Thursday, September 17, 2009
It has been a hectic last week. This time of year is always busy, but I find each year it gets busier as my little weaving enterprise grows. A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from the manager of a boutique in San Diego, California called Pigment. She had found me through Etsy and wanted to place a large wholesale order for the Christmas season. After some initial panic at squeezing this work into my production schedule (I'm doing two retail shows in November), I realized I could not turn this down! The boutique looks beautiful from the photos on the internet, and this is my first chance to start a wholesale relationship with a business outside of Canada.
So, I've been strategizing on how to make hay while the sun shines. The first thing I realized I needed to do was to hire a student to help me out one day a week to help with all the finishing work so I could concentrate on the weaving and dyeing. I found the perfect studio assistant this week and she starts on Tuesday. I also had to ask my consignment shops to send me all or some of their scarves back so I could fill the San Diego order and another order for a shop here in Nova Scotia. My consignment shops were all very understanding and it means my inventory shot back up and I maybe won't have to work ALL the time this fall. The photo above is a selection of scarves for a wholesale order for the shop in Nova Scotia. I usually do this with wholesale orders to make sure the colours and styles are what the shops wants.