Saturday, October 13, 2012

To Market To Market

I created my second chalkboard--there was much improvement already.

I had my Bee's Niece logo, and some more simple-but-interesting font ideas. So I'm pleased with the board, and my progress.

I made the board to take to my Saturday farmers' market stall, advertising my all-natural vapor rub (like Vicks--but made with beeswax instead of petroleum). I was hoping to draw attention to that product since it is fall now. The vapor rub hasn't sold well this summer, though it was the thing I was most excited to make for myself.  I figured no one thinks about getting sick in the summer, but they plan on it more in the fall going into winter.

Maybe that's true, but unfortunately, no one thought of going to the farmers' market, and it was my worst market day yet.  I've gone about 6 or 7 times this summer, and it's been interesting.  I don't really feel like it is the right venue for my products, most people are single-minded on food at our market.  But I still feel like my product has real value, I just need to find the right marketplace.

I have an etsy page, but the fees associated with etsy hold me back.  I don't want to have to essentially have people pay double the price of my product when you include fees and shipping, so I'm trying to figure out what I want to do there. 

My soaps, lavender sachets, shaving kits, and vapor rubs. 

I didn't get around to labeling my two new batches of soap I made at the end of the summer-- more lavender, and a holiday spice orange clove bar.  Since I did practically no business that day, I'm glad I didn't stay up late the night before worrying about/working on those labels. 

I think something I'm actually going to do is invite the ladies I know over to my home this fall for an "in-home show" of my Bee's Niece "line" for Christmas gifting.  Instead of a Tupperware party where 50% of the profit goes to the national corporation--100% of the profit will go to me, so I can buy my children food to eat.  Doesn't that sound reasonable? 

You've been warned, watch your mailbox for a postcard invitation!

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