I'm prepping for an event this week and I'm excited for this one! It's a fund raising event for the Ronald McDonald house on Oahu. I'm hoping that I have enough inventory to meet the needs. Money has been tight lately and I'm not able to replenish as I would like. Good business sense is to separate cost and profit, putting profits in the bank and recouping costs to print more stuff. In a perfect world that would be the norm.. but lately that hasn't been the norm for me. Our income has been fluctuating up and down so much recently that what ever I do make needs to go toward necessities. At times I feel as if I'm on a teeter totter. Lately I've been tossing around the idea of applying for a business loan, but I hesitate because I don't want the added pressure of one more bill every month. What's a girl to do? I've got all these design ideas in my head but lack of funds to get them printed on shirts.
On the plus side, I acquired a new consignment account over the weekend! Woo hoo!! It's a new baby store that just opened up at the mall. I had approached a children's store at the mall a month or so ago and she turned me down flat.. and not in a nice way either! "No, we don't want Christian designs.".. ouch! As Jesus would say, "Shake the dust off your feet and move on to the next town" (Matthew 10:14). Rejection can be tough and I'm not one to take it well. But I forced a smile on my face and thanked her for her time.
So, on Saturday while we were cruising around the mall I noticed a new store. They didn't have an official sign posted yet since they're still brand new. I sheepishly went in to take a peek. I noticed that there was a sign taped to one of the displays that said, "Consignment". My heart skipped a beat. I looked over at the counter to see if the person standing there looked nice and friendly.. or scary.. like the other lady I spoke to a month ago. She seemed friendly! Phew! I asked her about consignment and she immediately said, "Yes! Bring what ever you have!".. I could have fainted! What was even more exciting is that she already knew of my products and knew which designs would do well! It took every ounce of self control not to do the happy dance right there in her store! I was smiling for the rest of the night and into the next few days!
Rejection can be tough and getting doors slammed in your face isn't always pleasant. But, sometimes we just have to shake it off and keep on truckin'! Praying that this open door will help my business to get to the next level. I'm so thankful for what ever God has ahead for me. As long as He is by my side, every step of the way I can't fail.