DIY Studio & Home Decor Marketplace
I’ve always loved Christmas, so a Christmas themed business of some kind has always appealed to me. In 2017 we decided to sell Christmas trees from our 5 acre property. We have a pole barn and thought it would be fun to spruce it up, bring in a Santa, and offer some fun Christmas activities. We called ourselves “The Christmas Tree Trading Co.”. I thought maybe I’d offer a simple pallet class and see how it went. I sold out 9 classes of 40 people in less than a week. I had never taught a class like this and in those first few classes, if something could have gone wrong, it did. Thankfully we worked through it and I realized that this was something I really enjoyed. I also saw how much fun everyone had just relaxing and spending time with other people, even if creating wasn’t really their thing.
So I scheduled a few more classes after Christmas and they were well attended. I began doing private parties and fundraising events, then added some variety to the classes by offering wreath making, porch signs, glass etching and more. I love seeing what people create and am always on the lookout for new DIY ideas!
So why “Barn 31”? I realized I needed a business name that didn’t have the word Christmas in it when I decided to teach workshops during other times of the year. At the time classes were still being taught out of the barn, so it needed to have the word Barn in it. I have always aspired to be a “proverbs 31 woman”. Although most of this chapter in the Bible seems to revolve around a women’s role in her family, as someone with an entrepreneurial spirit, verses 16, 18, and 24 really jump out at me. A proverbs 31 woman was not just a good wife and mother, she was an entrepreneur! She bought a field and planted a vineyard in it, she made sure her trading was profitable, and she made linen garments and sold them at the market. So, that is where 31 comes from.
After learning that we could not take this business much further on our private property, we decided to move out of the barn and into a commercial space with real bathrooms, good parking, climate control and an actual address, all things that were difficult to work around when holding workshops at the barn. I love home decor and gifts are my love language, so owning a store of some kind has always been a dream of mine. Pairing DIY workshops with a home decor boutique just seemed like a match made in heaven!
And that is how Barn 31 became Barn 31.