Karl Schilling (Kaleidoscope To You Owner - Founder)
Hi I am Karl. I have sold kaleidoscopes since I was 16. I am Now 48. So I guess you could say I know kaleidoscopes. Pictured in the our History Section is a stained glass kaleidoscope I made many many of in the early 1980s. I loved kaleidoscopes as a kid. I vividly remember my first kaleidoscope and I remember actually sawing thru the cardboard tube to see what made this work. I was one of those curious kids who wanted to see what made things work and had to see inside my kaleidoscope and what magic made this work. Well years later as a young man I was deciding what to do for work and began making kaleidoscopes out of Stained Glass (1982) I soon found out I needed to carry other artists kaleidoscopes as well as my own and there is the start. I sold kaleidoscopes at art fairs and tourist locations in the Midwest Including House on the Rock In Spring Green Wisconsin, Galena Illinois and Later the Mall of America in Bloomington MN. At Mall of America we had a Kiosk Just featuring Kaleidoscopes. When I met my wife We had between our families 5 Stores in 3 states. In the mid 1990s we went online selling a small niche item the kaleidoscope Online and Have not regretted this ever since. I am so Blessed to be doing what I love and we are actually making a good living just selling kaleidoscopes. I realize in My worldly Travels that Being born an American I have been afforded the opportunity to be self employed. My income has always revolved around the kaleidoscope. I would have to say I may be one of the only people in the world that can boast that I have made my entire living and wealth selling kaleidoscopes. Pretty amazing if you ask me. I am all for Entrepreneurship I would say encourage your your children. America Is an amazing place to be a business owner. I would say start small and grow where you see a need in a few years you can always reinvent your self. The old adage how many carriage whip factory businesses are there now compared to the 1800s yes there are some need indeed but not like the days before a car. You have to be willing to change and change is actually what a kaleidoscope is all about. Any way enough about me Buy a kaleidoscope or two or three from us. We do stand behind all kaleidoscopes we sell. Kaleidoscopes are great gifts. I have always said I really sell relaxation and objects of beauty and magic. Let us send a bit of color and Magic your way.