Just a thought

It still had some stickers on it. I found one with a number on it. I’ll use that in my online search for a better price.

In the mean time, I went and bought out all the store had yesterday, 82 in all. Yikes! Did I actually do that?! I ended up getting 15% off the total order so that was good. It is actually a candle holder but works perfectly as a coaster holder.

Thank you so much. That means a lot coming from you! I am still somewhat technically insufficient but am learning a lot. I still have a ways to go but will get there in due time. My goal is to spend time every day on the website till I get it where I want it, then kind of go in to maintenance mode. If you have any words of advice on websites–and have some time–I’d love to hear them.

I have a tag from the item

I found a manufacturer on it or maybe they are the distributor? I have looked them up online and they seem to have several divisions and I have yet to find this product in any of their division websites.

I will keep looking though. In the meantime, I will probably go clear the shelves of what they have till I can find it online.

Thanks for the encouragement!

More encouragement on the home front …. I got my coasters in 2 locally owned places. One is a custom cabinet makers shop. He gets a lot of traffic. He says he will display them for me and does not want a cut of the action. I get to keep it all! Wow! What a blessing! Of course, he is building our new kitchen cabinets so he is making a lot more off that than the coasters. 😉

I will be putting some monogram coasters in a local store that has a lot of home accessories. As an incentive to get her to carry them, I gave her a price break. She placed an order for 24 monograms of the most popular letters they get requests for. I will deliver those Thursday sometime. I must admit, the owner was hesitant at first. She had had poor success with the last coasters made by someone else. I have a suspicion of who did them. If I am right, I can see why. I have seen her work and it’s not the best. Now, I am sure there are others who do better work than me but there is really no comparison between mine and the other girl’s. She uses a different technique.

Anyway, I am excited. I’ll ride this ride as long as it lasts. If all else fails, I’ve got FB and my website! LOL I will continue with those regardless of what happens in the store. I see the website more for out of town shoppers or for people who are unable to get out to stores due to health, etc. It’s all good, as they say.

As part of my work I have been working on my website for my coasters this evening

I am trying to get a description of the materials I use on my website this evening. It’s there but it’s not pretty. It will have to suffice till tomorrow. I plan on spending a good bit of time on it tomorrow. I need the practice on building the pages. Plus the more I have on it …. products, descriptions, information, etc., the better chance I have of getting some sales from it.

I also want to go by a locally owned store tomorrow. They sell decorative items for the home, both inside and out. I want to pitch my coasters to the owner to see if they will carry them.

I am still trying to track down a “coaster holder” for my coaster sets. I found something on the tag of a product I came across at store in town. I need to track down more info on it. That is my third goal for tomorrow.

I have a very good friend in Market America

and since we live in a pretty small town, I also know about five others who have joined (so far). Almost everyone who has joined are people who can least afford to lose money, including my friend. For over a year I’ve tried, gently and by asking questions, and sometimes not very gently, to point out that this may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread. It’s led to nothing except hurt feelings, so after the last time I’ve given up. However, since hope springs eternal, is there anything you can tell me about Market America being “one of the worst” that I can pass along to her should she begin to question for herself?

I appreciate your help – I appreciate all of you – this is a wonderful blog, and someday I hope my friend belongs to it!

My car insurance came due for its 6-month renewal

I *had* been paying monthly installments since the last renewal becaus I didn’t have enough to pay the full 6 months at once. It will be a stretch, but it will save me $92 over the course of this renewal. Every little bit helps.
Mailed my mortgage payment Friday. It’s due on the 1st, but I have a 15-day grace period. By the end of the month, I should be able to send it earlier.
Non-financial tasks: I’ve been trying to de-clutter my basement to make space for my music studio. I’ve given away/trashed a lot, but I still have a LONG way to go. Ugh. No, I haven’t done any more work in my backyard for the garden. It has been raining on the days when I actually had time to work on it. Mother Nature is working against me…