Our Story

How we went from a family square dance to working with the powerhouse HSN

The Party

It all started with our celebration of my in-laws 50th wedding anniversary. Our whole family gathered from all over the county with a big old fashioned square dance.

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The Photo Booth

We decided to create a photobooth with lots silly props to take fun photos to remember this extradinary day. One of the props was a small chalkboard sign.

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The Little Chalkboard 

After the party, I found the little sign and wrote Merry Christmas on it- I absolutely loved it! I loved coming home to my homemade signs- it felt so personal and ungeneric, but it got tedious to redo everytime it rained and my handwriting is not the best, but that's when I had my AHA moment! What if the stencils were magnetic and the pens were somehow waterproof but erasable- then I could create beautiful custom signs that could be changed throughout the year! 

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Plata the Platypus

I loved creating my holiday chalkboards signs, but it was just a fun hobby until I lost my job. Like any family, we were devastated, but we took it as a "sign" that we needed to make our chalkboard business a reality! We all chipped in and each had our own part, but we could not decide upon a name. At yet another family meeting, my daughter brought her best freind and constant companion, a stuffed purple platypus named Plata. That's when it struck us- our chalkboards are waterproof and unique just like our beloved Plata! 

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Winning the QVC HSN Big Find

Plata Chalkboards and 2400 other companies took a chance and entered a 2 minute video to the QVC and HSN Big Find Product Pitch Competition. We were stunned, thrilled and so nervous to present our products to their panel of judges. We thought our chalkboard craft kits were special, but would the judges? They did! They presented us with the Big Ticket and invited us to join the family of HSN brands! It was a such a joyful moment- the kids danced around the room and we let it soak in this amazing opportunity before us! 

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