For some time now since my husband and I created the idea of the personalized wire wood bridal hangers, it has bothered me a lot when people started copying my idea. I am not sure why I had such a hard time with it. It did not bother me when others were doing painted glassware, and actually copying some of my design ideas...
I even went to an attorney to try to figure out if there was a way to block this from happening. Of course, I found there was not really much that could be done. The best advice they could give would be for me to brand my product. So that when people thought of bridal hangers, they would think of
Amy's Original Bridal Hangers!
I finally began to come to terms with it. The nice thing about it, there seems to be a lot of business to share. I could not possibly handle all of the orders coming in by myself...
The other day I was contacted by a competitor. She was trying to locate quality hangers. This of course I have discussed already, that it is such a challenge! I took time to write her a little book. Not really, but it seemed as though I was... Anyway, I explained to her the challenges I have faced, understanding fully her frustration.
She wrote back and explained to me the situation her and her family had been in. Both her and her husband had physical issues, which caused them concerns with employment. My creation had actually allowed her the opportunity to make the much needed money for her family, allowing her husband to quite his job which had been causing him health problems. He now helps her out running her business on a daily basis.
What a good feeling that little story placed in my heart. I am a very giving person. I had never looked at my creation being helpful to someone's life. I just had looked at it as them copying my idea....I would much rather look at it in a positive manner.....Makes me feel so much better. It is now easier to, "Just let it go!"