Time for brides & patio parties!
Back in 2002 when it appeared that selling from a website was the wave of the future and that our MexicanSugarSkull.com website would create some income, I started thinking, "What can I sell online when it's NOT sugar skull season?" I decided the perfect solution was to supplement skeletons by selling high quality Mexican oilcloth to restaurants & homeowners who wanted to decorate for spring & summer. Then I thought I would expand my line of papel picado since I love this old, traditional folk art and enjoy working with the artist in Puebla. Perhaps the sugar skull mold - oilcloth - papel picado triangle was a winning combination. Besides, if one line crapped out, I'd still have the other line to sell during the “slow season” so I might not have to get a part time job!
Well, after 12 years, the Internet is not just a fad, and in fact, it's a daily blessing bringing us orders from around the world. Day of the Dead is gaining in popularity as folks in far off countries celebrate it and embrace this wonderful Mexican holiday. When we get sugar skull mold orders from Perth, Belfast or Montreal, I remember the first batch of Day of the Dead folk art skeletons that I brought back from Oaxaca in 1979… pallbearers made from dried garbanzo beans & toothpicks. I took them to the wholesale trade show and they didn't sell! My customers thought I was crazy to be offering crude skeletons instead of the popular teal & mauve howling coyotes. Little did they know that Day of the Dead was about to become the next American holiday!
photo courtesy Daniel Kim Photography
As June begins, custom wedding papel picado orders skyrocket as does oilcloth that we cut for patios, parties & restaurants. It amuses us that our gorgeous custom papel picado banners are made in a small agricultural village in southern Mexico and end up in fancy weddings in castles in Scotland, museums in Austin and missions in Santa Barbara. Some couples take it back down to Cancun for their spectacular weddings on the Mayan Riviera. Our custom oilcloth tablecloths wind up on cruise ships, bistros in Sao Pablo Brazil, movie sets in England and famous Mexican restaurants. Our customers are global and thank god for Google translate!
Thank you for your business and for supporting beautiful handmade folk art. And if anyone knows the new Pope, please ask him to create a patron saint of the Internet!
& all the skeleton crew here at MexicanSugarSkull.com