From zero in the store to some things listed anyway. Since I have never built up the online shop to any extent, because most of what we do is at shows, my efforts here are slow going! Photographing, editing, putting on a watermark. I'm not good at naming them creatively, but really strange names aren't that great for SEO searches anyway, so there's that. Photographing silver with colored beads works pretty well, but photographing silver pieces on their own is the devil. Anyway, I'm adding a few pieces every day. Our focus, along with metal, is glass. That includes lampwork, kiln-firing & enamel. To make everything look less cluttered, it seems like some subcategories in the future would bode well for more organized display, as well as poking around. So bear with me, the shop is a work in progress, but so far, so good. Let me know if there is anything you are looking for that I haven't gotten to yet.
Bill is looking pretty happy here. Ha! Probably because he does all the heavy lifting and the Fairfax Holiday Show was our last show of the year. I'm happy too. I really enjoy doing shows and meeting so many fabulous people, but by the end of every season, I look forward to the break. We also use the time to work on new products for next year and other business related activities.
Earlier that day, however, neither of us were looking too happy when we realized someone had palmed a bracelet, including the display, right from under our noses. I've experienced the entitlement of shoplifters twice, both times middle-aged and older women, near as we can tell. I've gradually been leaving the glass off the side displays, but next year they are going back up. I really want people to try things on and have fun poking around, but I can't afford giving my products away. We make everything by hand, not buying and reselling components. So once again, a few ruin it for everyone else.
On a happier note, we get so many questions about shopping on our website. I will be making an earnest effort in the next week or two to get things listed and start keeping items up for sale year round. My aim is to redo some of the categories by collections and such, so keep an eye out. Photographing, editing and listing takes time.
Between all this, I'm also carving out time to enjoy the holidays. I hope you do too!