This isn't the entirety of my inventory going into the show season, but it's all I have and - other than the scarves still stored at the annex - about all I'm likely to have bar the few rayon chenille scarves I got woven this month.
This level of inventory feels very low to me. I usually have nearly double this at the beginning of the sales. But I've been sick more days than I haven't been, and at the end of the year, I'm retiring from doing craft fairs, so...
The main goal at this point is to reduce my inventory, not grow it. Some of the items have been around for several years, and it may be that no one wants them, period.
As I count up the benefits of retiring, it is necessary to remind myself that I no longer will be in the rat race and it isn't imperative that I scramble getting as much woven as possible in the next few days.
Instead I have been focusing on finishing what was in the queue. To that end, I finished off the rayon chenille warps that I had wound in September and this morning cleared off the dining room table so I can begin fringe twisting them.
Doug will go press the last two dozen mats and their matching runners tomorrow, so there will be one more pile of mats to add to the shelves shown here. He will also pack up whatever scarves are at the annex because he will begin loading up the van on Tuesday. The first show of the season begins with set up next Friday, sales Sat/Sun, then a couple of days off and set up the following Thursday with the sale running Fri-Sun. Then we get a week 'off' before heading to Calgary for Art Market.
Beyond the guild sale on Nov. 30/Dec. 1, my textiles will be available at the CAC Studio Shop on consignment or from me directly. What I do is ask what the person is interested in, then send photos of what I have on hand.
Normally I would be scrambling to make as much as possible in order to sell enough to tide me through the slow months of the coming new year. But this year is different. By shutting down my business, I am hoping that whatever residual income I have (book sales, consignment sales, etc.) will cover the reduced amount of money needed for buying more yarn, covering bank fees, paying membership dues and so on.
I still have not decided if I will attend Convergence in Knoxville. I know a lot of weavers in the area and it would be fun to spend some time with them, especially at a large fibre festival. But do I want to make the trip? It won't be cheap, flying to TN in tourist season. Not to mention the dark o'clock departures. I'm so not wanting to deal with 6 am flights anymore.
Next week I will also deal with the paperwork and lab tests for the foot surgery. They won't give me a surgical date until I've been cleared by the anesthesiologist, plus they will be closed for a couple of weeks in December. So I may not be able to get it done until January. In which case Doug will chauffeur Mary and me around because I won't be driving until I recover.
So - lots of count downs in progress. Craft fair season. Retirement. Surgery. For today, I'm going to go to the Megado and see how well I did beaming that #3 test warp.
At least the sun is shining today. Which makes a nice change. And snow is in the forecast. A timely reminder to folk to attend the craft fairs and think about the upcoming Christmas season.