Saturday, July 18, 2009

Selling Fabric Tomorrow

I've been invited to Obon at the Pasadena Buddhist Church to sell the fabrics tomorrow! Obon is a Japanese festival that celebrates the memories of the dead. I'm loading up all the fabrics and I will selling fabric at an actual site (as opposed to online)! I'm really excited for this opportunity. I hope the people at the festival will like the fabrics from my shop! I bought some gift bags for the fabric and I'm working on a logo right now. I'm making a mental checklist of things I need to bring:


2. cutting supplies [rotary mat, ruler, rotary cutter]

3. packaging supplies [gift bags, tissue paper, twine, tape, business cards]

4. calculator

5. a bank

6. camera [I HAVE to document this event!!]

I think that's good for now... I'm EXCITED!!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Renewed Spirit

When things get tough I tend to shy away... but not this time! I'll be honest... I am struggling with the fabrics. I'm barely staying afloat in this little world of fabric selling. Each day I hope to at least sell one yard. Today a friend gave me some good advice. He said, "make a business plan." I know that sounds like common sense, and yes, I have heard this before... but now it's time to get serious.

I just got 5 new bolts of fabric from Westminster Fibers and am expecting 5 more any day now. Since I have new inventory I need to:

1. Take new pictures creating sets

2. Post at least 3 new pictures a day! I will not "renew" a listing. The post must be a new set.

3. Create larger set including 4+ yards.

4. Search Etsy and add 5 new favorite sellers per day! Perhaps convo someone and tell them how much I love their stuff. Let's face it... Etsy has some crazy, TALENTED users.

5. Blog at least every other day to keep myself in check and let others know about my progress.

*** I want to be making at least $100 per week in sales. That's about 14 yards a week.

I've been spying on other fabric sellers on Etsy. I want my business to grow like theirs are. I'd love to hear advice from any and everyone! Please give me some feedback. Thanks for reading this... I seriously am struggling and sometimes it's hard to admit I'm not doing as well as I hoped.