I am fortunate to have decent organization skills though there are always details that fall through the cracks. So the other day I decided to put it all down on paper - the checklist for my upcoming wholesale show. I have big categories - display, marketing, pottery, and miscellaneous (which is getting bigger and broader!) I am trying to spend as much time in my studio as possible because I've learned that when I rush pottery making, I make mistakes. In addition, it is extremely cold and some days I can only take so much time.
Yesterday I took care of some big and expensive checklist needs - hotel and car. I was originally going to stay with a friend to save money but for a variety of reasons it is not working out. So after much research and some advice I found a relatively inexpensive room in downtown Philly for 4 nights. Yay, but boo it is way more money than I had budgeted, but yay I will be so close to the convention center and have much less stress. I rationalized that I may never do another wholesale show and this is the biggest opportunity I've ever had to sell, so its worth it. Will figure out the money later.
I also had to get my car inspected and its been a year since it was last in the shop. It runs fine with a few minor problems so I kept my fingers crossed that I didn't need any repairs. Yay the needs were minimal (though I needed a new battery - apparently my 10 year old battery failed!) I need the peace of mind knowing my car won't break down and will be all set for any weather (I have a Subaru Forester). Boo - another $228 spent.
I have a niece who is helping me with photography for a new banner, business card and postcard. She's a busy girl and when I got the final photo it was quite dark. I happened to be at the right place and the right time to have a graphic designer friend open the final photo on her computer and she agreed to clean it up for me and actually add some features that I had not considered. Yay all the way around! I offered her some pottery in exchange but all she wants is some free guidance on how to sell wholesale. No problem!
I know a couple who are incredibly creative and entrepreneurial and lo and behold they just started an etsy shop. I teach classes in how to do this. They asked if I would come for dinner this weekend in exchange for some etsy tips. Sure - and they offered to give me some help with planning my display (which my wonderful brother helped me begin.) So yay again...as long as it doesn't lead to more complications. So far this week is going in the right direction!