I sold four towels. All to other vendors. Not one went to a customer coming through. The traffic was so slow and low that I honestly think it was under 20 people who came through...probably less. So it wasn't much of a win situation but....
|Our booth set up for the official boutique|
The next boutique was almost worse especially considering overall profit. The same friend and I split a booth and the cost. So I put in $30 to be in the boutique. It was better organized, had much better traffic but it claimed $30 and 13% commission. Double yuck! I sold 6 towels at this boutique and as we were wrapping up the show the woman who organized and ran it said the towels had done really well. I don't think so. I made more money in hand at the other boutique despite my qualms with it. Have I learned anything? I'm not sure. I like not having to man a booth. I learned I need to diversify my inventory. I threw out two onsies I made for myself that were never used at the last boutique for the last two days and one sold...which surprised me. Maybe I'll try those again.
We are going to try the boutique thing one last time. This one will be in November so we're crossing our fingers that holidays around the corner will boost our sales a lot. We are brainstorming what we'll add into our inventory and what might be a hot item for the holidays. If this were to go well we might try again but I'm not having my hopes up too high (and it would probably be a once a year venture).