Friday, April 19, 2013

Keeping Track

I admit it, tracking inventory is a pain.  I am a master of procrastination when it comes to it.  However, I have learned that is a very necessary evil.  Without keeping track I wouldn't know so many important things!  What items are selling best?  What items aren't selling at all?  How long did it take me to sell that special piece I knew would be snatched right up?  How much do I owe for sales tax?  Oh so many questions I'd never be able to answer without inventory tracking.

Everyone has their own system.  Here's what I do: 

I assign each item it's own inventory number.  I write that number on tag attached to it and enter it on a spreadsheet with a name and description.  That way I know what it is if I need to make more items like it due to demand.  When I'm at a show, I write the inventory number down in my little receipt book (purchased from Wal-Mart for about five bucks).  When I get home from the show, I note on the spreadsheet the date sold for each item.  I take an envelope, write the date and total sales amount on the outside, stuff all the receipts inside and file it away. 

Sounds like a lot of work, but anything worth doing is worth doing right and inventory is definitely worth doing right!  It doesn't matter what system you use, maybe you want to work with special software like QuickBooks or the like.  Just find what works for you and make sure to keep track for continued success!

Friday, April 5, 2013

Another Year of First Friday Indie Markets!

We're off and running, folks. The weather cleared up and it's a great day to go shopping! Lots of talented vendors this month. . .
Candle-loupe has beautiful soy wax candles for any occasion
Robert's Birdhouses has all a birdhouse for the sports fan in your life
Beka Butts Illustration has some truly awe-inspiring artwork
If you want a sweet treat Savor the Moment has cake pops, whoopee pies, and more for you sweet tooth
Clara Marie's Southern Bakery has the best banana pudding, so get some quick before they're out!
Wash those yummy treats down with some great coffee from Beans Boro
Even Fido can get a treat from Running Dog Bakery
If the crafts and vintage finds aren't enough to peak your interest, listen to the Travers Brothers Band and you'll have to stay for more! 
And that's just the beginning!  There's still some time left to walk through and see everyone.  So what are you waiting for?  See you at S. Elm and MLK!