from sept to thanksgiving i am always running. that is when the four big shows happen and i am always trying to get enough pots out to have stock for each. was interrupted daily by things that did not matter so there was not much made this year. my usual day runs from before breakfast to midnight.
it was a shock to set up for the most profitable sale on the friday after thanksgiving and find that i did not have enough things to fill the three tables i always reserve. i had several stands that hold multiple things that were not even used. the space between items was HUGE looking. i had three baskets of low priced things, $9, $12 and some tiny teabag holders at $5. most of what was available were butterdishes and the trays i priced at $35 per Mea's advice. the sale would start on saturday and i was worried all night. i scoured the studio to find anything to take to the sale. there was one large open bowl that i had made at another potter's studio. he fires in a gas kiln and let me pay for the pot and do it myself. i stuck a ticket on it saying $110 thinking i could take it off when i brought it home on sunday.
the trays at $35 were the lifesavers, those were sold so fast that there were only 2 left at 2pm saturday when i left for the day. the big one was sold before noon. do not know what was going on but everyone had great sales that weekend. packed up all three basket leftovers in one small one. took home only 4 boxes, lightly packed. was the moon in some strange phase that weekend?
thanks to Mea i made $50 more than last year with many fewer pots! LESSON LEARNED............lock the studio door, make more pots and raise prices.