Name: Rhonda Patterson
Business Info: Kidding Around (You can find her on Facebook!)
Name three words that describe your style: Retired, Caring, Hard-Working
What items do you specialize in? I carry children’s toys, books, and dress-up clothes! My goal is to stock toys that can’t be found in the big box stores. I began setting up toy booths in co-op malls and craft fairs because children need something to look at and buy when they are visiting these places with their parents. I also am carrying some women’s clothing at The NAT too!
What is your favorite place to source products? I source most of my items through companies that specialize in these items.
What is your most prized possession that you've found over the years? My most prizes items are the Ty Beannie products that I carry. When I first started carrying them, it was difficult to become a dealer.
Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration for my business from the children at the craft shows I attend. They are always excited to see the your. My grandchildren, Liam and Salem, also inspire my toy selections.
How do you spend your time when you aren't at The NAT? I am a retired educator, so now I spend most of my time working on items for my booth at The NAT and The Sparrow’s Nest in Tampa. I love being a mini-business owner!
What's your personal motto? My personal motto is, “It’s all good ‘til it’s not!” I know that is a strange motto, but it really means that it is okay to try new things; the risk is worth taking even if there are bumps in the road.
Come visit Kidding Around at The NAT this month! We hope to see you on 6th!