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How We Got Started

"We started from the bottom, now we're here"

 

Want to look like 'a million bucks', without spending it? That's where we come in!
Creating affordable, local, accessory options delivered right to your door.
Dolled-Up.ca is proud to help you look and feel your best at an affordable price.

My passion for shopping + Frugal husband = How we got started!
 
I've always loved shopping. Growing up, I remember spending many hours per week at the mall. I had a small pay cheque and a love of luxury--and I found ways to make it work. I'd look around, find the best deals, and stretch a dollar as far as it could go. My family and friends joked about me being a professional shopper. Now it's a reality and I am very lucky to be able to do something I love as a career. 
 
We work diligently to find products that we love and offer them at an affordable price.
 
I recall a conversation with a business (now one of our main direct suppliers); I wanted to buy 2 teething necklaces...they told me it would be $100 Canadian including tax and shipping. For two necklaces! I couldn't justify spending that kind of money on something my kids were going to chew on (I'd already spent way too much on that darn Sophie Giraffe lol). My son had broken almost all of the jewellery I owned (we lovingly call him our little 'Destructo") and had recently started biting. I was determined to find an affordable way to get one of these necklaces. I inquired if they offered bulk discounts and they gave me some wholesale information. I read it over and thought it over...I really didn't personally need 80 necklaces...but that was their minimum wholesale order. What a success! We sold out of all 78 (I ordered 2 of them for myself!) necklaces within a few weeks of receiving them.
 
My Dad urged us to turn our passion for creating locally affordable products into an actual business. He had a brilliant business sense and I had countless conversations with him about how to start a business, how to run a business, what the benefits were, and the amount of work that went into it. He passed away quite unexpectedly from Lung Disease a month after we officially opened the business but I know he would be so proud of where we're at today.
 
In our lives, we've lost loved ones to a variety of illnesses and complications and know so many people going through struggles--as a company, we want to have a strong community presence and give back where and when we can. Some of the products we offer (see the "CHARITY FUNDRAISER" category of products) have 50% of the sale price of each item donated directly to the charity that it supports. This is just one of the many ways we can help you look and feel good, while doing good :)