Week of 11/28 - 12/4/2016
Sunday: Second day of a great show! I make a one-two-restock box (comment below if you get the reference), and off I go. SO GLAD I hired a friend to help me, and I realize at the end of another huge day what a difference it makes. Having someone else vending with me means that every customer gets attention at the moment they need it, which keeps them from walking away. As predicted, I nearly sell out of bath fizzies and special salts. Only 7 jars of fizzies and 4 jars of salts left for next week! I also sold over 30 bottles of lotion--I only have 5 bottles of Lavender lotion left, and that's it. Also sold out of Lavender Lemon completely (none on the shelf at home, either), and Oatmeal Honey.
Pay my friend, break it all down, load out, come home, unload, and have some dinner. Attempt to get something ready for work tomorrow in the way of lunch and clothes.
Monday: Day 3 of 8 work days in a row. When it gets to this time of year, for any teacher, getting up on Monday is difficult. After having worked nearly every day of break for some amount of time, then two weekend days, this Monday is very, very difficult. Get up anyway, suffer through. After work, come home right away, lie down for a nap, doesn't work. Go to roller derby to say hello and also to deliver the huge order I got from a friend on my team--so supportive! Stay for about 45 minutes, then go home and go to bed.
Tuesday: Day 4 of 8 in a row. Go to work, while there have some amazing ideas for the upcoming year, regarding the course and some printables. Write these down in a Google doc while I have a minute. Come home, think about my show this upcoming Saturday, realize that I have everything ready because of last weekend, relax. Go downstairs to my office and make an update video! I'm only 39 weeks late.
Wednesday: Day 5 of 8. My patience is starting to fade. Husband is finishing up the private label soap order we got last week, so he can deliver next week. I am doing various computer work every day, to get back into that habit. This week is very difficult at work--the children are very rowdy. Recovering from a week off is brutal in public school.
Thursday: Day 6 of 8. I continue getting ideas for my new projects every day, and gleefully write them down on the Google doc from before. Glee turns to despair when I start doubting the whole thing. Why am I doing this, when another (big another) is also working in this niche? What handmade business owner will listen to me?
Come home, rest, eat, walk the dog. Cry on my walk, thinking of my mother, and wishing she was here. This Christmas is going to be difficult.
Friday: Day 7 of 8. Up and to work, Starbucks first. Get all the things done in preparation for next week, which makes me feel better. Create work calendar for next week as well, which makes me feel better still. Write down a few more ideas/plans, finish up, head home. Get some computer work done, print out a soap order I got online, get my clothes together for tomorrow, collapse in bed.
Saturday: Day 8 of 8 in a row. Up early, get some coffee, feed and water all the animals, feed and coffee myself. I take my time this morning, as this is a small show that will run from 1pm-6pm, and my load-in time is 11:45am. I also don't have to bring a table, as they are provided. Only 1, 6-foot table is provided, so I'm not bringing all 4 shelves, either. Things will have to get creative.
Load-in is easy, and I don't expect this show to be very busy, as this doesn't look to be the fancy part of town.
I am happy to report how wrong I was.
The market managers sure know how to get the word out to this crowd. It was busy the entire time! Of course, this was a smaller show, inside a large coffee shop with an event room in the back, so "busy" today is not the same as "busy" last weekend, but there were lots of people just the same. Having an event in this venue was lovely--snacks and espresso were available the entire time, as were restroom facilities. Music was playing, and the atmosphere felt very "bustling." I did about as well financially as I expected, maybe a bit more, and we tore down in a flash and I was driving away at 6:30pm.
The last show of 2016, done! Arrive home, unload, have some dinner and TWO glasses of wine, take a bath, and to bed.
I'm sleeping in tomorrow.
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Hi, I'm Amy Kalinchuk. I am an author, publisher, crafter, entrepreneur, roller derby skater, wife, mom, and friend. I try to be organized and maintain an air of enviable breezy elegance. I do not always succeed. But crafting? I can do that. And small business. I can do that, too. So can you! No, seriously, you can do this! I'll show you.