Yes, thanks NancyLee for getting this thread going again. I made a presentation to two third grade classes this week about Supply and Demand and Consumer and Producer. I am a retired school employee who started a business after retirement. My friend the third grade teacher said the students thought all businesses were BIG businesses (Walmart, large ranches, etc.) I was impressed with what had already been taught. The students' questions were thoughtful. "what happens when you don't sell everything, do you mark it down?" (Blue light special) "how much inventory do you have for a show?" "do you make seasonal items?" It was a good conversation and it made me think about what I am doing and the changes I have made in the last 4 years.
There is a new shop opening here in my small town. A kitchen shop. The new owner approached me about carrying some of my work. I was there the day she got a HUGE order of melamine dinnerware. We did not discuss terms, wholesale, commission, or anything else, it was merely a passing conversation. But that HUGE order of melamine stuck in my brain. I cannot compete, nor do I want to compete, with melamine. So, I think that is some of what I have learned, I have a better idea of where my venues will be, the places that I will be able to sell my work and actually make money. Oh, and did I mention have fun doing it???