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  1. Hi my name is Confidence, just concluded a three months millinery training was about to start my own millinery business but not sure if I will be good at it, your post just inspired me thanks.

    1. Hi Confidence,
      First, congrats on rounding up your millinery training program.
      And as for starting your own hat-making business, just trust yourself and create what you picture in your head.
      You can check what other hat-makers are designing to get more inspiration.
      I’m so glad my post inspired you. You just made my day.
      Thank you so much.
      Good luck starting your hat-making business.
      xx, Buayifa.

  2. Hi, really found your post interesting, I am to hat making already , the creative director Bella jay designs but I want to go into selling of millinery essentials/materials but don’t know how to go about it and where to get it cheaper for resell.

    Note, I am not in lagos

    1. Hi Uju,
      So happy to hear that you enjoyed my post about How to start a hat-making business.
      As for selling Millinery supplies, you can either travel to Lagos and buy supplies at Nnamdi Azikiwe street in Lagos Island.
      That’s where they call Eko, they sell wedding stuff there.
      There’s a particular woman I used to buy supplies from in Eko, and her supplies are relatively cheaper compared to Trade Fair in Ojo, Lagos.
      If that doesn’t work for you, try Etsy.com for sellers that do international shipping.
      I hope this helps.
      Do you offer virtual training? If you do, please send it and I’d attach it to this post.
      A couple of newbie milliners are asking where they can get virtual hat training in Naija.
      So if you do, let me know.
      Anyway, that’s it.

  3. Hi, I am Fortune. I really enjoyed the write up. I just finished an online training on millinery but don’t know exactly where to get the supplies at cheaper rate. I live in Lagos. I will be glad if u can assist.

    1. Hi Fortune.
      First, congrats on rounding up your Millinery training. I hope you had lots of fun while gaining knowledge. For affordable millinery supplies, you can get them in Lagos Island. I’m not sure where you live but if you are going to Lagos Island with a regular bus, take a bus to Eko. But if you are taking BRT, get off at Marina and cross to the other side. Try to locate the central mosque, that’s very close to Nnamdi Azikiwe street where they sell wedding dresses. When you find the mosque, make sure it is on your right. Just to be sure you are going the right direction. Walk forward about 2 to 3 minutes from the mosque, don’t turn left or right. The woman’s store is on the left upstairs. She has fascinators and hats displayed outside. I think her name is Aunty Biodun. Ask someone to show you the stairs or call out to her, she would show you the way. It shouldn’t be hard to locate.
      I hope this is helpful.
      Feel free to reply if you need more assistance.
      I am so glad you found my post about how to start a hat-making/millinery business helpful too.
      Good luck!
      Buayifa.

  4. Hi Buayifa,

    That’s a great write up. Massive thumbs up!
    I’m Delali of Rare Pearl Millinery – based in Accra Ghana and I can so relate to almost all that you pointed out.
    Just to say keep the great job up?
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    Love from Delali

    1. Hi Delali,
      I’m happy another Milliner can relate to this post about how to start a hat-making business and succeed. Thanks for the encouraging words too. I appreciate.
      xx, Buayifa.

  5. Hi Buayifa,
    Nice write up. well done!

    I am a Milliner and creative director for Couture by Isemini, the award winning go-to afrocentric headpiece brand in Africa. I recently launched my Millinery book – Starting a Profitable Millinery Business. Where I share effective ways Aspiring and Startup Milliners can effectively run their business.

    I can contribute to your blog as a guest write if you want. What do you say?

    Cheers!

    Tobi Oyebade

    1. Hi Tobi.
      I remember you, I have seen your designs on your Facebook page. They are gorgeous and unique.
      Also congratulations on the new Millinery book.
      I would be more than happy to have you contribute a couple of posts to my blog.
      Please use this link to check the requirements to guest post on Budget & Mom jeans Blog.
      See you inside, soon.
      Best regards,
      Buayifa.

  6. Good day,Buayifay my name is Christiana Oge.please,how can I get online millinery course not too expensive,not have much money but want to learn ,I really enjoyed your lessons.thanks
    Christiana Ogechi.

    1. Hi Christina Oge.
      If you are in Lagos, I would advise you to check out SOS vocational center in Isolo, and also in Ejigbo. That’s where I learned Hat-making. It shouldn’t be expensive, but you would be required to buy your own materials to learn and practice with.
      And also check youtube for hatmaking videos just to see what others are designing.
      For online classes, message Olubunmi Badejo on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/glamhatsandessentials. She should have online classes. Also if you visit her site https://glam-hats.business.site/ you would find a number to reach her and ask questions.
      I hope this helps.
      Best of luck!
      Buayifa.

  7. Hi there,

    My name is Fiona. I’m currently working as a midwife but for the past year I have strongly been considering getting into millinery/hat making some how. This post is full of great advice and I feel with all this spare time we have in lockdown I should give it a go! Did you find it expensive starting out? Between the course and getting all the supplies? Also is supplies recommended to buy by the course enough or would you recommend buying extra materials etc to practise at home? Or should I complete a course first before going out and buying extra?

    I’d appreciate any advice you have!
    Kind regards,
    Fiona

    1. Hi Fiona.
      I’m so excited you are considering getting into Millinery.
      It is not usually expensive to start a hat-making business, but it also depends on the school you enroll in.
      I would advise that you buy the supplies recommended by the course. That’s what you would use for both class and homework.
      And as time goes by, you would know if you need extra materials to work on your own.
      Just so that your money is not tied down in materials you don’t need at the moment.
      But don’t wait until you finish the course.
      You will most likely make money from hat-making even before you round up your millinery course.
      I hope this helps.
      I am so happy you found this post helpful.
      Thanks for all the good work you and all other health workers do. More grease to your elbows.
      Best regards,
      Buayifa.

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