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Alright kids, SURVEY TIME!!! But first, a little backstory:

Mommy's a fairly accomplished seamstress with her own costume/cosplay store online that's done some pretty decent business. Now, she's made me the odd bit of AB clothing over the past few years, and has gotten quite good at it, to the point that she can whip out a quality onesie in a few short hours. I wear them all time, so I know they hold up well (because I don't tend to take care of them... like, at all), and having shown some of them off at various Little-friendly events, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Thing of it is, my particular tastes don't run in the typical "teddy bears, rubber duckies, fire trucks, etc." vein, so the items that she makes for me tend to have a bit more edge to them (think more like skulls, monsters, etc.).

Now most AB/Ageplay clothing stores stick with the baby prints, the powder blues and pinks, and are outrageously expensive for what they are. Not to mention that 90% of the major retailers seem to be located outside of the US, so if the prices of the merchandise don't get you, the shipping most certainly will.

We were thinking of starting an online store focused primarily on making Littles clothing that keeps the cuteness, but drops the traditional prints. An offering of geek-centric Ageplay wear that's less building blocks, airplanes, Sesame Street, & Care Bears, and much more retro video games, 80s/90s cartoons, comics, horror movies, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Monster High, etc. Basically (and I hate to make this analogy), fashion ourselves as sort of a "Hot Topic" of Littles clothing. Give the booming younger generation of Littles some more modern options to wear what they like, and offer a product that you don't have to worry about discretion quite as much with if it happens to peek out from under your clothes. Now please keep in mind, these more unique fabrics are a bit more expensive, so I couldn't promise they'd be terribly cheap, but we see no reason why we'd have to charge $80 for a damn onesie.

BUT, this would require a fairly sizeable investment on our part to get it up and running, so that FINALLY brings me to my question:

Is there enough of a demand for an alternative and more modern style in ageplay clothing items to warrant the time, money, and effort required on our part to open up a geek chic Littles boutique?
 

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As with everything in this fetish, it is aimed at a very specific niche market. The designs with ducks, care bears etc. are popular because that is what a lot of ab/dls associate with being babyish. It's possible that your onesies could sell very well, but they need the right market, and because it is a niche market there is no guarantee that there are going to be a lot of people buying.

I'm not saying your idea is bad, in fact it's a wonderful idea and I welcome as many onesie options into the marketplace as is possible, it's just I have no idea how big the market is, and I don't think anyone really knows for sure.

-Ron
 

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I agree with Ronbeast.

But I'd definitely be interested in some of the designs you mentioned. Can't guarantee I would be a loyal customer since I'm currently unemployed, but I look forward to this business venture getting off the ground. Just be careful about selling things are could be brand named or you could be slapped with a law suit.
 

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I have a hard time finding anything that is more suited for older kids than younger. I would be interested in different prints than what is currently offered. About 40.00$ USD is what I would pay for a good footed sleeper. Any other clothing I would also be interested in.
 

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I honestly would LOVE some more modern looking stuff. While I enjoy the bit of nursery print now and then it just isn't what I really want. The retro gaming, comics, "Geek chic" (If we must use that phrase..) is something I've been looking for as it takes me to my childhood and I think you could find a good customer base with the younger crowd who grew up with this sort of stuff.

It is true that you should be careful going forward as many of us just don't know what the market would be like, maybe test the waters on Ebay? Also maybe show a bit of your stuff off here so we can get a better idea of your offerings. All in all I love the idea and would love to see it take off. Good Luck!
 

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I would enjoy some of that stuff. If you had some star trek or dr. who cloth diapers or footed pj's, i'd probably go for it.

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OOOh, yoshi print! That would be awesome.
 

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Well,

I've started plenty of corporations over the years, from computers through aviation...

Now, never in a commodity like clothing for a niche market...

But, what I'd say is you can already make the items, and just go ahead with a web store and see where that goes...

I think you might have an item that has a market...

Open up a web store on eBay and see what flies...it's like $20 a month...
 

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I would love see what have done so far and as long at cheap cost paired to other AB retailer.
 

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I appreciate your intent to help littles purchase quality onesies at an affordable price, but I believe you would do better by broadening your vision to everyone needing to cover their diapers. For me, I want quality black T-shirt style onesies at a reasonable price. If you make an incontinence bodystocking in a T-shirt design in solid colors other than white, pink, and baby blue, you could get more than just AB's buying your products. DL's and IC's would also make purchases. Make your products something that even non-AB's would be willing to wear frequently.
 

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Besides Ebay you can also advertise on Etsy which caters to crafts. In addition, I would have your own website, so that people finding you on Ebay and Etsy will know about your website.
 

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Besides Ebay you can also advertise on Etsy which caters to crafts. In addition, I would have your own website, so that people finding you on Ebay and Etsy will know about your website.

I do agree...forgot about etsy....

A website is a good idea...just keep it simple...and don't sign up with a company for credit cards...or maintenance for your website...

Lots of places try to take advantage of upstart businesses that are unaware how little really goes into things...

Domains and hosting I usually send people to godaddy...fairly inexpensive and good service
 

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A website and PayPal account with button link to make the purchase.
 

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I'd totally buy some "Little's" clothing, if it was made well at a reasonable price... As far as making print pj's goes, you've got some stiff competition from JumpinJammerz on the variety of prints. But a section they've yet to address, it would be awesome to get some two piece fuzzy pj's in those Marvel/DC comic prints!

Definitely a niche market, but since you can offer custom features, I think the demand is high enough nowadays that you could make a decent living out of it!
 

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the problem with this and this is something you should think about is that you are not only marketing for a niche market, but you are also marketing to another niche within that one (the geek AB/DL). A fundamental business rule is tot ry and avoid niches unless that particular niche is in demand of a particular item so then you could raise prices to make up for the low number of units you would be selling. Your problem lies in one of a super niche market and also one that is not in particular demand of your item (onsies and sleepers). You do however make a good point when you bring up that most adult onsies are really expensive, see reason above. If I could make a suggestion it would be that you market and sell cheap generic adult sized onsies at a competitive market rate. If you provide a cheaper alternative to the expensive onsies I think you might have a decent enough market to make some profit. The problem ther is that you wouuld be openly competing with companies that are more established than you are that is why it's critical you undersell them by a decent amount.

It all comes down, however, to whether or not you actually want a business. If you want a business out of this then you should remember that buisnesses don't have souls they are just money making machines in the most literal sense so you are going to have to give up some of what you see the business being if you want to make serious money off of this. If I'm being totally honest though I can tell the you don't want a business. So I suggest you stick to just small custom orders charging enough to cover costs and make a little scratch. that's the model you should go with and that's what's going to make you the happiest. If you aren't of the mindset that you want to make a serious business then don't and I think that you will find success and happiness in doing small custom orders.
 

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im not interested specifically but im sure theres plenty of interest out there. instead of opening a store, make a website or ebay store. dont waste time and money creating a vast inventory, but rather put out a concept or figure out what designs and fabrics are available and make to order or commission, much like fursuits. if it really takes off then consider inventory, and the next step,etc.
 

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I would like to add that, absolutely, I'd be interested if you / your mommie wanted to offer seamstress service service. However, I wouldn't want to get you or your mommie in trouble. I'm not sure what is acceptable or what the rules are for using very specific works like Harry Potter and Dr Who are. I wouldn't want to ask you to make, for example, say a Onesie with Mario or The Legend of Zelda on it -- and then have someone from Nintendo object and send you a nasty letter or phone call.

But otherwise: I'm IN!
 

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You'd have this kid's business! I'd really like to find a onesie that is not quite so babyish in case I get any surprise guests. Do you think you'd carry a line that could fit overweight people without having arms, legs and feet way too long? If so, I'd have even more reason to buy! I can't speak for the community overall, as I don't know any ABs in person yet, but it seems like a great idea.
 

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Still trying to find a colored pair of knee length dungarees in a child style
 
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