Today I said goodbye to my booth at the craft mall. It was surprisingly bittersweet to see everything boxed up and empty shelves. My 6 month lease is up in a few weeks and since we are taking everything to the cancer walk next week, it didn’t make sense to put the stuff back in after the event, to just pull back out a week later. I thought the craft mall was the best way to sell my items and remember how hopeful I was when we put my stuff in that booth. I wanted each jar turned just right, soaps in baskets with the cutest ones up front, and the little pamphlets about natural benefits that I had made. In 6 months 2 one ounce bottles of body and massage oil sold at 2-something each. I of course copied the first check from the mall for what had been sold, but it doesn’t change the fact that the only other check was almost the same amount lol. Looking at the boxes of product that I will be repricing (and recoding, since I only need my own code for tracking of sales, instead of the booth info that had to be on tags), I’m a bit sad. I’m really hoping that next week’s event helps generate some business, so I can shake this. Bringing back almost all of my stuff sure makes me feel like I failed. It’s not logical, since I know that people don’t have the money to go to craft malls and find new vendors, like they used to (that’s how I even knew about the mall, since I love shopping there when I have a little extra). Still, it’s a little disheartening to see the boxed up hope that didn’t sell. I’ll brood for awhile tonight and then get into production mode tomorrow, so that I have a decent fall line available next week. Until then, I hope that your version of boxed up hopes have a more successful journey *smile*
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