Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, and I had planned to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY in this blog, as she reads every day….however, I dashed out of bed (shortly after 4 am) and began labeling soaps and getting things set to rush to the little sale I was doing…..
Now, back to the sale…I was a little distressed because I had never given any thought as to how to DISPLAY the soaps. Michelle is one of those “cool” people who never sweats. She told me not to worry…she would display the soaps with no problem. And, as I had left, I knew she WOULD! And, she DID! She merely used the little crates like BLOCKS! Below is how she stacked the crates to raise them up, displaying the soaps so wonderfully well!
Here is how the soaps looked on display…
I was so thrilled, but as we sat….and sat….and sat, my heart began to sink! Traffic was so sporatic. The residents wandered by, little by little. The “big spenders” were all the employees of the facility. They all flocked to the table across from us, forking out their three bucks for the singing snowmen. By noon, the woman was sold out of her ss…..I sat, totally amazed, as this woman opened bag after bag of her Chinese wares, and folks just swooped it up.
This show lasted from 10 am to 4 pm. Michelle was such a trooper….minding the table as I left to go get some lunch, then once more, as I had to run an errand. She was totally at ease with people who came to the table, chatting with them and encouraging them to take a candy cane from the basket….
We sold a total of three bars of soap and one lotion. We spent six hours there, struggling to stay awake in the WARMTH of the building. We had to take turns walking about, chatting with the other vendors. I did manage to befriend the other soaper. He was very nice, and we spoke for quite some time. He has a store in the small town where this show took place. He also sells candles.
The bottom line is that as the show was coming to an end, it was evident we were not going to do very well! We took a little consolation in the fact that everyone was in the same boat, save the woman across from us. She made out well, selling much of her stuff totally out. The woman with the glassware was so disgusted, expressing that “junk” should not be allowed….ah well………
One of our customers was a woman who looked as though she had wandered in from outside. She was beautifully dressed, and just had a very delightful look about her! Michelle spoke with her, and it became very evident that she was taken by Michelle….she chatted with her for some time. Suddenly, she picked up a bar of Lavender soap and purchased it!
As we were coming up on the close, a couple walked in front of the table…Could it BE? Why, YES, it was! There stood Annie and Sheldon, a couple I had not seen in YEARS! We had met them years and years ago at church. We visited, and it was just the highlight of this whole thing!
Bottom line, I got to visit with old friends and I also may have a new customer. My soap making friend was amazed when I told him my pricing on shea butter! You just never know….perhaps there will be more good from this little show, but the warm memories and meeting the dear people from this facility was great!