I remember the day I walked into The Container Store for the first time. I had heard about this amazing place – a Mecca for organizational products. Curiosity, coupled with a love for organizing, led me to make the hour-long journey from my home in Southern California early one Saturday morning. As I walked through the doors I was in absolute awe. This was what I imagined heaven to be – big, organized and run by friendly and helpful people! I pushed my cart up and down each aisle, making mental notes of what I wanted versus what I absolutely couldn’t live without. I couldn’t wait to go home and start the half a dozen projects I was suddenly inspired to take on.
In the 10 years since that first visit, I’ve gone from being an organizational enthusiast to working as a professional organizer. I’m super happy that there are more The Container Store locations now in Southern California – including one less than five miles from my house. And, I’m no longer just a customer of The Container Store – I’m also a vendor!
Three years ago, two girlfriends and I invented a line of products called Innies – inserts that maintain the shape of your boots and handbags. We made a “wish list” of stores we hoped would one day carry our product. Of course, The Container Store was at the top of my list! How lucky were we that the buying team there loved our products so much they are now available in all their locations. I guess dreams really can come true – especially at The Container Store!
Mary Astadourian, Professional Organizer and Owner, Innies