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Lynda Loveland: What 'looms' ahead?

Posted August 28, 2013

Lynda Loveland

I need one great idea and then I can retire.

First we spent money on Silly Bandz. Now it's all Rainbow Loom, all the time. I betcha I have five necklaces, seven rings and at least a dozen bracelets. I find those little rubber bands everywhere, even outside where my dogs proved they're not bio-degradeable. 

As a parent, don't you sit there and think, "Dang, why don't I come up with the next big kid craze?" All you need is one thing, like a one-hit wonder on the radio!

Have you heard about the guy who invented the loom? He's a Malaysian immigrant who convinced his wife to invest their life savings of $11,000. The first year there were all kinds of manufacturing problems and no one would buy his product.

Then, last July, a Learning Express store in Georgia bought it and in no time they were flying off the shelves. He's sold more than a million looms! CHA-CHING!!!

It's time to start brainstorming. First one to the patent office wins!

BTW, if the loom hook doesn't work well or is too big, try a good old fashioned crochet hook. My daughter likes it much better. Maybe I should rename it and sell it ...

Lynda is the mom of three and co-host of Mix 101.5 WRAL-FM's The Mix Morning Show. Find her here on Thursdays. Click here to like her on Facebook.


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  • nancyjacobs58 Aug 29, 2013

    Well I would like to have a desk top toaster, just large enough for 1 piece of bread to fit on 1 corner of my desk, I can only eat 1 piece of toast at the time and it would go perfectly with my 1 cup coffee maker and it would make a very nice X-mas gift.

  • lad00 Aug 29, 2013

    I can totally relate to this article. And it's my boys that are obsessed with this new fad.

  • tfpace Aug 29, 2013

    Thanks cuaround1!

  • cuaround1 Aug 29, 2013

    tfpace - We bought ours at Micheal's for less than $20. You can also find it at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books. They have locations in Brier Creek and Cary. I hope this helps.

  • countrylivinglover Aug 29, 2013

    Kind of reminds me of the "gymp" (plastic covered flat & round materials) we used to use to braid/weave things with in my much, much, much younger days. We also had little hand looms that we wove pot holders, etc. with. I think it was during that time that I taught myself how to crochet and knit (still do that occasionally). Encourage their creative endeavors. They will last them a lifetime.

  • tfpace Aug 29, 2013

    Can anyone tell me where to get the loom and kit? I promised my daughter we would go get one after her doctor's appointment today.....

  • JAT Aug 29, 2013

    I'm with you!! And you feel bad if you don't wear the pink and orange bracelet your kid made for you but really???? Now she's making them for friends and has even had an offer of $1.25 for 4! She might be able to pay for 1 college book before the fad's over, right?

  • computer trainer Aug 29, 2013

    Lynda, can you use those "leftover" Silly Bandz on the "loom"? I had to go and find that Loom to see what all the buzz was about. I still don't know. I would love to see some of the art that the kids create with it.

    Have a wonderful day!

  • st5937 Aug 29, 2013