Mar 19, 2012 at 9:02 pm #1287479
I've mentioned in posts here and there that my son, Mickey, is on his way to crossing over to Boy Scouts next year. The kid loves backpacking, is crazy for camping, and looking forward to the bigger and better adventures to come. Now of course I'm helping him get set up with lightweight gear, and he's very appreciative of that, but he's also got an eye on some upgrades. For example, he has a ridgerest, but would like something more comfortable, like an air mattress. I'm going to hook him up with a warmer sleeping bag, but if he wants something down, that's a bit more. Like many of us got as kids, "If you want that, you're going to have to earn it yourself!"
So, he's come up with "Quick Mick Cozies" – this is his venture to earn money for some of the upgraded gear that he has his eye on, so that he can travel a little lighter and a little more comfortably. So without further ado, the following is from my son, Mickey, age 9, Webelos 1:
Quick Mick Cozies!
Would you like a nice cozy for keeping your dehydrated meals hot while they cook? Of course you would! And what better cozy than a Quick Mick Cozy!? Quick Mick Cozies are great because they can fit in your pack very easily, they're very light and only 1.2oz, make your meal easier to handle, and will hold a quart sized ziploc bag meal very nicely!
Quick Mick Cozies will only cost $8 per cozy, with free shipping! PM or email (kier.selinsky [at] gmail) my dad to order yours today!Mar 19, 2012 at 9:53 pm #1856377
– -K.T.- –Participant
Those look really good. Are they sized for quart bags or what? I'm new to cozies.Mar 19, 2012 at 9:57 pm #1856380
Thanks Ken – he's been working hard on them! They are sized to handle a full quart freezer bag and have a little fudge room. If you had a custom size you wanted, he could accommodate that as well.
KierMar 20, 2012 at 12:18 am #1856414
Gotta support our future cottage companies;-) But seriously, forget boy scout popcorn or girl scout cookies this is the kind of things they should be making/selling!
Paypal address?and Ill send the money with my info.
ChaseMar 20, 2012 at 5:30 am #1856439
@thinknotforeverLocale: New England
these look really amazing… and a wonderful thing to support! i'll take two of these !!
please email me to gather correct shipping postage and paypal info
robertpdolan @ gmail.comMar 20, 2012 at 7:47 am #1856499
Thanks for the interest, guys! I've messaged both of you. Anyone who wants to contact me directly instead of via PM, can email me at kier.selinsky [at] gmail.
Because some have asked via PM for more info, he's an industrious kid. He arrived at the $8 price point after figuring out all his costs and deciding how much profit was fair (he gets about $4 per sale after materials and shipping) for the amount of work that goes into each one (probably about 20 minutes including time to address shipments and deal with the post office). He is paying for his own materials, although I supplied him the first batch on credit – given the amount of work he's putting in, that debt will likely be forgiven ;-).
It's a fun exercise for him if nothing else. He's always wanted to have his own business. Thanks for the support!Mar 20, 2012 at 11:27 am #1856625
FYI – Mickey's cozies are getting some good attention. All orders submitted or mentioned already should ship by Saturday or Monday. At this point, additional ones should ship Tuesday.
Thanks for the support and positive vibes!Mar 20, 2012 at 12:02 pm #1856652
Sent you an email regarding the cozies.
Thanks!Mar 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm #1856711
Yea! Mickey ;-)
NewtonMar 20, 2012 at 2:40 pm #1856724
@rbeardLocale: ATL, Southern Appalachia
i'll take 2, please PM me the payment info. thanks!Mar 20, 2012 at 7:53 pm #1856878
Thanks everyone for the awesome support and orders! He's cranking out the cozies! Time to hit the store for more materials!
Mar 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm #1856930
Paypal payment sent for one.
Thanks!Mar 21, 2012 at 3:17 pm #1857258
@ngatelLocale: Southern California
Okay, I have a couple large rolls of Reflectix in the garage and lots of material to build on. Cost would be nothing.
Don't know if I even need a cozie.
But, I have to get one now! We need more young people like your son.
PM sent to you for payment information.Mar 21, 2012 at 6:20 pm #1857374
@regarrettLocale: Lost in the mountains
I don't need a cozy, but I gotta donate to the cause. I'm sending a PM so I can get your Paypal info. I want to send him a little money for his gear.Mar 21, 2012 at 10:03 pm #1857506
Thanks again for the awesome support! You guys rock! Just a quick update – at this point, new orders will ship on Wednesday by end of day.
Thanks again! Mickey's been having a lot of fun with this and is swelling with pride at making his way to gearing himself up!Mar 23, 2012 at 5:54 am #1858107
@sixguns01Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
PM Sent…Mar 23, 2012 at 9:04 pm #1858507
You guys rock! So as an update, Mickey's about 2/3 of the way to having earned the air mattress he wants. I came home from a business trip tonight and the house is covered in cozies! He's going to ship them starting tomorrow morning, and I expect everything will get shipped by Wednesday-ish at the latest.
Also, thought you guys might appreciate this. Through a local boy scout connection, we got a great deal on a very very gently used Osprey Talon 44, it's just a tad baggy on him, but at this rate he'll be stretching it by next week :) The hiking poles you see strapped on there are what he bought with his allowance savings a few weeks ago.
Mar 25, 2012 at 11:03 am #1859147
Hi Everyone –
Mickey has worked his butt off the last couple days to ship everything on or ahead of schedule! Some of you were notified yesterday of your shipment, the rest will go in tomorrow's mail. The little dude is committed to coming through on the promise!
Thanks for your support! He's a proud little guy, and having fun!Mar 26, 2012 at 6:58 am #1859396
@thenerbLocale: Southern New Hampshire
Truly great! What an industrious little entrepreneur!
I'll take one. PM sent!Mar 26, 2012 at 7:18 am #1859400
"The little dude is committed to coming through on the promise"!
The apple doesn't usually fall to far from the tree! I smell the sweet aroma of a healthy family atmosphere and good parenting. ;-)
Congrats to Mickey and you & yours.
BTW this is what it is replacing.
I do believe that I am upgrading my cook kit. LOL
NewtonMar 26, 2012 at 11:37 am #1859537
Thanks for the continued support, guys! He's really appreciating it! And he's nearly to his goal now for the sleeping pad.Mar 26, 2012 at 1:27 pm #1859578
I just got the package and you did a great job on the cozy! I can't wait to put this to good use on my upcoming trips.
Oh and thanks for the nice personalized note…loved the signature :)Mar 26, 2012 at 2:25 pm #1859593
@sixguns01Locale: Somewhere. Probably lost.
I sent a PM for a cozy. Contact me.
Really want one of those cozies…Mar 26, 2012 at 3:03 pm #1859608
Angus – glad you got it and are pleased with the product! Mickey will be proud to hear it!
Mark – I responded with a PM shortly after getting yours, and just sent another. If you don't get the PM's, please send me an email directly at kier.selinsky [at] gmail.comMar 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #1859653
I exited the rear of my home to go out and mow the lawn. I did the back yard and sides first and then I went to mow the front yard. I spied this large manila envelope in my mailbox and I walked over to check it out. It was my order of 2 of Mickey's cozies!
I couldn't wait to get finished with the yard and get that package open.
What I found inside was 2 well done handmade cozies from the newest cottage gear entrepreneur on the block.
Well done Mickey!
I appreciate the thank you note inside my cozy. You are very welcome. I will get quite a lot of use out of these beautiful cozies of yours.
I am glad that I could help in some small way in your effort to "get lots of cool camping gear". ;-)
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