Thursday, December 4, 2008

The Ebb and Flow...

This is sort of a follow-up post to yesterday. Today I am shipping out my last big order for the season. At least I think so. I have not received any more orders over the last few days. But one just never knows. That's online selling for you. Sometimes nothing happens for days. And then boom: you get 33 transactions in a day. At least that is my record. What is your's if you have an online store?

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?

6 comments:

gerrijo said...

Love the pictures of the little doll army, they will take over with their cuteness!

TheSingingBird said...

adorable photos! and i agree about online selling, you just never know...right now my best sales have gone to one person twice, it's a fun adventure waiting to see who will ring the shop bell next! :)
thanks for the articles Ulla

germandolls said...

Thanks, gerrijo!
Your are most welcome, Becky. And then the shop bell rang today! =)

Jenn said...

Congrats on many sales! I love customs for the money but I prefer never to make the same exact thing more than once or twice...It makes me feel like a machine and like my heart isn't in it as much...

Pease Porridge said...

I love your dolls!

I just gave you the "One Lovely Blog" award. If you are too busy, do not worry about it , just wanted to let you know. :)

Jennifer

germandolls said...

I wonder what the award is? Sounds good to me though! Thanks!