From A Small Market Stall In Eumundi To Prime Time On Channel 10’s Shark Tank
Hey its Tanya here, Owner of Sunburst Outdoor Living
Let’s talk about how we started and why we do what we do, I hope you find the next few minutes an interesting read.
I never woke up one day and thought I was going to start the biggest cushion cover company in Australia or that i would end up on a TV show.
In fact it started out of frustration.
My Husband and I love renovating (we have renovated 14 houses so far) and we always found it so frustrating to get good quality cushion covers that exude colour and life.
We would renovate the homes and then sell them and part of that process was staging the homes for sale.
We tried adding colour in so many ways to spruce up the properties, but nothing was as convenient and as flexible as cushion covers.
The problem was we had a real hard time finding decent ones.
I searched Australia wide for high quality covers, that had amazing designs that were also water resistant and held the colour in sunlight.
But I just couldn't find anything that lasted (or looked good)
I had a problem. No one was selling cushion covers with designs that were appealing, no covers on the market held up to the rigors of a family home, I couldn't find covers that were water resistant or UV protected either.
So I designed and made my own.
I told myself If there is nothing out there, I'm just going to have to do it myself.
Enter the markets.
I had my little stall at the Eumundi Markets (in Qld near Noosa) where I sold dog collars and a variety of small items.
One day I put a cushion cover I had made at the stall for sale.
It sold straight away.
I was a little shocked but thought it was likely a fluke.
I got some more made and before you know it they were sold too.
So I went all in and got rid of all my other products and started selling cushion covers.
Commercially sewn, UV protected, water resistant, uniquely designed covers that were perfect for indoors or outdoors and covers that were guaranteed to brighten any living area.
Fast forward 4 years and my online store has sold 130,000 covers and appeared on the TV show shark tank.
Why are the covers so popular.
Firstly we create "looks" which enable our customers to mix and match. Our designs are sourced from local and international artists and some I personally design... Sunburst is all about creating a large variety of designs that allow you, our customer to create your own look via mix and match. The fabric is high quality and has a lovely feel. The covers are UV protected and water resistant and commercially sewn making them extremely hard wearing and unlike anything else I have seen available.
A Big Thanks
Before I Go i wanted to say 2 massive big thank you's.
Firstly to Jo...
Jo Is the behind the scenes guru, the lady that keeps the whole business together, she has been with me since day 1 ( she was another stall holder at Eumundi markets) where we met.
Thanks Jo for keeping me sane and the business ticking along.
And secondly to you, for reading about our little business and supporting us on our journey, we truly hope you love your cushion covers as much as we love designing them for you.
We look forward to showing you our new designs, styles and products we are developing and Creating Happiness with Color.