A quick cell phone shot after the exhausting effort of tagging and filling the booth to the brim with merch.
I just moved into my larger antique mall booth a couple months back and now I'm moving on out! I'll miss it, but sometimes you have to try something before you determine it's not right for you. Here's some reasons why I'm giving up something I'd wanted for a long while:
1. Furniture Elsewhere: I sell furniture better when it's staged out front, in the store's common area, or via Craigslist. Paying a lot more for a space furniture isn't selling from is no good!
2. Better Online: I can sell my type of groovy mod finds for much more online. A lot of my smalls will sell for 4 times or more than customers in Southern Crossing would pay! And because I'll sometimes have finds in Southern Crossing and in my Etsy shop at the same time (Yep, bad idea) I've had it sell in the antique mall for far less than online! Heartbreaking!
3. Damn. Exhausting: Filling two booths and an online shop with merchandise on top of side jobs and projects was draining. I still want to write my ass off and create more. It just didn't feel right. It's been giving me negative mojo, I say! I was pouring energy into the wrong area.
I will miss having a large space to brand and play with, but keeping my initial small spot in the best decision for me. It gives me a spot the brand and "advertise" my online shop and blog in Southern Crossing while making money from small and furniture bits scattered throughout. With small business these days when it's harder to make sales, you always have to evolve and try new things. Over the years I've learned to let go of what's not working and not feel bad about it!
How are your small biz adventure going? Running into challenges during these slower sales months? What are your strategies? Let's discuss!