I introduced my Small Shop Spotlight last month with the company River Babe Threads. This month I am highlighting Follow Your Arrow Clothing (FYA). If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook or even follow this blog, you have probably seen some of the amazing t-shirts and vinyl decals that Katie from FYA makes. I love shopping small because I know it makes a huge difference to the lives of the mamas who run the shops.
Disclosure: As a brand representative I receive a discount for t-shirts, vinyl decals, and digital prints in exchange for marketing photos to FYA. However, I was not asked, or obligated in any way, to write this post. I just love the products and the mama who runs the shop! Also, there are affiliate links included which means if you make a purchase I will make a small commission at not cost to you.
Follow Your Arrow makes the cutest tees for babies and toddlers. The Iowa-based shop is all about trendy, fun, and happy tees for babies and kids! I love how fun and positive all the shirts are and that they are (for the most part) appropriate for both girls and boys depending on how you style them. The t-shirts run from Newborn to 4T and they are so soft and comfortable. Katie is constantly coming out with new designs so there is always something new in her shop. Shipping is always really reasonable too, it’s not 2-4 weeks like some small shops sometimes are.
I love that you can get any of her designs on any of the tees. For example I thought this “Mud is my Favorite Color” design would be perfect on a romper so I just wrote a note during check out and here it is. P.S. These rompers are on sale and they are AWESOME — we have two!
In addition to the t-shirts, Katie offers vinyl decals that are perfect for mugs and glassware. I wrote a post earlier this year on perfect DIY Gifts for moms and included her vinyl decals as a great option because they are so easy to apply and the designs are perfect for moms.
FYA also has super cute digital prints that you can order. They are sent as a PDF and you can print them at home or at a local print shop and frame them to hang on your little one’s wall. I have found that these prints are awesome for Aiden’s play space and also make a great photo prop.
I feel really lucky to have met Katie through my blogging journey and as a brand rep for her company. I asked Katie to answer a few questions so you could get to know the person behind the shop a little better too.
1. Tell me a little bit about your background.
I have been a stay at home mom to my 2 kids since they were born. I am also an LMT (licensed massage therapist). My kids are 5 & 9 and I have a wonderful husband and we will be together 9 years this year!
2. Why did you open Follow Your Arrow?
I opened FYA in the summer of 2015. I had no business experience at all. I started FYA because I wanted a way to make an income while being a stay at home mom. I love creating and making shirts. I first started with tees, then I added decals and digital prints to the shop. Running a business is hard! There’s more to it than just making the tees! Haha!
3. What is your favorite part about owning Follow Your Arrow?
My favorite thing about FYA is that I’m handmade. I make each tee at home, package it up, and take it to the post office. I do it all. And I love it. I love seeing customer pictures of the kiddos in my tees! That would be my favorite part!
4. Why should people shop small?
I think everyone should shop small business because when they do they are helping a mom put food on the table, helping pay for my kid’s dance and soccer lessons. It means more when you shop small business because of all the extra touches we put into our work like a simple thank you note in your order. Target doesn’t write you a thank you note when you check out… I’m very thankful for all the people who have supported my shop and still come back because they love my tees! It makes me so happy!
Do you have any favorite small shops? Let me know in the comments so I can check them out!