I am a native Californian. I was looking for a gift for a friend when I decided to use my craft knowledge and items that I knew she would like and created a gift basket just for her. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to create baskets for sale.
That`s good advice, Michael. I have been working on an order of 25 gift bags, (which isn`t due until Oct. 31st) I have finished and delivered 22, but have been dragging my feet on designing the last three. I have been working on other orders and working around it instead of just finishing it, knowing that it would take only a little of my time, and I would be finished.
I`m thinking you only want to purchase what you need for an order, because you really don`t have the room for all the inventory, or you don`t want to get stuck with unwanted items? Am I right? When I receive an order for a food gift basket, that`s when I go out and purchase the items. I do this because I don`t like to have food sitting around and possibly expire. But for most of my items I do keep a few of each in stock, so I can put together a basket at a moments notice. So what you need to consider, is, when someone orders a product, and you order it from your supplier, will you have enough time to get the product and ship it to your customer?
O.K. I know I will probably need some help, but there are so many other details to get ready and right now that`s where I need input. Do I put the markdown price on the tag, or do I put up a price list with was and now prices? Or, do I just deduct the 20% at the counter? Is there anything else I should be doing?
I`m not sure if this is where I need to ask my question, but here goes. I am planning an end of summer sale at my shop. I have to pat myself on the back for starting early. My sale will be Aug. 25th thru Aug. 31st. I have started designing flyers, purchasing banners & post cards, and putting together my postal and email lists. I don`t have employees so this is all on me.
I remember reading an article a couple of months ago on having a sale, but can`t remember where I had read it. If you have any articles that you think I should check out, or any tips, tricks, or advice, let me know.