Monday, March 29, 2010

Sending Out An S.O.S. To All Shop Owners !

So..... I need your advice, or encourage-
ment,or both !
I opened my new shop just one month
ago and by week 3 I was amazed by my
sales. I've really been enjoying it ...
that is until the cold snap hit here
on Sunday which is usually pretty
busy. I had a few people wander in
but not one sale. Then ..... the
downpours started and my parking
lot became a lake today! I had one
customer and one small sale. Two
more days of downpours are expected.
I'm trying to stick out the very long
wet days because I want to stick to
the hours I set. It's been a bit
depressing .
It's making me second guess myself.
There is tons of traffic just whizzing
by my shop and nobody stopping.
I've kept busy with cleaning, arranging,
reading,paperwork & phone calls
and being crafty.
So ...... what do all you ladies who
have your own shops do
about this ???
I don't expect every day to be
grand sales but I wasn't thinking that
I would be sitting alone in my shop for
days because of the weather.
Yuck !

5 comments:

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sorry - I don't have any advice. Just want to wish you success in your business. How long is the rainy season?

ATTIC CLUTTER said...

oh so sorry SUZEEEE
But the rain will do that-- maybe you could put some
'''''''fabulous eye catcher'''''
in the window with some beautiful light shining on it and some of those big fat battery candles--on a small round side table with lots of layered lace tableclothes on it~ make it really unresistable(:) Music playing and good smells are a must too~
hugs,Patty

THE PICKLED HUTCH said...

Suz,
It's the same here. I use my time the same way you do! And I make sure there are lots of lights lit in the window to create a cheerful vignette from outside. I also have 2 small banners that wave in the crazy wind outside. It will pass so hang in there and consider this prep time for when the hordes of customers arrive.
xoxo
Lisa & Alfie

Gypsy Fish said...

Oh Suzeee I can so relate....when I had my shop there was nothing worse than a dead day...but never fear they get better and it all becomes worth it when you're so busy you can't believe 7 hours have gone by and it's time to go home. I used to just arrange and re-arrange I think the busy energy you put out brings the energy into the store and before you know it you'll be back on track!
{{gypsy hugs}}
Beth

Yaya Chique, Home of debi lynn designs said...

Hi sweetie...

All I can say is "welcome to retail"! :) Not to fear...there will be good days and not so good, but don't give up. It takes at least 2 years to truly start seeing daylight at the end of the tunnel. Use the time that you are there creating---will take your mind off who is walking in and who is not! If you ever need to talk just let me know---I have been in this business a LOOOOOng time and am here to help encourage you-yet give the truth and not hide anything.

Keep on the path my friend---xo...deb