My favorite take away from this interview is that out of Marilyn’s need for a better, safe, cleaner product, a business was born. I love hearing about people who create based on their own individual needs, and then in doing so, they meet the needs of others around them! Meet Marilyn and stop by the farmers market and check out her goods.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi there! My name is Marilyn Nowak and I am the heart, soul and working hands behind Lil’ Green Wagon. I was born and raised in Montreal, Canada but moved to California when I was ten years old. Home is in Coto de Caza, CA (yes, home of the Orange County Housewives) with my husband, one of my three daughters and our four dogs.
What do you make or do?
I handcraft all natural cleaning and laundry goods using simple ingredients. I sell them at farmers markets and local shows (like Patchwork) here in Southern California, from a vintage 1958 Siesta trailer that I had converted into my mobile market trailer. The most unique aspect of my products is almost all of them are refillable. Simply stop by the farmers market with your empty bottle, jars or bags and I’ll gladly refill them, for less!
Where can we find your creations?
You can find me at the Irvine Certified Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8-12 or always online at www.lilgreenwagon.com. I have an Etsy page too but I just haven’t gotten around to perfecting it. I’m always posting updates on my products and markets or shows I’ll be at on facebook.com/lilgreenwagon and Instagram.com/lilgreenwagon.
How long have you been creating?
I’ve been creating all my life. Scrapbooking, card making, set building, furniture building, decorating, that kind of creating. I never considered making cleaning and laundry goods as being creative. It was more of a necessity. I started making them about 7 years ago when nothing on the market seemed to work, smell great and be safe to use around my family and dogs.
Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration everywhere! My family. My friends. My dogs. My home. My trailer. I find inspiration all around me. Knowing my home is free of harsh chemicals and safe for my children and dogs to be in, is my true inspiration. Not to suck up or anything, but I must admit, Delilah and Nicole inspire me as well. What they have accomplished in the past few years, is amazing.
What’s on the horizon for you?
What’s on the horizon for me is to see my products on the shelves of local stores here in Orange County. Stay tuned!
What inspiring advice would you give to other creatives be they established or just starting out?
Follow your heart and believe in yourself. The only thing worse than trying and not succeeding is not trying to succeed.