I learned an important lesson yesterday, with regard to supplying my business.
I have a new line I am about to debut. I put hours of mind work, then research into a new product before I create it. It includes knowing my target market, what is Hot, What the Seasons colors are, and what makes me different - desirable - not like something everyone else has.. more often than not I am copied. That is always a good thing. I see it as a compliment. My husband doesn't, until I point out to him that those that are copying me are not using Quality Stock. I refuse to compromise on my materials. The difference between a Crafter and an Artist.
Early Saturday i ran into a shop that carries items i can use - sometimes. I found 2 pieces that i wanted - 1 i had been looking for at the right price point for quite some time. The Shopkeeper was very busy and i was in a deep line when the phone rang. I took the call and returned home immediately, placing the items back on the shelf.
My thinking was that i would be back on Monday morning - with more time and more cash - as i had a bakery delivery early Monday.
When i returned the items were gone. 1 was an entire bolt of fabric, over 10 yds. GONE.
i was very disappointed to say the least.
Lesson 1: Maintain a working monthly budget. Know how much you have to spend on supplies at all times. That needs to be divided into repeat items or replenishing; and money for New Items for Growth.
Lesson 2: 10 minutes in line will is sometimes the best time you can spend.
I should have waited.
Growth is a wonderful thing!
Walk in Beauty!!