I sold five 3oz lotions in four hours. Whomp whaaaa....
And man I was so "up" and stressed out Thursday and Friday leading up to the market. Everything came together rather quickly for me to even be in the market and I sort of hate that because you just know when you are crunched for time, things are bound to go wrong.
We made lotion Thursday night... the batch didn't turn out quite right and I didn't know what happened... if I made a measuring error or what... it was late, we were tired... I didn't have enough supplies to make more. I Googled to see if there were any soap/lotion supply places in Denver... surely Denver is big enough to have someone..right?
Turns out I did find a place - Mile Hi Soap. You could place an order and pick it up the next day - so I placed an order for more supplies with the intention of picking it up Friday. Friday rolls around and I get a call from Mile Hi Soap that they are out of stearic acid... which is needed for lotion. It gives lotion it's "fluff" vs. being flat like water or oil.
I called around to Vitamin Cottage, Whole Foods... nope. No stearic acid. I call Mile Hi Soap and tell them my situation...as fortune would have it, another soap/lotion maker was in the store and said she would sell me 2lbs of her supply.
I headed to Denver.
PARKING LOT. I-25 was a complete parking lot. What should have taken me 2.5 hrs round trip took 5 hours... I was near tears with frustration on my way home as I didn't get back until after 7pm... I hadn't eaten... was starving... had to pee like a race-horse and we still had so much lotion to make for the market the very next day....
We were up until midnight... back up at 5AM.... set up and ready to go in the market by 7:45AM....
And I sold 5 small bottles.
Oh. *head hangs in disappointment*
Silver lining is that I have enough lotion to last the rest of the year! No more late nights, I won't need to re-order supplies for a LONG time... I need more bottles but there is no rush for them...so I'm good to go.
And when I picked up my things at Mile Hi, I talked to the owner and chatted him up about natural preservatives. Going all natural would decrease my shelf life dramatically...my lotions would grow mold 6-8 mos. in. No bueno my friends, no bueno. As it is, my lotions last for up to 3 years...not that one should keep lotion around that long...but I have peace of mind knowing if it sits on a shelf, it's not going to grow any nasties and cause people odd problems...
Once again I wonder what the "market" is for my lotion. People like it a ton...but I just can't quite seem to find it's niche. And like I've said before, we have day jobs so I'm not completely invested in putting a huge chunk of time finding that niche. I try something.. sit back and evaluate... and part of me thinks - just give it up... make it for yourself and your friends and just be done with it. I have so many other things going on with my job, horses, dogs, goats and family.
I'm signed up for once a month through October... so maybe things will pick up but I don't see things picking up so much I'd sell out... in the meantime, it's fun people watching and chatting and working on my "sales pitch". grin.