Sunday, April 20, 2014

The highlights of the week.

the first fire of the year
Mollie the caravan chicken
coffee and mango muffin at dbl ristretto
a clear mountains afternoon
city biscuits' cakes
the clearest sunset

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Amid the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

It's very easy to get carried away with the hurly-burly of life, caught up in the necessities of earning a living, looking after yourself and your family, running around - forever chasing your tail.....not leaving any tine to really appreciate the loveliness of the little things around you.

This week was crazy-mad for me getting ready for a garage sale as we try and clear the decks of our life.
Some days I couldn't even think about taking any photos at all!
Let alone thinking of something that was rocking my socks!

So here is this week's round up - a few discoveries in store!

Cadbury's Rocky Road. Who knew?

Re-discovered a box of Barbies
Cat suddenly became cuddly (for a minute)
Amazing afternoon after-storm light

Re-discovered old 78's (my sister's)
I love sticking boxes together!

French toast with custard at Henri Marcs
How was your week?
Did you find something/someone to love?

Try and take time next week to enjoy, really appreciate something every day.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

To have a sale....or not?

What are your thoughts on having a sale? Or discounting your wares?
What do you do with items that have been around for a while and haven't sold?

It's a vexed question?
Are you devaluing all your hard work?
If you often have a sale, do your customers wait for you to reduce your prices - does it discourage them from buying at full price?

At the weekend I was at a big country market that happens twice a year and as we will be moving soon I decided to see if I could sell more of my stock (so that I don;t have to pack it).
I offered 25% off all my jewellery, that wasn't already discounted.

I made a couple of sign, maybe they could have been bigger...
I also mentioned my discount to customers (or potential customers!)

Did it work?
I don't think so, for these reasons.

1. People seemed to buy what they wanted to anyway. If they like it - they will buy it.
2. Mentioning that I was having a sale and why didn't seem to spur people into a shopping frenzy.
3. When I didn't mention the sale they still purchased an item.
4. They sometimes seemed surprised that they were getting a cheaper price.

I think a couple of customers perhaps bought another item or two, but it's hard to know as they may still have done that.

Overall the day wasn't bad but I can't help thinking that I did myself out of a quarter of my takings by having this sale.

Ah well, you live and learn.

Monday, April 7, 2014

I'm late, I'm late....for a very important date!

But it's never too late to share the good bits of life, right?

So here we go...

a new beading magazine arrived
after-meeting bubbles with friends
a walk after 2 weeks

little tin, perfect for a sewing kit
something from grandad's cupboard
camping, with the caravan
a country market, at Millthorpe
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