This past weekend was an insane one for VRS and me personally. I just finished up a grueling 6 weeks at the accursed day job. Throughout that period I kept repeating to myself, "I just need to make it to October 15th".
GOOD OPPORTUNITY to BAD to GOOD
This weekend also coincided with our monthly Chartreuse and Co. barn sale—and 2 other dealers and I signed up to decorate the patio (quite an honor and quite an undertaking). We're so fortunate that the owners allow us this opportunity for soooo much additional space to sell our wares, but what pressure to make a big statement and wow everyone!
What we hadn't factored in was my crazy work schedule, another dealer having outpatient surgery, and another dealer being felled with a mysterious illness that sent him to the ER—all in the weeks prior to the sale. And, of course: RAIN. We had to scramble and scale it back; in reality it was a relief. Leading up to the sale weekend, I kept saying, "I just need to make it to October 19th."
family photo from 1984. I'm the benevolent overlord in the background
THOUGHT IT WAS GOOD to BAD to GOOD
Then, Saturday afternoon a bomb dropped. My parents, who are scheduled to move from Florida to Virginia in 30 days, announced that they were reconsidering moving into independent care. I believe I used the phrases "unacceptable" and "adamant no". My sister and I talked them down, so all is proceeding on schedule. But that was truly terrifying. It's a necessary move and cannot be postponed. It's an eye-opening situation when you need to override a parent's decision.
GETTING GOOD to AWESOME
Then, late Sunday evening, I hit my 1,000th sale in my etsy shop! I knew it was nigh, and had hoped (and secretly predicted) that it would happen this weekend, so I'm stoked! Of course, it's not momentous to etsians that run full-time shops, but for me—who runs a small, modest shop due to the accursed day job—this is a big deal. I'll do a post soon about my experience, but let it be known it can be done—even on a VERY part-time basis.
Selling on etsy IS worth it, despite your fears and what you may read. Imagine making a sale to Australia, or big order to the Netherlands (whose shipping exceeds the item price), and connecting with fans from around the world. It's mind-blowing. Opening up to a world-wide appreciative audience is humbling and affirming. 'Taint easy, but it's worth it.
So, I made it to the 15th—and then the 19th, which turned out to be a momentous day. It was a relief, and in the end worth celebrating!