I remember the days back when I was a student working at a gallery in Berlin. Every Christmas my boss would moan and complain: "This is terrible. The worst Christmas ever. Nobody is going to come!" And then they would all congregate outside the store. A huge herd of people would enter the store all at once. And we'd be sweating taking artwork off the walls, beautiful jewelry out of the glass displays, wrapping wrapping wrapping - until there seemed nothing left at all. Counting the money at night I felt more like a bank clerk...
I remember one Christmas, the big hit item was a life-sized chocolate high-heeled shoe. It ran about $100 dollars and came in three different colors or flavors: strawberry, white, or dark chocolate. I could not believe that people would actually buy such a thing. But guess what: We nearly sold out!
So in retail, off and on-line alike there is another rule: Keep a cool head! Everybody needs Christmas presents. If you have great items they will come and buy eventually.
It is snowing in Colorado. Great now I have to fend my way to the Post Office through a blizzard to mail my last package. But I am glad. We really need every morsel of precipitation after the drought..
Enjoy the pictures of my little army of Wee Dolls. The little felted gnome (who was not part of the order) helped me to do the last inspections before they left my studio. No doubt they will make some little kids very happy.
I am exhausted and feel a bout of carpal tunnel syndrome come on. But wasn't it totally worth it?