I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this when selling aprons at a Farmers’ Market, Craft Fair or similar event. And I want to say ‘REALLY??’ – you can’t think of anything else you can do in an apron? (Do you craft? Do you sew? Do you knit? Do you have animals?) You never give gifts? You don’t know anyone who DOES cook?!
I have to confess, I still mainly think of aprons as kitchen tools myself, but since the birth of Tie One On! Aprons, I’ve heard the other side of the argument as well – and gotten lots of great ideas in the process.
One customer ordered a red, white and blue utility apron somewhere around 4th of July. I thought, “Great! I’ll bet they’re working at a booth on the Fourth!”
Then I got a fun little note from the lady who purchased the apron that explained “My family owns a fireworks company. I’m the office manager and I’m going to wear the apron in the office.” YAY! How cool is that?
Another great idea – I think – is a set of aprons for a second marriage. When people marry later in life, they have pretty much everything they need – you don’t have to get them a toaster – you can get something fun. Several people have told me they were purchasing aprons for just that reason. In one case, we chose coordinating tiger print aprons for the bride and groom. Since the newlyweds were nearing 70, the animal prints elicited plenty of teasing.
The utility aprons, especially, make fabulous little gifts without a lot of expense. They’re perfect for kids and adults alike.
*Going to a dinner party? Staying overnight with a friend? – Choose a utility in a theme that matches the event or the person and watch their delight when they receive the apron!
*Trying to think of new things to stuff in those Christmas stockings? Aprons are perfect! They’re even more fun when you fill the pockets – pens, pencils, crayons, tablets, scissors, craft items, seeds, plant markers.
*Need a children’s birthday gift? Pair up a cute apron with another gift – a tea set, a children’s cookbook, felt food, a bake set.
*Going to a bridal shower? Aprons are back “in” and very popular with young brides! Choose one of the sexy models for that – she probably doesn’t cook, either, but who cares?
My grandsons have their own egg business and utility aprons have been a handy thing for them, too. I made them each their own apron. http://nevadagrown.com/3b-egg-company/
They can even collect the eggs in them! We’ve donated aprons to their Chicken Club raffles (great prizes). The 4H leaders love them.
The 3B Egg Company – Fallon, Nevada
This was was chosen by a child as a Mother’s Day present
One of my customers has a son and daughter-in-law who live in Italy. She chose the “Italian Cooking” print apron to send to her daughter-in-law.
So, if you don’t cook and you can’t think of anything to do in an apron, think GIFT! Keep a few on hand for those last minute things that pop up – you’ll be glad you did!