Have you ever wondered what goes on with a small business behind the scenes? We're giving you a peek behind the curtain, so to speak, this week.
We had our first event of the year on the 19th, and this past week and a half has been busy as a result. More of our inventory is sold at events than it is during any given week online, so there's always a flurry of activity following each and every one. This applies to the earlier shows of the year more than ones later in the season.
Chris and I are well used to working as a team after a little over fifteen years as a couple and three years working together on the convention circuit. We can set up for an event within forty-five minutes to an hour, and our average "tear down" time is twenty-five to thirty minutes. The entire inventory carried to shows, shelving, signage, and other random items needed for each event just barely fit in my vehicle with enough room left for the two of us. This means we have a habit of tearing down after the last day of an event, packing up, making the drive home, unloading all the inventory and equipment, picking up our two daughters from whichever relatives they were staying with, and crashing.
Most of the time, I handle inventory and unpacking everything from the travel cases at the same time the following Monday. Some of our shows are one day events on Saturday only, but most are either Saturday and Sunday events or Friday - Sunday events. Running Contented Comfort is my full-time job, but it's an as needed thing for Chris. He's a teacher, so no matter how the weekend goes, it's right back to work as usual for him on Monday morning.
This time spring break coincided with the week after our first event. This was fortuitous since I contracted con crud. (It happens to both of us at least once a year, no matter how we try to avoid it. So, maybe this will be my only time.) Normally I would have handled inventory and unpacking on Sunday, March 20th, but I spent the entire day in bed sleeping. As it turned out, inventory and unpacking didn't even start until Sunday, March 27 because I have a policy against handling even packaged inventory until I'm certain I'm neither ill nor contagious.
My wholesaler had a flash sale on several of the supplies I am in desperate need of at the moment Monday, so I did place a supply order based on my best guess of what needed replacing. I use certain fragrance oils and other ingredients two or three times faster than others, so it's almost always those in need of refilling/replacing at any given time.
Other things happened I'm sure you don't want to hear about in detail. Suffice to say little to nothing got done so far as the store went throughout the week aside from brainstorming and planning 2016's fragrance lines. Even if I hadn't gotten ill, I'm so low on some key ingredients, I cannot begin soaping again until my supply order arrives anyway.
Our next big event isn't until late June. Next up is Con Kasterborus, which many may know is where we debut all our new fandom inspired fragrances each year. Once that supply order arrives, I'll work until I am fully restocked, and then work will begin designing this year's new nine.
If you have requests or suggestions, now's the time to let us know. Some of our favorite fragrances and fandoms are the result of requests made by customers. If it weren't for a customer's request for a Dean Winchester fragrance, Chris and I may have never watched Supernatural for instance. Please don't be shy. We love hearing from you.
If you enjoyed this post, let me know down below. If it proves popular, I may do more of these "sneak peeks" in the future.
Amanda is the artisan behind all the products made and sold by Contented Comfort.