Wednesday, March 25, 2009

More Stash? Moi?

Falling into the category of 'what was she thinking?' - this photo shows in the foreground about 70 pounds of yarn that arrived this morning, along with a few of the boxes of yarn returning from the Fibres West show that still need to be unpacked. Somewhere needs to be found for it all to live until the next show. :}

Now twenty pounds of that yarn will be skeined and sent to Teresa to be dyed for re-sale, and some of the rest is for a commission, but still! Where it will all go remains to be seen.

Add into that the fact that my Basic Weaving students will begin coming next Monday to wind warps, and I confess to a little panic along with low energy and no particular desire to actually attack the unpacking.

However I continue to think a great deal about the shape of my time and how I want to spend it and ultimately feel that while I do still want to weave, I also need to deal with the over abundance of inventory.

To that end I have opened an Art Fire store, and begun by listing one lonely tea towel. As I get myself organized over the next few days I expect to add more stuff. I've got lots of tea towels and scarves. I haven't researched enough to find out if I can sell yarn on Art Fire.

One of the advantages of Art Fire is that they don't charge listing fees, just a flat fee per month. Payment can be by Paypal and since I already have a Paypal account set up, that was easy enough.

While I have the tea towel listed on Art Fire for sale on my website, my website is really much more about education and my workshop/seminars and the books that I sell.

I've had my website since the internet was mostly about education, not selling, so I've sort of kept that approach in terms of format. I would likely have to work a lot harder to turn my website into a 'store' than I really want to, so thought I'd try Art Fire.

Well, we will see how it goes!


Janet said...

Pfff. We talk like destashing is the ultimate goal when it's really just making room for more new yarn... ;)

Going to be ordering some myself in just a little bit! I love ordering yarn, almost as much as I love opening the boxes when they arrive and sitting in my living room surrounded by new yummy stuff. :) It's like buying myself lots of Christmas presents, only it's easier to convince myself that I'm not being frivolous and self indulgent. What's not to like?

And yes, you can sell supplies on Artfire. Welcome to the collective - you have been assimilated. ;)

Laura said...

Hi Janet,

Thanks for the reference. It will be interesting to see how it goes. :)

Thanks for the info on selling yarn, too. Now to unpack the stuff. :}

While I don't want to get rid of my stash entirely, it would be nice to be able to store it so it could be found when I want/need it and not have speed bumps/box corridors in the studio. :^)