I’ve been kind of off the grid lately, Lovers… I’ve got so much to say, but I think I’m realistic enough to know people don’t really read blogs, they just look at the pictures.
Making a lot of stuff for the shop. Running this little business is a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I know, I know… that’s the stupidest thing ever to say, but it’s true. Anticipating people’s wants and needs and somehow magically fabric into products is a lot of work. I think I’m managing okay, but I feel guilty every day that I didn’t do more… More! More! More!
I’m also a little flummoxed about pricing. Not that I don’t know how it works (materials+time=price) but I tend to price things on what I think things are worth (reasonable/excessive+reasonable=price) and it’s really throwing me for a loop. Look at those little change purses. We sell them for five bucks a pop, they’re a cute little impulse buy, right? Well, turns out, it costs about 2.50 to make the little fuckers. The snaps are the real killer at .25-.50 a pop. That’s outrageous! I can’t seem to find them for much cheaper than .35 on the internet and that doesn’t even include shipping. This is the sort of thing I’m talking about, people, this is hard. Maybe not difficult, but maybe I mean hard to stomach.
I’m adding leashes to the mix this weekend. K and I had a little chat with some other owners and they assured me this was a good plan. This time though, we looked at the cost of making them before we priced. So we’ll try out materials +time=price and see how that goes. I don’t like taking a bath on the things I make, but sometimes my system works. Works for now, I guess.
That’s not to say it’s all bad… There are some definite perks to running a little shop. People are buying and wearing my dresses. Like, in public. During their real lives. I use my hands to painstakingly craft a thing and people use that thing. It’s probably the best feeling in the whole world. (Next to, ya know, dancing all night, screwing and eating expensive food… and I suppose parenting would be pretty cool too, if that’s your jam?)
So I am sewing. It’s just not glamorous pin-worthy, fabric-porn sewing. Hope you all are still loving life and making cool shit. XO!