Saturday, August 18, 2012
Make Someone Happy! Lend a Helping Hand
At Christmas time last year I had a woman contact me on Etsy. She had a lot of items to sell and wanted to know how difficult it was to set up shop. I gave her the entire rundown - the selling is very easy. But then I realized - the only reason the back end of it - shipping - is easy for me - is because I have some space to have all those miscellaneous boxes and recycled materials to send things off with. For someone in a smaller space - this would be very difficult and perhaps expensive.
Margaret contacted me again in June - perhaps I could buy outright/consign/sell her items for her. I replied with an enthusiastic YES! My time frame was not her time frame however. Summers for me are usually reserved for re-finding my workroom. This summer (come hell or high water) was going to be dedicated to organizing my shop. I needed more shelves, and I needed to better organize all that I had listed in my Etsy shops. These items are only the tip of the iceberg.
I told Margaret that I would be happy to help - but my thought was pricing and getting everything ready for October and the Town Wide Tag Sale in Purcellville. She wanted things gone sooner than that. Thinking, thinking... I mentioned that she should go see Rebecca and Bill up at It's Bazaar in Purcellville. They would probably buy some items outright - as well as consign things for her.
This is exactly what she did. Why am I showing you my chairs? Because she saw these in my space up at It's Bazaar and had a pair that she offered to me. They were currently being shown on Craig's List. I LOVED them, but I also had enough projects in the queue.
My brain was still working in June - and I private messaged Miss Mustard Seed on Facebook. I knew she would love them too. She has a space at Lucketts and moves more furniture through her space in a month than I do. The resounding answer was YES!!! So I convoed Margaret back and told her to remove the listing from Craig's list, that MMS wanted them.
However - I was not prepared for the response!
She was over the moon that Marion might like them - let alone want them. Well let me tell you - Now she is over the moon and back again - http://missmustardseed.com/2012/08/controlling-the-chaos/
And to top it off - Margaret also told me she had some checks waiting for her up at It's Bazaar.
All of this came about because I took a few minutes to answer some questions. In the process I made some one wildly happy. That's just makes me smile :)
Love and Peace, Liz