- Nov 19, 2008
Date: 3/17/2009 10:42:47 AM
I love candles! I like anything with lime or coconut or sugar. I am not a foodie person
Date: 3/17/2009 8:31:49 AM
Author: Loves Vintage
Wow! How fun!! If I were you, I would put all of these scents into categories on a spreadsheet, probably by season and other meaningful categories, like chocolate/vanilla/food scents, spa scents. Then, you can easily eliminate your fall and winter scents and a lot of your food scents probably too. Actually, I might print these up as a pretty list and print off a bunch of them to keep near the display so that you can share with customers what else is available. Maybe that would lead to conversations/feedback about what they are interested in.
Then you can pick a few from each category. I probably wouldn't have more than 8-10 scents at a time, depending on how they do? Also, you can do a scent of the month. Lavender is a personal favorite of mine and now is the perfect time of year for it or another light floral scent and maybe citrus scents for the summer months. Then you can see if sales are higher for those scents during the month in which they are discounted. I probably wouldn't look to purchase candles at a produce market, but if they were 25% off, I would be more likely to. That's just me though.
What are you going to do for soaps? Is there anyone locally who makes goat's milk soap or other homemade soaps? Again, this is just me, but if I came upon locally made soaps, I would buy a bunch. If they are packaged, machine wrapped in plastic, I would look at them, but probably not buy them. It's just the way I am. I prefer to support local businesses.
I didn't even mention the produce! I love produce shops! How fun!
Good luck with you new venture!!
Those soaps look great! I really like the chilled lavender soap. They do seem expensive, but I also see they offer wholesale. Regarding the local producers issue that I brought up, I was thinking specifically about this soap that I've received as a gift that is made by a family in my state and sold at farmer's markets. They make it in small quantities, so it's not readily available, and I think that lends a special quality to it that makes me want to have it. It is also very high quality. So, I suppose the fact that it is locally made is only one part of it. The other attractive qualities are its extremely high quality, that they are handcrafted and only sold in a few places. They are called Goatboy Soap. I looked at their website today and see that they also charge $5 per bar.Date: 3/17/2009 12:51:35 PM
Thank you ladies for all of your help! Even though a lot of the opinions are different, you've helped me a LOT! The spreadsheet and catagorizing them is a wonderful idea!
LV - I wanted to answer your soap question. The soaps I'm actually considering are made in California and I'm in Virginia. I looked a lot of places and did a ton of research on reviews and what not and could not seem to find any other that fit the bill for hand crafted soaps! Here's the link .. I'd love to hear what ya'll think!