Marcy McKenna Brings The Styling Station™ & The Cambia Clutch™ to HSN
Marcy McKenna, 41, from Newport Beach, CA, is the winner of the first Homemade Millionaire episode. A mom of three and an inventor of 12 years, Marcy is constantly inspired by the little annoyances of everyday life, which led her to creating The Styling Station, a bathroom organizational shelf that’s currently in development with HSN, and The Cambia Clutch, an interchangeable accessory that’s perfect for the space-saving, yet fashion-conscious traveler, available now on HSN.
We chatted with Marcy to find out what some of her most memorable Homemade Millionaire moments were, and why we should make her products a part of our lives.
Tell us about your “this is it” moment—the moment you knew that this product would make your dreams come true.
My “this is it” moment came when I presented The Styling Station to the focus group in our first challenge on Homemade Millionaire. I always thought this was a product that all women would want, (and, of course, all my friends and family told me I was right) but it’s not until a group of people you don’t know tells you that they have to have it, that you really know you have a home run. This focus group unanimously agreed that The Styling Station solved a huge problem for them and they couldn’t wait to have one for themselves. That’s the moment we all dream about!
What are some ups and downs of the invention process? Any memorable or funny stories about testing your invention?
Oh my gosh! There were so many roller coaster moments! I’ll never forget the day I was scheduled to fly to New York for my first day of taping Homemade Millionaire. My uncle had taken my prototype to his home three hours away to “fix a few things”. When he arrived at my house four hours before my flight was to depart the cabinet was literally in pieces. He had taken it entirely apart and hadn’t had time to rebuild it. As he went to work in our garage, I went upstairs and cried realizing that I was about to lose the opportunity of my lifetime. I was relieved to learn that he was able to rebuild it within an hour. Whew! I would make it to New York after all. Just one problem, he left the cabinet door at his home three hours away! My husband raced up the shoulder of the freeway in one direction as my cousin raced toward him with my cabinet door in the other direction. My husband made it back with the door sparing thirty minutes until my flight time. Of course, then I discover that the door didn’t fit! I would take it to New York anyway, and figure out what to do when I got there. I remember saying to my husband when we finally got on the plane, “Can you imagine after all this, if I actually won?”
Then there was the moment I realized The Styling Station wasn’t going to be ready for the airing of Homemade Millionaire. Again, I felt the opportunity of my life slipping away. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right?! I quickly had to put together a business plan to give to HSN and TLC that would allow me to present, for their consideration,another invention that could be ready in time for the November air date. Lucky for me, they saw the potential in The Cambia Clutch and the rest is history!
What is the one, absolute reason why people should make your product a part of their lives?
The Styling Station will make all of lives so much better. How nice to have a bathroom free of ugly cords, and big bulky hair appliances taking up our coveted bathroom storage space. Not to mention the time it will save us all in the morning when we’re racing out the door to go about our day!
The Cambia Clutch finally makes those high-end designer handbags we all lust after, affordable and accessible. You can have the most current fashions in a designer quality handbag for a tiny fraction of the cost. It saves you money, and saves space in your suitcase and in your closet. Your wardrobe secret weapon!
Now that you’re a Homemade Millionaire and HSN success story, what’s your next step, dream or goal?
I have a “binder of inventions” that I have built over the past 12 years. I once dreamed of one day passing this binder on to my children so that they could turn my inventions into reality, and secure a future for themselves. But I now have a goal to develop and manufacture each one of them myself! I plan to continue to build my brand, and launch many of these products on HSN in the years to come.
Check back each week after the airing of Homemade Millionaire on TLC for another special Q&A with the next inspiring winner.
More Homemade Millionaire on hsn.com:
» Shop Marcy’s Product: The Cambia Clutch™
» Top Three Reasons to Watch Homemade Millionaire Friday Nights at 10 P.M. ET on TLC
» Read more about the show and how you can submit a product idea to HSN