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03 August 2008 @ 07:09 pm
Sooooo close +grumble+  
I'm a planner. Numbers aren't my favorite thing, but I'm good with them. It’s très annoying to be off plan – I’m not so good at being wrong about my own little plans ;)

7 months ago I made up a budget and timeline for being a vendor at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) – I have spreadsheets and everything. Perhaps I could have a chosen a smaller show for my first time out - SOAR is the biggest spinning conference of the year, which also involves travel, shipping, hotel, lots (!) of fees, and such. If you're gonna dream, dream big, right? It will be a challenge, but I hold no worries I can't pull it off well.

After 6 months it works out I'm a $650 short for ordering supplies this week +grumble+ Which doesn't even include the fabulous suggestions I recently rec'd from one of the top people in the industry. I haven't yet figured out if I’m going to be able to enact them or how to fit those in the plan yet.

Over the course of the last 6 months I have made up over half of the huge (for me) amount of fiber I want to take by working late every night (after my day job) and weekend - it's all very time intensive. I was smart enough to put the batts, which take more time and effort, at the front of the queue. I've paid class fees, vendor fees, advertising fees & planned and advertising campaign, hotel bills, bought plane tickets, bought raw supplies, researched & opened a merchant credit card acct. (this weekend's project), arranged for my Mom to come to the show, planned ads, researched advertising give-aways, stuffed 300 little goodie bags with hand dyed and hand blended fiber, done all the squizillion normal things for my little business (SOAR stuff is all ‘extra’, in addition to all the required business stuff), printed all sorts of stuff, stapled, spindled, and mutilated a myriad of things, on and on... Whew! It's been a +lot+ of work for one little person. I don’t get to do things like spin or knit or sleep anymore.

In the grand scheme of things, a few hundred dollars isn't a huge disparity over 6 - 8 months. But it is in my little world. I have set myself some strict limits to ensure my little business doesn't become an unmanageable, money sucking, black hole. It's a tiny budget, but something I can manage and still pay for gas every week. Tho I’m getting’ kinda tired of PBJs.

The timeline is important because I need to spend the next month dyeing - hence needing to purchase the fiber now. I’ve all but used up the raw fiber I have. Falling behind schedule isn't really an option - all this stuff is hands on so I cannot just order it up. Everything needs to be done by mid-September in order to allow time to ship to the conference.

I’m pretty discouraged about all this today. +sigh+

My current birthday wish is for this all to be magically fixed. Now I have to figure out what to do and how to make this all work. Bleh. Well, at least I have the big whine out of the way.

-the redhead-
…who has a day job, and evening job, and a middle-of-the-night job according to Judith and the class group…
-the redhead-theredhead on August 4th, 2008 02:56 am (UTC)
My tiny business isn't the sort that has investors - it's just me and my spare change. There's certainly no big return available.

Going to SOAR with the stuff I planned is 'the investor' in a way - I'm hoping to sell a substantial amount there. For a couple of vendors I know this is their only retail sale opportunity of the year, and they make bank those three days. That's why getting there with everything is important.

I'm considering trying to sell one of my restored antique circular sock knitting machines. Might do me good to be rid of them.

-the redhead-
tedeisensteintedeisenstein on August 4th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
1) How much is one of those restored antique circular sock knitting machines worth?

2) You still live on that circle thing? Even magic fixes need an address, sometimes.....

(Well, okay, so I figure something good has to happen soon; Lord knows the last couple of weeks here has been anything but pleasant.)
-the redhead-theredhead on August 4th, 2008 04:38 am (UTC)
#1 People sell restored CSMs for some crazy prices - http://www.oldtymestockings.com/SockMachinesforSale.html

Realistically (based on current research for this model) mine is worth $1,000 - $1,100 because it has a non-original part and is not powdercoated.

This one on ebay is at $1,025 which hasn't even met the reserve yet - http://cgi.ebay.com/SOCK-KNITTING-MACHINE-LEGARE-400-2-CYLINDERS-2-RIBBERS_W0QQitemZ120288346776QQihZ002QQcategoryZ28146QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem
Sometimes they go for more than $1,200 - this one still has 3 days left.

This one is the same as my machine (except for the differences noted above and fewer accessories) $1,300 - http://www.angoravalley.com/sockmachines/forsale/greenpowdercoatedmachine.html

I'd be okay with $850ish

#2 yup - still live in the same place as the past 5 or so years. That may change, as my landlord has just taken away all my storage space. Before that it was my driveway space. The rent, however, is the same - imagine that. But I have to get past October before I can deal with any sort of moving thing.

-the redhead-
-the redhead-theredhead on August 7th, 2008 02:09 pm (UTC)
Wow - the machine on ebay went for $1,450.

-the redhead-