My summer plans: Its time to get moving on my retail inventory. I am hopeful (read: twitching and running in circles like a toddler) to be boothing at Casa de Fruita in Northern California this fall. That website catalog isn’t gonna fill itself either. I need a better work/life balance than I had in the past few decades. And so, I am switching to ‘inventory build mode’ here in the studio.
What does that mean for you? It means that I’m not taking any custom or special orders for the near future. Unless otherwise already arranged (you ladies know who you are).
I’m hoping to develop and release a few new products this fall. I know it sounds simple, “just sew up a buncha stuff, it’ll take a day or so”. HAHAHHAAAAA! I wish. Its a lot of work to draft, test, fit, sample, and then grade a pattern block for something new. Even before starting the actual creation of sewn garments.
I’m planning to have a Womans Doublet, a plain partlette, and a new style of mens doublet too. And, I will be making the usual gowns, chemises, shirts, bodices, caps, and breeches and all the wonderful things I carry regularly off the rack.
Its busy, a good busy. I’m truly working on having a balance of work/life and this is a step in the proper direction. I think I’m working smarter, not harder this summer.
And those are my summer plans.
Reminder: I am looking for new booth help.
If you or someone you know is looking for work at faire and join my faire family, please let me know. I’m picky about booth workers though, so bring your best game. Literate, conservative looking, clever, motivated and preferably non-smoking. Able to sell, and do business transactions is very important. Physically able and willing to work on setup, merchandising, sales, all of it. If I had to pick the most important attributes I’d say the retail sales ability plus being upbeat and resilient. Everything else is learnable and can be arranged.
Renfaire is a lot of fun, and also a lot of work. Pay is weekend stipend and commission, plus food and camping/accommodation. I will help you with costuming. I’m all about work hard, play hard, no fear. We got this, and we are a family.
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