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Stay At Home Mom Stitches up a High Dollar Mitten Business

Wicked Local Staff Photo by David Gordon

Wicked Local Staff Photo by David Gordon

Megan Woods, a stay at home mom with three children from Brookline, Massachusetts, was looking for something to do after her children started school.  Then last year her mom sent her a pair of handcrafted mittens for Christmas and Woods convinced her mom to start up a business together.

Now Woods spends her time sifting through second-hand sweaters at thrift stores, where she selects the best knits and patterns then sends them to her mom to cut into pieces that she sews back together into mittens which sell for $65 a pair.

What started out as a casual project for the pair quickly turned into a full-time gig when the women were contacted by Oprah Winrey’s publishing company for possible inclusion in their winter catalog.   All of a sudden the mother/daughter team, who had been selling lots of mittens at craft shows, were faced with the delightful problem of preparing for a rush of orders from across the country if their mittens were selected to be included in Winfrey’s winter catalog.

Although disappointed that Oprah eventually passed on the mittens, the ladies are happy to be ready for the holiday shopping season and they now have plenty of inventory after buying up and preparing hundreds of sweaters.

Check out their delightful brand of recycled luxury at http://www.olivegreenapparel.com/, or read more of their story at Wicked Local Brookline.

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