What’s the one thing you’ve always wanted to do but couldn’t find the time for?
I’ve been dreaming of having my own merchandise store for the longest time. In fact, I used to sell some merchandise during my undergraduate days on PosterGully- an artist aggregation website for some extra pocket money.
Working on someone else's platform however wasn’t much fun. I really wanted to do it on my own.
In fact I have always wanted to do so much more but never had the time for any of it.
But since the lockdown was placed in March, I did have all the time in the world. I started trying my hand at everything.
I wanted to share my story so I started a blog, which I promise to work on regularly as this project goes live. I also got started with YouTube.
And then there’s the merchandise store. It began as I started drawing continuously for Instagram. A lot of people liked the bright colours and happy vibes in my illustrations. So I decided to put them all together.
Something else also happened as and when the lockdown began. A lot of people lost employment, especially the daily wagers. I wanted to help. I decided to give to S.L.A.P.'s (an NGO based in New Delhi) Pledge a Packet campaign to help provide rations and essentials to the remotest areas.
S.L.A.P. was doing a good job. I wanted to keep giving even more. However my employing company like many others also decided to have a temporary pay cut due to the impact of coronavirus lockdown on their business. This of course affected my capacity to give.
I therefore also wanted to establish a channel to constantly generate funds to help out and do my share.
So I thought of combining the two things I really wanted to do.
That’s how the ‘Happy Store’ came to be.
In about 8-9 weeks of constant effort and with a little help from my friends I’ve set-up my store.
All merchandise for now will be printed and shipped by third parties on a per-order basis. I will give away all the proceeds to S.L.A.P.
You can visit the store at www.poornimakapoor.com
Please know that without your support this won’t mean a thing. Let's shop!