Almost done with Close Buy Catalog orders for 2011! I was very pleased with my sales with the catalog. I prepared all summer long. Making and storing soaps for the catalog and just not knowing how many orders would come in! Did you notice that Mermaids Garden and Sea Shore Scrub soaps were not available at market? I was hoarding them! Sorry about that! (They were for sale via special request and on-line).
I prepared and had some packaging on hand, but still had no idea how many soap 2 packs or laundry detergent would sell. 37 schools participated and that is a huge jump over the 3 schools from last year. Once the orders were in, I had a little over 3 weeks to pull it all together. I had to order more packaging, ribbon, bags and labels, but I expected to do this. I didn't want to order more than I needed. Putting the orders together in my new soap studio made a world of difference. I have soo much more work space! This allowed me to work on the project in stages. Pull all the soaps, label all the soaps, assemble all the boxes, tie all the ribbons etc. and I could walk away at the end of the day and leave the project undisturbed for tomorrow.