Posted by Deb Enos on November 08, 2001 at 08:13:42:
In Reply to: Re: Sales posted by John on November 07, 2001 at 18:52:44:
: I think it would help if you were to define *way off.* What were they before; what are they now; have you had cancellations, wholesale or retail, etc.
: For some strange reason I don't even want to think about, arts & crafts sales seem to be holding up these days -- folks with money still have money and are trying to spend it before they open the wrong mail!!!! Go figure.
I mean that my sales for this time of year compared to the last eight years are about 1/4 what they usually are, since I only do wholesale sales, I asked my customers and I sell through several venues, galleries, gift shops, some antique stores and bookstores, museum stores etc., according to the informal pole I took over the last few days,of these outlets, they are having practically no customers, one store in a very moneyed section of the country had NO customers for the last 3 weeks of October, ABSOLUTLY NO CUSTOMERS, unheard of for him, any way I have done the usual things , like approach new customers and stores, look at price point , reviewed sales from the last few years and am now looking at doing a retail show, something I have not done in 5 years, by choice. I was just wondering if anyone else was in a similiar place. Thanks for listening.