Alex Furmansky is the best big brother ever. When he saw how attached his little sister Michelle was to her stuffed animals and considered Michelle’s love of art, Alex put two and two together. He took one of Michelle’s drawings (it was a duck) and made a stuffed animal friend that looked just like it. He brought Michelle’s drawings to life! Based on Michelle’s reaction and those of her friends and her friends’ parents, Alex started the company Budsies.
Budsies can turn around a drawing or photo – selfies of humans are popular too – and deliver a plush figurine in ten weeks. (They make sure to return the original artwork, too!) Each one-of-a-kind Budsies is sold for $69. Next: Petsies. That’s right, send in a photo of your pooch, pig or hen, and “honor your greatest companion” with plush.