KATE MACARTHUR – Founder of BagItUpBy Kate

“She is an inspiration and a fountain of excellent advice for anyone taking this journey.”

I met Barbara in December 2018 when I was lucky enough to have a small table reserved for me at the Tugboat Landing Artisan Market which she was organizing. It was a successful market and I felt encouraged to try and sell my bags/relaxation eye pillows locally. In early January I had a surprising call from Barbara, offering to give me some material she felt I would put to good use. We had a fantastic chat about how to promote and sell my crafts. I think I started to panic when she talked about being on Instagram, setting up a name, logo and making product information sheets before I could try and sell anything. That panic slowly subsided over the next week or so, with her excellent advice and reassuring support. Barbara introduced me to 2 local East Vancouver store owners who have started to sell my products. Without Barbara’s support and amazing knowledge of how to start up a business and how to promote that business I know I would never have got this far. She is an inspiration and a fountain of excellent advice for anyone taking this journey