Why I started my online headshop
Hi! My name is Milo, I own Smoke Milk with my amazing supportive boyfriend. We run the store together and I write these blogs. Nice to meet you! Thanks so much for stopping by the website and reading my blogs. If you’ve ever wondered who is behind Smoke Milk, this blog is for you!
In March 2020 I was made redundant from my dream job and there was no one hiring in the industry. After months of searching and receiving over 100 unsuccessful replies, I had to re-think my career plan. For my whole life I knew what I wanted to do, but it seemed as though that wasn’t an option for me anymore. I had a lot of time in lockdown to rethink my options and really focus on what makes me happy and therefore what was next for me, career-wise. I started looking for jobs in the cannabis space, only to realise that they were few and far between here in Australia.
I had figured out that the cannabis industry was somewhere I could see myself and could be excited about working in. My boyfriend and I were brainstorming possible jobs when we came up with the idea for an online headshop that carries exactly the type of paraphernalia that we would want to buy.
Looking back at my second blog post on the website “My Bong Collection”, you’ll see that I’ve been collecting bongs for a few years. I found the process of finding and buying bongs a very arduous task. When looking for high quality glass in Australia, they were uncommon and I found that a lot of these websites carried the same bongs at the same low prices. I’ve been smoking for over a decade now, therefore, my plastic Gatorade DIY bong days were WELL behind me, and I was looking for something with a little more quality.
With countries like Canada and the US having legalised recreational weed (in some states) I found that it was in places like these that there were a lot of top shelf amazing quality glass pieces being made and distributed. I was sick of the straight pipe with the bulbous base and wanted to trade a low price for high quality – hence Smoke Milk’s slogan “High Quality for High People”.
As many of you might know, running a headshop in Australia comes with its obstacles, for example, I cannot run any paid advertisements on social media or google as it is illegal to promote marijuana paraphernalia products in Australia, due to weed’s legality or lack there of here. So, you might ask... why would you start a business that you know is going to be extremely hard to advertise and get the word out for? To be honest, that is a question I have found myself asking a few times haha but seriously, I wanted to tell you guys why I ultimately looked past that obstacle and decided to open up shop (so to speak) and create an online store.
My thought process was this – I’m sure there are plenty of people just like me in Australia that have been smoking for a long time and perhaps now that they have moved out of home or alternatively, their kids have moved out of home, they want to display their smoking paraphernalia around the house where it’s easy to grab and toke. Now I don’t know about you, but if I’m going to be leaving a bong out and about in the house, I want it to be a nice-looking bong that feels at home in my home.
US designers like Grav and Empire Glassworks both make the highest quality bongs I have ever seen. I couldn’t be happier working with them and many others in this industry and being able to bring these beautiful, aesthetic QUALITY pieces to Australia and to my fellow Australians. Smoke Milk currently stocks most of our products from the US therefore we run into quite high shipping, tax and duty costs. In my opinion, these extra costs are a small price to pay to have these high-quality pieces in your collection.
At Smoke Milk, you can get the highest quality bongs and paraphernalia from the US but it doesn’t take weeks to ship to you. It comes straight from us (in Sydney) to you within the week, with free shipping if you spend $100 or more, which with our carefully curated collection, isn’t a hard price to meet. Unlike many other headshops in Australia, we do not sell the same products as everyone else. In fact, if I see the same product pop up on three or more Australian headshops, I won’t get it for the store. We pride ourselves on being unique in the Australian headshop space and strive to, at all times, have more ‘in stock’ products on the website than ‘sold out’ products.
At this current time, Smoke Milk is not my full-time job, however the plan is for it to be my only job one day. Yes, Australia is behind our friends in the US and Canada but it’s only a matter of time before we catch up, and by then, Smoke Milk will already have our foot in the door!
I’m so excited to bring amazing products to Australians and continue bringing you blogs that entertain and educate you. We opened the store on the 4th of September 2020 and for the past 28 weeks I have learnt so so much about the amazing cannabis culture and I intend on continuing to learn and educate about it.
If there are any topics you would like me to speak on please let me know below or reach out to us on Instagram! I love this job and I am so grateful to be in a position where I can incorporate such a huge part of my cannabis life into my now professional cannabis life by running this online store.
All blog posts are for entertainment purposes only, Smoke Milk does not condone or endorse the use of illicit or controlled substances.
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