One of the last pictures in my last post was a pile of yarns and tools that were being 'released' to go to other weaving homes... It took me two and a half days to separate the items into logical piles, such as acrylic, linen, cottons, wools, tools etc. Then I made sure they looked their best and documented them and took their picture. Then I had to tweak each picture and organize a folder for them. Then using my paper lists, I checked if and where they are being retailed now and what their full value is and determined a price. I normally went for 50% and a smidge under. I need a fair price but I also want them to move on to new homes. It took a lot of time to get all this work done.... Little did I know!
I've been a member of Ravelry for some years and there are an eager and enthusiastic bunch of weaving groups there and one I use to sell stuff at is Warped Weavers Market Place. I have great success selling there, much better in fact than trying to sell off a second page here. You have to admit when you advertise there, you're talking to the choir! So I began listing items under logical heading such as "tools" or "tapestry yarn" or "Cottons" etc.
That took me two full evenings to upload and in between, field inquiries from interested people. Then began the next phase of the operation.... myiPad to track incoming buyers and a handy dandy post it note pad.
The buyers were taken in order that they wrote (to be fair) and then I would itemize their name, email, Ravelry avatar name and what they wanted to buy. Then I'd go into the web page and mark those items as "offer pending"..... and then go and pull the cones or what ever and place in bags or boxes with the post it note inside.
|The system in place here... this one going to Michigan!|
|A pile of cardboard helpers and small boxes. I was getting quite creative!|
I took Tuesday off as it was my birthday and Bruce had plans for my day!
Meanwhile the sales continued and so there are more purchases for new quotes and fresh boxes to be found. It was the boxes that determined who got wrapped next. Some items required an odd sized package and some in the case of the rag shuttles, I had to make a container for them!
I went through two rolls of packing tape and two rolls of brown paper.... miles of packing paper and each and every box got a handwritten note from me. Only two buyers backed out due to high postage costs (well they lived in NE USA so about as far as you can get from me) and their items had to be relisted and quickly snapped up again by others. I'm so glad I had my little system in place as it got CRAZY here!
|These two are being mailed at the end of the month|
|These fifteen parcels are a mix of 'mail now' and 'new quotes'. Yellow notes means a postal quote package. Customs form means :good to go." There is one parcel more but it won't go until April and it gives me time to find yet another box!|
This is the last of what is listed and once the sold items are finally cleared off, I expect they will be sold too.
So that was my week.... and yes, my Louet Spring is naked, but not for long! I'm eager to get back to a more normal studio.
Next month is our grandson's first birthday and we will be going over to help celebrate. Its hard to believe that was a year ago almost! Ethan has nine or ten teeth now, standing at the couch by himself and his method of crawling is much like a penguin on ice.... slide on his tummy! But is he ever fast at it! They have hardwood floors so he's using them to his advantage. Not sure what happens once he hits the carpeted areas?! He's developing a personality and apparently has a stubborn streak that has a bit of temper for company. Now, where did that come from??
|This was taken just before Christmas 2012. He's grown so much in the last three months!|
|Well, what's a guy supposed to do? Its been a long day....|
....and my favourite of the latest batch from my daughter in law.