed what I wanted the shop to be about. I cut coupons and bought all the materials I could afford (and that were on sale) to start making things that I liked, not necessarily what I thought people would like.

See that’s the great thing about Etsy.

Etsy is home to many crafters and artisans that aren’t just trying to make an extra buck, but are showcasing their passions through their products in their shops. The best part? People are buying it. There is something magical about buying a product that someone put their heart and soul into making rather than just buying it off the shelf.

And that’s exactly what I did. I was moving into my own dorm and didn’t really enjoy the decor that was already on the shelves. It all seemed so lifeless and machine made. Worst of all, it seemed like everyone was buying it, making the original value even less. I started painting canvases and drilling bottles to make bottle lights. Before I knew it my mom’s mini van was packed to the top and I was on my way to decorating my dorm and starting my first business.

I guess the moral of the story is… If you are thinking about starting an etsy shop…DO IT. Find what you love doing, cut some coupons, and put your heart and soul into it. We believe in you and there are others out there that do too. So saddle up and hold on tight to enjoy the crazy ride.

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To All The Dads Out There, The True MVPS

Father’s Day is right around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about how to show your old man just how much he means to you. It’s common to drift apart from your dad as you get older. Maybe you don’t share similar interests, maybe your parents got divorced, or maybe you moved away for school. With Father’s Day coming up it’s time to make some plans with the man who has been there for you since day 1.  Buying another gift or spending a lot of money is  unnecessary, most fathers just want the reassurance that their children still care. Quality time goes a long way, so 329 came up with a list of activities you and your dad can do for under $50.
  1. Attend a baseball game.
Baseball season is full steam ahead, and what better way to spend Father’s Day than  by watching America’s favorite past time. Grab a beer and a hotdog, sit back and relax, and watch the game with the man who taught you how to play catch!
    2. Swing the old clubs at the driving range.
Golfing becomes more and more popular with our fathers as they get older but sometimes a full round of golf can be expensive. Head up to your local driving range and hit some golf balls… a bucket of golf balls usually cost $10 or less! Share a laugh and learn how to use that old set of clubs that have  been sitting in your garage for the last 20 years.
  3. Race go-karts.
Heading to your local go-cart track/put-put course was something many of us did as kids. This is a super fun activity to do with your dad because now you have real world driving experience! Reminisce on your childhood birthday parties with the man who used to foot the bill ;).
4. See a comedy show.
   What better way to listen to some corny dad jokes than with your dad himself! Comedy clubs are usually very inexpensive if not free. Get a cocktail and giggle with your old man at an adult comedy show!
5. Set out some casts on the water.
    Fishing season is here and this the perfect way to spend your Father’s Day. Head out to your local pond, lake, or beach to set out some casts. This is completely free and can be a great way to bond with your dad as you anxiously wait for a bite!
Spending quality time with your dad is the best Father’s Day present you can give him. He doesn’t need another tie, coffee mug, or candy bar.
We live in such a hectic age. Work, school, social lives, it seems impossible to set aside anytime these days. Spend Father’s Day weekend getting back to basics with the man who was there for you your whole life. It doesn’t have to be expensive or elaborate, just something simple and meaningful. Happy Father’s Day to all the great dads out there from 329 Dorm Decor!

-Written by Sarah Sapola

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How to Submit a Custom Order

 

Custom orders make great graduation gifts or a perfect way to truly personalize your dorm. Interested in one of our products but want to customize it? We would be happy to help!

Before we get started, please keep in mind that our custom orders take 2-3 weeks to make plus shipping. If you need it rushed we would be happy to do so however we do have a rushed fee. Just let us know upfront!

Okay lets get started.

  1. Solidify your idea of what you would like. Make sure you have every detail ironed out.
  2. Go to our Etsy page here – do not forget to bring your idea with you!
  3. On the left hand side of our shop is a “Request a Custom Order” button that your computer is just dying to have you click.
  4. A message box will pop up, please put your idea for a custom order in here. This message will be sent directly to us and opens a door for us to collaborate. Please be as detailed as possible about your idea. Include pictures or links if you can!
  5. Collaborate with us on your final product. We will try our best to match exactly what you would like, however we do take pride in our original touch and eye for design.
  6. Once the idea is fully communicated we create a custom, one of a kind, listing just for you. We do not start custom orders unless they are paid for in full upfront to ensure your place in production.
  7. Throughout the process we send you pictures of your item and it’s progress. We ask for your feedback as well to make sure we understood what we agreed upon.
  8. The order will be finished within 2-3 weeks and shipped out. You will receive a tracking number so you know exactly when to expect your order in your hands.

Please note we do not accept custom orders that are not placed directly through our Etsy and do not work on the physical order until paid in full. 

It’s that simple and we cannot wait to get started on a custom order for you!

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Top Gifts For High School Graduates

High School graduation is such an exciting time. Graduating high school is the very beginning of the rest one’s life. College, careers, parties, opportunity, and freedom all come at once during this special time. Getting a gift for a high school grad can be tough. Choosing between cash, gift card, or actual gift? There are so many things high school grads need, including school supplies, dorm essentials, and personals. It’s important to make the grad feel special and relate to his or her lifestyle and personality.

Here is a list of fun, budget friendly and personable gifts to get for a high school graduate!

  1. Make a college survival kit. There will be things new college students will need and not know it while dorming away from home. Things to include in the survival kit: Batteries, lysol wipes, air freshener, tissues, pens, lint roller, cough drops, tums, advil, tape, scissors, chapstick, and hand sanitizer! This is an opportunity to get creative!
  2. Laundry Basket. Get your grad ready for the real world with a laundry basket containing detergent, dryer sheets, towels, and tide-to-go. Doing laundry is something that is brand new to many high school grads, providing laundry supplies is great way to get them ready to do laundry on their own.
  3. Dorm Decor! Get items to spice up the dorm room in a personalized way. 329 Dorm decor is a wonderful company that will customize products. 329 Dorm Decor offers pillows, coffee cups, night lights, canvases, and more! Check out 329’s etsy shop here.
  4. College Friendly Gift Cards. Gift cards are a popular gift to give for graduation but there are many stores that offer a discount with a college i.d.! Some popular stores that offer college discounts are:
    *Apple – offers 8% off with College i.d.
    * Charlotte Russe- Offers 10% off with College i.d.
    * Vineyard Vines- Offers 15% off with College i.d.
    * McDonalds- Offers 10% off with College i.d
    * Dairy Queen- Offers 10% off with College i.d.
    * Amazon Prime- $40 off a year with College email address

-Sarah Sapola, Intern

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Top 10 Things Forgotten When Packing for Your Dorm

We have all been there. You get in the car and realize you forgot your shopping list or forgot something you needed on your counter at home. You turn around and rush to go get it and continue on with your day.

Unfortunately moving off to college and into a dorm can very stressful and it is easy to forget little details that can make a difference in your daily life. in your new home. But have no fear we have got you covered with the top things that are typically forgotten when moving into a dorm.

1. First Aid Kit

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It can always come in handy. From paper cuts to tripping on the side walk, it doesn’t hurt to have one handy.

2. Ice Cube Tray

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Move over ice cream and lean cuisines! There is nothing that beats a hot day then a nice cool drink. Dorm rooms that are lucky enough to have refrigerators typically have the luxury of having a freezer. We found a list of 25 Unique Ice Cube Trays that are super cute and affordable.

3. Real Silverware

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There is nothing worse then trucking back to your dorm with a giant pint of frozen yogurt after a long day of classes and only having a fork to eat it with. It only gets better when the fork snaps in half. There is something special about real silverware diving into a nice cold pint of ice cream.

4. Sponge

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One of the easiest ways to clean your dorm or your dishes is a sponge. Dab a little soap on it and you can change the entire atmosphere of your 200 foot square space. Need more of a reason? Here are 15 Creative Uses for a Sponge that may come in handy.

5. Duct Tape

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Although we hope your move into your dorm is not this difficult, duct tape is a great way to keep all your stuff together. Literally. From unexpected tares in your book bag to keeping the heel on your shoe, duct tape is always there for you to keep your life together.

6. Clorox Wipes

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Next to a sponge, clorox wipes are the handiest cleaning product to have on you next to a sponge on campus. Campuses are home to a ton of amazing students… and their germs.  It only takes a second to wipe down the work station you are working on or the door handle that you touch everyday that will help keep you healthy.

7. Power Strip

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If only our phones and laptops could charge themselves. Keep the juice to your electronics handy with power strips and avoid conflict with your roommate.

8. Slippers or flip flops

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Whether you are hanging around in your room or about to run down the hall to a friends, it is easier to have a pair of slippers or flip flops handy to slide on before leaving your room. Check out these comfy affordable slippers.

9. Door Stopper

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One of the easiest ways to make friends or get to know your neighbors is keeping your door open. Prop it open with a trash can or a door stopper and say hello to those who walk by.

10. Stapler & Hole Puncher

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The best feeling in the world is finishing that 8 page paper and pulling it right off the printer. The worst feeling is not being able to staple those 8 pages together.

 

& last but not least, do not forget your dorm decor to make your dorm feel like home.

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Inside 329 | Where it all began

Dorm Room 329

After deciding to take my talents to attend Kent State University there was one thing I really and truly looked forward to: living on my own. I came from a big family that I love dearly however I could not wait to have my own space. This was the first time that I had the opportunity to truly define who I was and the best way I thought I could do that was by decorating my dorm.

Unlike many others who move into a dorm, I did not meet my roommate until the day I moved in. We were matched at random through the housing system on campus and I will admit it was probably one of the best decisions I had made at that time as we are still friends to this day.

I ended up living with my roommate for two years in dorm room 329. It had become our home. From learning more about each other, to mending heartbreaks, to teaching each other how to eat frozen cookie dough, all the way to keeping each other out of trouble and staying focused in school. We became a little mini family all because of an eleven by seventeen foot room with walls decorated from floor to ceiling.

It wasn’t much but to us it was perfect. Sure we wish we had air conditioning, our own bathrooms, thicker walls, quieter neighbors, and carpeted floors; but those inconveniences led us to appreciate what we had and work harder for what we wanted. I realized while living in 329 that no matter how inconvenient a space may be whether it be a dorm room, empty first home, or a stuffy office space; it is truly what you make of the space.

329 was not only our home but became the place to be. I loved hanging out with my friends and my roommate, and they loved being there. Many of my friends were inspired by my decor. They loved how my roommate and I matched our decorations to tie our dorm together which very much represented our friendship.

As 329 Dorm Decor continues on today, it is our vision to spread the same comfort that I felt living in my dorm to others who are moving into their first home for the first time. We believe that you can feel comfort at home in any space with the help of making it your own with some decor.

It’s not how big the space, but how happy you make the home.

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