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Founder Alex Furmansky initially thought of the Budsies idea in early 2013 in an effort to memorialize his younger sister's artwork. The company formally launched in September 2013 to a positive reception by the blogger community. The company has sold more than 8,000 Budsies since its launch.
Budsies' target demographic is children ages 3 to 10. Children's artwork the company has received and transformed into physical form has ranged from puppies, chickens, robot, monsters, and rainbow colored hearts, to a s'more. However, Budsies has also fulfilled orders for adults and has created likenesses of video game characters, selfies, and adult artwork.
As of August 2017, Budsies has made more than 43,000 stuffed animals.
The Budsies spinoff Petsies makes custom stuffed animals of people's pets as well as plush versions of popular pet stars as part of its Petsies Stars collection.
In 2017, Budsies launched its "Budsies Market" crowdfunding platform to give its customers the opportunity to offer their customized stuffed animals to a larger audience. If a stuffed animal offered on the marketplace achieves its pre-order goal during the campaign timeline, backers will receive the item. Budsies Market gives the company an avenue to tap into influencers and their large followings.
Customers submit their artwork to Budsies by taking a photo of it with their smartphones and sending it to Budsies via e-mail or text message. Orders for the custom plush toys are placed via the company's website and fulfilled within approximately 5 weeks.
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