December 15, 2017
The store has made real progress this year, and I thought you might enjoy some of the back stories – what happens behind the scenes. Laughing is supposed to be good for the soul, and we do our share of laughing…especially laughing at me, it seems.
Sometimes I do the darndest things. Like the time last spring when 12 big boxes of new collections came in on the same day as the 28 boxes containing furniture, which happened on the same day as the class for 18 people. How does that happen, and why did everyone assume it was somehow my fault? OK, it was my fault, but that is beside the point. Some of those furniture boxes are STILL in the closet. Oh, that reminds me, the Shirley cabinet is further reduced to $225 (originally $499) so that I can get to the back of the closet. It is a white 4-drawer cabinet with a lowered sewing surface – great for compact space or a beginning sewist.
I recently found a great way to sell panels. All you have to do is empty all the drawers that contain panels so that you can do an accurate inventory (Idle hands and all that, you know). As soon as the panels are all together in the box, the very next customer wants one – happens every time. Of course, it is difficult to root through the box to find the right panel and the remaining panels get a little more mixed up. But that seems to guarantee that the NEXT customer will probably want 2 or 3 panels. Which is a good thing when you have 57 panels in stock. OK,OK, my fault, I know. But it’s all a process, right? Again, I got the LOOK!
Then there was the time I got the brilliant idea (even if I do say so myself) to make folded star placemat kits with some of those many panels. The placemats were very cute. It was a little extra work because we had to make one of each different placemat so that we could take pictures for the kits. Anyway, there was a whole tupperware bin full of kits by the end of the day. Next day – where are the kits??? I had no idea where I put them. Now, 6 months later, they still have not shown up. But they will …I know they will. You got it – the LOOK!
So now you can kind of understand why my dear friends who help me out at the shop sometimes stand around and shake their heads at me. Do you think they call each other just to share the latest “Linda story”? Debby, Sandi, Ronna, Charlie, and Shelly – thank you for putting up with me. I love you.
Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.